I will be in Amsterdam Jan 31 through Feb 2 (leaving Feb 3) & will be returning for Feb 12-15 (departing Feb 15th.) My first leg accommodations are booked, but not the last, so I'm open to staying outside of the city if there are other places to explore. I'll be flying up from Barcelona. Maybe somewhere else in the Netherlands? Bruges? Brussels? Rotterdam? Germany? France? I don't have a huge budget (maybe 500€ for this leg,) so that does play a factor.
I believe I've read most of the appropriate articles related to Amsterdam on TA, and are interested in the following attractions:
• Beginhof gardens,
• Oude Kerk Church,
• Muiderslot Castle (Sat/Sun 12-4.3p)
• Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
• Yab Yum Unlocked
A catch is the HollandPass resets on Feb 1st, so I won't be able to use it on my first day (I arrive at 8.3a.) I am open to day trips since I'll have so much time for the city & would love to experience more of the Netherlands outside of the city. It appears that most of the attractions outside of the city are fair-weather activities or closed during the winter, however.
I am open to "burning" a good bit of the first day away in the cafes & a museum or two (since I only get two gold tickets with the pass) but it's not as much of a novelty since I live in a legal state. It almost seems a waste, to be honest, but maybe it'll help offset the jet-lag from the red-eye. Thoughts?
The castle I can only see on Feb 1st or 14th (second or next to last day of the trip) due to being closed weekdays during the winter. I wonder if I should save it towards the end or start off strong?
Sadly, my partner is unable to bike due to medical issues, so that isn't an option. However, nature is a huge draw for me, so any recommendations for local natural beauty in Feb would be greatly appreciated. Given my list & interests, are there any other sights or attractions that I've missed?
Thank you in advance!