How to Spend 3 Days in Amsterdam
Fit more into your three days in the Dutch capital than just the main sights. From home-cooked meals to historical tours, here are our top tips for getting the most out of your visit to Amsterdam, including options for day trips outside the city.
Day 1: A Taste of Amsterdam
Begin your visit orienting yourself in the city and exploring its top landmarks. Consider a city pass for inclusive access to a number of top attractions, and avoid the crowds on a morning skip-the-line visit to Museumplein. You’ll also want to widen your perspective on a sightseeing tour, whether by hop-on hop-off bus, bike, or canal boat. Round your day off sampling typical Dutch cuisine, opting to explore the city’s many restaurants or enjoying a traditional experience with a private meal in the home of a local chef.
Day 2: Delve into Dutch Heritage
Dedicate a day to discovering Amsterdam’s cultural heritage. Explore Jewish history, or if you’re interested in the city's artistic past, opt for a Rembrandt art walking tour that includes entrance to Rijksmuseum. You can also head to nearby villages such as Volendam and Zaanse Schans on a half-day tour for a glimpse of traditional Dutch life. Alternatively, discover Amsterdam’s liberal customs by exploring its many coffeeshops and gaining insight into the laws and legislation that allow the famously tolerant policies on sex work and cannabis.
Day 3: Amsterdam, Holland, Europe
Thanks to superior transport links, Amsterdam is conveniently connected to the rest of the Netherlands and beyond. Take advantage of the many day-trip destinations to discover the region on a full-day tour to nearby Giethoorn to the northeast, modern Rotterdam to the southwest, or farther spots such as Bruges or Brussels in neighboring Belgium. If time permits, unwind on your last night with a canal cruise along the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam waterways. Some cruises offer onboard dinner and provide a relaxing and memorable way to absorb your final views of Amsterdam.