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This short visit of Amsterdam contains highlights that cannot be missed together with some personal favorites that will appeal to many culture and architecture lovers. Nothing extravagant, but a first acquaintance of a city that has so much to offer. Too much, so selections have to be made. I personally prefer Hollandse Schouwburg over Ann Frank House when it comes to remembrance and Stedelijk over Van Gogh, but people may make other choices. Later all alternatives are mentioned, but do not see more than 2 museums a day. So absolute musts are highlighted (!), options are marked *. It hurts to select. Because this is the best way to travel, most movements will be made by bike. Amsterdam has more than 1 million bikes on 800,000 inhabitants, so cycling is the norm. I hope you appreciate my selection. Now let's go. Lots of work. I summarize the three days here: Day 1 (centre): Canal boat trip! - Begijnhof/English Church - The 9 Streets - Westertoren (skip Anne Frank House)- Jordaan - Dam Red Light district - Nieuwmarkt - Rembrandt Huis* - Jewish Museum*/Portuguese Synagogue - Hermitage* - Magere brug - Nederlandse Bank - American Hotel. Day 2 (south): Rijksmuseum! - Beethovenstraat - Apollolaan/Churchilllaan - Dageraad! - Albert Cuypmarket - Stedelijk Museum* or Van Gogh Museum* - Vondelpark Day 3 (ring east, harbour area and west): Vijzelstraat - Museum Van Loon/Purses and bagsmuseum - Magere brug/Kerkstraat - (skip Artis Zoo) - Hollandse Schouwburg memorial/Resistance Museum WWII* - Entrepotdok - Kadijkplein - Scheepvaartmuseum - Wittenburgerkade - Jan Schaeferbrug - Javaeiland - Oostelijke Handelskade - Dijksgracht - Oosterdokskade (new Public Library) - Central Station - Haarlemmerstraat/Haarlemmerpoort - Zaanstraat - Museum het Schip - Westerpark - Nassaukade

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  • Art and Architecture Lover

27 Places

7 City Tips

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27 Places

Day 1

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Boat Tours

Begijnhof

Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas

De 9 Straatjes

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

West Church (Westerkerk)

Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

The Jordaan

Neighbourhoods

Dam Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Red Light District

Neighbourhoods

Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House)

Historic Sites, Art Museums

Jewish Historical Museum

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Hermitage Amsterdam

Art Museums

Magere Brug

Bridges, Historic Sites

Bar Americain Amsterdam

Bars & Clubs

Day 2

Rijksmuseum

Art Museums

Dageraad Complex

Visitor Centres

Albert Cuyp Market

Flea & Street Markets

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Art Museums, Speciality Museums

Van Gogh Museum

Art Museums, History Museums

Vondelpark

Parks

Day 3

Museum Van Loon

Historic Sites, History Museums

Museum of Bags and Purses

Speciality Museums

Hollandsche Schouwburg

History Museums

The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum)

History Museums

Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum

History Museums

Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

Libraries

Centraal Station

Mass Transportation Systems, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings

Museum Het Schip

Speciality Museums

Concertgebouw

Historic Sites, Concerts, Theatres

Jan S's City Tips

  • Rent a bike. There are many rental companies, with different color bikes, standing out between the black or grey bikes of the locals. Don't pay more than 10 euro's per day (24h). Transportation: Avoid taxi's. They are expensive (wait what Uber can change in a few years). The car is inconvenient anyway. Amsterdam is world leader in parking fees (€ 5 /h). Trams and buses are OK. You need a OV-chipcard. Buy one at the train station (only there) for 7.50, if you travel regularly by public transport. In our trip this is of no use, because we go bike. You can buy single fares with the driver to get to your hotel and back to the airport. Coming from the airport, I suggest to take the red bus 197, that brings you directly to Leidseplein. This trip suggests to start around this square and rent a bike at MacBike (red bikes), the largest renting company.
  • When cycling, do not stop at every corner to look at the map. Learn some of your route by heart and drive from road switch to the next. Most streets in Amsterdam have separate bike lanes, but beware of scooters and mopeds. They share the same path. Together with parking space for bikes these motorized youngsters are the worst problems of this beautiful city.
  • Hotels and restaurants are quite expensive. There are many cheap eateries, but hotels come from around 100 euros a night. Fita and Van Gogh Hotel provide good value for money and are situated on an excellent quiet location. In many hotels I imagine night rest is not guaranteed because of loud cafe's or busy streets nearby. For lunch you might do as the Dutch do: buy a sandwich in a supermarket and half a liter of milk, may be a piece of fruit and you are ready. At dinnertime you could find one of the 800 restaurants. I will name a few of my favorites later at different prices. Do not miss Indonesian rijsttafel, which is a 'Dutch' specialty (many good places like Indrapura, Sama Sebo, Sampurna, Djago and others) and pick a herring at the corner of the street. Dutch cuisine does not really exist. But you can eat any world cuisine in Amsterdam.
  • To avoid waiting lines for museums, buy tickets on line. You will be directed to a different and faster queue.
  • You may consider buying a passepartout tourist card. See pro's and cons on http://www.amsterdamtourist.info/tips/amsterdamdiscount-cards/ For this trip Amsterdam on bike I don't think it is worth the price. We will take the bike and visit Rijksmuseum.
  • You don't have to learn Dutch. It's too difficult and everyone speaks English. Even if you'd try, people switch to English as soon they hear you are foreign.
  • Money: Dutch people usually pay with PIN, i.e. a local bank card. Credit cards are welcomed often (but for instance not in the largest supermarket Albert Heijn) and only if your creditcard is provided with a chip! In restaurants, it is customary to add 5 - 10% to the bill for tip to show your satisfaction, but this is not required. Service is included.
    Day 1
  • Amsterdam Canal Cruises
    Boat Tours
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    Jan S Says:

    A tour in the canal boat is a terrific way to see Amsterdam, from the water. There are several companies and several starting points. One is Rederij Kooy on Rokin, near Spui. I suggest that one. So we cycle that way via Spiegelgracht, Herengracht, Koningsplein, Spui. Another one starts at Leidsebosje near Leidseplein.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Don't worry about a thing. There are no long queues, the schedule is frequent, the fare is not expensive (say € 14), there are no preferred seats, the guide speaks English (give him or her a small tip after arriving)
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 140 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Maybe the best way to catch the spirit of Amsterdam 19/10/2018
    • Disappointing 19/10/2018
    • Amsterdam Canal Cruises
    Address:
    Stadhouderskade 550
    opposite Heineken Experience
    1072 AE Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 626 5636
    Price range:
    US$23 - US$23
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Begijnhof
    Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
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    Jan S Says:

    This is a very special place, oasis only to be reached through a wooden door on Spui, next to nr. Here old church related women (Begijnen) used to live. In the middle you find the English (in fact Presbyterian) church. For English speaking churchgoers a place to remember for services on Sundays 10.30 am.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    Tips
    • Just walk around
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden spot 17/10/2018
    • Peaceful spot 15/10/2018
    • Begijnhof
    Address:
    Gedempte Begijnensloot
    1012 RM Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 622 1918
    Other:
  • De 9 Straatjes
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jan S Says:

    The nine little streets are in fact three crossing streets connecting three canals. They became shopping streets with cute little boutiques. Unless you are eager to shop, you can leave them or just cycle through from Herengracht to Prinsengracht, because that's where we are heading. You can even zigzag to and fro, so that you don't miss the real thing here: the variety of facades on the canals Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • On Hartenstraat 3 you find my favorite Italian restaurant Quattro Gatti. Not cheap and it takes a whole evening, and they only accept cash. So leave it now.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just love the 9 Streets 13/10/2018
    • Loved it, shopping mecca 10/10/2018
    • De 9 Straatjes
    Other:
  • West Church (Westerkerk)
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Jan S Says:

    On Prinsengracht near Rozengracht we pass the majestic Westerkerk. It is crowned by the crown of the Emperor Maximilian, who endowed the city with special rights to use this symbol in its 'logo' to thank for support in a local war 1492.The church is one of the major buildings of Amsterdams golden age (17th century), built by Hendrik de Keyser. The tower is separately from the church owned by the municipality. In summer there are possibilities to climb the tower with a guide. Don't miss that opportunity for the view. Next to Westerkerk is Ann Frank house. Always long queues. It is an icon. Let's skip it and wait for another opportunity for remembrance tomorrow at Hollandse Schouwburg.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bright 11/10/2018
    • Great views from the bell tower 09/10/2018
    • West Church (Westerkerk)
    Address:
    Prinsengracht 279-281
    1016 GW Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 624 7766
    Other:
  • The Jordaan
    Neighbourhoods
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    Jan S Says:

    Jordaan is one of the first extensions of the city for the working class. In the beginning of the 20th century it was a typical neighborhood with its own folk culture. Now it is gentrified, but the streets remained the same containing many small little shops, less high brow than in the Nine Streets. You may cross a few streets, the picturesque canals like Bloemgracht and Leliegracht and from there head north through narrow alleys till you finally end at Spuistraat and Nieuwe Zijds Voorburgwal. Turn right till you see Dam Square or the back of the Royal Palace on Dam.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Some nice cafe's like Het Bruine Paard (The brown horse), Twee Zwaantjes (two little swans), Lowietje, De Prins, and many more inviting to take a break. If you like apple pie, try the very best at Winkel 43, on Noordermarkt.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Incredible site👀 19/10/2018
    • A brilliant place to meander and dine. 15/10/2018
    • The Jordaan
    Phone:
    +31 20 770 8953
    Other:
  • Dam Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jan S Says:

    Dam is the place in the river where Amster-dam started. The central square, where the sumptuous town hall was built by Jacob van Campen, since Napoleon owned by the state and reception hall for the King. The Dam is also locating the National Monument memorizing WWII, Madame Tusseauds and the department store Bijenkorf. The latter I find disappointing now, with all kinds of luxury shops-in-shop.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Just put your bike in the middle and gaze around. Continue eastward on the crowded Damstraat
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dam Sqaure 19/10/2018
    • A must see 19/10/2018
    • Dam Square
    Address:
    Dam Square
    Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Other:
  • Red Light District
    Neighbourhoods
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    Jan S Says:

    Crossing Damstraat on two rather narrow canals (OZ Voorburgwal + OZ Achterburgwal) on your left hand side you find the famous red light district. At any time it is crowded here, difficult to cycle. Right in the middle of this area OZ Voorburgwal the oldest Church of Amsterdam, Oude Kerk (1387) is situated. Remarkable oasis. You could enter here for several expositions, e.g. World Press Photo.

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • May be you want to enter, may be not. The area is not dangerous. That would only hinder the vast commercial interests of the peculiar sex industry here.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    • You've got to say you've been! 19/10/2018
    • Red Light District tour 19/10/2018
    • Red Light District
    Phone:
    +31 6 41853288
    Other:
  • Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House)
    Historic Sites, Art Museums
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    Jan S Says:

    After Damstraat and Oude Hoogstraat we arrive at Nieuwmarkt. The old building in the middle is the Waag, where goods were weighed and traded. This area was scene of fierce riots around 1980 to prevent demolishing for the construction of the Metro. Now everyone is happy with the result. Down Anthoniebreestraat you will see some pleasant architecture that was built here around Zuiderkerk (South Church. We already saw West Church, North Church and Old Church, all protestant churches since 1578, reformation year in Amsterdam). Where the street broadens, we come to a sluice (left hand) and on our right a majestic brickstone building stads out. This was Rembrandts house in his best days. Now museum. Nice to visit, but we can't have it all.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Stop a while at the sluice and see far ahead the Schreierstoren (where women cried for their men who did not return from the sea), turn around and take off your head for master Rembrandt, who lived in the Jewish quarter, which existed here (Jodenbreestraat) until WWII...
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting & Educational 18/10/2018
    • Brings Rembrandt to life . . . 16/10/2018
    • Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House)
    Address:
    Jodenbreestraat 4
    1011 NK Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 520 0400
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Jewish Historical Museum
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Jan S Says:

    Jodenbreestraat ends at a crosspoint of roads, near Waterlooplein ( a flea market) dominated by a few major buildings. One is a catholic church with two towers, but the largest is the old Portuguese synagogue. Unfortunately not open for the public. Across the street the Ashkenazy synagogue can be visited. It contains the Jewish Historical Museum.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Look around, visit when specifically interested.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The curation of the Jewish story is superb 19/10/2018
    • Fascinating & Interesting 10/10/2018
    • Jewish Historical Museum
    Address:
    Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1
    1011 PL Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 531 0310
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Hermitage Amsterdam
    Art Museums
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    Jan S Says:

    Now continue along the modern rather plain townhall of Amsterdam, annex Opera house. Just before the bridge over the Amstel turn left. After two bridges you will find a complex of old brickstone buildings that now hosts an affiliate branch of the Russian Hermitage. Sometimes nice expositions of treasuries of the Czars are displayed here.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Know that it is here. If you might be interested, check the ongoing exposition.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really worth visiting 19/10/2018
    • History through art 08/10/2018
    • Hermitage Amsterdam
    Address:
    Amstel 51
    1018 EJ Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 530 8755
    Price range:
    US$23 - US$23
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Magere Brug
    Bridges, Historic Sites
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    Jan S Says:

    Near the end of our first day we see a old style wooden bridge over the Amstel. The Magere (meager) bridge only dates from the 1930's, but you should not know that. It is a nice view, especially at night when it is illuminated.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Start thinking about dinner. The Leidseplein and Museumplein area are not the optimal places to eat (commercial, tourist-oriented). Best places are scattered around town. But you are on bike and the distances are never very long. I name cheap priced: Turkish restaurant Kilim, Maydanoz (mediterranean), The Greek Taverna, higher priced: French/Belgian Lieve, Te Pas (international ), Brasserie Flo (French), Gare de l' Est, Bonjour and many more.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    • Just another bridge 04/09/2018
    • Fantastic area 03/09/2018
    • Magere Brug
    Address:
    Kerkstraat
    Nieuwe Kerkstraat
    Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
  • Bar Americain Amsterdam
    Bars & Clubs
    Jan S Says:

    The American Hotel ("Americain", as Amsterdammers call it) is a meeting place, where you might end your day.

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #102 of 319 Nightlife in Amsterdam
    • Excellent American bar 16/10/2018
    • Pricey but so worth it ! 09/10/2018
    • Bar Americain Amsterdam
    Address:
    Leidsekade 97
    1017 PN Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 556 3010
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Rijksmuseum
    Art Museums
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    Jan S Says:

    Start your day soon after 9 a.m. in the Rijksmuseum, an absolute must, but during the rest of the day too crowded to be pleasant.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy tickets online.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A bit over whelming 19/10/2018
    • World class collection 19/10/2018
    • Rijksmuseum
    Address:
    Museumstraat 1
    1071 XX Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 674 7000
    Price range:
    US$17 - US$17
    Other:
  • Dageraad Complex
    Visitor Centres
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    Jan S Says:

    In the south part of the city larger planned extensions in the 1930s (architect Berlage) create very pleasant residential areas, with great architectural interest (e.g. Minervalaan, Churchilllaan). Cycle a bit around there and end up in this very special area, built from 1910 to 1920. Idealist architects wanted to create good houses for working people. On the third day we may visit such a place as it looked inside (museum Het Schip).

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Find hidden gems in these buildings, what one can do with brickstones. Not many tourists find this, but it is worthwhile to visit.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #203 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    • Amsterdam school style Architecture 05/09/2016
    • Wonderful architecture using bricks 21/05/2016
    • Dageraad Complex
    Address:
    Burgemeester Tellegenstraat 128
    1073 KG Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Other:
  • Albert Cuyp Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Jan S Says:

    A bit northward you bump on Albert Cuyp street, crossing east-west. A daily city market. Nice and noisy.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • If you look for bargains...
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    • Stumbled upon them 18/10/2018
    • Worth a visit 15/10/2018
    • Albert Cuyp Market
    Address:
    Albert Cuypstraat
    Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 6 26574378
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
    Art Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Jan S Says:

    Back to Museumplein, museums are tempting. But we have to select. Choice between Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh might end in choosing neither. Van Gogh is built around one iconic painter. Almost permanently crowds are queueing to deter reasonably calculating visitors with limited time. Stedelijk has a fine modern art collection and less crowds, but you have to be a fan of (very) modern art. A famous collection of Malevitch is permanently exposed here.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Avoid the Stedelijk restaurant. Instead buy some salads or sandwiches in the AH underground supermarket opposite the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    • Excellent Modern Art Museum 14/10/2018
    • Wasted money and time 13/10/2018
    • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
    Address:
    Museumplein 10
    1071 DJ Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 573 2911
    Price range:
    US$23 - US$23
    Hours:
    Fri
    10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Sat - Thu
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Van Gogh Museum
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    Jan S Says:

    See above. Remember Van Gogh is just one painter. If you are a fan, you cannot avoid this museum.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy tickets online.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very informative 19/10/2018
    • In school I saw his painting's in a book, now I've seen many of his painting for real 19/10/2018
    • Van Gogh Museum
    Address:
    Museumplein 6
    1071 DJ Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 570 5200
    Price range:
    US$24 - US$24
    Hours:
    Fri
    9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Sat - Thu
    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Vondelpark
    Parks
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    Jan S Says:

    May be, instead of museums, you'd better relax in this park, which still has a quasi hippie atmosphere. You could have lunch here or, probably after a long museum day a relaxing seat. Ponder over your dinner location, which might need some more cycling. May be near Overtoom or in the Oud-West areas. Plenty of places there, like Zus & Zus, Room 66, Speijkervet. Also remember the idea about Indonesian rijsttafel I mentioned earlier.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Take your sandwiches from Albert Heyn and picknick here.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely park 19/10/2018
    • Beautiful 19/10/2018
    • Vondelpark
    Address:
    Van Baerlestraat & Vondelpark
    Museum Quarter
    Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 35 671 7915
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Museum Van Loon
    Historic Sites, History Museums
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    Jan S Says:

    After breakfast, we cycle downtown again.This is going to be the longer cycling stretch as we want to see some things relatively further off centre. A nice idea is to look how Amsterdam merchants lived and to see the interior of these canal houses. Museum Van Loon is one of these places that shows this best.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Usually I love this kind of place... 09/10/2018
    • Peaceful place for a quick visit 06/10/2018
    • Museum Van Loon
    Address:
    Keizersgracht 672
    1017 ET Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 624 5255
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$12
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Museum of Bags and Purses
    Speciality Museums
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    Jan S Says:

    Another canal house you can visit, contains a very nice and specialized collection. Something special! Nearby is Reguliersgracht, with very nice views at the bridges that cross Herengracht and Keizersgracht.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Definitely a museum for women 11/10/2018
    • Nice small museum 02/10/2018
    • Museum of Bags and Purses
    Address:
    Herengracht 573
    1017 CD Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 524 6452
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Hollandsche Schouwburg
    History Museums
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    Jan S Says:

    Find the Kerkstraat and cross the Amstel at Magere Brug, continue all the way on (Nieuwe) Kerkstraat eastward ending at Roetersstraat. Turn left, towards the Artis Zoo. On Plantage Middellaan Hollandse Schouwburg is the place where the Amsterdam Jews were gathered before they were sent to the camps. It is a memorial now, not a museum. The Resistance museum is nearby, in the end of the street of the Zoo.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #85 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Emotional Visit 02/10/2018
    • Fascinating and Moving Memorial 25/09/2018
    • Hollandsche Schouwburg
    Address:
    Plantage Middenlaan 24
    1018 DE Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 531 0380
    Other:
  • The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum)
    History Museums
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    Jan S Says:

    The country and Amsterdam in particular was deeply effected by the Second World War. This museum gives a very good impression. May be better go here than to the overcrowded Anne Frank house.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    • Small but impactful & ran into a live Nazi 15/10/2018
    • Everyone should go to this museum! Make sure you have enough time. 15/10/2018
    • The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum)
    Address:
    Plantage Kerklaan 61a
    1018 CX Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 6 14394654
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sat - Mon
    11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum
    History Museums
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    Jan S Says:

    After the Verzetsmuseum cross a narrow bridge to reach Entrepotdok. Here are warehouses nicely transformed into apartments. This eastern part of the harbour is no longer in use. The harbour of Amsterdam, still nr. 4 in Europe (so bigger than London, Marseille, Genova or Le Havre), entirely situated on the westside of the centre. Continue via Kadijksplein towards Prins Hendrikkade. Soon you will see the National Maritime Museum. In the 17th century this was the headquarter of the mighty Dutch navy. The Scheepvaartmuseum is beautifully restored and certainly worth visiting for fans, who would swap another museum for this one.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • See the replica of a vessel that ruled the waves in these days. Incredible.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing exhibit 17/10/2018
    • Much better than expected 15/10/2018
    • Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum
    Address:
    Kattenburgerplein 1
    1018 KK Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 523 2222
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)
    Libraries
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    Jan S Says:

    My advise for architecture lovers is to wander a bit around in the old harbour area, where modern residential neighborhoods were built on former harbour islands. The first of these islands were Wittenburg and Kattenburg. So I suggest you drive along Wittenburgerkade, and then under Pakhuis De Zwijger to Jan Schaeferbridge, which leads you to Java Island (Jan Schaefer was a social democrat who became from baker alderman of Amsterdam and secretary of state for Housing. His famous most words are like: "in bullshit one cannot live'). Java island is the newest outlay, where even a small new canal was built. From Java island you can exit on the other end to Oostelijke Handelskade, From there find Dijksgracht and Oosterdokskade, where some modern buildings are made in a nice urban setting. One of these buildings hosts the new Public Library of Amsterdam. An attraction by itself.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Enjoy the sight of the IJ, the waterway leading from the Amstel to the Zuiderzee (South Sea, now IJssel lake).
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Marvelous building and surprising view over the city. 18/10/2018
    • Library? Yes ! 07/10/2018
    • Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)
    Address:
    Oosterdokskade 143
    1011 DL Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 523 0900
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Centraal Station
    Mass Transportation Systems, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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    Jan S Says:

    Next monument is Central station, obviously a creation of the same architect that built Rijksmuseum (Cuypers). Neo-romanticism this style is called. The building is great, but the location is a mistake according to many Amsterdammers, because it takes away the historic view from the city on to the IJ waterfront.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Unless you have to travel, there is no need to go into the station.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Architectural Beauty 19/10/2018
    • Convenient and beautiful hub 19/10/2018
    • Centraal Station
    Address:
    Stationsplein 9
    1012 AB Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 344 5074
    Other:
  • Museum Het Schip
    Speciality Museums
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    Jan S Says:

    From central station we cycle westward, following the waterfront. E.g. through Haarlemmerstraat, where we pass the West Indies House, one of the headquarters of the West Indies Company, the colonizing agency of the Dutch in the Western hemisphere. At the end of Haarlemmerstraat we see Haarlemmerpoort, one of the few remaining gate buildings, now standing alone on a square being useless. From here reach Zaanstraat and surroundings, another area with Amsterdam School architecture. Here is one house installed as museum (Het Schip) with interior of the 1930s. From here you could head south and remain a little while in the Westerpark. From there find the Nassaukade, the broad canal defending the city on its limits from threats in the 19th century. This road finally leads you back to Leidseplein.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 596 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A gem of the beaten path. 18/10/2018
    • Enlightening and Pleasant Experience 07/08/2018
    • Museum Het Schip
    Address:
    Oostzaanstraat 45
    1013 WG Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 686 8595
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Concertgebouw
    Historic Sites, Concerts, Theatres
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    Jan S Says:

    Finally, you might consider to visit one of the best concerthalls in the world with the best orchestra, Concertgebouworkest. Of course if there is a music play of your liking on stage. I that case you might want to have a quick dinner nearby. like in De Knijp, Bark or others Here ends my trip Amsterdam on bike. I hope you will be satisfied.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Get your tickets online well in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 87 Concerts & Shows in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 19/10/2018
    • Lovely time 19/10/2018
    • Concertgebouw
    Address:
    Concertgebouwplein 10
    Museum Quarter
    1071 LN Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 900 6718345
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
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