A Day in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a charming city nestled in a network of picturesque canals. The city blends history, artistry and diversity in a breathtaking display. The streets are bustling with a non-stop flow of cyclists (watch out if you cross the streets!). Prepare for a full day of exploration as we take you through a selection of must-see highlights, flavours, and hidden corners of this unique destination.

We provide this itinerary as a suggestion, feel free to adapt it to your wishes.

Canal Ride Amsterdam

Morning: Art and History Unveiled

Kickstart your day in Amsterdam with a choice between two iconic museums at Museumplein. The Rijksmuseum is a treasure trove of Dutch art and history, where you can wander at some masterpieces by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and more. Alternatively, delve into the world of Vincent van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum, where his colourful brushstrokes come to life.

Book your tickets for the Rijksmuseum or Van Gogh Museum on the official sites in advance as it is likely that it’s already fully booked when you arrive in Amsterdam.

The best way to start this exploration day is with a good breakfast, here are some good breakfast spots close to Museumplein.

Noon: Picnic or Market Delights

As the sun ascends, and you’re feeling a slight hunger pang after the artsy morning, it’s time for a little snack/lunch. Go to the supermarket and pick your own picnic to indulge at Vondelpark, a lunch oasis in the heart of the city. Or, if you’re craving local flavours, head to Albert Cuypmarkt, a lively street market offering a medley of street food delights.

Noon: Flowers and Tranquility

After lunch, it’s time to walk around the city (or take a tram if you want to save some time). Walk through the Flower Market (bloemenmarkt), where you can buy the famous and vibrant tulip bulbs that the Netherlands is famous for. Next, escape the bustle and find serenity in the Begijnenhof, a hidden courtyard dating back to the 14th century.

Afternoon: Dutch Delicacies and Cultural Gems

No trip to Amsterdam is complete without trying the famous stroopwafels, delectable treats that merge the sweetness of caramel with the crispiness of thin waffles. You will find them in multiple locations when walking through the city. Go for some shopping at the charming Nine Streets (Negen Straatjes) where you found some cute boutiques or delve into history at the Anne Frank House, where the poignant story of Anne Frank and her family is preserved.

Again, buy your tickets to Anne Frank House in advance online on the official website to make sure you can visit. The average time spent at Anne Frank House is 1-1,5 hours.

Begijnenhof Amsterdam

Early Evening: Canals and Cruises

As the sun begins to set, take a leisurely stroll along the captivating canals, soaking in the romantic atmosphere. For a different perspective, embark on a canal cruise that weaves through the heart of the city, offering a unique vantage point of Amsterdam’s beauty.

Dinner: A Culinary Soiree

Whether you’re craving traditional Dutch fare or international cuisine, the city’s culinary scene caters to every taste and budget.

Here are some good spots in the city centre to have dinner.

  • Moeders is a cosy and nostalgic restaurant, located in Jordaan, serving traditional Dutch comfort food.
  • Petit-Restaurant De Rozenboom, located on a side street of the big shopping street, serves traditional Dutch food, which is good if you’re not travelling in a big group.
  • De Silveren Spiegel is an upscale restaurant offering a refined dining experience with a menu featuring classic Dutch dishes with a modern twist.
  • Casa di David, an Italian restaurant located in between the canals around Nine Streets, we’ve been there multiple times already and it always makes our hearts full of happiness and a satisfied belly.
  • Fiona, a Mexican restaurant, located nearby Central Station, perfect to enjoy some tacos, tortillas, margaritas etc. in a nice atmosphere.

Evening Stroll

Venture towards Paleis op de Dam, a majestic palace at the heart of Amsterdam, where the evening lights cast an enchanting glow. Continue your journey through the mesmerizing Beurspassage, an intricate tunnel adorned with artistry.

Pause for a photo at the iconic Damrak houses, a testament to Amsterdam’s unique architecture. As the day draws to a close, take a leisurely walk back to the Central Station, relishing the memories of your day in this captivating city.

How to Get Around

Amsterdam’s excellent public transportation system includes trams, buses, and trains that connect the city seamlessly. Buy a day ticket or opt for a 1-hour ticket (for metro and tram) if you won’t be using public transport more than two times in a day.

Amsterdam is the biking capital of Europe, if you dare, hire a bike and get around in the city just like the locals. Watch out for the tram tracks though!

City trips are made for walking, in our opinion. Walking is the best way to experience a city and see a lot around. So, be prepared for a lot of walking!

How to Get There

Amsterdam is well-connected by air, rail, and road. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is a major international hub, serving flights from around the world. From the airport, the train ride to Central Station is quick and convenient.

The train is the most convenient way to reach Amsterdam when coming from elsewhere in Europe. If you take a bus, (like Flixbus or BlaBlaBus), you mostly arrive at Sloterdijk. Keep in mind, that you will have to take another train to reach the centre of Amsterdam when you arrive at Sloterdijk.

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