Three days in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is not quite like any other city. It has architecture that you will not find anywhere else in the world. From it’s picturesque canals to quaint apartment buildings along the canals, it’s a place you have to visit to understand. If you are brave, rent a bicycle and explore the city that way. Otherwise, walking and taking the tram is a great way to see the city as well. As always, I try to make my guides as easy to read as possible and I will only list specific places to eat at and places to stay if I feel like it will benefit you. Many of the things I suggest have entrance tickets that are included with the iAmsterdam city card, more information can be found on their website listed at the end of the guide.

Day One:

There are some typical spots that people visit, and they do not disappoint. Here is what I would suggest you to do for one of the days.

Anne Frank House:

There is nothing more humbling than being able to walk the footsteps of Anne Frank from when she lived in the attic of this house during WWII. I would suggest you go near closing time so that the lines are shorter.

Van Gogh Museum:

This is a must for art lovers, a museum dedicated just to Van Gogh.

The Fault in Our Stars Bench:

If you are like me and are a huge fan of this movie, and wanted to visit Amsterdam because of it. Head over to “the bench” from the movie. Rumors are it was stolen. When it was found and placed in it’s original spot they decided to bolt it down. Sometimes avid fans will sit on the bench and just…sit there for a long, long time.

Vondelpark:

Grab some food and drinks and head to this beautiful park for a picnic.

Day Two:

As beautiful as Amsterdam is, it can be overwhelming. It is a dense city, with a lot of people in a small area. I would suggest taking a break from the city and head just outside to check out the many windmills in the Netherlands. They are both easily accessible from Amsterdam.

Zaanse Schans:

This adorable little town with bridges and windmills is surprisingly still inhabited by locals, if your favourite color is green then you will love it!

Kinderdijk:

This UNESCO world heritage site is worth the visit, it is the most windmills you will find in one area in the Netherlands.

The A’dam look out (at the A’DAM toren Amsterdam):

For a sunset rooftop drink or a swing on Europe’s highest swing. Tip: if you go to the bar on the level below the rooftop then you still get a beautiful panoramic view of the city but without a fee.

Day Three:

The Begijnhof:

This is one of the oldest inner courts in the city of Amsterdam dating from the early 14th century.

The Resistance Museum:

This is an eye-opening, informational museum dedicated to showing the world the life of living in the Netherlands during WWII.

The Jordaan:

I am not only suggesting this neighborhood because I loved living here, but it is an amazing place to eat, shop and explore.

Dam Square:

Beware this is filled with tourists, but you might as well see it while you are in Amsterdam, and you can also get a nice peak at Central station.

Others:

  • The Poezenboot: this is a houseboat that is a cat shelter. They have some resident cats, but also help strays to find loving homes.
  • Rijksmuseum: I have not visited this museum just yet, but if this is on your to visit list, then I am sure it will not disappoint. Otherwise, it is beautiful on the outside as well, and the infamous iAmsterdam sign is right outside this museum.
  • Canal Cruise: there are many companies to choose from, but the benefit of having the iAmsterdam city card is that it lets you choose from different ones. Seeing the city from a boat gives you a different perspective.

Food:

  • De Hallen is one of those food courts (but cooler) type of designs with delicious food of all types!
  • Albert Cuyp market (for fresh stroopwafels and kibbeling)
  • De Carrousel (for poffertjes)

Dutch food:

  • Bitterballen (my favorite)
  • Frikandel
  • Fries and mayo in a paper cone (I have no idea why this is so popular, but I still get it)
  • Stroopwafels
  • Kibbeling
  • Poffertjes
  • Erwtensoep (pea soup)

To stay:

I looked for a very very long time for a good, affordable hotel to stay at in Amsterdam. I would recommend staying at Hotel Casa Amsterdam.

A big thank you to iAmsterdam for supporting my visit in Amsterdam, you can find more information via www.iamsterdam.com. All opinions and photos are my own.

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