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.
Things to Do in Amsterdam
The Anne Frank House ($$) — One of the most humbling experiences I have ever experienced. Seeing the secret annex where the family of Anne Frank hid during the Holocaust brought tears to my eyes. I highly suggest booking your tickets in advance because they sell out almost every day!
Dam Square ($) — “All roads lead to Dam Square.” Referred to as the heart of Amsterdam, it’s one of the main hubs of this city. It’s surrounded by shops, restaurants, and great photo opportunities!
Vondelpark ($) — The most famous park in The Netherlands stretching over 120 acres. Ride your bike through and find the perfect place for a picnic.
Zaanse Schaans ($) — About 30 minutes outside of Amsterdam, this windmill town is the cutest place you will ever visit. For the easiest and most cost-effective way to get here hop on the local bus from Centraal station. It’s super easy to use and very safe.
Explore the Jordaan ($) — Nothing but trendy cafes, little shops, and eateries. Locals flock to this place during the summer. It was by far our favorite area of AMS!
Where to Stay in Amsterdam
The Hotel Dylan ($$$$) — is part of the group small luxury hotels of the world and let me tell you it sure is luxurious. The rooms were so chic and the food was great. Definitely my favorite hotel we have ever stayed in!
Pulitzer Amsterdam ($$$) — Sophisticated hotel located in the Jordaan district. Stay for service and the proximity to the main attractions.
Hyatt Regency Amsterdam ($$) — Moderately priced modern hotel within walking district to the Botanicus gardens.
Amsterdam Restaurants + Bars
The Avocado Show ($$) — If you love Avocados as much as we do then you need to make it to this breakfast spot!
Pancakes Amsterdam ($) — you are simply not living until you’ve tried a dutch pancake in Amsterdam. They may be flat but they sure are tasty AF.
Heineken experience ($) — 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 ($$$) — Trendy bar with quality cocktails and an interior to die for!
Arles ($$) — 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.
Getting Around Amsterdam
Bicycle ($) — Seriously there is no better way to see Amsterdam than renting a bicycle and seeing it from the local’s eyes. There are plenty of bike rental shops around the city, be prepared to spend about 10 euro per day.
Walking ($) — The city of Amsterdam is pretty small compared to other European countries. With that being said, walking is a great way to navigate those canals!
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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