KLM Airline offers a service on Amsterdam layovers called 'Layover With a Local'. This program gave me a great idea for my next trip to Madrid, Spain. Instead of flying directly to Madrid, I would layover for a few hours in Amsterdam and see how much I could fit in during the few hours there. Now, I know the point of 'Layover With a Local' is to be taken around Amsterdam by a local but considering I’ve been to the city a few times I consider myself just that, a local.
My flight would land in Amsterdam at 8:30 am and the other would leave at 1:45 pm for Madrid. This means I would have more than enough time to stop at a few of my favorite spots and finally visit the Ann Frank House.
I stop into a few souvenir stores to pick up a travel patch (I’m obsessed). Then moved towards Dam Square to take in a few sights. On the way, I was told if you're new to Amsterdam then your first stop should be Kadinsky Coffee Shop. Having been familiar with Amsterdam I knew what I could find at a coffee shop. Although I didn’t have the time, I decided to check it out. (Great atmosphere).
With so little time to spare, I caught the sprinter back to the airport and continued my journey onto Madrid. In these instances, time management is important and having more time won’t hurt either. If you ever have a layover in Amsterdam a minimum of 6 hours, it would do wonders.
Have you tried KLM 'Layover With a Local'? Let me know what your experience was like.
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