3 Days in Amsterdam: Suggested Itineraries
By Viator, August 2015
Amsterdam has all the offerings of a major world capital, yet the atmosphere is more akin to a village with tree-lined canals, art museums and a strong café culture.
This city offers so much to see and do it's best to point yourself toward a couple of major areas and wander. Take a boat, a bike or simply walk - this is a great place to see on foot. Bring comfy shoes. And your camera - sightseeing in Amsterdam is a photogenic experience. The canals, the gorgeous architecture, the gorgeous Dutch.
Day 1: Heart of Old Amsterdam
A perfect starting point is Dam Square, the heart of the city. Close to the 15th century Nieuwe Kerk and stately Royal Palace. Stroll towards the 14th century Oude Kerk - in the 'Wallen' Red Light District - to see the steamy side of life (Definitely not for kids.). Waterlooplein Market is nearby, and the Rembrandthuis Museum is just around the corner. Take the Amsterdam Hop On & Off Canal Pass to navigate the city by canal. If you prefer to do it like the Dutch, hop on a bike or try a self-guided tour of the city's impressive old mansions. Treat yourself in the evening with a candlelight cruise along the canals.
Day 2: Culture Vulture vs Beer Hound
Beat the queues by starting early at the excellent Anne Frank House. Go for a stroll in the Jordaan neighborhood and then head south along Prinsengracht; take in the FOAM museum of photography and carry on to Museumplein (Museum Square), home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. Walk up to Waterlooplein and on to Oosterdok to admire the cutting-edge Renzo Piano design of Science Center NEMO and the contemporary architecture surrounding the IJ waterway.
Amsterdam is a gorgeous city to walk around, stretch your legs in Vondelpark or Oosterpark (home to the Tropenmuseum). When you're all walked out, grab a cold one at the Heineken Brewery. Check out the famous Paradiso Club, Melkweg, or Sugar Factory for the nightlife experience.
Day 3: Tiptoe Through the Tulips on a Day Trip
If you're in Amsterdam in the springtime, you might find yourself in the flower fields at Keukenhof Gardens. The grounds here are stunning. Other options farther afield include the fishing villages of Marken and Volendam, local cheese farms, windmills, and the famous blue pottery of Delft. Rotterdam is another excellent day-trip option. You can also trip over to Belgium for that beer-and-chocolate fix, and take day tours of Antwerp and Brussels, or Ghent and Bruges.
Tours & Tickets
Cruise around Amsterdam’s canals in the evening, and pair a decadent 4-course dinner – cooked on board – with sights of the city. As one of the few Amsterdam ... Read more
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
There is no better way to see Amsterdam than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Amsterdam attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such ... Read more
Enjoy free or discounted admission to must-see attractions and museums in Amsterdam and other popular Dutch cities such as The Hague and Rotterdam with the ... Read more
Duration: Valid for 1 month after time of first use
Take a walk on the wild side with a guided walking tour through Dark Amsterdam, the infamous Red Light District. Accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable ... Read more
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
Simplify your trip to Amsterdam with the I Amsterdam City Card, a pass that gives you free admission to museums and public transport throughout the city. Gain ... Read more
Duration: 24, 48 or 72 hours
See three of Holland’s most important cities on a full-day sightseeing tour from Amsterdam. Start with a boat cruise in Rotterdam, home to one of the world’s ... Read more
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
Combine two of Amsterdam’s top highlights: a canal sightseeing cruise on a luxury glass-topped canal boat, and entrance to Amsterdam’s Xtracold Icebar, where ... Read more