City guide: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, the city of canals and cycling…

1 city, 24 hours (orange on the map):

  1. Rent a bicycle – As cheesy as it sounds, one of the best ways to enjoy Amsterdam is by bicycle. Even Beyoncé cycled around Amsterdam on the Dutch leg of her Mrs Carter Tour. Click here for details of bike rental in Amsterdam.
  2. Rijksmuseum – The most visited museum in Netherlands, dedicating itself to the to the art and history of the Netherlands.  If you don’t fancy visiting the Rijsmuseum check out the nearby Van Gough Museum (see below).
  3. Anne Frank House – This beautiful museum set in the former home of Anne Frank during the World War Two,  highlights the extent of Nazi discrimination and persecution alongside the story of Anne Frank.
  4. Take a stroll around De Wallen – The red-light district of Amsterdamconsisting of a network of narrow alleys. Have a walk around, making sure you pass the Oude Kerk Church, Amsterdam’s oldest building at 800 years old.
  5. Coffeeshop – One of the reasons many tourists flock to Amsterdam. When in Rome as they say… (or Amsterdam in this case).
  6. Floating flower market – The worlds only floating flower market, selling a range of floral gifts, souvenirs and of course tulips.
  7. Heineken Experience – Learn about the world famous beer through an interactive tour at the a historical brewery. Click here for more information.

More time (green on the map):

  1. Van Gough Museum – If the Rijsmuseum isn’t really your thing be sure to check out the Van Gough Museum, dedicated to the work of Van Gough and his contemporaries.
  2. Stedelijk Museum – Dedicating itself to more contemporary art works, the Stedelijk Museum is definitely worth a visit if you have the time.
  3. Royal Concertgebouw – If you have the time, go to a classical music concert at this spectacular venue. There are a number of concerts available in the afternoon and evenings.
  4. Jewish Historical Museum – Located in the heart of the former Jewish Quarter, the Jewish Historical Museum is the only museum in the Netherlands focusing on Jewish culture, religion and history.
  5. Hermitage Amsterdam – Sister museum to the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. Featuring a vast collection of arts and cultural artefacts, specially transported from Russia to Amsterdam.

Shopping (red on the map):

  1. De 9 Straatjes (The 9 Streets) – Well known for its shops featuring mainstream and lesser-known brands.
  2. Albert Cuypmarkt – Street market
  3. Haarlemmerstraat & Haarlemmerdijk – Over 235 shops and restaurants. Late shop until 9pm on Thursday.

Eating/drinking (yellow on map):

  1. Moaz [Falafel & Salad] – €
  2. Bussia [Italian] – €€€
  3. Yam Yam [Italian] –
  4. Koh-i-Noor [Indian] – € – €€
  5. Lombardo’s [American] – € – €€
  6. Moeders [Dutch] – €€
  7. Getto [American] – € – €€

Where to stay (purple on map/hotel names clickable below):

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Despite accommodation options 1, 2 and 3 located away from the centre of Amsterdam, they are all well connected by public transport.

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