The Heineken Experience
Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
173Trip End Dec 01, 2011
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Where I stayed
HEM Hotel Central
This day we had decided we would go to the Hieneken Experience to start with and then just walk around central Amsterdam and choose what we wanted to go into as we go. Again we didn't get up till late and left around noon. Because the Hieneken Experience is on the outer part of city centre it's about half way between our hotel and the central train station so we decided just to walk into town. It definately wasn't a short walk but we made it there in good time.
We were wondering if it was going to be the same as the Guiness tour but it was totally different in that the Guiness tour was more about the ingredients and how Guiness was made whereas Heineken was more about the people who created it and it's history. At one point in the tour there was a line of people by a room with about ten bed/couches with screens at the top of them and so we got in line to see what it was about
Once we were all finished at there we looked at the clock and realized it was already after 4pm! We really took our time in there. We headed into town just wandering and happened upon Madame Tussauds. We really hummed and hawed about it because it's so stupidly expensive but decided to go in anyway. It was really cool but also a disappointment at the same time
It was fun taking stupid pictures with the wax figures but the way they were positioned seemed to frustrate us because we didn't know how to pose with them sometimes. Also some of the figures were really waxy and weren't all that real but then others were crazy real and almost spooky to look at. This Madame Tussauds definately had a mixture of good/bad/impressive/unimpressive displays.
After the museum we were hungry and found an italian restaurant where I tried gnocchi for the first time, not too bad at all. After supper the sun was at least starting to go down so we went and walked through the Red Light District again but once again it was pretty boring with mostly just a lot of windows with red curtains. Oh well, not like we were actually looking for anything there anyway! Hahaha. There was a drunk guy on the street though stopping random passersby to tell them where to go to find certain women, because he's a local so he "knows" is what he claimed. James took my arm and rushed us away to avoid eye contact as we walked by, lol.