Here are my tips on what to see, where to eat and what tour is worth to take in Amsterdam. I’m including pictures of everything and a map of the city. All the addresses are hyperlinked and you can easily found all the information.
I booked my Eurotrip kinda last minute, a month before going, and found a great package (flight and hotel) deal on tripmasters.com. That website has the best packages, at an unbeatable price and you can easily customize them. I stayed at the Hotel Nicolaas Witsen in the museum area. That small hotel was in the perfect location close to the museums, the tram, and the market. The service was also excellent.
Things to know:
- You can walk everywhere or take the tram. The tram works until 1am.
- Just drink Heineken or Amstel
- The currency is Euros.
- You might think I’m including a lot of stuff in a day, but everything is next to each other and going from point A to point B takes no more than 5 minutes.
3 days in Amsterdam:
Start with the museum area. It is also a great area to stay. Very lively and safe at night.
Rijksmuseum is Holland’s National Museum. The entrance fee is 17.50 euros. The famous Van Gogh Museum is right next to it and the entrance is 17 euros. Get your tickets online to skip the crazy line.
If you are planning to go to the museums, stay an extra day.
Stop by the “I am Amsterdam sign” in the middle of the museums. It is a very crowded attraction. The best time to be able to found a picture with nobody but you on it is early morning. The sign is also in the front of the airport.
Take a break at the café right next to the sign, the Cobra café, perfect place to enjoy the sun and the traditional Beef croquet, fries and Heineken.
From there you can walk to Vondel Park. Rent a bike to enjoy the park and the lake.
At night, go to the Leidseplein lively neighborhood right across Vondel Park. The Square is surrounded by a bunch of cafes including Bulldog Coffeeshop, the most famous smoke café.
Go to the Albert Cuyp Market situated by the Heineken Experience. It is the perfect place to get all of your souvenirs. The market is open every day but Sundays. Try the Stroopwafels, the waffle with caramel inside.
Then head to the Heineken Experience tour. Whether you are or not a beer fan, this is a very interesting tour and tasting experience.
Continue with a canal boat cruise. The tour starts right in from of the Heineken Experience. During the cruise, you will pass by Magere Brug – The “Skinny Bridge”, the Jordaan Neighborhood or Muziektheater, the city’s opera and dance venue.
From there, take the tram to the flower market, Bloemenmarkt. All of those flowers, those colors; you will fall in love with this place. You can walk to the Begijnhof, a former religious cloister for women. The Begijnhof, founded in the 14th century, is now a residence for elderly women
Finish the day by taking the tram to the Anne Frank House. If you didn’t reserve any ticket online, going there the later is better. The line is less after 6pm and the house is open until 10pm. Don’t forget to check Westerkerk square, a bronze statue of Anne Frank graces the square outside the 17th-century Protestant church where Rembrandt was laid to rest.
At night, head to the Red Light District. Start your walk at condomerie het vvlden vlies. You can then head to the Oude Kirk, the old church. The walk through the Red District is very quick unless you have some business there. Head towards the Dam square to see the square, the Royal Palace, and the New Church.
You have to end the night at the in de Wildeman by the Dam Square. It is one of the must go bar in the world per CNTraveler.
In the morning take the windmills tour. The Viator tour is the best one. Take the half a day tour including the Zaanse Schans windmills, you will specifically visit the oil mill, Marken Clog Maker and you will end by taking the boat to Volendam Cheese Factory. Make sure you are on time because they leave EXACTLY on time. If you get there early, go get fries with mayo from Vlaamse Frites, you won’t regret it.
Finish the afternoon by going to the Rembrandt Museum and admire some of the world’s finest art painting. At night stay in the area at Rembrandt Place. That square has all the best restaurants and clubs in town. What a great place to finish the trip.
I Amsterdam Sign
Anne Frank House
Anne Frank Statue
Red Light District
Zaanse Schans windmills
Marken Clog Maker
Fries, Beef Croquet, Waffles