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3 Days in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is the ideal place for a one of a kind city trip: there is so much to see and do, plus the city’s history (dating back to the 13th century), tolerant culture and ethnic diversity top off a truly unique experience. This 3-day itinerary includes - among other things - some of the world-renown museums located in the historic heart of the city, walks among traditional narrow houses and courtyards, plus my pick of popular and trendy areas to grab a bite or a drink.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

16 Places

4 City Tips

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16 Places

Day 1

Rijksmuseum

Art Museums

Vondelpark

Parks

Van Gogh Museum

Art Museums

Museumplein

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Boat Tours

Day 2

Begijnhof

Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas

Flower Market

Gardens, Flea & Street Markets

Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis)

Historic Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Jordaan

Neighborhoods

Red Light District

Neighborhoods

Day 3

De Oude Kerk

Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Royal Palace Amsterdam

Historic Sites

Leiden Square (Leidseplein)

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Albert Cuyp Market

Flea & Street Markets

Heineken Experience

Breweries

Concertgebouw

Historic Sites, Concerts, Theaters

Kim H's City Tips

  • The city center is best seen on foot, but the public transportation system (metros, trams, trains and buses) is also excellent and will take you anywhere.
  • A great way to experience the city like a local is to rent a bike and enjoy the city's many excellent bicycle lanes.
  • If you are planning to visit many museums, consider buying a Holland Pass, which will cut your costs down significantly.
  • Depending on the time and season, hotels tend to get full quite quickly. Book a room well in advance.
    Day 1
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    Rijksmuseum
    Art Museums
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    Kim H Says:

    After a lengthy 10-year renovation, the majestic Rijksmuseum opened its doors again in 2013. The museum focuses on history and art from the Middle Ages to present day, and its impressive collection includes many masterpieces by world-renown painters, such as 'The Night Watch' by Rembrandt and 'The Milk Maid' by Vermeer.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Start your day early, as the quietest times at the museum are between 9am and 11am.
    • You could spend days wandering around this magnificent museum, so make sure you plan your visit in advance and pick the areas you want to visit most.
    • Take a look at the museum map to make sure you have seen all the famous masterpieces.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 398 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth the money. 09/02/2015
    • Don't miss visiting 09/02/2015
    • Rijksmuseum
    Address:
    Museumstraat 1
    Amsterdam 1071 XX
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 674 7000
    Price range:
    $17 - $17
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Vondelpark
    Parks
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    Kim H Says:

    This quiet oasis in the middle of the city, just a few blocks away from the Rijksmuseum, offers an incredible green space that is perfect for a quiet stroll or picnic after a morning museum tour.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Enjoy a nice lunch or just a warm cup of tea in Blauwe Theehuis in the middle of the park.
    • Take in one of the many free open-air concerts in the Vondelpark during summer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 398 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wow. What a relaxing place 09/02/2015
    • Amsterdam's Central Park 09/02/2015
    • Vondelpark
    Address:
    Van Baerlestraat & Vondelpark
    Museum Quarter
    Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Other:
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    Van Gogh Museum
    Art Museums
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    Kim H Says:

    The Van Gogh Museum features the world’s largest collection of works by post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Some of the highlights include the masterpieces 'Sunflowers' and 'The Potato Eaters.' Additionally, you get to discover what inspired Van Gogh in his art through an interesting exposition about his life - sure to place his works in a whole new light.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to take a peek at the third floor, where you can find works from famous impressionists such as Pissarro and Monet.
    • Buy your tickets online and avoid the queue by entering through the priority line.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 398 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Crowded but great. 09/02/2015
    • Go early but try to visit 09/02/2015
    • Van Gogh Museum
    Address:
    Paulus Potterstraat 7
    Amsterdam 1071
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 570 5200
    Price range:
    $21 - $21
    Hours:
    Sat - Thu
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Museumplein
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kim H Says:

    As the name suggests, this square is surrounded by Amsterdam’s most important museums (Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum), and serves as the culture hub of the city. People gather here to play games and sports on the grass, have a picnic or drinks, and simply hang out with friends.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Don’t be afraid to ask to join one of the sports games: the more the merrier!
    • A great meeting place if you plan to visit the city with various friends.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 398 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Photo op 09/02/2015
    • Go during the cultural festival 09/02/2015
    • Museumplein
    Address:
    Museumstraat 1
    Amsterdam 1071 XX
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    20 6747000
    Other:
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    Amsterdam Canal Cruises
    Boat Tours
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    Kim H Says:

    End the day with a relaxing cruise through Amsterdam’s beautiful canals, and admire the city from a splendidly unique perspective. I would recommend doing this after dark, when the canals are stunningly illuminated, creating a magical atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • For an extra special experience, you can book a luxurious dinner cruise.
    • Several companies offer cruises. Compare prices and special offers before booking.
    • Tours are available in multiple languages.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 51 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dissatisfied 09/02/2015
    • Wonderful 09/02/2015
    • Amsterdam Canal Cruises
    Address:
    Nicolaas Witsenkade 1a
    Amsterdam 1017
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    (0)20 626 5636
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Begijnhof
    Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
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    Kim H Says:

    The Begijnhof is a real hidden treasure. Surrounded by characteristically narrow Dutch houses, this peaceful and picturesque courtyard dates back to the late 1300’s and since its conception has been a Béguinage, a semi-monastic community of women who dedicate themselves to helping the less fortunate. A wooden house that is one of the oldest in the city, built around 1420, is also located here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Begijnhof still serves as a place of silence, and visitors are expected to respect this custom.
    • As the Begijnhof is private property, large groups are not allowed.
    • If you would like to learn more about the history, contact the Begijnhof through the website to arrange this prior to your visit.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 398 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Extraordinary small space in the city 09/02/2015
    • warm wellcome 09/01/2015
    • Begijnhof
    Address:
    Gedempte Begijnensloot
    Amsterdam 1012 RM
    The Netherlands
    Other:
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    Flower Market
    Gardens, Flea & Street Markets
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    Kim H Says:

    The perfect place to buy a present or souvenir! This is the only floating flower market in the world, and in addition to a wide variety of stunning flowers, you will also find a huge choice of bulbs here that you can take back home to plant. While this unique market is always a delight for the senses, it's definitely best visited during the spring and summer seasons, when there's more to see and smell!

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Before buying flower bulbs, check the package's health inspection certificate. This will tell you if you are allowed to take this variety overseas.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #114 of 398 things to do in Amsterdam
    • Not a true flower market 09/02/2015
    • When in Amsterdam, see the Market 09/01/2015
    • Flower Market
    Address:
    Singel Canal
    Between Koningsplein and Muntplein
    Amsterdam 1071
    The Netherlands
    Other:
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    Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis)
    Historic Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kim H Says:

    Anne Frank went into hiding with her family in this 17th century canal house when the Netherlands was occupied by the Nazis during WWII. She and her family managed to hide here for over 2 years before they were discovered and then deported to concentration camps. After the discovery of Anne's diaries, the house was turned into a museum, which tells the story of Anne and her family through an exhibit of historical documents and documentaries. Truly a memorable and profound experience to have when in Amsterdam!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Plan your visit late in the afternoon to avoid long wait times.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 398 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very impressive! 09/02/2015
    • Amazing 09/02/2015
    • Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis)
    Address:
    Prinsengracht 267
    Amsterdam 1016 GV
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 (0)20-5567105
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Other:
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    The Jordaan
    Neighborhoods
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    Kim H Says:

    This originally working class neighborhood is nowadays an upscale part of the city, featuring many great restaurants and hip bars. Wandering through its maze-like streets while discovering the many hidden courtyards is a great way to get a feel for the real Amsterdam!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The most popular bars are located around the Noordermarkt, where the young gather at night for a drink.
    • Looking for a place to eat? You will find a variety of restaurants around the Westerstraat, ranging from exclusive culinary experiences to cozy dining cafés.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 398 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The neighbourhood is a must visit 09/02/2015
    • Hip, fab, and classic Amsterdam! 09/01/2015
    • The Jordaan
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    Red Light District
    Neighborhoods
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    Kim H Says:

    Although controversial, the 'Rossebuurt' is definitely worth a visit. It is truly a place unlike any other. This is not only due to the many brothels and erotic shops that fill the area, but also because this is one of oldest areas in the city, with a traditional 14th century layout of streets and canals.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Recently some empty brothels have been turned into showrooms for young and talented fashion designers. Here you can buy that one of a kind piece!
    • Not a very suitable place for children.
    • Please keep in mind that it is forbidden to take pictures of the women behind the red lit windows.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 398 things to do in Amsterdam
    • Be Dazzled by the Lights & visit the PIC if you get the chance! 09/02/2015
    • Like A Train Wreck You Can't Avoid Seeing 09/02/2015
    • Red Light District
    Phone:
    +31-0-641853288
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    De Oude Kerk
    Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Kim H Says:

    Consecrated in 1306, the Oude Kerk is the oldest building in Amsterdam that is still in use. This Calvinist church is known for its incredible architectural features, such as its grand and radiant windows and its large, beautiful wooden roof, which provides great acoustics.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Not only is this church a religious center, but it also hosts cultural events such as concerts and the World Press Photo Awards. Make sure to check the calendar on the website.
    • The church is built on top of a cemetery, therefore the entire floor consists of gravestones!
    • Before entering, have a look around and reflect on the sharp contrasts between the church, coffeeshops, and the Red Light Disctrict - all within a stone's throw of one another!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #148 of 398 things to do in Amsterdam
    • do not miss this church 09/01/2015
    • Worth a quick stop. 09/01/2015
    • De Oude Kerk
    Address:
    Oudekerksplein 23
    Amsterdam 1012
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 625 8284
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Other:
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    Royal Palace Amsterdam
    Historic Sites
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    Kim H Says:

    Built initially in the 17th century as Amsterdam’s City Hall, the Royal Palace was soon converted into a residence for Louis Napoleon (Napoleon's brother), and remained a palace after the French Empire came to an end. Situated on Dam Square in the heart of the city, the palace is now open to visitors. Not only can you admire the beautiful architecture of this impressive building, but it also houses many exhibits that highlight the rich, centuries-old history of the city.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • While it's open to the public for most of the year, the palace is closed during state functions.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 398 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Royal Palace, Dam Square Amsterdam 09/01/2015
    • Gorgeous main hall 09/01/2015
    • Royal Palace Amsterdam
    Address:
    Dam
    Amsterdam 1012 RJ
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    31 20 6204060
    Price range:
    $12 - $12
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Leiden Square (Leidseplein)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kim H Says:

    Located in the heart of the city, this vibrant square offers a wide variety of restaurants and bars, from high-end dining to more affordable eateries. During the day, have a drink on one of the many terraces and gaze in admiration at the tricks performed by the street artists. Later at night, the square fills up with people on a quest for a fun night out - if you've packed your dancing shoes, join them and explore the various bars and dance clubs in the area.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Many bus and tram lines lead to the Leidseplein, making it an easy place to reach.
    • Explore the small streets surrounding the square to find quaint little cafés.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 398 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Out in town with the lads 09/02/2015
    • Small sqaure full of life 09/01/2015
    • Leiden Square (Leidseplein)
    Address:
    Main entrances: Leidsestraat
    Weteringschans
    Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
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    Albert Cuyp Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Kim H Says:

    When approaching the market, you will be drawn inside by the loud voices of the merchants making jokes and trying to sell their products. Open six days a week, this traditional Dutch market offers everything ranging from fresh fruits and vegetables to electronics and clothing. A great place to try authentic Dutch food like the famous herring (you either love it or hate it!) and to find original souvenirs.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Don’t miss out on the freshly made Stroopwafels from the street vendors!
    • For a little break, head to the peaceful Sarphatipark, just behind the market.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #98 of 398 things to do in Amsterdam
    • Delicious food at a fun market 09/02/2015
    • Different from what you'd see normally 09/02/2015
    • Albert Cuyp Market
    Address:
    Albert Cuypstraat
    Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Heineken Experience
    Breweries
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    Kim H Says:

    While nowadays Heineken is one of the most well known beers in the world, with almost 200 breweries worldwide, the beer company started as a small family business in 1864. To learn more about the history and products of this company, enjoy a detailed brewery tour, complete with interactive exhibits and plenty of tastings of delicious golden beer!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Buy your tickets online to receive a discount and avoid the queue.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 398 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quite the experience. 09/02/2015
    • My favourite museum in Amsterdam! 09/02/2015
    • Heineken Experience
    Address:
    Stadhouderskade 78
    Amsterdam 1072 AE
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 523 9222
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:30 am - 7:30 pm
    Fri - Sun
    10:30 am - 9:00 pm
    Other:
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    Concertgebouw
    Historic Sites, Concerts, Theaters
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    Kim H Says:

    End your day by attending a concert at this beautiful venue. World renowned for its incredible acoustics, this concert hall hosts some of the most appraised international artists and musicians.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Enjoy a delicious dinner at the Concertgebouw's restaurant, the Mirror Hall.
    • If you would like to look behind the scenes, guided tours are available with advanced booking.
    • Free concerts are sometimes offered at lunchtime, usually on Wednesdays. Check the website for more information.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 69 Theater & Concerts in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must for Music Lovers 09/01/2015
    • Excellent concert venue 09/01/2015
    • Concertgebouw
    Address:
    Concertgebouwplein 10
    Museum Quarter
    Amsterdam 1071LN
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 900 6718345
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Other:
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