Amsterdam Itinerary 5 Days
Explore the best places to visit in 5 days in Amsterdam with this travel itinerary for a memorable experience!
- Amsterdam Museum
- Royal Palace
- Civic Guards Gallery
- Church Of St Nicholas
- Portuguese Synagogue
- The Amsterdam Dungeon
- Allard Pierson Museum
- Nieuwmarkt Square
- Science Centre Nemo
- Hollandsche Schouwburg
- Madame Tussauds
- Fluorescent Art Museum
- Red Light Secrets
- Cafe Gallery Dante
- Old Amsterdam Cheese Store
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5 Days in Amsterdam - Perfect Vacation Guide
Amsterdam, also known as Venice of Netherlands, is a city with rich history and impressive culture. It has a network of more than 100 kilometers of canals that boast of a bustling city on its banks. With only 5 days in Amsterdam, you can easily soak in its flavour and discover what it has to offer. Its museums and art galleries are engaging for every type of traveller. This itinerary will help you make the most of your time in Amsterdam.
Are 5 days enough for Amsterdam tour?
Wondering about what to see in 5 days in Amsterdam ? It can be a confusing task to decide where to go in Amsterdam. But, 5 days are perfect to cover each corner of Amsterdam. You can visit popular places in Amsterdam, get walking tour and have local food during your vacation.
How much money for 5 days in Amsterdam?
The budget cost of 5 days in Amsterdam is USD 870. You can further save on your stays by opting for hostels and homestay. Also try to travel by public transportation whenever possible.
What to pack for Amsterdam 5 days vacation?
- Carry extra battery of camera. If you are a shutterbug, carry extra memory card; those 5 days in Amsterdam are going to be full of moments that you would want to click!
- Keep a journal to record your favorite moments and scribble notes!
- Since you will be having a heavy luggage to fit your belongings for 5 days, carry a small backpack that you can use while you go sightseeing!
What to see in Amsterdam in 5 days?
Explore the gems in Old City
Center of the city is packed with numerous interesting places. You can visit Royal Palace of Amsterdam in the morning. This majestic palace dates back to 1650s and carries an influence of different architectural styles. Spend some time before lunch here and learn about the history of the city. It is recommended to take a guided tour to immerse yourself in fascinating stories of the past.
You can spend an afternoon at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam. This wax museum was opened in 1970 and is home to numerous wax figures of political leaders, sportspersons, film stars, singers to name a few. You must not miss a chance to click photos of these life-size statues.
Ripley's Believe It or Not Amsterdam is another place nearby that is a must visit for people who are looking for quirky, bizarre sites in the city. You will get a chance to see human shrunken heads and a megladon jaw along with a ride through Ripley’s 5D Moving Theatre. Learn all the peculiar stories about different artifacts and displays.
You can have a dinner at one of the restaurants at Dam Square. The streets here are dotted with shops, stores, and boutiques. Go on a shopping spree, pamper your taste buds, or simply sit and watch the world go by. If you can manage to spend more time on shopping in Amsterdam, then areas like Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat are also good for you.
Visit famous tourist attractions
Start your 2nd day in Amsterdam by visiting Nieuwe Kerk. also located at the Dam Square with other famous landmarks, this 15th-century church in Amsterdam is a lovely place. Though it is used as an exhibition space today, its majestic exterior and tastefully decorated interior are worth visiting.
With only 5 days/4 nights in Amsterdam, exploring Anne Frank House is a must. Established on a canal Prinsengracht, this house is less than a kilometer away from the Dam Square. This is the place where Anne Frank and her family hid during the Holocaust. The museum on the premises has displays that will tell you about the life of Anne Frank and the Second World War.
You can also visit Westerkerk that is established in Grachtengordel neighborhood near Anne Frank House. Built during the 1620s, the church is influenced by Renaissance style architecture. As this is considered to be the largest church in the Netherlands that was built for Protestants, it attracts travellers and locals alike.
And now that you are here, spending an evening in the neighbourhood of Jordaan is recommended. This area is packed with historic buildings, modern art galleries, local markets, restaurants, and cafes. This is the place that will let you explore the nightlife in Amsterdam at your own pace.
Explore the Museum Square
With only 5 days in Amsterdam, you must dedicate an entire day to visiting museums in Amsterdam. Head towards Museumplein or Museum Square in the morning and you will see how true the name of the square is. There are Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Diamond Museums, and Stedelijk Museum around here. These places will take you back in time and will tell you about the history, art, and culture of Amsterdam. Every museum has an extensive collection of artifacts that are significant when it comes to understanding the city.
You can consider visiting Vondelpark in the evening. As the park has an open-air theatre, a playground, and a couple of restaurants, you can easily spend a couple of hours here and unwind with your loved ones. There are small ponds and historic buildings around that add charm to the whole park.
And when it comes to dancing the night away, head off to Leidseplein neighbourhood. It has become a paradise for club-hoppers with its bustling clubs, bars, and pubs. Catching a street performance here will give you a chance to soak yourself in local flavor. You can also visit other cultural centers like Rembrandtplein. The Paradiso, Melkweg in the city.
Make it about spending quality time
Visiting Amsterdam’s oldest building is a great way to start your day. Oude Kerk is a significant landmark in the city as it has been dominating the skyline of Amsterdam from last 800 years. Include this site in your Amsterdam itinerary for 5 days and admire the ancient structure.
Visiting Science Center NEMO is another way to spend a day. Many people prefer to spend half a day here. This center is engaging enough for kids as well as adults. There are five different floors full of interactive exhibits and displays. You can buy some lovely souvenirs from a gift shop on the premises and satiate your hunger at a small cafe.
Do not forget to visit De Gooyer Windmill that is only 15 minutes away from the science center. Considered to be the tallest wooden mill in the Netherlands, this National Monument is an ideal place to catch a sunset. Though the mill was built in the 16th century, it has been destroyed several times. But, it has been restored in such a way that its ancient charm will take you back in time.
Include canal cruising in Amsterdam in your plan as it will help you understand the true essence of the city. If you take a cruise after the sunset, then watching the canals illuminating with sparkling lights and boating through the reflections will make for a memorable time.
Visit nearby areas
You can opt for a day trip from Amsterdam as it will introduce you to other nearby areas as well. Though there are several places around the city that are hardly half an hour away, Alkmaar cheese market ranks on top of that list. This market dates back to 400 years and is established in a charming little town near Amsterdam. You can wander through the market, visit small boutiques around, pamper your taste buds at rustic cafes, and spend a day away from all the hustle and bustle of a city.
Keep in mind that the cost for a 5-day trip in Amsterdam can go up to EUR 2,000 per person. But, if you plan a mid-range or a budget trip, the cost will come down significantly. You can use TripHobo’s budget calculator to check all the details.
Amsterdam travel tips for first-timers
- Book a food tour, nothing expresses the essence of Amsterdam like its food!
- Take a weekend getaway, explore the nearby cities of Amsterdam.
- List down the free days of the museums and try to visit them on those days to save on ticket fee.
Getting around Amsterdam in 5 days
You are going to be in the city for a considerable amount of time and hence it is recommended to get hang of the local transit system that will make getting around cheaper. Alternatively, you can hire a car or a bike and explore Amsterdam on your own, at your own pace.
Best places to eat, drink, and shop in Amsterdam
Eat, drink, shop repeat! You can enjoy an excellent retail therapy when in Amsterdam. On your 5-day trip, make sure you try out the best local delicacies as well as shop for some souvenirs to take back home.
Where to stay in Amsterdam for 5D4N vacation?
For a 5 day 4 nights vacation in Amsterdam, you can choose a vacation rental or a hotel that is conveniently located. You can score a good deal on BnB, since the stay is for a longer duration.
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