Amsterdam is a cute and quintessential European city that’s almost on every traveler’s list of cities to visit in the region. So it’s no surprise that it was on my short list of cities to visit during my one-week of solo traveling between jobs. I visited during January in the middle of a freezing winter. But on the bright side, everything was so much cheaper. Hoorah! Below you’ll find a short guide to Amsterdam and my itinerary of how I spent 48 hours in Amsterdam.
You will land in Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). To get to downtown, you have two transportation options:
- Taxi or Uber: Uber may be your cheaper option between these two. A taxi from the airport to city centre will cost approximately 50 euros.
- Train: I highly recommend taking the train from the airport into the city centre. The fare costs 8 – 9 euros which is much less expensive than taking a taxi!
This day’s itinerary is under the assumption that you have a full day to spend in Amsterdam. Feel free to adjust accordingly depending on your time of arrival.
|1. Visit the Anne Frank House|
|2. Walk around Dam Square|
|3. Eat to your heart's content at the Food Hallen|
|4. Join a photo tour of Jordaan through Airbnb Experiences|
|5. Visit the Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam's floating flower market|
|6. Eat a traditional Dutch dinner at The Pantry|
|7. Enjoy a night canal cruise with Those Dam Boat Guys|
1. VISIT THE ANNE FRANK HOUSE
2. WALK AROUND DAM SQUARE
- Royal Palace: The building was originally Amsterdam’s City Hall back in 1655 but was eventually turned into a palace in 1808 by the brother of Napoleon.
- National Monument: Built in 1956 to memorialize the victims of World War II
- Take a photo in the wooden shoe outside Dam Square Souvenirs.
- Go shopping.
3. EAT TO YOUR HEART’S CONTENT AT THE FOOD HALLEN
Foodhallen is Amsterdam’s first indoor food hall that holds about 20 street food vendors ranging from simple, classic foods to more high-end street food. Can’t decide which food stand to eat at? Eat a small dish at multiple stands to hit as many as you can!
4. JOIN A PHOTO TOUR IN JORDAAN THROUGH AIRBNB EXPERIENCES
The Bloemenmarkt is the world’s only floating market and has been opened since 1862. It includes 15 florist and garden shops as well as several souvenir stands.
6. EAT A TRADITIONAL DUTCH DINNER AT THE PANTRY
The Pantry is cozy restaurant near the Leidseplein that distinguishes itself with its typically Dutch atmosphere and traditional old-Dutch dishes.
7. ENJOY A NIGHT CANAL CRUISE WITH THOSE DAM BOAT GUYS
|1. Enjoy a hearty breakfast Omelegg in De Pijp|
|2. Browse the Albert Cuyp Market|
|3. Experience the Heineken Experience|
|4. Visit the Rijksmuseum|
|5. Have a picnic or frolick through Vondelpark|
|6. Visit Van Gogh's original paintings at the Van Gogh Museum|
|7. Venture out to Bollenstreek (Spring only)|
1. ENJOY A HEARTY BREAKFAST AT OMELEGG IN DE PIJP
2. BROWSE THE ALBERT CUYP MARKET
3. EXPERIENCE THE HEINEKEN EXPERIENCE
The Heineken Experience is a popular tourist attraction in Amsterdam, attracting hundred of thousands of tourist annually. The attraction used to be the original factory for production of Heineken beer until 1988 when the main production line decided to move to the outskirts of the city due to high demand for the beer. Now, the factory currently serves as an interactive, self-guided tour attraction to those wanting to learn more about the behind-the-scenes history and production of Heineken beer. The Heineken Tour include an interactive self-guided tour, Heineken tasting session, and two complimentary beers or non-alcoholic drinks.