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How to spend 3 days in Amsterdam

Canals, romantic bridges, bicycles, and narrow buildings are the postcard-perfect image of Amsterdam. The city center is relatively compact, and you can cover most of it on foot (or on a bike if you feel like going local). Follow our tips to make the most of your 3 days in Amsterdam.

Day 1: Check the “must-sees” off your bucket list

Morning

Head to Anne Frank House after breakfast. This is one of Amsterdam’s most popular sites, so remember to buy tickets in advance. Pre-bought tickets also come with a skip-the-line perk. Explore the rest of the Jordaan district on foot and head to one of the nearby restaurants for lunch. The cuisine here is as diverse as the neighborhood.

Afternoon

If you’re curious about this part of town, head to the Red Light District after lunch. It’s far less crowded at this time of day. Alternatively, if this area is not in your plans, opt for a guided walking tour of Amsterdam-Centrum.

Evening

End the day with a drink (alcoholic or not) and a light meal at one of the typical "brown cafés." With a casual environment, these cafes are typical hangouts for locals after work.

Day 2: The “Big Three” and Amsterdam’s cultural scene

Morning

You don't need to be an art expert to appreciate the Stedelijk Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum. They’re all within a short walking distance from one another. Save time with a city card that includes skip-the-line tickets for all museums.

Afternoon

Grab a snack and lunch at the Museumplein park, weather permitting. On cold and rainy days, pick one of the cafes around the park. Then hop on the tram to De Pjip, a well-known street art mural in the city. Or go on a guided tour of urban art.

Evening

Skip dinner and go on a guided food tour instead. In multicultural Amsterdam, you’ll find tours for all tastes and eating restrictions. Get your stomach ready, you're in for a culinary treat.

Day 3: Beyond Amsterdam-Centrum

Morning

Spend the morning ticking these three must-sees off your list: cheese, windmills, and wooden clogs. For optimal planning, we suggest you choose a guided tour that takes you to Edam or Zaanse Schans (or both).

Afternoon

Hop on the metro to Zuidoost for lunch at the World of Food. At this massive food court, you can taste mouthwatering cuisines from all over the world. Explore the rest of the neighborhood after your meal for a glimpse of a different Amsterdam. Must-visit spots include the OSCAM museum and the Brouwerij Kleiburg brewery.

Evening

Say farewell to Amsterdam’s canals on a boat tour. If you don’t feel like scouting for dinner places on your last day in the city, opt for a canal cruise offering food and drinks. Prefer to say goodbye to the city from the top instead? Cafés like Blue Amsterdam, SkyLounge, and Twenty Third Bar are famous for their panoramic views of Amsterdam.

What is the best way to get around in Amsterdam?

Public transportation in Amsterdam is an efficient and easy-to-use network of trams, buses, and subway. The Dutch city is currently going cashless when it comes to public transportation, so you must buy tickets with your credit or debit card. Buying a visitor’s travel card is a better option if you’re planning on using mostly public transportation. Choose one that includes the roundtrip between the airport and the city.

If you are used to riding a bicycle in an urban environment, this is the best way to get around in Amsterdam. You’ll find several options to rent a bike in the city. Alternatively, you can get a taste of Amsterdam’s cycling culture on a bicycle guided tour.

Good-to-know information and travel tips about Amsterdam

  • A lot of people in Amsterdam commute to work on a bike. They ride fast and often don't have time to swerve around someone standing on the bike lane. Pay attention to your surroundings and don’t walk on the bike paths.
  • Carry a light poncho or a small umbrella with you when traveling to Amsterdam in the winter.
  • Coffeeshops are, without a doubt, one of the top attractions in Amsterdam. Despite their laid-back environment and fame, they’re not places where visitors can turn a blind eye to local laws.
  • Some cafes and restaurants might not accept credit or debit cards, so bring cash. Tipping is appreciated but not mandatory.


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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Would highly recommend to anyone. It was so romantic! Due to the current COVID restrictions there were a few of us booked for the same time but were able to space out accordingly. The view was absolutely magnificent and we were also provided earphones to listen in English if/when the tour guide spoke in Dutch so we didn’t miss a thing! So many interesting facts about the houses and gorgeous old buildings and the lights in the canal - WOW. If I could relive that night over, I would in a heartbeat.

This is a very nice tour and totally worth doing. Very good and fair price for what you get. This is really a must if you are in Amsterdam and you have the whole day available. The guides, Santiago and Mariane, together with the driver Steve are super nice and kind!! They make you trip even more enjoyable!

Ich hatte so viel Spaß, alles war in Ordnung und pünktlich, bezaubernde Plätze und schöne Orte. Ich wollte mich besonders bei meiner Reiseführerin, Daniela, bedanken, sie war ganz freundlich und liebe und hat alle Mühe gegeben um alles perfekt zu sein

It was absolutely amazing. It’s cheaper. Here on this page we paid 18€. If you want to buy a ticket directly at the meeting spot you need to pay 22,50€. Every time again.

The staff were really nice and helpful. The guide was interesting. The experience was with no doubt amazing, with such a marvelous view.