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2-day Amsterdam itinerary: What to see & do in Amsterdam


Day 1

9:00 AM Visit Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is one of the world’s most famous and frequently visited museums. It features over 80 rooms and has an extraordinary collection of 8,000 art pieces including masterpieces by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh. Spanning 12,000 square meters, the museum is extensive, so be sure to set aside a few hours to appreciate the experience fully. We recommend purchasing your tickets to Rijksmuseum in advance to ensure entry and avoid spending your day in long queues.

11:45 AM Canal cruise from the museum quarters

While you're in the museum district, we highly recommend taking a canal cruise from there. Amsterdam’s canals are a defining feature of the city’s landscape, and a canal cruise is the best way to experience their charm. You'll get an unparalleled view of the iconic canal houses, bridges, and other architectural gems by the canals. Actually, you’ll glide by over 100 points of interest in just one hour.

1:00 PM Stay in the museum quarters for lunch

When getting back to the dock, stay in the museum quarters (Museumkwartier) for lunch nearby. There are a lot of restaurants in the area to choose from. Gather your strength for the afternoon!

2.00 PM Visit Van Gogh museum

Another museum you’d really want to visit is the Van Gogh Museum. They have an unmatched collection of Van Gogh's Works with 200 paintings, numerous drawings, and letters. Book your visit and buy tickets in advance since it’s one of Amsterdam's most popular sights.

Not into Van Gogh? There are a lot of other museums in Amsterdam to discover.

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3:30 PM Explore Jordaan neighborhood & grab your snacks

Enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the Jordaan neighborhood famous for its picturesque canals, cafés, markets, and vibrant cultural scene. The neighborhood offers an authentic Amsterdam experience and views. Explore and you’ll definitely discover some gems.

While you’re there, energize yourself with a sweet treat. Traditional Dutch pancakes (Pannenkoeken) are a bit thicker than the traditional crepe but thinner than American pancakes. These come with both sweet and savory toppings. Another perfect snack is the Poffertjes which resembles a bunch of mini pancakes that also come with a lot of different toppings such as ice cream, berries, and caramel sauce.

6:00 PM Traditional Dutch Dinner

There are a lot of different traditional Dutch food so try something new today after a whole day of discovering Amsterdam!

Stamppot: A classic Dutch dish consisting of mashed potatoes mixed with vegetables like kale, carrots, or sauerkraut, often served with sausage or meatballs

Rijsttafel: An Indonesian-inspired meal consisting of many small dishes, including rice, vegetables, meat, and spicy sauces.

Kroketten: Similar to bitterballen, deep-fried, breaded balls filled with a savory stew, but larger and often filled with meat, shrimp, or cheese.

Hutspot: A traditional Dutch dish made from mashed potatoes, carrots, and onions, often served with a piece of meat like a sausage or a meatball.

8:00 PM Explore by taking an evening stroll at Rembrandtplein Square

Rembrandtplein, named after the Dutch painter Rembrandt, is a vibrant square located in the heart of Amsterdam. It is surrounded by bars and restaurants, making it the perfect spot to experience the city's lively nightlife. Whether you're looking to enjoy a delicious meal or sip on a cocktail, Rembrandtplein offers a fantastic opportunity to see Amsterdam come alive after dark.

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Day 2

09:30 AM Visit Anne Franks's house

Another can’t miss destination in Amsterdam is Anne Frank’s house. It’s located in the actual building where the famous diarist Anne Frank and her family hid during World War II for two years. The museum brings Anne's diary entries to life and offers a touching experience. Visitors can walk through the secret annex, see the original diary, and learn more about Anne and her family.

Tickets usually need to be purchased weeks in advance and it’s recommended that you arrive at least 10 minutes before to guarantee a smooth entry.

11:30 AM Vondelpark sightseeing

You really don’t want to miss out on this green oasis in the city. It’s Amsterdam’s largest and most famous park with lots of activities for the whole family. Looking for movement? Great, there are plenty of options to hike or bike. Still tired from yesterday’s activities? Have a picnic, have some coffee or a cold beverage at one of the cafes nearby. Visiting in the summer? The park comes alive with open-air concerts, theater performances, and events.

1:00 PM Lunch in De Pijp neighborhood – Street food

When in Amsterdam, street food is a non-negotiable. And why not combine it with strolling around in one of Amsterdam's trendiest neighborhoods? De Pijp is popular to visit because of its unique, vibrant, and artsy vibe and amazing markets. Albert Cuypmarkt is actually the biggest market in Europe with over 260 stalls. This is a gem for locals and tourists – And perfect for lunch.

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3:00 PM Explore the city by Pedal Boat

Experience Amsterdam from a different perspective, gliding past historic buildings, charming houseboats, and picture-friendly bridges at your own pace by trying out pedal boats. It’s like a bicycle but on water!

4:00 PM Shopping Nine Street

Nine Street (De Negen Straatjes) is a delightful neighborhood you really wouldn’t want to miss. You have everything you need here, from high-end boutiques and vintage shops to cozy cafés and restaurants. And all this while having beautiful canal houses and historic architecture everywhere you look.

08:20 PM Dinner cruise – The perfect way to see the city at night

Is there anything better than Amsterdam during sunset? We don't think so, which is why we've arranged a dinner cruise during the magical golden hour. Savor a delicious pizza or cheese platter paired with your favorite drink, all while taking in the city's iconic highlights. There are few better ways to experience the beauty and charm of Amsterdam than this.

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