Weekend Amsterdam Travel Guide. Amsterdam Top 10 Things To Do
A town most commonly known for its red light district and legal cannabis, any visit to Amsterdam’s beautiful streets and waterways will show it has so much more to offer. With a museum for just about everything and bikes and flowers at every turn, you quickly see beyond the many tacky souvenir shops desperate to reinforce the sex and drug stereotype. Amsterdam Highlights Weekend Amsterdam Travel Guide. Amsterdam Top 10 Things to Do
Join me for a run down of Amsterdam’s Highlights – all which can be visited within 48 hours!
So you’ve got 48 hours in Amsterdam and not a clue where to start – then this post is for you! I’m going to share with you my highlight’s and ‘must-do’s’ for 48 hours in Amsterdam which will help you experience as mush of the city as possible without having you feeling like you’re racing around the town!
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Weekend Amsterdam travel guide. Amsterdam Top 10 Things to do
1. Dam Square Amsterdam Highlights
A great way to start your 48 hours in Amsterdam is in Dam Square. Central to almost everything, and only 750m from the main transport hub, the square is a great place to meet, people watch and plan your day whilst you stare in awe at the impressive and beautiful building of the Royal Palace. Weekend Amsterdam Travel Guide. Amsterdam Top 10 Things to Do
2. Ann Frank Huis Amsterdam highlights
If you only visit one museum whilst in Amsterdam, make sure it is the Ann Frank Huis.
Inside you will witness the story of the young Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis during the second world war.
Parts of the house have been preserved in the state they were when Ann lived there, there are extracts of her diaries and there is information at all points about her life and her struggle, as was mirrored by hundreds of thousands of Jews throughout Europe.
Its heartbreaking, horrifying (both what people went through and the fact that the human condition was responsible for such fear, pain and death) and informative at the same time. It is more than worth the (approx) €10 entry fee. Anyone with even a slight interest in history will appreciate this museum and everything it stands for.
3. Cruise on the Canals Amsterdam Highlights
Get a different perspective on this beautiful city and enjoy the informative commentary offered on many of the cruises. Weekend Amsterdam Travel Guide. Amsterdam Top 10 Things to do
4. Museumsplein Amsterdam Highlights
Museumsplein is a public space in Amsterdam and home to 3 well known museums – The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum – and although I love museums, my favorite part about this space is the IAMterdam letters located at the back of the Rijksmuseum.
The area is always buzzing with people and it may take a few goes to go that iconic shot – but it is definitely worth it!
5. Red light district Amsterdam highlights
Practically what made Amsterdam famous, a trip to the city is not complete without a stroll around the Red Light District. A collection of alleyways boasting brothels, sex shops and museums, everything you have heard about the red light district is probably true – but you must see for yourselves. It isn’t full of seedy men and groups of lads on stag parties (although there are plenty of these types around) – you’ll also see couple and groups of girls wandering round taking a glimpse of a part of society they wouldn’t see anywhere else. It really is a must see when in Amsterdam.
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6. Vondelpark Amsterdam highlights weekend Amsterdam travel guide. Amsterdam top 10 things
At 47 Hectares, Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam which welcome 10 million visitors each year. A favorite of both Amsterdammers and tourists alike, you’ll find a whole host of people enjoing the outdoors on any given day. Pick up a take-away lunch and set yourself down for a couple of hours and just watch the world go by. You’ll quickly forget the hubub of Amsterdam – yet you’re only a few minutes away from it all!
7. Jordaan District Amsterdam Highlights
A district originally created to house immigrants and the working class, Jordaan has now become a very hip and artsy neighborhood. With narrow cobbled streets and beautiful buildings, it has become one of the most desirable places to live in Amsterdam – and if you’re there on a Saturday – be sure to check out the local markets!
Want to know more about Amsterdam’s districts? Check out this guide to Amsterdam’s neighbourhoods
8. Visit a windmill (and have a beer!)
Although in 48 hours, there is no time to head out of the city to see the windmills – it doesn’t mean that you still can’t visit one! Head to Brouwerij’tij, Amsterdam’s most famous brewery (even if Heineken have moved into town!). The building was originally used a municipal bathhouse, but it had the good fortune of being located right next to Amsterdam’s – and the Netherlands – biggest wooden windmill, making it the perfect landmark. So head on over, grab yourself and cold one and be proud to say you’ve seen a windmill – even if it wasn’t surrounded by a field of tulips!
9. Try the Local Food Amsterdam Highlights
From Pofertjes (small fluffy pancakes make with buckwheat and flour served with powdered sugar and butter) to Appeltaart and Stroopwafels (a chewy syrup waffle which I wanted to include because it sounds cool!) Amsterdam has a range of delights for the foodie in you to try. Check out IAMsterdam’s post of the top 15 foods to try and see if anything takes your fancy!
10. Science Center NEMO Amsterdam Highlights
The Science Centre Nemo is a kid friendly interactive museum, just a short walk from Dam Square – and is perfect if you need to entertain the little people for a while. If (like me) you are all museum-ed out at this point, skip the exhibits and climb to the top of the very impressive looking building for the ultimate view over Amsterdam city. With a helpful info-graphic you’ll be able to spot all the of the places we have visitied on this highlight’s tour – along with many others and is a great way to sum up your 48 hours in Amsterdam!
So there you have it – my top picks and highlights for 48 hours in Amsterdam! Let me know if I have included your favorite spots – and let me know if there are any that I’ve missed!
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