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Amsterdam is the perfect European city to visit if you only have a few days. After you visit the main museums, you get to stroll the canals and parks, take your pick from trendy restaurants, and simply enjoy this European experience. With two days in Amsterdam, you have enough time to see the must-see sites and still have plenty of time to wander the canals and charming city streets.

About Our Amsterdam Experiences

We have been to Amsterdam twice, in 2008 and 2018. Our first visit to Amsterdam was perfect. It was late April, the skies were sunny, the tulips were blooming, and strolling along the canals was magical. In fact, this was the first city we ever visited in Europe, so it has a special place in our hearts.

Amsterdam was even better the second time around. This time, it was early April, it was more crowded, a little chillier, and the bulbs were still shut from the unusually long and cold winter, but we loved every minute we spent in Amsterdam. On our second visit, we skipped the museums and spent most of our time wandering the canals, trying new restaurants, and just enjoying Amsterdam.

On this Amsterdam itinerary, I combined the best of our experiences so you can have the perfect two days in Amsterdam.

We hope you fall in love with Amsterdam like we did!

 

Amsterdam Itinerary: Day 1

Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Explore the Canals

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We start in museum square, with the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. These are Amsterdam’s most popular museums, so expect them to get crowded, especially midday. By starting here first, you get to enjoy at least one of the museums without huge crowds.

9 am: Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is enormous. On display are 8,000 objects of art and history, most of it Dutch, with masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Frans Hals. Most people spend 2 to 3 hours in the museum.

Rijksmuseum

PRO TRAVEL TIP: With the e-ticket and the Museumcard, you can skip the ticket line (saving you 20 to 30 minutes during busy times). If you have the I Amsterdam Card, you still have to collect a ticket in the ticket line.

Should you purchase the I Amsterdam Card or Museumcard? At the end of this post we give you our recommendations.

Cost: Adults €20.00 (online €19.00), 18 and under are free; included with the Museumcard and I Amsterdam Card
Hours: Daily 9 am to 5 pm
Get updated hours and pricing here.

11:45 Break for Lunch

A quick lunch is the perfect pick-me-up before visiting the Van Gogh Museum. There are several food stands on museum square. Kiosk Rembrandt Van Gogh gets the best reviews. You can also have lunch inside the Van Gogh Museum at the Museum Café.

1:00 pm: Van Gogh Museum

Step inside this modern building to view works of art by Vincent Van Gogh. This is the most visited museum in the Netherlands and it contains the largest collection of artwork by Van Gogh in the world.

You can only purchase your tickets online. Do this in advance of your trip because they can sell out days in advance. You will pick a time slot and can enter the museum within a half hour of your reserved time. This eliminates waiting in line to enter the Van Gogh Museum.

The average visit to the museum lasts about an hour.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: If you have a Museumcard or I Amsterdam Card, you will still need to reserve your time slot in advance.

Cost: Adults €19, under 18 are free
Hours: Hours vary by season, but the museum is usually open 9 am to 5 pm with longer hours during peak season;  Click here to check the hours for your dates of travel.
Time Slot Reservations: visit the Van Gogh Museum official website to book your time slot in advance
Skip-the-Line Tickets: If tickets are sold out for your preferred date and time on the official Van Gogh Museum website, click here to get skip-the-line tickets through Get Your Guide.  

2:30 pm Vondelpark

Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s green space. This is where the local people relax and sunbath on warm days and where families go outside to play. It’s a pretty spot to visit, especially after spending most of the day inside of art museums.

Vondelpark

Once you are finished at Vondelpark, walk or take Tram 1 to Bloemenmarkt.

Mid-Afternoon or Early Evening: Optional Canal Cruise

If you want to take a canal cruise of Amsterdam, this afternoon or evening is a great time to do it. 

Leidesplein is one of the more popular meeting points to start a canal cruise (although they can also start near Centraal Station, the Anne Frank House, or other locations in Amsterdam). You will walk through Leidesplein as you go from Vondelpark to Bloemenmarkt, the floating market.

I am including the canal cruise at this point in the itinerary since it is a great way to relax after a morning at the museums. However, if you choose to do an evening tour or night tour, you will have to tweak this itinerary a little bit (if you have questions let me know in the comment section at the end of this post). And of course you can completely skip the canal cruise, opting to exploring the canals and Jordaan on foot, which is also very nice. 

There are numerous options: glass-enclosed boats filled with large groups of tourists, smaller open boat tours with smaller groups of people, and private tours. You will pay more for a smaller group or private experience but if you don’t want to be sandwiched in a boat with a bunch of strangers, this could be worth the extra price.

You can take a tour during the day, at sunset, or in the evening. Some smaller group and private tours serve wine and cheese while you cruise the canals. Most canal tours last one hour to an hour and a half. 

Reserve your canal cruise before you get to Amsterdam. The small group and private tours sell out in advance. Plus, you then know your start time and meeting place and can adjust this Amsterdam itinerary. 

 

3:30 pm Bloemenmarkt

The Bloemenmarkt is the only floating flower market in the world. About 15 florist shops sell blooming flowers, bulbs, and souvenirs. It is a bit of a tourist trap, but it’s worth a quick visit if you are looking for gifts to bring home or just want to see flowers in bloom.

Bloemenmarkt

4 pm: The Nine Streets (De 9 Straatjes)

Spend the afternoon and evening exploring the Nine Streets of Amsterdam. These nine little streets are a haven of boutique shops, cafes, art galleries, and restaurants. You can very easily spend the rest of the day here, hopping from shop to shop. Even if shopping is not your thing, this area, with its jumble of canal houses and cobblestoned streets, is a delight to explore.

Where Exactly are The Nine Streets? The Nine Streets are located just to the south of the Anne Frank House. This area is bordered by Prinsengracht and Singel. The Nine Streets are Reestraat, Hartenstraat, Gasthuismolensteeg, Oude Spiegelstraat, Wolvenstraat, Berenstraat, Runstraat, Huidenstraat, and Wijde Hiesteeg.

Wine in Amsterdam

Amsterdam in April

7 pm: Dinner

There are a lot of great restaurants in Amsterdam. If you need recommendations, here are 3 spots to try:

Vinkeles. A one star Michelin restaurant that serves modern French cuisine. Located in The Dylan Hotel on Keizersgracht in the Nine Streets. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Foodhallen. This giant food hall is filled with small restaurants that serve food from around the world. This is the perfect place to try new foods and not spend a fortune on dinner. Located 10 minutes away from the Nine Little Streets.

Café de Reiger. Located in Jordaan, this restaurant and bar is popular with locals and tourists.

End the day with drinks at bar or strolling the canals at night. One of the best bars in the area is Proeflokaal Arendsnest.

Proefloklaal Arendsnest


Amsterdam Itinerary: Day 2

Anne Frank House, Jordaan, Dam Square

9 am: Breakfast at the Pancake Bakery

For an over-the-top breakfast experience, visit the Pancake Bakery. This popular breakfast spot serves giant pancakes topped with almost anything you can imagine. If you have a sweet tooth, you can get pancakes topped with ice cream, hot sauce, and caramel. Or, if you like something savory, there are lots of options too. If you are traveling with kids, they’ll love this place.

If you really want to try something sweet, we loved the Dutch pancake, a pancake topped with stroopwafel chunks, cinnamon ice cream, and whipped cream.

Pancake House

Apple Cinnamon pancake

It helps to also order a savory pancake, because the sweet ones can be overwhelmingly sweet. We ordered the Hungarian, which was pretty good, but I’d love to try the French pancake on our next visit to Amsterdam!

PRO TRAVEL TIP: This place is one of the most popular breakfast spots in the city. Arrive a few minutes before opening time, which is at 9 am, to avoid waiting in line.

10 am: Anne Frank House

Without a doubt, a visit to Amsterdam would not be complete without a visit to the Anne Frank House. And it’s just a short walk from the Pancake Bakery.

For two years and one month, Anne Frank and her family lived in a secret annex, hidden away from the Nazi’s. During this time, she wrote in her diary, which became a memoir and an important piece of history.

Tour the hidden rooms and see the movable bookcase that covered the entrance into the rooms.

Anne Frank House

Tickets can only be purchased online in advance. You will reserve a specific time slot, which eliminates waiting in line. 80% of tickets are released exactly 2 months in advance. The remaining 20% of tickets are released on the same day.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: Book your time slots two months in advance (this is when the tickets are released). For example, if you plan to visit the Anne Frank House on July 1, make your reservation May 1. There is such a high demand for these tickets that they sell out almost as soon as they are available.

Cost: Adults €14, 0 – 9 years €1, 10 – 17 years €7, included on the Museumcard, not included with the I Amsterdam Card
Hours: Get updated hours on the official website
Website: Book your tickets in advance and check hours for your date of visit on the official Anne Frank House website.

12 pm: The Jordaan Area and Lunch

Spend the middle part of the day strolling through the Jordaan area of Amsterdam. Places to visit include Westerkerk and the Homomonument.

Westerkerk

Westerkerk

Canal Houses

Bikes in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Canals

Amsterdam Canals

For lunch, we loved Piqniq. This small restaurant serves tiny gourmet sandwiches and soups, sort of like tapas for lunch. The food is delicious and the prices are very reasonable. This is a great restaurant to visit if you want quality food in Amsterdam without spending a fortune.

Piqniq

To get to our next stop (Our Lord in the Attic), walk across Amsterdam, past Central Station, in the direction of the De Wallen. To get from Piqniq to Our Lord in the Attic, it is a 17-minute walk.

3 pm: Museum Ons’Lieve Heer Op Solder

Say what? This museum, also called Our Lord in the Attic, is one of the best history lessons in Amsterdam.

This canal house, built in 1630, looks normal on the outside. But inside, on the top level, sits a secret Catholic Church. Catholicism was banned in Amsterdam during the 17th century, so people built small churches in their houses, hidden away from public view. This church is one of the largest and the best preserved of these schuilkerks.

Our Lord in the Attic

During the audio tour, you will get a fascinating history lesson about Amsterdam and the Netherlands, as you walk through the rooms of this 400 year old house. The tour ends with a visit to the spectacular church on the top floor.

I loved this museum. It’s educational, thought provoking, and one of the most interesting history lessons in the city.

Cost: Adults €12.50, 5 to 17 years €6.00, under 5 years are free; included with the Museumkaart and I Amsterdam Card
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm; Saturdays 10 am to 6 pm; Sundays 1 pm to 6 pm; closed Monday; reduced hours on holidays
Website: www.opsolder.nl

4:30 pm: De Wallen

De Wallen was once the home of Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District. As of February 2021, a decision was made to move the Red Light District out of the city center to a new “erotic center” in Amsterdam. Visitors will no longer be able to go “window shopping,” at least not in the city center.

This area, also called De Wallen, does have some very picturesque canals and canal houses, so this is another spot in Amsterdam that is a delight to stroll on foot.

Very close to Our Lord in the Attic is Oude Kerk, Amsterdam’s oldest building, consecrated in 1306. From here, make your way over to Dam Square.

5:00 pm Dam Square

Dam Square is crowded and touristy, but it is the main square of Amsterdam, so I think it is still worth a very quick visit. Just expect large crowds and beware of pickpockets.

Dam Square

Two notable buildings sit on Dam Square. Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), dates back to 1409 and sits right on Dam Square. The Royal Palace is also located on Dam Square. It was built to be a town hall but was later converted to a palace for King Louis I. 

Just down the street from Dam Square is the Buerspassage. The walls, the ceiling, and the floors of this passageway are a piece of artwork titled Amsterdam Oersoep by artists Arno and Iris.

Amsterdam Oersoep

Buerspassage

5:30 pm More of Amsterdam or Go to Haarlem

For the rest of the day you are free to explore more of Amsterdam. Rent bikes and explore the city, or consider making a quick trip to Haarlem for dinner and drinks. 

If you are looking for a thrill, or just want a panoramic view over Amsterdam, visit the A’Dam Lookout Tower. The Skydeck offers 360° views of the city. Even more thrilling are the swings. Yes, you can swing out over the edge of the tower. To get here, take the ferry from Centraal Station to the tower (it’s only a 2 minute ride on the ferry and the ferry runs all day). Click here to learn more on the official website. 

Haarlem is just 15 minutes from Amsterdam by train. You won’t have enough time to really explore Haarlem, but you can sit in the main square in town, have a drink at a café, and have dinner.

Haarlem Netherlands

Haarlem

Haarlem is awesome. The main square is beautiful, and on a nice warm day this is the perfect spot to just plop yourself down in an outdoor café, have a drink and enjoy the view.

For dinner we ate at the Wolfhound Irish Bar & Kitchen and it tasted like we were back in Ireland.

Getting to Haarlem: From Central Station in Amsterdam, you can take a 15-minute train to Haarlem. Trains leave approximately every 10 minutes and cost €5.60 one-way.

Two Days in Amsterdam: Points of Interest

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What About Keukenhof?

In April and May, Keukenhof is a wonderland of flowering daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths. It is gorgeous and well worth the visit if you plan to be in Amsterdam during these two months.

Keukenhof

With two days in Amsterdam, you have enough time to visit Keukenhof and the best of the city. On day 1, after your visit to the Van Gogh Museum, skip Vondelpark and the Bloemenmarkt and make the trip out to Keukenhof. It just may be one of your favorite experiences in Amsterdam.

In 2021, the park is open from March 20 through May 9 from 8 am to 7:30 pm. Online tickets are €1.50 cheaper than purchasing them at the ticket booth, at €18.50 for an adult and €9 for children ages 4 to 17.

To get to Keukenhof, take the bus to Schiphol Airport. Bus 397 stops at Museumplein and the Rijksmuseum and takes you to Schiphol Airport. From the airport, take bus 858, the Keukenhof Express, to Keukenhof.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: Purchase the Combi Ticket, which includes your transportation to and from Amsterdam, as well as your entrance fee into Keukenhof. Since this includes your Keukenhof entrance ticket, you will not have to queue for tickets at Keukenhof. Visit the Keukenhof website for more details.

Tours to Keukenhof

Here are tours to Keukenhof from Amsterdam. These make good options if you want to take the hassle out of arranging your transportation and/or if you like the idea of taking a guided tour of Keukenhof.

 

Should You Purchase the Museumcard or I Amsterdam Card?

The Museumcard (Museumkaart)

The Museumcard is a card that gives you free entrance into 400 museums in the Netherlands. For Dutch residents only, the card is valid for one year. For tourists, it is valid for 31 days and can be purchased at a handful of museums.

The Museumcard costs €64.90. On this itinerary, the 4 museums you will visit in Amsterdam cost a total of €65.50. If you are only visiting Amsterdam in the Netherlands, there is minimal savings to buying the Museumcard, unless you plan on visiting museums that we did not include in this itinerary.

However, if you also have plans to visit Utrecht, The Hague, Rotterdam, or other cities in the Netherlands, this card may be worth the money. The Museumcard covers entrance to other popular museums in cities other than Amsterdam so this card may save you money.

If you plan on purchasing the Museumcard, you can buy it at your first museum, which is the Rijksmuseum on this Amsterdam itinerary.

I Amsterdam Card

The I Amsterdam Card covers your entrance fees into most museums in Amsterdam, a free canal cruise, and unlimited transportation on public transportation (but not to Schiphol Airport). It comes with a hefty price tag of €85 for 48 hours (€65 for 24 hours) and does not include the €10 to visit the Anne Frank House. On this itinerary, the I Amsterdam Card is overpriced for what you will do.

Bike in Motion

Getting Around Amsterdam

One of the best ways to get around Amsterdam is on your own two feet. However, you can also take advantage of the trams and the metro to save some steps.

A GVB ticket covers unlimited transportation on buses, trams, and the metro during its period of validity. Single tickets, valid for one hour, cost €3.20. You can also purchase multi-day tickets, which are more economical and save you the hassle of visiting the ticket machines whenever you want to take the tram, bus, or metro. Once you activate the ticket (use it for the first time) the period of validity begins.

  • 24 hours: €8.50
  • 48 hours: €13.50
  • 72 hours: €19.00

You can purchase the single and multi-day tickets at GVB service points, in metro stations and at tram stops.

Amsterdam Tram

For this Amsterdam itinerary, we recommend purchasing the 48-hour ticket. If you also need to use public transportation to get to your hotel when you arrive or depart Amsterdam, consider purchasing the 72-hour ticket or simply purchasing additional single tickets as you need them.

You can also get around Amsterdam by bicycle. Hotels and small shops throughout the city rent bikes by the hour or by the day. MacBike is one of the top shops in Amsterdam that rents bicycles. It’s a great to do if you just want to have fun for an hour, or you can use the bike as your mode of transportation during your entire visit to Amsterdam.

Best Time to go to Amsterdam

If you want to see the bulbs in bloom, visit Amsterdam in April and early May. The prime blooming season varies year to year, depending on the weather. However, the end of April is a fairly reliable time to visit if you want to see Keukenhof and Amsterdam carpeted in spring blooms.

April through June is one of the busiest times to visit Amsterdam, so expect larger crowds and larger prices during these months.

The summer months can also be quite busy. October is a gorgeous time to visit Amsterdam, with fall colors and cool nights.

During the winter months, the crowds fade away. It’s chilly in Amsterdam but very cold temperatures are rare.

Strolling through Amsterdam

Where to Stay in Amsterdam

The best area to stay is in Jordaan and along the canal ring. This is our favorite area of Amsterdam and being on the canals at night is magical.

Luxury: The Dylan. Modern, trendy, luxurious, this hotel is located on Keizersgracht, within walking distance of the Anne Frank House. This hotel is also home to Vinkeles, a Michelin-starred restaurant we recommend for dinner.

Mid-Range: The ‘t Hotel. This is where we stayed on our first visit to Amsterdam. The ‘t Hotel has a perfect location, right on a quiet canal and within walking distance of the main sites in Amsterdam. Since our visit in 2008, the hotel has been renovated (and prices have gone up). The family room is the penthouse of the hotel with a loft for the kids.

t hotel

‘t Hotel

Mid-Range: Crowne Plaza South. If you are looking for a clean, comfortable and quiet place to stay and don’t want to spend a fortune (or most places are already reserved when you start your hotel search) consider staying a bit outside of the city. On our most recent visit to Amsterdam, we stayed here at the Crowne Plaza. It’s a great hotel and we had a great stay, without any complaints. It took us 15 minutes by metro to get into town but we saved a lot of money by staying outside of the heart of Amsterdam.

Budget: Amsterdam Wiechmann Hotel.  This hotel has an excellent location in Jordaan right on Prinsengracht canal. There are a wide range of room types, from single rooms to family suites. Some rooms offer a canal view.

For more recommendations on where to stay, read our Best Hotels and Neighborhoods Guide for Amsterdam. Get recommendations whether you are looking for a budget hotel, luxury hotel, or if you are traveling as a family.

Amsterdam Canals at Twilight

The canals at sunset

Recommended Reading

Consider reading A Diary of Anne Frank before your visit to Amsterdam. It puts a lot of what you will see in and around the Anne Frank House into perspective.


Are you planning a trip to Amsterdam and the Netherlands? Comment below if you have any questions about this Amsterdam itinerary or how to spend two days in Amsterdam.

More Information about the Netherlands

Read all of our articles about the Netherlands in our Netherlands Travel Guide.

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Comments 36

  1. Your two-days Amsterdam itinerary has certainly nudged me and my wife to get a Netherlands Visa UK. We will hopefully visit there in the next month or maybe later to explore popular tourist attractions & mouth-watering gastronomical delights.

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  2. WOW is all I can say. I can’t imagine being able to visit all these wonderful places in the world! Your kids are very lucky to have experienced this as well. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I love reading your blogs.

  3. This is an awesome guide. I will be visiting Amsterdam next spring and this provides great tips on getting around the city and what to see.

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  4. Hi there. I am planning a trip to Amsterdam in the spring of 2022. I will only have a day and a half to spend in Amsterdam, do you think visiting Keukenhof is worth it for such a short visit?

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      If your visit will be during the peak blooming season (the month of April into early May) and you like the idea of visiting a gorgeous park filled with flowers, then yes, I think it is worth it. Keukenhof is extraordinary. You could spend one busy day visiting the museums and strolling the canals in Amsterdam and visit Keukenhof on your half day. Cheers, Julie

  5. Perfect blog Amsterdam Itinerary, if anyone is visiting amsterdam for 2 days this blog get you covered you can do all the things on time ,Amazing content julie, you can just enjoy all the things mentioned in this blog .

  6. Hi Julie,
    Just read this itinerary of yours.The suggested itinerary looks superb and well detailed.I am travelling to Amsterdam in may this year but unfortunately my dates are a week ahead of the Keukenhof blooming time. So,I please request you to suggest me something other than Keukenhof.We are a family of four with my two children 16 yrs and 22yrs respectively.

    Regards
    shradul goel

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      You could spend an afternoon in Haarlem. It’s very easy to get to from Amsterdam and it’s like a less touristy, smaller version of Amsterdam. You could go to Zaanse Schans to see the windmills (that’s not too far from Amsterdam). If you have an full day, Giethoorn is a fairytale like town that you can visit on a day trip from Amsterdam (we have not done this yet). Cheers, Julie

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  7. Planning one full day in Amsterdam on 5/10/2020. First visit for us. Would you recommend us to visit the flowers followed by the city or simply stay and explore the city of Amsterdam? Staying at Hotel Van Gogh.

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      It’s really your personal preference. Keukenhof is amazing and since the bulbs only bloom for a short period of time, it could be worth it for you to come here, if you want to see the flowers and think that there is a chance you will be back to Amsterdam again in the future. However, if you think this will be the only time that you will get to Amsterdam, I recommend spending all day here. You can visit the flower market and see lots of tulips…not the same thing as Keukenhof but it is still nice. Cheers, Julie

  8. Hi there! Love this post and your blog! We will have a 6 hour 45 minute layover in Amsterdam and plan to take the train from the airport to explore Amsterdam for a few hours. I’m estimating about 3ish hours to explore (to give us plenty of time to get back to the airport & go through security again!). While I would love to see the Anne Frank house or another museum, my main goal is the photograph the iconic “gingerbread” houses on the canals and all of their unique architecture. Where do you suggest we head for the best views of those buildings? And do you think we should try to squeeze in a museum, or anything else? We’d also grab a quick breakfast or early lunch. Thanks so much!

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      If you want to see “iconic” Amsterdam, go to the Jordaan area and the Nine Little Streets. Wander the canals of Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Prinsengracht, which is also the area where you can see the Anne Frank House. It would be very easy to fill at least an hour or two, walking through this area, and taking photos. This is my favorite thing to do on a visit to Amsterdam and will never get tired of it. There are lots of great restaurants in this area, we have some recommendations but you can also check Trip Advisor. To get here from the airport, you can take a taxi or take the train to Centraal station. A museum will take up a lot of time and time for transportation, so unless there is a museum that you really want to see, I’d skip the museum and just enjoy being in the city. Cheers, Julie

  9. My husband and I, will be in Amsterdam at the end of September for 3 days on our way to Istanbul. This trip was planned as a last minute thought, our main destination is Istanbul but we figure we could stop in Amsterdam for 3 days. The only problem now is I don’t know what to see and do in a such short trip. We would like to be close to the airport because we are going to relay on public transportation for the entire trip. My question is can you suggest a
    Place that is both, not far from the main touristic place and close enough to the airport that we can reach the airport in less than 30 minutes? Thank you, your 2 day post in Amsterdam is a life saver for us.

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      Hello Fatou. I recommend the Crowne Plaza South (we have a link in this article), which is where we stayed on our most recent visit to Amsterdam. I think it takes 15 to 20 minutes to travel by train to the airport (you might want to double check this but I’m almost completely certain that it is less than 30 minutes). It’s also located near the Amsterdam Zuid metro station and tram lines so you’ll be able to use the public transportation to get down into the heart of Amsterdam. The staff are great and can let you know how to get around once you are here or you could get an Amsterdam public transportation app for your smartphone. Cheers, Julie

      1. Thank you, I’ll check the place up. Thank you, we really appreciate this post and most of all the time you took to reply our question.

  10. I am going to Amsterdam with my significant otter in mid-Sept. I’d like to do the day trip to Haarlem as I read Corrie ten Boom’s book when I was a child and it had a huge impact on me. Does the Museum Card include the ten Boom home?

    also, we will be in Amsterdam for 6-7 days, so do you recommend a combination of the Museum Card and the multi-day GVB ticket to get around?

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      Hello Juliana. For the Corrie ten Boom House, check their website for information about the Museum Card. I know it’s a good idea to book tickets in advance but I am not sure that it is included on the Museum Card. With the amount of time you have, I definitely recommend the Museum Card. It only takes 4 museum visits to get your money’s worth. The multi-day train ticket is a good idea if you plan to day trip from Amsterdam frequently. For more info, click here.

  11. My husband and I are planning a trip to Amsterdam and Brussels this fall and your itineraries are very helpful. I am a bit confused about the museum card. You mention it can be bought at the first museum and yet it was also suggested to book some of the museums online ahead of time. With one museum releasing tickets two months in advance and the museum card is only good for one month, can the museum card also be purchased online in advance? Please clarify (any suggestions are ). Thank you!

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      Hello Donna. That is a very good question. If you are not a Dutch resident, you can only purchase the Museumcard (Museumkaart) at one of the museums in the Netherlands. There are 2 museums on this itinerary, the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House, that you need to book your tickets in advance. For the Anne Frank House, you choose your date and enter your email and name and you will pay the .50 euro fee for booking your tickets. You will then use the Museum Card to enter the Anne Frank House once you are in Amsterdam. You can purchase the Museum Card here. The Van Gogh Museum is a very similar procedure. Take a look at the frequently asked questions for the Anne Frank House and this link for the Museum Card for more clarification. If you are only going to visit 4 museums total, then it might be easier, and cheaper, to purchase single tickets. Cheers, Julie

  12. Hey Julie,
    Loved the way you have penned down all the details. We are visiting Paris 3days, Brussels 2days & Amsterdam 3days and have saved your write ups for the same. Am sure it will be of great help to us. Only one thing I wanted to know is….can we do Zanse schans as a self tour?? And also if you could guide me for the Giethoorms village.

    Thank you!!!

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  13. Hi, I am meeting my daughter in Amsterdam on May 3 (it was a last minute decision since she had to go to Frankfurt on business). We are staying at the XO Couture and I can’t figure out the transportation from the airport to my hotel. I do not want to take a taxi. My daughter is taking a train/tram from Frankfurt, Germany.

    Also, what other places would you recommend visiting outside of Amsterdam that we could do in a day? Thanks. I’m getting anxious about seeing as much as possible and I have a hard time deciding.

    Linda

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      Hello Linda. You can take the metro from the airport to Heemestedestraat station and then walk the rest of the way to your hotel. Here’s a link on Google Maps for directions. Our favorite spots that were easy to get to were Haarlem and Utrecht. Really, really liked Utrecht. You can also day trip to The Hague and Delft (but we liked Haarlem and Utrecht more). Cheers, Julie

  14. Hello Julie!
    I will be visiting Amsterdam in April for 2 full days with my husband and 17 month old. the restaurants you recommended are kid-friendly? Are there any bike rentals you recommend? Any other recommendations?
    thank you for your time

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      With kids, I would skip Vinkeles and of course the bar Proeflokaal. I really liked Piqniq and it is kid friendly. I don’t have any specific bike rental options. When we rented bikes we went to a shop at the recommendation of our hotel. You could contact your hotel ahead of time for recommendations or just talk to them once you arrive. April is such a nice time to visit Amsterdam. Enjoy the tulips! Cheers, Julie

  15. Ola Julie
    What a delight to read your itinerary! Many thanks for sharing!
    I will be 2 days in full in november and another two just for the trip to the airpor late afternnon and early morning.
    I am planning the national museum. And maybe anne frank house and another one not sure yet. I will be staying in the noord close to the docklands. I checked the prices from the museums and andd it sums pretty much about 70 euros. I read your advise but paying for the transporantion plus the museusms 12.50 plus the museusms is not too much? Can you please advise? Many thanks for your kindness.

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      Hello Paula. I am not quite sure I understand your question. 48 hours of transportation will cover your 2 days of sightseeing, but if you also plan to use public transportation to get to and from the airport, you might want the 36 hour pass. This will be cheaper but less convenient than using a taxi to and from the airport. Amsterdam tends to be expensive, so those hotel fees and transportation fees (and fees for food) can add up. If I misunderstood your question or didn’t answer it correctly, please try us again! Cheers, Julie

  16. We have only 1 day in Amsterdam and trying to make the best out of it. Could you please tell me how to get to hotel in Amsterdam Oud Zuid area from Schiphol airport? I believe the area is 15 to 20mins walk to the I amsterdam sign. I’m so lost in terms of what to take from the airport and how to get around in Amsterdam. Hopefully you can help me out! Thanks!

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      Hello Tiffany. It looks like the easiest way to get from the airport to the Oud Zuid area is by taxi. When I put that area into Google Maps, it looks like it’s a 5 minute walk to the I Amsterdam sign. Of course, it could be a little more, depending upon where you are staying. I would recommend seeing the museums in the morning, taking tram 2 or 5 to the Dam Square area and then walking west to the Jordaan area where the canals are. To get back to the Oud Zuid area, you could do this in reverse or tram 5 does run near Oud Zuid. Have fun! Cheers, Julie

  17. Hello,

    Love your itineraries, such a pleasure to read. I am currently planning a trip for my wife’s 40th birthday and our 15 year anniversary to Europe. We are landing and leaving from Amsterdam. We land on the 16th of June and take off on the 29th of June. I desperately need your help in planning!! I have no idea where to stay all I know is that I would like to visit Amsterdam, Paris and Rome. My preference is to stay as close and safe as possible. My budget is midrange. It’s all a surprise for her but I am totally lost on planning. Please I need your help!

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      This is so exciting…what a great thing you are doing for you wife. I love it! For all three cities mention, we have an itinerary for each of them (here’s the itinerary for Rome and for Paris). At the end of each we recommend some hotels. We usually stay mid-range as well. Just be aware that mid-range in Amsterdam (to be in the heart of the city) and Paris can still be expensive. Take a look at our recommendations and see what you think. When we book our hotels, we use Booking.com. You can add filters for your price range and location in the cities. We don’t book anything unless it gets a rating of 8.5 or higher, preferably over a 9.

      You have a lot of time, which is perfect. You’ll have more time than what we give in these itineraries, so you can either slow down and enjoy everything or do a little more. When you are in Amsterdam, I recommend taking at least one day trip to another small town. We just did this on our most recent trip to Amsterdam and it was wonderful. We have a post on Utrecht you can look at. Soon I’ll be writing about The Hague. From Amsterdam, these cities are simple to get to and a nice way to see more of the Netherlands.

      Good luck on your hotel search and if you need any more advice do not hesitate to comment again!

      Cheers, Julie

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