Updated: Oct 13, 2022
Amsterdam has become a hub for Europe as there are many reasonably priced and convenient airline connections from North America through Amsterdam. As river cruising has caught travellers attention we have also realized that many river cruise itineraries either begin or end in Amsterdam. For these reasons you may be asking yourself if you should be connecting quickly through the destination or maybe spending a bit more time there.
It was at the end of my river cruise from Vienna to Amsterdam that I had the time to explore this exiting city. I discovered that with its rich history, artistic legacy, intricate canal system, and abundance of museums, there is so much to do and see. To help you come up with somewhat of an itinerary for your vacation, I have decided to write out a list of the top 5 things to do while you're in Amsterdam.
1. Take a historical canal ride. The water tours of Amsterdam are some of the most desired.
Since there are hundreds of canals throughout the nation that were created just for travel,
there is no reason not to give this popular attraction a try. During your gentle water ride, you'll get to view some of the country's most detailed architecture and most beautiful
2. Take a walk through the wildflowers. Amsterdam takes great pride in its bulb flowers,
especially tulips. Visit the amazingly vibrant bulb flower park in Lisse if you wish to see
the tulips in all their glory. If you happen to miss the tulip season, don't worry. There are
plenty of bulbed flowers that grow year-round at the park.
3. Visit one of the many spectacular art museums or history museums. Check out paintings
by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, or other world-renowned artists or revisit history by walking into the Anne Frank House, where you can see the secret annex where Anne hid during World War II.
4. In the 13th century, Dam Square was created when a dam was built around the river Amstel to stop the waters from the Zuiderzee sea from flooding the city. In the 1960s, the square was famous for its Dam Square hippies. Presently, it is one of the main tourist sights, and you can expect lots of entertainment. Just a five-minute walk down the Damrak from Centraal Station takes you into this crowded square. There is always a lot going on, like food stalls, restaurants, and shops galore, which include the trendy Bijenkorf, Magna Plaza, and the Amsterdam Diamond Centre.
5. It's best to explore the narrow, winding streets of Amsterdam's historic 17th-century city center by bike. There are up to 400 kilometers of bicycle paths leading just about everywhere in town, and it's no surprise that Amsterdam is a true cycling city. Take a guided cycling tour if you prefer to cycle with an experience guide. If you are comfortable on your own, renting a bike to get around town will also acquaint you with the local scenery. Don't hesitate to ask expert guides and rental shops on how to get around the city as they offer great advice to inexperienced bikers
Now that you have an idea of what this interesting destination has to offer, let's plan together how many days you would enjoy exploring the city of Amsterdam during your next European vacation.