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Amsterdam in less than 72hrs

May 13, 2010  Recent trip to Amsterdam (7 - 11 May 2010)
4.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

What you can see and how you can save time and money in a short cultural trip to Amsterdam

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Amsterdam
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture
  • Appeals to: Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer
  • 1. Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis)
    Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis), Amsterdam, North Holland Province

    I was skeptical about visiting it, but it was a great surprise: very good museum, with Anne Frank as your "guide". I highly recommend it! It gives the visitor the chance to think about the past and the present. Beware of the steep stairs. Best time to visit it: early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid huge crowds. Admission price: 8,5eur.

  • 2. Van Gogh Museum
    Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, North Holland Province

    Since I was a little girl I wanted to visit it and I just loved it - I can never get enough of Van Gogh. To avoid long queues buy your tickets at the Diamond Museum Amesterdam, in Museumplein - entrance fee: 14eur, and try the early hours of the morning. There is an exhibition of Gauguin until June 6. On friday nights the museum is opened til 10 pm and it helds special programmes with live music and so on.

  • 3. Hermitage Amsterdam
    http://www.hermitage.nl/en/

    The building was for more than 300 years a home for the elderly (you can visit the kitchen); it was recently renovated and since June 2009 it hosts the Hermitage Amsterdam, which produces exhibitions together with the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. Until September 17, 2010 there is a magnificent exhibition "Matisse to Malevich - Pioneers of Modern Art from the Hermitage"; truly amazing! Great restaurant. Transportation: Metro, tram 9 or 14 to Waterlooplein, then walk to the opposite side of Stadhuis and towards the Magere Brug (bridge) - it's on your left, right after passing another bridge. Admission price: 15eur. Because it is so recent it is not marked at many guides and maps and most peopole passing by don't know where it is located exactly - it took me half an hour to find it!

  • 4. National Museum (Rijksmuseum)
    The Rijksmuseum (National Museum), Amsterdam, North Holland Province

    It holds the largest and supposedly most representative collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, with works of art by Rembrandt and Vermeer, for instance. But because the museum is undergoing an extensive restoration and rebuilding work, only in 2013 the public will be able to visit the entire museum. Until then, the Rijksmuseum will display solely its masterpieces from the Golden Age, in the Philips Wing, on the Museumplein square, and the remaining collection can be admired at the Rijksmuseum division at Amsterdam-Schiphol airport (around 10 pieces only), in museums in the Netherlands and abroad, and on the Internet. However, even though one can only visit a 1/4 or 1/5 of the museum's collection the admission price hasn't been reduced: 12,50eur!!! And the famous gardens are also closed... In general, the museum was a big disappointment, even though I got to see Rembrandt's "The Night Watch" and Vermeer's "The Milkmaid".

  • 5. Amstelkring Museum (Our Lord in the Attic Chapel)
    Our Lord in the Attic, Amsterdam, North Holland Province

    I didn't see it but... I heard it is one of the best things to visit in Amsterdam. Because it's undergoing a restoration work, there is a special visit every Sunday at 2 pm: you can learn about the restoration and get a preview of what it will be again soon.

  • 6. Begijnhof
    Begijnhof, Amsterdam, North Holland Province

    It's a very peaceful and quiet oasis in the crowded and sometimes noisy streets in the center of Amsterdam. Gates opened between 9 am to 5 pm. Here's one place you don't have to pay to visit. It has one of the only two still existing wooden houses in Amsterdam.

  • 7. Vondelpark
    Vondelpark, Amsterdam, North Holland Province

    Huge park where locals do their jogging, skate and just stroll. Pay attention not to wander around in Vondelpark late in the evening.

  • 8. Eastern Harbour (Oostelijk Havengebied)
    Eastern Docklands, Amsterdam, North Holland Province

    Your trip to Amsterdam is not complete if you don't see the modern architecture in the city. The Eastern Harbour and Borneo island are an example of that - a delight not only to architects!