Updated: Jul 10, 2020
Through this 3-day taster of what the Dutch capital has to offer, you will tour the city streets on foot, the canals by boat, and forge your own path cycling in scenic Amsterdam. It includes must-see exhibits such as the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, and the Heineken experience while also allowing for a more personalized visit with choices for a more family-friendly experience to take the whole family along.
Begin your tour through the Netherlands’ capital with a free walking tour as you learn to navigate the city and get to see some of the city’s most popular attractions. This tour is free, but remember to tip your tour guide! The tour ends at the Anne Frank House, take this opportunity to delve into the life of this brave young woman as you learn about what she experienced during the Holocaust. This important landmark reminds visitors of the history of the city at its heights, and also through its darkest hours.
Spend your afternoon experiencing the natural beauty of the city in its biggest park, Vondelpark. There are free concerts in their open-air theater, a playground for children, a statue of the poet Vondel, and plenty of other attractions for all ages. Perhaps try traditional cuisine of stroopwafel or poffertjes with a refreshing glass of mint tea at a local cafe while you soak up the sun and exceptional views.
Finish your first day as a part of the iconic party scene of the city. While more adventurous and mature audiences might visit the iconic Red Light District, Leidseplein is the recommended alternative for those looking to party, drink, and dance as part of the Dutch experience.
Marcel Wanders says, “Amsterdam lives and breathes creativity.” See a collection of Amsterdam’s finest at the Rijksmuseum (State Museum) or perhaps the Van Gogh Museum. The Rijksmuseum is a collection of Dutch masterpieces including pieces by Van Gogh for a more holistic experience but the Van Gogh Museum is the largest collection of his works for interested superfans.
Next, take a tour around the canals of the “Venice of the North.” These 17th-century waterways were originally created for the practical use of expanding the city but now contribute to Amsterdam’s aesthetic gabled estates and exceptional monuments. A must while in Amsterdam is the Heineken Experience. Tour the original brewery of this iconic beer, learn about the hops process, and chat with the beer connoisseurs that guard Amsterdam’s best-kept secrets. For those traveling with underage visitors, the NEMO Science Museum is an exciting and incredibly interactive way to spend your afternoon. Exhibits range from space to energy, water power to mathematics, an amazing way to give your younger travelers an exciting dive into science and foreign culture.
End your day with a live performance at the stunning historic concert hall of Concertgebouw. The classic performances and exceptional acoustics in the exclusive and gorgeous architecture of the hall are sure to give you amazing memories you’ll never forget.
Spend your third and final morning in the city exploring its sights by joining their bike culture and cycling around Amsterdam. Your morning can entail a scenic nature route or perhaps one through the city discovering hidden gems of unique restaurants and quirky boutiques. This isn’t just a tourist city, it’s a storied hub of creativity, great beers, historic establishments, and stunning flora.
This is where the vacation becomes personalized just for you, the last day leaves an opportunity to pick a day trip or final destination that’s perfect for your trip. The Dutch Resistance Museum, Artis Royal Zoo, and Rembrandt House are all worthwhile stops, pick the one that’s right for you! There are also many day trips that can be booked out of Amsterdam that might entice you like the Zaanse Schans day trip to see iconic Dutch windmills and surreal fields of tulips.
Finish your last day in the atmosphere of this effervescent city at bookstores, boutiques, and cafes along the picturesque streets, perhaps on De Negen Straatjes, Nine Little Streets, an iconic canal district. De Pjip, your go-to restaurant spot, also makes a great relaxing way to end your stay and try traditional food and drinks as the sun sets and neon signs bring the neighborhood to life.
Historic and scenic Amsterdam is waiting for you, don’t hesitate to take this opportunity to experience a rich culture through the arts, monuments, nature, and delectable cuisine.
Remember to contact Jetset Destinations to plan your Amsterdam getaway.