3 day itinerary – Amsterdam | Travel Guide

3 day itinerary – Amsterdam | Travel Guide
Before Christmas, the boy and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary and ended up booking a last minute trip to Amsterdam. I’ve always wanted to go to Amsterdam, I’ve heard nothing but good things so I was super excited when we ended up organizing our trip!It was the first week of December and stayed for 2 nights and 3 days – which is plenty of time to see the sites. I managed to get a great deal off Lastminute.com and stayed at the Best Western Blue Tower Hotel in Leeuwendalersweg, which was 10-15 ride tram into central Station. The hotel was nice, no thrills but it was clean, comfortable and friendly staff. We had a very big bathroom, the room was nice and modern and a nice big comfy bed. We didn’t eat at the hotel but it’s in a lovely neighbourhood with eateries nearby, plus very easy to get to central Amsterdam, via bus or tram.

Amsterdam was everything I expected and more. It’s a beautiful City and I would highly recommend if you haven’t been. Dutch people, I find extremely friendly, everyone seems to speak good English, from the tram driver to the lady behind the counter in KFC, and everyone seems helpful. Amsterdam isn’t overpopulated either, at one point we found ourselves in the City centre at peak time and the crowds were manageable with plenty of space. If it was London we would have been squashed like sardines and completely ruined the experience, but Amsterdam isn’t like that at all. It has a great laid-back vibe and felt completely safe walking around at night. We managed to see a lot in 3 days, and you don’t have to spend a fortune either.

Here’s my itinerary, tried and tested.

{ DAY 1 }

Dam Square is a good spot to start as it’s pretty central to everything. The great thing about Amsterdam is everything is within walking distance. There are loads of shops and restaurants around Dam Square. Make sure you get lost down the little cobbled streets, it’s very beautiful. The Palace is situated at Dam Square, which is a great picture moment, and also the National Memorial.

South of Dam Square in an area called Museumstraat, sits the beautiful building of Rijksmuseum, the national museum of art and history. We didn’t actually pay to go in, but we walked around the building which is very impressive, plus it has the ‘I AM AMSTERDAM’ sign at the front which is another great picture moment. And because I went during the Christmas period, they had a lovely ice skating rink behind the sign.
A 2-minute walk from Rijksmuseum and you are at the Van Gogh Museum, which we did buy tickets to. This museum is very insightful and interesting. It has a great set up and tells the story of Van Gogh from birth till death. There’s so much content, it takes a few hours to get around it all.
This is an area we walked through to get back to the centre. It’s a beautiful part of the City with townhouses, shops, cobbled streets and picturesque canals.
Stop off at Hans en Grietje for a beer and pancake. It’s a traditional drinking place on the corner with quirky ornaments on the wall and really friendly staff.
Also known as the Red Light district. Definitely a must see, and definitely an eye-opener. I found it fascinating in a peculiar way.

{ DAY 2 }

Head to the ferry port which is situated behind the central station and get on the free ferry across to Noord and head to NDSM-Werf. Noord is a very trendy part of town. This used to be a shipyard but is now a really cool trendy part of town with a skate park, urban artist studios and galleries. It has some cool restaurants and some great views.

Head back into central Rembrandtplein, a cool little square surrounded by bars and smoking cafes. They had a Christmas market when I was there, I had some of the most amazing crepes on one of the market stalls.

Head back to Dam Square to do a bit of shopping. Bijenkorf is a large Mall which attracts tourists and locals alike. Nearby is also the Magna Plaza which is another big shopping complex. You can find everything from high-street to designer.
End the night in China town, right next door to the red light district.

{ DAY 3 }

Personally my favourite neighbourhood, the real Amsterdam. It’s a beautiful part of town with canals and trendy houses, shops and cafes. Anne Franks museum is also here, you can’t miss it, it’s the house with the 2-mile queue outside! Yes if you want to go in, get up early and do this first to avoid the crowds, it gets busy.

A 5-minute walk from Anne Frank’s house are 2 food markets which also sell the odd clothing, creative pieces, fur and vintage pieces. I’ve never seen so much cheese and pancake goodness, not to be missed! Make sure you stop off at Café Winkel and order a coffee and lappeltaart, this is life changing! The best lappeltaart in Amsterdam, and it is AMAZING! There was a bit of a queue to get served but it’s completely worth it. It’s on the corner of Noordemarkt.
It’s nearly home time so we walked back to central station via Haarlemmerstraat for our last minute souvenirs. A nice part of town with some cool trendy shops.


1 Comment

  1. January 30, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    I'm planning on going to Amsterdam in the next couple of month for the first time and this is exactly what I need – thank you! Glad you had a good time too


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