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One Day in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is an incredibly interesting and easy city to visit, famous for its canals and its classical and modern art museums, which are all located fairly close to each other and worth checking out. I would also definitely recommend exploring the part of the city that lies across the harbor — just take a free ferry from the Central Station!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

8 Places

5 City Tips

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8 Places

Rijksmuseum

Art Museums

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Art Museums, Speciality Museums

The Seafood Bar

Restaurants

Van Gogh Museum

Art Museums, History Museums

The Jordaan

Neighbourhoods

Anne Frank House

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

NEMO Science Museum

Children's Museums, Science Museums

EYE Film Institute Netherlands

Speciality Museums

Masha K's City Tips

  • You must try the excellent Dutch herring, which can be found at the small street kiosks decorated with national flags. This snack comes with pickles, onions and bread.
  • Rent a bike: it's fast, fun and you'll feel like a local.
  • Trams are very convenient for getting around the city's central locations. You can buy single tickets or get an OV chipcard and add credit as you go.
  • Ferries to the north bank of the harbor are free of charge.
  • Watch out for cyclists when crossing the bicycle lanes — cycling is the city's religion!
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    Rijksmuseum
    Art Museums
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    Masha K Says:

    Start your day at one of the most important museums in the world. Many masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Vermeer and artists of the Flemish School can be found here in this great example of a modern yet traditional museum.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't be intimidated by the scale of the collection: the museum halls are well-organized, so just visit whichever sections interest you the most.
    • The museum is a short walk from other important attractions such as the Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and others.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An Amazing Museum 12/12/2017
    • Fantastic museum 11/12/2017
    • 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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    Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
    Art Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Masha K Says:

    This museum building is often called 'the bathtub' because of its unique look. Inside you'll find a first-class collection of Avant-garde art, and both Dutch and international art created in the first half of the 20th century. The museum also showcases a diverse range of temporary exhibits of contemporary design, film and digital art. Something for everyone.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check out the great book and souvenir shop on the ground floor.
    • Vondelpark is just around the corner, so if you are tired of being on your feet, take some time to relax on a park bench among beautiful surroundings.
    • Lots of activities for children!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice exhibitions, haven't seen the permanent collection 12/12/2017
    • So-so 05/12/2017
    • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
    Address:
    Museumplein 10
    1071 DJ Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 573 2911
    Price range:
    USD 18 - USD 18
    Hours:
    Fri
    10:00 - 22:00
    Sat - Thu
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    The Seafood Bar
    Restaurants (Seafood, European, Soups)
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    Masha K Says:

    This restaurant embodies the essence of Dutch seafood craftsmanship; and as it's not far from the city's main museums, it's the perfect place to stop for a delicious lunch of fresh, local seafood, during a day jam-packed with sightseeing.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Order the local oysters!
    • It might be a bit crowded and it's not uncommon to have to wait for a table.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 3,473 restaurants in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The house of seafood platters 12/12/2017
    • Divino 10/12/2017
    • The Seafood Bar
    Address:
    Van Baerlestraat 5
    Museumplein
    1071 AL Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 670 8355
    Price range:
    USD 6 - USD 47
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Van Gogh Museum
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    Masha K Says:

    Here you will find the world's largest collection of Van Gogh's oeuvres, along with works by his contemporaries including Gaugin, Georges Seurat and Claude Monet. The building is a masterpiece in itself, designed in 1973 by well-known Dutch architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Lots of activities are available, like walk-in workshops and special evening programs. Check online or ask in person.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A very organized interesting museum 12/12/2017
    • So much to see! 12/12/2017
    • 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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    The Jordaan
    Neighbourhoods
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    Masha K Says:

    The Jordaan is a vibrant neighborhood with lots of shops, galleries and great views of the canals to explore. And if you're peckish, you'll easily find a nice place for a quick bite here. Among the attractions in this area are The Anne Frank House and Westerkerk Church, where Rembrandt was buried.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Get an apple pie from Winkel 43 — it's delicious!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Walking Tour 11/12/2017
    • Really cool area of Amsterdam 11/12/2017
    • 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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    Masha K Says:

    Anne Frank was one of the most well-known Jewish victims of the Holocaust — her diary has been translated into over 60 languages, and many films and plays have been based on its entries. The house where Anne's family hid during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands is now a museum with a reconstruction of the 'Secret Annex' where they lived.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Buy tickets online in advance and skip the queues.
    • Some parts of the museum are not wheelchair accessible.
    • This can be a very emotional visit!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent 12/12/2017
    • Informative and interesting! 12/12/2017
    • 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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    NEMO Science Museum
    Children's Museums, Science Museums
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    Masha K Says:

    It doesn't matter how old you are, 5 or 65 — here you are guaranteed to be amazed by the world of science and experiments! The museum offers a plethora of activities in its laboratories, with 3D models explaining different engineering systems and natural phenomena. One of my favorite parts of NEMO is the Smart Technology exhibit, full of inspiring futuristic ideas!

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • On your way to or back from NEMO, pop into the Amsterdam Public Library — there is a nice cafe on the top floor with a great view over the harbor.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Especially on rainy days!! 04/12/2017
    • A great place to take children on a rainy day! 04/12/2017
    • NEMO Science Museum
    Address:
    Oosterdok 2
    1011 VX Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 531 3233
    Price range:
    USD 22 - USD 22
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:30
    Other:
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    EYE Film Institute Netherlands
    Speciality Museums
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    Masha K Says:

    A unique, futuristic building houses the Dutch Film Institute, which always has a great variety of films, premieres, festivals and exhibits on its calendar. I recommend coming here at the end of the day, when you can see the city illuminated across the harbor through the EYE's panoramic windows; your own free performance of ships and ferries passing by.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Check the calendar of events in advance to see if something interesting is showing during your visit.
    • The restaurant, with its stunning view, is a very nice spot for dinner.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 531 things to do in Amsterdam
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great interactive attraction! 11/12/2017
    • You have to see this place 05/12/2017
    • EYE Film Institute Netherlands
    Address:
    IJpromenade 1
    Museum Quarter
    1031 KT Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone:
    +31 20 589 1400
    Other:
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