Special activities with animals that you need to experience
Animals are interesting creatures, they give you a feeling of home, make you comfortable and are part of society and our daily life. There are several initiatives for animal lovers who like to relax during special activities with animals. From yoga with goats to cuddle with cows and to walking with alpacas!
5 X relax with these special activities with animals
Walking with alpacas: welcome to the world of alpacas! At Alpacaoord in Drenthe you can apply for different workshops and walks. Do you have an alpaca yourself? Then you can go to a workshop to get to know your alpaca. Don’t have an alpaca but are you interested in a walk? Then apply for one of the walks through the woods, where you will walk for a couple of hours with 2-5 alpaca’s.
Yoga with goats: By touching an animal, the so-called hug hormon that relaxes your body gets active. At goat farm Ridammerhoeve in the Amsterdam Bos you can take part of yoga with goats every Saturday and Sunday. Yoga for an hour with curious and playful goats and enjoy a freshly made cake at the end.
Cuddle with cows: go back to basics at Zorgboerderij Hof Noord Empe. This farm is runned by a family with a love for animals. Here you can go to the workshop “agricultural cultural goods” where you can cuddle with cows for 3 hours. This workshop brings so much more than just enjoying a warm cow body. Sleep problems are solved and people with ADHD get calm. Nice!
Drink coffee with cats: Do you have roommates who are allergic for cats, or no time to take care of him? Then go to a cats cafe. There are so many today. Think of Catscafé Kopjes in Amsterdam, Catscafé Op z’n Kop in Groningen, Jippies Catscafé in Haarlem and Coco Cats & Coffee in Amersfoort.
Pig massaging: In Het Beloofde Varkensland in Amstelveen you can massage pigs, where you’re not only getting calm, but also the pig. Owner Dafne Westerhof started massaging a pig that was saved from a large-scale bio-industry. It was a nervous and neurotic animal, which became more relaxing from the massages. Better said, relax!
THINGS TO DO:
⋙ Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
⋙ A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
⋙ The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
⋙ Visit Artis Royal Zoo
⋙ Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
⋙ Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
⋙ Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
⋙ MOCO Museum for street art
⋙ Photography museum FOAM
⋙ Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
⋙ Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
ONE OF A KIND:
⋙ Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
⋙ Red Light District tour
⋙ Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
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Our favourite hotels:
AFFORDABLE // €
☾ Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
☾ The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
☾ Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
☾ CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
☾ Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
VERY VERY NICE // €€
☾ Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
☾ Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
☾ Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
☾ Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
☾ Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
☾ Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
☾ Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
☾ INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
☾ The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
☾ Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
☾ Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
☾ QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
TOP LUXURY // €€€
☾ Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
☾ Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
☾ L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
☾ Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
☾ W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.
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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.
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