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The Ultimate Amsterdam Travel Guide

The Ultimate Amsterdam Travel Guide

Amsterdam is easily 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.

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Amsterdam Weather

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

The Anne Frank House

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!

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Dam Square

“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!

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Vondelpark

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.

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Zaanse Schans

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!

Rijksmuseum

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.

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Explore Jordaan

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

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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. It was a bit of a splurge but definitely my favorite hotel we have ever stayed in!

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Pulitzer Amsterdam ($$$)

Pulitzer Amsterdam is a sophisticated hotel located in the Jordaan district. Stay for excellent service and the proximity to the main attractions.

Hyatt Regency Amsterdam ($$)

Moderately priced modern hotel within walking district to the Botanicus gardens. Hyatt is always a great hotel chain to stay at!

Amsterdam Restaurants + Bars

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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!

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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!

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Bar Brasserie OCCO ($$$)

Trendy bar with quality cocktails, small plates, and stunning interior design!

Arles ($$)

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.

Scotch & Soda ($$) — This Amsterdam based fashion brand has beautifully crafted clothing for both men and women. My husband loves the clothes here.
The English Hatter ($$) — Unique hat shop with one of a kind pieces. The service at this shop is top-notch and they’ll fit your hat perfectly to your head!

Getting Around Amsterdam

Bicycle

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.

Walking

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!

Public Transportation

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.

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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!

Safe travels,

Courtney

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2 Comments

  • Reply Julie

    Great guide! I’m visiting in a few weeks so I’m saving your restaurant suggestions!

    February 29, 2020 at 6:41 am
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