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WEEKEND GETAWAYS – LESS THAN TWO HOURS – FROM AMSTERDAM

Hi guys! My name is Iliyana and I’m a Bulgarian city-girl who lives in the Netherlands. I first landed in Utrecht four years ago (boy, do I feel old!) in pursuit of my Bachelor’s degree in International Business. After some hot summers spent in my native Bulgaria and the-most-awesome Erasmus time in Madrid, I’m back to the Dutch rainy-cloudy weather for a Social media marketing internship.

I’m a poetry author and an Instagram blogger who talks (openly and frankly) about the struggles and the charms of being a twenty-something. Plus, I’m a bit of addict when it comes to minimalist jewelry and cozy cafés where you can enjoy a stunning coffee, heavenly desserts, your boyfriend’s company (oh lucky you!) or just a good book. So, if any of these picks your interest: check me out on Instagram @twentysomethingslife  I’ll be happy to have a chat with you cool people so don’t hesitate to DM me x

Amsterdam is one of these awesome cities that you can never get enough of. There is always something fun to do; somewhere new to go. Yet, one morning you’ll wake up and feel the sudden urge to explore and simply breathe the air of a place you’ve never been to.

Here’s a bucket list of cool, quick and pretty cheap weekend trips you can take from Amsterdam—you know, to help you embrace your spontaneity!

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

I usually refer to Rotterdam as the Dutch city which doesn’t look Dutch at all. You can hop on the train for less than 20 bucks and spend some fantastic time wandering its vibrant streets or visit the wonderful museums such as the Maritime Museum or Boymans-van Beuningen. If you’re anything like me, you will definitely want to sit at a café at Markthal Rotterdam and try not to be tempted by the dozens of shops, bars and restaurants located in this stunning piece of modern architecture. (I’m going to be honest. I gave into temptation. My bank account proves it.)

What I love about Rotterdam, is its totally contemporary look and breathtaking architecture (some of which seems to be a bit loco). Did you know that the city center was almost completely destroyed during the World War II? Over the time, it was slowly rebuilt and that’s how it got its fresh, out-of-the-box architectural styling.

Must-see in Rotterdam

  • Markthal Rotterdam
  • Rotterdam Zoo
  • Erasmus Bridge
  • Fenix Food Factory
  • Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk
  • The Witte Huis
  • Cube House Rotterdam

 

Bruges, Belgium

     

 

 

 

 

I have two words for you: chocolate and beer. You got it right, I’m talking about Belgium. If you feel like going to a somewhat magical, fairytale-worthy place, then Bruges should be the next place to cross off your bucket list. It will always be in the top of my favorite one-day trip destinations, with its medieval buildings, teeny-tiny colorful houses and (oh, my poor romantic heart) pure-white swans floating down the canals.

Your must-do list includes: take a boat tour down the canals, lunch with French fries with mayo or ketchup (your pick), drink some kick-ass Belgium beer, eat mouthwatering waffles covered with Belgium chocolate… in fact, eat looooots of Belgium chocolate.

Must-see in Bruges 

  • Basilica of the Holy Blood
  • The Belfry
  • Groeningemuseum
  • Windmill Walk
  • The Ten Wijngaerde Béguinage

 

Dusseldorf, Germany

Photocredits to: Anton Enchev
Photocredits to: Anton Enchev

I’ve only spent a couple of hours in Dusseldorf because, well, mis amigos didn’t exactly follow our trip schedule. What I managed to see, though, was totally worth the 300-km drive. The city is widely known as a center of art and fashion—which means a lot of sightseeing and as-much-as-your-pocket-allows shopping to do.

Take your weekend to a whole new level with some delicious, German-sized portion of the typical local cuisine: schnitzel, kartoffelsalat, sauerkraut, bratwurst and apfelstrudel. Don’t forget to combine with legendary German beer.

Must-see in Dusseldorf

  • Altstadt
  • Königsallee
  • Medienhafen
  • Rhine Tower
  • K21 Ständehaus
  • Schloss Benrath
  • Burgplatz
  • Museum Kunstpalast
  • Marktplatz
  • Hofgarten

Have you visited any of these spots? If yes, which one is your favorite? If not, pack your bags and go—now!

Here’s my bucket list of places I want to visit sometime soon—and happily share my experience with all of you. Oh, and if you have some tips for me, don’t hesitate to reach out and make my trips even more exciting.

My #BucketList

  • Lille, France
  • Paris, France
  • Ghent, Belgium
  • Antwerp, Belgium
  • Liege, Belgium
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Belgium, Germany
  • Leiden, the Netherlands
  • The Hague, the Netherlands

 

– by Iliyana  Instagram @twentysomethingslife 

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