24 hours in Amsterdam

by Mary Del Rosario
Stripes Europe

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Amsterdam, with its hundreds of canals, hipster vibes and liberty is a world on its own. Even with all this city has to offer, appreciating it in one day is still possible. Whether you’ve found an inexpensive flight or are using Amsterdam as a pit-stop while exploring the rest of the Netherlands, check out this itinerary to maximize your enjoyment in the “Venice of the North!”


Start your day off by joining a free walking tour with Sandeman’s New Amsterdam Tour. This tour provides you the best option to see all of the city’s charm on the move.

All that walking got your stomach growling? Head to Piqniq, located in the beautiful Jordaan area, for some delicious breakfast. They serve everything from sweet pastries to hearty eggs and sandwiches.

Next, visit the Anne Frank House because you can’t go to Amsterdam and not tour this part of history!

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Tip: If you know about this upcoming trip, buy tickets to save time. Tickets can be sold months in advance.  

Ready to do some shopping? Saunter down to the Nine Streets, a network of streets that provide charming boutiques and trendy cafes as well as restaurants.  

Tip: Buy the OV chip card to gain unlimited use of Amsterdam’s public transportation. This pass will make sightseeing in a day possible.


This city boasts many canals that need exploring, so book a canal cruise to be a part of this can’t-miss- experience. These one hour cruises are also a good way to note down which places you’d like to explore later.

Between all the bikes and people, you may want to briefly escape the hustle and bustle of this quaint, yet busy city, so enjoy a tranquil moment at the green oasis known as Vondelpark. This park is the largest city park in Amsterdam that your kids will be sure to enjoy.

After, check out the Rijksmuseum, a Dutch national museum dedicated to Amsterdam’s history and art. While you’re there, be sure to take a picture with the “I Amsterdam” sign.

Photo by Andriy Kravchenko 

If you’re a fan of Banksy’s work, head to the Moco Museum that houses the anonymous English-based graffiti artists’ work.

Tip: Since time is of the essence, buy a museum card for the day to gain unlimited access to all the museums.

Looking for a snack to tie you over until dinner? Try their famous stroopwafel, two thin layers of waffles with a caramel filling in the middle. Belgian fries are also a must-try!

Next, take the interactive tour at the Heineken Experience to witness first-hand the process of creating this popular beer. Purchase your tickets online.


See what makes Amsterdam liberal at the Red-Light District. Tip: This area is known for its promiscuity as well as pick-pocketers, so be weary of your items.

From Asian to Mexican and everything in between, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, so feeding your stomach for dinner shouldn’t be a problem.

To celebrate a successful day, enjoy cocktails at Vesper Bar, an elegant bar decked out with James Bond memorabilia.

Though charming and old-world, Amsterdam provides plenty of sights and activities to see and do. The best part of living in Europe is that you can always visit this city again if you want to come back for more!

Check back tomorrow for day four of our Countdown to Summer!  

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