3 Days in Amsterdam: Suggested Itineraries
By Viator, April 2014
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 at the excellent Anne Frank House. Go for a stroll in the
Jordaan neighborhood along Prinsengracht towards Museumplein ("Museum
Square"), home to the Rijksmuseum and Van Gough Museum. Walk on to FOAM
museum of photography, Centraal Station and Oosterdok to admire the
cutting-edge Renzo Piano architecture of NEMO science museum and the
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
Viator Exclusive: Amsterdam and Tulip Fields Dakota Sightseeing Flight with Skip-the-Line Keukenhof Gardens
Combine a flight by historical plane over Amsterdam with skip-the-line entrance to the Keukenhof Gardens on this Viator Exclusive, available nowhere else. ... Read more
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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.)
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.)
Learn about Amsterdam and its top attractions on a 2-hour evening canal cruise with onboard commentary plus a 4-course dinner! After a welcome drink of Kir ... Read more
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
Want an introduction to Amsterdam in just 60 minutes? Take this one-hour sightseeing cruise and you'll discover the highlights of the beautiful Dutch capital ... Read more
Duration: 60 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
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: 48 or 72 hours
Spend a day dedicated to two of Amsterdam’s quintessential highlights – canals and Heineken – with this Super Saver that combines a visit to the Heineken ... Read more
Duration: 1 day (approx.)