3 Days in Amsterdam: Amsterdam Travel Blog

  • UPDATED Feb 03, 2018

I have been to Amsterdam a bunch of times, sometimes with group and sometimes on a solo escapade. Amsterdam has a amusing reputation for being a drug filled notorious of a city, which is a shame because its one of my favourite European city and has a huge amount more to offer than you might think. Sadly, as I had only three days to spend, here is how you can explore the best of Amsterdam in 3 days.

Day 1 in Amsterdam:

In any city I like to stay in an centrally located hotel than a plush hotel on the outskirts. Hence, I always book a hotel in Dam Square. This is Amsterdam's equivalent of St. Mark's Square in Venice. This is the very heart of Amsterdam. Right near all of the great restaurants, museums, The Red Light District, Anne Frank house, river canal boats.

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Canal Ride: Experience the Magic

There are more canals in Amsterdam than in the whole of Venice, and in my opinion the Dutch ones are much prettier. A canal cruise is a great way to get acquainted with the city. During your trip, you can also jot down a few places that you might want to visit later. A few of the most notable canal cruise operators include Lovers and Holland International.

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Amsterdam Museums: Discover the Hidden Gems

Trust me, I hate museums, but Amsterdam has one of the best museums. Spend your afternoon at one of Amsterdams best-loved museums like the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum or Anne Frank House. If youre travelling with kids, then Science Center NEMO or Royal Artis Zoo should be at the top of your list.

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Red Light Area: The Vibrant City

Wind down from your eventful day of sightseeing to stroll across the infamous red light area for once in a life time experience or relax with a creative drink at a cocktail bar or a refreshing Dutch beer. When you are famished, youll find more than enough restaurants to choose from.

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Day 2 in Amsterdam:

Wake up late and treat yourself to a scrumptious meal at one of Amsterdams best breakfast spots.

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Bike Ride: Explore Different Facets

Bike and Amsterdam is like Wine and France. There are more bikes than people in Amsterdam. Amsterdams architecture goes far beyond windmills. Take a bike ride to explore different facets of Dutch design; there are beautiful bridges, repurposed buildings. Also you can head towards Vondel Park or Oosterpark when you want to relax.

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Lunch: Global Food Powerhouse

If its a warm day, grab lunch at one of Amsterdams best terraces. Otherwise stop at a cosy neighbourhood caf. Dutch bars and cafes, love making the most of their wide streets and squares by casting their outdoor furniture into the sun.

Shopping: An Unique Experience

Whether you want to gift, window shop or buy. There are numerous places to head to and have a wonderful experience.

  • De Bijenkorf: Amsterdams high end departmental store for your luxury finds.
  • Negen Straatjes (9 Streets): Unique shopping experience with local stylish boutiques from conventional and lesser-known brands
  • Haarlemmerstraat/Haarlemmerdijk: Appealing boutiques mixed with shops for all you foodies.

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Night Club: Pop and Rock Gigs

Dance away at a club, or catch a gig at Melkweg (a popular club) or head to Paradiso which holds music concerts and and international bands as well. Capacity here is 25o so book your tickets in advance.

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Day 3 in Amsterdam:

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If you're in Amsterdam in the springtime, you might find yourself in the flower fields at Keukenhof Gardens. Take a trip to a seriously impressive outdoor flower exhibition, open in 2015 from 20 March to 17 May. This is absolutely must see on your list. The Tulip festival in Amsterdam is mesmerising to your eyes.   

You can also take help of travel expert trip plan for Amsterdam 3 days. Other options farther afield include the old-fashioned fishing villages of Marken and Volendam, local cheese farms, windmills, and the famous blue pottery of Delft. Or go hiking at Zuid Kennemerland National Park through the stunning sand dune-covered landscape.

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