24 hours in Amsterdam

Another instalment of the popular 24hours in a city series, this time focusing on the famous city of Amsterdam

EmmaRutimann
24th November 2021
Photo by Nastya Dulhiier on Unsplash
Wondering where to visit for your perfect weekend getaway? Amsterdam couldn’t be more ideal with temptingly cheap flights as low as £16 return (!!!) and the short 1hr voyage. Here’s how to make the most of your day in the Dutch capital...

7AM : Rent a bike and breakfast !

To experience Amsterdam like a local, and also maximise the area you cover in a short period of time, it is worth renting a bike with Holland Rent-a-bike Buersstalling. I would recommend a leisurely cycle along the flower-lined canals through one of the most loved neighbourhoods in Amsterdam; the Jordaan. Be careful to remain inside the orange bike lanes which are the best way to stay safe! Next, make your way to Pancakes Amsterdam straight across from Central Station to enjoy some Dutch ‘poffertjes’ and ‘stroopwafels’ for breakfast.

10AM : Shopping and sightseeing !

After breakfast, a stroll down Damrak to Dam Square and the Kalverstraat is a great spot for some morning shopping. After which, if the rich Dutch history and culture interests you, I’d suggest making a visit to the fascinating Anne Frank House or the Museumplein where you’ll find the iconic works of Rembrandt and Van Gogh and perhaps get a picture with the I AMSTERDAM sign outside the Rijksmuseum. 

1PM : Lunch and afternoon activities 

By this time the cafes in the area offer warm and appetising Dutch delicacies consisting of bitterballen, frikandellen and kaassoufflés for your lunch. Afterwards, turn right at the Rijksmuseum for a stroll through Amsterdam’s Vondelpark or turn left towards the Heineken experience; a tour through Heineken's previous brewery, with a tasting room at the end...

Image Credit: Instagram @restaurant_moon

7PM : Dinner and Night Canal Cruise

For an unforgettable dinner, you might be interested in visiting Restaurant Moon... Described as ‘The Restaurant that spins round like a record, baby’, the revolving restaurant, which provides a 360º view of the city, is located on the 19th floor of Amsterdam Tower. To finish your day, the Night Canal Cruise is one of the best ways to experience Dam’s famous canals, the uniquely lit up Amsterdam architecture and the Amsterdam Light Festival!

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