Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities that I’ve visited. The intricate canal system, narrow homes, and plethora of bicycles give the city so much character and charm. While there’s so much to see and do in Amsterdam, I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favorite activities.
If you’re flying into Schiphol, I recommend taking a train into city center. Trains run every 10 minutes or so directly from the airport to Amsterdam Centraal for roughly 5 EUR. Taxis from the airport will cost 50 EUR.
Anne Frank House
Do not miss the Anne Frank House. Walking through the writer’s house and biographical museum is moving and educational. Tickets often sell out in advance, so be sure to buy your tickets early. Admission is 9 EUR.
This Dutch national museum has 8,000 items on display, including works from Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. The building itself is a work of art and you can easily spend hours walking the halls. Tickets are 17.50 EUR.
If you want to see tulips, but don’t have time to venture into the countryside, I suggest visiting Lisse. Lisse is a 30 minute drive from Amsterdam city center. The Keukenhof garden is one of the largest in the world and definitely worth visiting.
Where To Stay
The Flying Pancake B&B is my favorite place to stay in Amsterdam. It’s in a great location and with just two suites, you won’t get lost in the shuffle. The rooms are unique and the breakfast will help fuel your day.
The tallest windmill in the country is located on the east side of town. Standing at 87 feet tall, De Gooyer windmill is registered as a National Monument. Next to the windmill is a brewery, so pop in for a drink while you’re at De Gooyer.
van Gogh Museum
Another museum? I know, I know…but if you’re a van Gogh fan, it’s definitely worth visiting. The museum holds the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh and admission is 18 EUR.
Located in the innermost canal of Amsterdam, Begijnhof was founded during the Middle Ages. The square sits a meter below the rest of the city center, as it is at medieval street level. There’s a quaint little church located in square as well as one of only two wooden houses in all of Amsterdam.
Where To Eat
For traditional Dutch pancakes, I recommend The Pancake Bakery. They claim to have the best pancakes in Amsterdam…and I haven’t found any better! Tromp has an unreal selection of cheese–go indulge! De Bakkerswinkel is wonderful bakery with amazing treats. Their Dutch apple pie is amazing. For high tea and great sandwiches, visit De Drie Graefjes.
To get a true feel for Amsterdam, I suggest renting a bike and going for a spin through the streets and over the canals. It’s a great way to acquaint yourself with the city and to see all the sights.
There’s so much more to see and do in Amsterdam, but this should give you a good start. If you want additional recommendations, give me a shout and I can offer other options!