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3 days in Amsterdam

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In this guide I will try to help you making the most of your visit to this fabulous "greatest small city in the world". I would like to warn fellow travelers that when I travel, my days on a trip are fully planned and organized from early in the morning until late at night, so this guide wouldn't be adequate for everybody. It requires a lot of walking, sightseeing, exploring and not so much sleeping.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover

19 Places

3 City Tips

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19 Places

Day 1

Centraal Station

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

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Boat Tours

Damrak

Points of Interest & Landmarks

De Duif

Churches & Cathedrals

The Jordaan

Neighbourhoods

Anne Frank House

Historic Sites, History Museums, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Dam Square

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

Speciality Museums

The Amsterdam Dungeon

Speciality Museums, Game & Entertainment Centres

Red Light District

Neighbourhoods

Day 2

Museum Quarter

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Rijksmuseum

Art Museums

Van Gogh Museum

Art Museums, History Museums

Heineken Experience

Breweries

Leiden Square (Leidseplein)

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 3

Zaanse Schans

Speciality Museums

Marken

Civic Centres

B1714D's City Tips

  • Don't accept any offers from unknown suspicious people, specially late night around the red light district.
  • When in public transport, don't forget to validate your ticket both, when entering and when leaving it.
  • Before you go obtain via internet the "I Amsterdam" card or the "Holland Pass". It will save you money and queuing for tickets.
    Day 1
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    Centraal Station
    Architectural Buildings, Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Mass Transportation Systems
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    B1714D Says:

    You'll probably arrive on this station. It is very beautiful outside and a lot of canal cruises start in front of it.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful 10/12/2017
    • An amazing piece of history preserved and still modernized 10/12/2017
    • Centraal Station
    Address:
    Stationsplein
    1012 AB Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 900 8011
    Other:
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    Amsterdam Canal Cruises
    Boat Tours
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    B1714D Says:

    Start with the cruise to get the glimpse of the city and to see it from another perspective. You can get ideas where to come back on foot or to add something on your list.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Don't bother which company to choose, they all cover almost the same area, and the prices are alike too.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 114 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • +1 good idea in Amsterdam 10/12/2017
    • City sightseeing 09/12/2017
    • Amsterdam Canal Cruises
    Address:
    Stadhouderskade 550
    opposite Heineken Experience
    1072 AE Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 626 5636
    Price range:
    USD 24 - USD 24
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Damrak
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    B1714D Says:

    The main street leading to the heart of Amsterdam. A lot of shops, tourist offices, food...

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #109 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    • Always busy 28/11/2017
    • The good, the bad and the ugly. 15/11/2017
    • Damrak
    Address:
    Damrak 56
    1012 LL Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
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    De Duif
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    B1714D Says:

    The most beautiful canal. Very quite area, nice for walking around

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • think carrefulyy to the sense of water and GRACHT 20/11/2017
    • Beautiful walk 30/10/2017
    • De Duif
    Address:
    Prinsengracht 754
    1017 LD Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 520 0090
    Other:
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    The Jordaan
    Neighbourhoods
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    B1714D Says:

    Walk the area of picturesque streets, nice small cafes, art galleries...

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great neighbourhood 07/12/2017
    • One of the highlights of our trip to Amsterdam 06/12/2017
    • The Jordaan
    Phone:
    +31 20 770 8953
    Other:
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    Anne Frank House
    Historic Sites, History Museums, Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    B1714D Says:

    Very touching experience. Unique to see where 8 people were hiding for almost 2 years

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • DO obtain the tickets online, the lines are huge. Don't give up if you see that all tickets are sold out. They put additional tickets at some time, so check the website frequently
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I only wish I had more time to stay. Hope I get to go back 10/12/2017
    • Educational and eye opening 10/12/2017
    • Anne Frank House
    Address:
    Prinsengracht 267
    1016 GV Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 556 7105
    Price range:
    USD 13 - USD 13
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 19:00
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 20:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Dam Square
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    B1714D Says:

    Central square with the Royal palace, New Church and Madame Tussauds on spot.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good place to stop and llok around, not a final destination 10/12/2017
    • Dam dam dam) 10/12/2017
    • Dam Square
    Address:
    Dam Square
    Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Other:
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    Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
    Speciality Museums
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    B1714D Says:

    Interesting museum with life size 100% wax replica of famous singers, actors, politicians...

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Buy the combo ticket with the Amsterdam Dungeon, you'll save money
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    • Didn't hate it.... 08/12/2017
    • Good 07/12/2017
    • Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
    Address:
    Dam Square 20
    1012 NP Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 523 0623
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    The Amsterdam Dungeon
    Speciality Museums, Game & Entertainment Centres
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    B1714D Says:

    Depicting the Amsterdam history in a scary and funny way with live actors.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Buy the combo ticket with Madame Tussauds, you'll save money
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 116 Fun & Games in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spooky! 07/12/2017
    • A lot of fun! 07/12/2017
    • The Amsterdam Dungeon
    Address:
    Rokin 78
    Amsterdam
    1012 KW Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 530 8500
    Other:
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    Red Light District
    Neighbourhoods
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    B1714D Says:

    Finnish the day in this old unique area. Apart from the famous shop windows, there are plenty of bars, restaurants, live shows...

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Check the prices firmly, what is included, what's not, in order to avoid being ripped off
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    • A glittering street 10/12/2017
    • An eyeopener! 10/12/2017
    • Red Light District
    Phone:
    +31 6 41853288
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Museum Quarter
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    B1714D Says:

    This is Amsterdam's artistic and cultural heartland. 3 major museums and a lot more.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Convenient cluster of great museums in nice setting 08/12/2017
    • Convenient 04/12/2017
    • Museum Quarter
    Address:
    Van Baerlestraat 50
    1071 AZ Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 6 25400750
    Other:
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    Rijksmuseum
    Art Museums
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    B1714D Says:

    The sole of Dutch art and their masters is displayed in this enormous, recently renovated museum.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take a guided tour. It will point out the highlights of the museum, and after that you can stroll on your own.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Netherlands Cultural History, Well Worth Your Time 10/12/2017
    • great museum 10/12/2017
    • Rijksmuseum
    Address:
    Museumstraat 1
    1071 XX Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 674 7000
    Price range:
    USD 17 - USD 17
    Other:
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    Van Gogh Museum
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    B1714D Says:

    You must visit the museum of this genuine excentric master, along with his masterpieces and interesting life story.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go very early to avoid big queues, or go on a fast lane if you have the museum card.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Never enough of Van Gogh! 10/12/2017
    • Worth a visit 10/12/2017
    • Van Gogh Museum
    Address:
    Museumplein 6
    1071 DJ Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 570 5200
    Price range:
    USD 24 - USD 24
    Hours:
    Fri
    09:00 - 22:00
    Sat - Thu
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Heineken Experience
    Breweries
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    B1714D Says:

    Interesting and interactive beer factory tour of this famous brand, depicting everything from it's origins to present day.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Enter through fast lane with the Holland pass
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good not great 10/12/2017
    • Great fun afternoon. 10/12/2017
    • Heineken Experience
    Address:
    Stadhouderskade 78
    1072 AE Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 523 9435
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:30 - 19:30
    Fri - Sun
    10:30 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Leiden Square (Leidseplein)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    B1714D Says:

    Many restaurants and bars make it an ideal spot to finish the day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good base 06/12/2017
    • Favourite 06/12/2017
    • Leiden Square (Leidseplein)
    Address:
    Leidsestraat
    Weteringschans
    Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 422 3285
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Zaanse Schans
    Speciality Museums
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    B1714D Says:

    If you want to see and tour the famous windmills this is the place for you. But it is becoming very touristic.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Avoid buying clogs and cheeses, they're overpriced there.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Zaandam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don't miss this Beautiful place 10/12/2017
    • Everything that you thought of about Netherlands...! 09/12/2017
    • Zaanse Schans
    Address:
    Schansend 1
    1509 AW Zaandam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 75 681 0000
    Other:
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    Marken
    Civic Centres
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    B1714D Says:

    Picturesque old wooden houses on a peninsula that used to be an island.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Marken
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth a Winter Day Out by bus from Amsterdam 06/12/2017
    • Nice stroll in a peaceful village 22/11/2017
    • Marken
    Phone:
    +31 299 820 046
    Other:
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