After traveling to Amsterdam it has easily become one of my favorite cities in Europe. The charm in this city comes at you from every angle. From the romantic canals (60 miles to be exact) – to the historic architecture (dating back to the 17th century) – and the fact that there are more bikes than people – it’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with Amsterdam. It’s one of Europe’s most preserved cities and one of the best times to go to Amsterdam is for the tulip season from March-May. That’s why I’ve created this “Ultimate Amsterdam Travel Guide” to help you navigate this city.
Weather in Amsterdam is typically very mild however, the winters can be very cold. Because of this, it’s best to visit from late spring to early fall where temperatures are mild. October is the best month to visit Amsterdam when tourism is low and the leaves are changing.
Things to Do in Amsterdam
One of the most humbling experiences I have ever encountered was visiting the Anne Frank House. Seeing the secret annex where the family of Anne Frank hid during the Holocaust brought tears to my eyes. I highly suggest booking your tickets in advance because they sell out almost every day!
“All roads lead to Dam Square.” Referred to as the heart of Amsterdam, it’s one of the main hubs of this city. It’s surrounded by shops, restaurants, and great photo opportunities!
Vondelpark is the most famous park in The Netherlands stretching over 120 acres. Ride your bike through and find the perfect place for a picnic.
Zaanse Schans is located 30 minutes outside of Amsterdam city. This windmill town is the cutest place you will ever visit with small tourist shops and a few cafes. For the easiest and most cost-effective way to get here hop on the local bus from Centraal station. It’s super easy to use and very safe! If you prefer to book a private transfer (they can be pricey!) to travel there, check this one out!
To truly experience Amsterdam, you must book a canal tour! This is the easiest way to sit back, relax, and see the city from another perspective. The one linked above is less than $30 and has the best reviews.
Rijksmuseum is one of the prime attractions in Amsterdam. It’s a national museum that is dedicated to the culture, history, and arts of Amsterdam. The tickets cost 20 euro for adults and entrance is free for anyone under the age of 18.
Nothing but trendy cafes, little shops, and eateries. Locals flock to this place during the summer. It was by far our favorite area of AMS!
Where to Stay in Amsterdam
While all opinions are always my own, my content on this blog post may contain affiliate links for hotels I’ve traveled to and recommend. This means I get a small commission if you book a stay after clicking one of these links. As always, I am so thankful for your support and will continue to share the best properties!
The Hotel Dylan ($$$$)
The Hotel Dylan is part of the group “small luxury hotels of the world” and let me tell you, it sure is luxurious. The rooms were so chic and the food was great. We stayed here on our honeymoon and the service was incredible. It was a bit of a splurge but definitely my favorite hotel we have ever stayed in!
Pulitzer Amsterdam ($$$)
Pulitzer Amsterdam is a sophisticated hotel located in the Jordaan district. Stay for excellent service and the proximity to the main attractions.
Moderately priced modern hotel within walking district to the Botanicus gardens. Hyatt is always a great hotel chain to stay at and has dramatically improved their hotel experience over the years!
Restaurants + Bars
The Avocado Show ($$)
If you love Avocados as much as we do then you need to make it to this breakfast spot! It’s known for its endless avocado dishes and a chic interior that is very Instagram worthy!
Pancakes Amsterdam ($)
You are simply not living until you’ve tried a dutch pancake in Amsterdam. They may be flat but they sure are tasty AF! Pancakes Amsterdam is one of the most popular breakfast spots in Amsterdam, but well worth the wait!
Heineken experience ($)
If you’re a beer drinker then this guided tour of the Heineken factory is right up your alley. Learn all about the history of Heineken, get a chance to taste the product, and see where all of the Heineken products were manufactured up until 1988!
Bar Brasserie OCCO ($$$)
Trendy bar with quality cocktails, small plates, and stunning interior design!
French-inspired restaurant with a weekly changing menu and a warm ambiance.
Shopping in Amsterdam
The Nine streets ($$) — known as the ‘negen straatjes’ full of trendy and quirky boutiques and the occasional vintage store.
Getting Around Amsterdam
There is no better way to see Amsterdam than renting a bicycle and seeing it from the local’s eyes. There are plenty of bike rental shops around the city, be prepared to spend roughly 10 euro per day to rent a bike in Amsterdam. We booked this bike tour and loved it, highly recommend!
The city of Amsterdam is pretty small compared to other European countries. With that being said, walking is a great way to navigate the canals and take your time viewing this pretty city!
Buses, Metros, & Trams oh my! There is plenty of public transportation to take you around Amsterdam. If you’re going to be there a couple of days your best bet is to buy a daily transportation pass that you can use across all platforms.
I hope you enjoyed my “Ultimate Amsterdam Travel Guide” and it helped you make your Amsterdam trip even better! Comment below if you have any other Amsterdam spots that I should try out! And for more of my travel guides head here!
pin this post to save for later!