Amsterdam 3 day itinerary

You have 3 days to spend in Amsterdam? We created a little itinerary of the must see and some recommendations to make the best out of your stay in Amsterdam.

Buy a 48h city card

The most important tip for your 48 hours in Amsterdam is buying a 72h Amsterdam City Card that will give you access to 60 museums and attractions in Amsterdam and also allow you to use public transport for free during your stay.

Day 1 - Classic Amsterdam Attractions

Museum Quarter

Start at the Rijksmuseum, another destination included in the Amsterdam City Card, the permanent collection of which boasts the finest Dutch and Flemish masters.

The most influential Dutch painter of the century has its own institution in the Museum Quarter: the Van Gogh Museum. Gerrit Rietveld 's phenomenal architecture sets the tone for this rare series of some 200 paintings and hundreds of more drawings by the poet, in addition to his Impressionist friends and Post-Impressionist disciples.

Vondelpark

Escape the city hectic life and relax in the nature at Vondelpark, the favorite place of the inhabitants of Amsterdam during sunny days for romantic couples picknicks, having a beer with friends and simply relax.

Amsterdam Red Light District

It is very likely that you've heard of this neighborhood, and to be fair, everything you've heard is probably real. From brothel to sex shops to museums, the Amsterdam Red Light District has it all. Although contrary to what many people would think, the Amsterdam Red Light District has a rather nice environment and is not as unsafe as it used to be.

Feeling like exploring this area but you feel a bit intimidated? We recommend opting for one of the walking tours offered by the city to have the opportunity to learn the history of this area in a respectful and interesting way. Refrain from taking photos or videos of the women working in the red light district as it strictly forbidden.

Day 2

Explore the Bloemenmarkt (Amsterdam flower market)

If you have a little more time in Amsterdam, you should take a day trip to see the tulip fields. However, if you have little time, you can go to the Bloemenmarkt (the Amsterdam Flower Market) to browse Dutch souvenirs.

Be sure to check with the seller if you are allowed to carry the variety back to your home country, since others are sadly not allowed to be shipped outside the EU.

Canal cruise

A canal canals-cruises/">cruise of Amsterdam might be the best way to see the city! Rent a boat in Amsterdam and enjoy the freedom to be on the water with your friends. We advocate looking at electric boats as they are louder and greener.

The Jordaan

Half the fun of Amsterdam is walking through the canals in the Jordaan. My own favorite channels are Herengracht and Keizersgracht. I only love to walk along the canals to the beautiful buildings.

Before you walk too far up the canals, stop by 9 avenues, a shopping area full of small boutiques and cute coffee shops.

Day 3

Anne Frank House

Anne Frank House Museum is a must when you are in Amsterdam. Observing Anne Frank’s bedroom and her diary, is an incredible experience that attracts more than a million visitors a year.

Brown Cafes (coffee shops)

Brown cafés, better known as coffee shops or bruin cafés (brown cafes; traditional Dutch pubs), are the quintessence of a trip to Amsterdam. The name comes from the various smoke stains on the walls. Brown cafes have candle-topped chairs, wooden floors and a cozy vibe that makes friends linger and chat for hours over drinks.