Our third and last day in Amsterdam was quite relaxing. We had two things planned: the Pancake Bakery and climbing the tower of Westerkerk, a church near the Anne Frank House. The morning was beautiful, but still cold. On our way for pancakes the views were stunning.
The pancakes were so good I forgot to take a photo so my apologies. The restaurant is located in the basement of an old canal house. According to our guide book it’s the best place to have pancakes. Not sure if this is accurate since these were the only ones I ate so I can’t compare them to others. However, they were tasty!
The next stop was the church. Unfortunately the church was closed due to Easter. However, the tower was open and I had heard the views of Amsterdam were stunning from the top of Westerkerk. We made an appointment and then wandered around some until it was our turn. Hendrick de Keyser, the Dutch architect, who designed this church, died one year after construction began. The purpose of the church was to serve the wealthy bourgeoisie who lived in the Canal Ring. Hendrick’s son, Pieter and Cornelis Dancker completed the church in 1631.
Anne Frank used to listen to the church bells while she and her family were in hiding. The Nazis ended up melting the bells down. The climb to the top wasn’t too difficult, however if you don’t like heights, enclosed spaces, and ladders I don’t recommend this.
If you can manage it, the views are fantastic. We wanted to climb the tower on Saturday, but it was booked. Turned out to be a good thing. The weather on Saturday was grey and overcast. On Monday it was superb.
The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing and enjoying a couple of drinks before we had to catch our train for the airport.