Things to do in Amsterdam

Awesome Amsterdam 3 day itinerary by a local

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This Amsterdam 3 day itinerary is the perfect way to explore all that this beautiful city has to offer. From its winding canals, stunning museums, and unique cycling culture to its free-spirited vibes, Amsterdam offers something for every type of traveler.

We are from the Netherlands and visited our capital more than 150 times so with our local insights, you’ll get the most out of your experience with our guide on what the best things are to do in Amsterdam over three days. We’ll also share tips on great places to stay, eat and ideas for nice day trips from Amsterdam! So let’s get exploring – here’s your ultimate 3 days in Amsterdam itinerary!

Amsterdam street
Cynthia walking in the historic center of Amsterdam
Canal Amsterdam
Iconic bicycles you see during your Amsterdam 3 day itinerary

The perfect Amsterdam 3 day itinerary

Amsterdam is a vibrant city, home to canals, stunning museums, and plenty of things to do. To make the most of your 3 days in Amsterdam itinerary, it’s best to divide the city into three areas: the historic center; the area around Museumplein; and the outskirts such as Jordaan. This way you can enjoy a mix of activities every day. When planning an Amsterdam itinerary for 3 days, there are plenty of sights to see and things to do! From visiting iconic attractions like Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum to exploring neighborhoods such as Jordaan or taking a boat trip on one of Amsterdam’s many canals – you won’t be short of things to fill your Amsterdam 3 day itinerary! One big advantage of Amsterdam is that the city isn’t very large, so all of the sights are relatively close to each other. So, get planning your 3 day Amsterdam itinerary and start exploring the Dutch capital!

Tip: what to do in Amsterdam in 3 days can be read in this article and map. Below you see the map for all activities, accommodations, restaurants, and metro stations that are ideal for a 3 day itinerary in Amsterdam. In addition, we have made a map per day so that it’s easy to orientate yourself and make the most of your Amsterdam itinerary. Click on the right top corner to view the bigger version of the map. If you click on the star symbol next to the title, you save this map directly into your Google Maps account. On the map, you can show or hide different categories. You can use this map for navigation when you reach your destination.

3 Days in Amsterdam | day 1

The Amsterdam 3 day itinerary starts with a visit to the historic center of Amsterdam. You can begin your journey at 8:30 am and explore the city center.

If you’re looking for a great place to start your day, look no further than Greenwoods Singel in Amsterdam. As soon as you walk in, you are welcomed with friendly hospitality and fantastic options of traditional Dutch breakfasts – ranging from a delicious cheese sandwich to plenty of vegetarian and vegan choices. There’s something for everyone here, and the atmosphere is sure to make you feel at home. Each person spends €10-20 / $10.80-21.60 on breakfast.

#1.1 Discover the historic center

The best way to get the most out of your Amsterdam itinerary 3 days is by exploring the historic center on foot. This allows you to take in all the sights and sounds of this historical city, from its canals and iconic mansions to its many small streets and alleys. If you’re looking for a route that takes you to all the major highlights of the center, be sure to follow the walking route provided on our map.

Starting with the Oude Kerk, the special thing about this church is that it is a typical example of a Catholic cathedral that you can find in Europe. The church has large high windows that let in a lot of light, tombstones on the floor that are very impressive to see and the architecture is unique to see. Because of all these details, the Oude Kerk is one of the most beautiful things you can see in Amsterdam.

After the Oude Kerk, you walk to the Damrak. At the water, you see a couple of canal houses that are beautiful. The condition of the buildings and the way they are built make it a unique picture. If you stand in front of the water and look to the left you will see the central station. Try to look closely at all the architectural details of the building. This was designed by Pierre Cuypers, who also designed the Rijksmuseum.

Continue to the Dam of Amsterdam. On the way to it, you will see the Beurs van Berlage on the left. Exhibitions can often be seen in this historic building. If you walk a little further you will arrive at the Dam of Amsterdam. This is one of the most beautiful squares in Amsterdam. The Royal Palace and the Gothic New Church are located on Dam Square. You can visit the Royal Palace, if you want to learn more about the Royal family it’s recommended to visit, check availability here. The Nieuwe Kerk dates from the 14th century and is now used to admire exhibitions.

From Dam Square, walk into Kalverstraat, Amsterdam’s main shopping street. Keep following it until you arrive at Begijnhof, this is perhaps one of the most special places in Amsterdam. Here you will find a medieval courtyard where women of Catholic sisterhood live. It is unique to see such a piece of medieval beauty in the middle of the city.

Go through the shopping street to the Munttoren, where the rivers Amstel and Singel meet. Then go to the Bloemenmarkt, where you will find many typical Dutch flowers. If you want to buy something ask the seller if this is a problem for the customs.

The Nine Streets area is very nice to walk through all the small streets with the canals at your side. You will also find nice boutique shops here. Then go to Nieuwmarkt via the bridges. Before arriving here you can visit the Bushuis. A beautiful building that used to be the headquarters from which the trips to East India were organized. At the Nieuwmarkt square, you can find the oldest non-regular building in Amsterdam called De Waag. This used to be the city gate of Amsterdam.

You can easily do this city walk yourself. You will be doing this walk for about 3 hours. The disadvantage is that often you will not understand what you see. If you like to learn everything about certain places, we recommend the following walking tour.

You can easily do this city tour yourself. This tour will take you about 3 hours. If you like to discover the historic center with a local guide, this is possible. The best way is to do this by bike, typical Dutch :). You can easily buy a ticket for a tour via this link.

De Dam Amsterdam

lunch at Broodje Bert

For a quick lunch or snack, while visiting Amsterdam, you can’t go wrong with Broodje Bert. Not only do they offer delicious sandwiches, like the iconic tomato mozzarella sandwich, but they also have classic Dutch cheese sandwiches, full of rich, aged flavors.

At Broodje Bert, the atmosphere is cozy and intimate, perfect for taking a break from sightseeing in the city. And the best part? Each meal is not expensive. For €11 / $11.90 you have a sandwich with a drink.

#1.2 Rijksmuseum

After lunch, you have all afternoon to explore the Rijksmuseum. This is a must-see on any Amsterdam itinerary 3 days. If the weather is nice, why not choose to visit the Rijksmuseum in the morning and do a walking tour of the historic center in the afternoon? No matter what you decide, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience. Enjoy!

In our opinion, the Rijksmuseum is the most beautiful museum in Amsterdam. It is great after the hustle and bustle of the city to walk in all silence in this museum. The Rijksmuseum is famous for the fame of the collection’s masterpieces. You can see Van Gogh’s self-portrait, Vermeer’s Little Street, Jan Steen’s household, and the absolute highlight of Rembrandt’s Night Watch. Regardless of whether you are a museum enthusiast or not, this museum is worth a visit because of its magnificent masterpieces.

You can buy the ticket for the Rijksmuseum here. If you are going to visit a museum such as the Rijksmuseum, you can choose to do this together with a guide. The guide will tell you the story behind a painting which is great and educational. Check prices and availability here.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Looking for a perfect place to stay? We’ve got you covered with below 2 tips

Option 1 modern amenities & great location: The ED Amsterdam
The ED Amsterdam
is located right in the center. The location is perfect because you sleep in the canal belt. The service and bedrooms are very neat. From your room, you can look out on the boats sailing by which is very nice to see. Breakfast is included and very good.
Check prices and availability for The ED Amsterdam here.

Option 2 view of the city skyline & good value for the price: NH City Center Amsterdam
NH City Center Amsterdam
has a very good price-quality ratio. Neat rooms and despite being right in the center it is extremely quiet. Good base. Breakfast is in the form of a buffet which is very extensive. A great place to relax after you’ve walked through Amsterdam all day.
Check prices and availability for NH city Center Amsterdam here.

Diner at Casa Perú

Casa Perú is a great place to have dinner in Amsterdam, especially if you’re looking for something unique yet delicious. Enjoy the rooftop terrace and canal views while indulging in authentic Peruvian cuisine. The lomo saltado dish is a must-try – flavorful strips of beef, fried potatoes, tomatoes, onions, and peppers in a savory sauce! If you’re feeling adventurous, try their ceviche or one of their many delectable empanadas. No matter what your choice may be, you won’t be disappointed! On average, it will cost you €20 / $21.60 to eat at Casa Peru.

#1.3 Drink in the Jordaan

The Jordaan is a great place to explore during the evening. This working-class neighborhood in Amsterdam has something for everyone – from cozy pubs like Het Monumentje, to bustling party cafés like Eetcafe De Jordaan. If you’re looking for an exciting night out, this is your spot! Plus, with its stunning canal views and unique atmosphere, it’s an ideal stop on any Amsterdam 3 days itinerary. Enjoy a beer or cocktail while soaking up the good vibes and exploring this charming part of the city.

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3 Days in Amsterdam | day 2

On the second day of your 3 day itinerary Amsterdam, take time to explore the city’s culture and unique landmarks. Start with a visit to the Van Gogh Museum, followed by a leisurely canal tour to soak up the breathtaking views. From there, make sure to relax in the beautiful Westerpark before having a drink at Brouwerij de Gooyer and visiting the infamous Red Light District. For breakfast on this day, Staring at Jacob is an amazing choice, but if that’s not available, you can always enjoy a delicious meal from your accommodation.

If you’re looking for a great spot to enjoy breakfast in Amsterdam, Staring at Jacob is an excellent choice. This charming venue serves up a variety of delicious and wholesome dishes, such as their signature yogurt bowl – packed full of hearty ingredients like granola, berries, and nuts. With its fresh and healthy options, Staring at Jacob makes for a great start to your day! To enjoy breakfast it cost you €10-14 / $10.80-15.15.

#2.1 Van Gogh Museum

In the Van Gogh Museum, you can learn everything about Van Gogh’s life and enjoy works by the master. Van Gogh is a painter who has become known not only for his works but also for his turbulent life. This turbulent life has had a major impact on his work. Van Gogh had periods in his life where he made one painting a day. There have also been periods when Van Gogh struggled with anxiety attacks and psychoses.

The Van Gogh Museum is one of the most interesting museums in the Netherlands to visit. During your visit, you can get a picture of how the master lived, and what kind of person he was and you learn and understand how far ahead of his time he was.

Did you know that he made 900 paintings in his life and sold only 3 of them? You can buy tickets for the museum here.

If you want to visit the Van Gogh Museum accompanied by a qualified guide, this is possible. Buy the ticket for the tour here.

#2.2 Canal tour

There is nothing better than discovering Amsterdam from the water. In the past 165 different canals were used for trade and transport, nowadays tourists enjoy a beautiful part of Amsterdam. It is magical to have a different perspective on the environment from a tour boat. For this reason, a canal tour is one of the most popular activities in Amsterdam. It is without a doubt a great activity to do that is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

There are several organizations, we recommend this tour because you can choose between two departure points. This tour has also been done by many travelers who are all very positive. We recommend that you book your ticket in advance so that you can skip the queues. Buy your ticket for the canal tour here.

Amsterdam Canal tour

Lunch at Bar Spek

Bar Spek is a fun spot to enjoy lunch while exploring Amsterdam! At Bar Spek, they serve up delicious dishes that are made with fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. Enjoy a quick bite or a three-course meal – either way, you won’t be disappointed. The highlight of their menu has to be the avocado sandwich; it’s served with a side of freshly grilled vegetables, and it’s sure to tantalize your taste buds! To enjoy lunch it cost you €10-16 / $10.80-17.30.

#2.3 Westerpark

Take a leisurely stroll through Westerpark, explore its authentic shops and street markets, and enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the traditional Dutch cafes. Also, visit the beautiful park – it’s the perfect spot to relax after an adventurous day of sightseeing. Whether you want to spend an evening people-watching on De Wallen or visit some famous museums, there’s something for everyone when it comes to what to do in Amsterdam for 3 days.

If you want to relax with a beer you can visit Brouwerij Troost Westergas or De Prael Houthavens Brouwerij. Here you can do a beer tour independently, and in both places, you can taste the local beers of Amsterdam. This is fun to do if you enjoy drinking beer. Both places are close to each other, so check on the spot which of the two you prefer to visit.

#2.4 De Gooyer Brewery

If you want to have a drink at a special place in Amsterdam, you should visit the De Gooyer brewery. The brewery is located next to a beautiful windmill, which makes it a unique location. You can taste different beers here. If you aren’t a beer lover, it is still worth going because you will find a nice mix of local people who come to have a beer and people who come from afar to admire the beautiful location.

Diner at Café Binnenvisser

Cafe Binnenvisser is a great place to enjoy dinner for its delicious food made with seasonal products and fresh ingredients. Not only that, but the atmosphere of this one-of-a-kind cafe makes it even more special: in an old restored warehouse, you can indulge yourself in a fantastic culinary experience. They serve fresh food, unfortunately, we cannot give any recommendations. On average, it will cost you €30.50 / $33 for a 5 courses dinner.

#2.5 The red light district

De Wallen is the oldest part of Amsterdam and is one of the busiest and most popular places to visit at night. This is due to the red light district. You will also find many cafes, clubs, eateries, and shops in this area.

Personally, as Dutch people, we aren’t proud of this part of the area, but it is important in the history of the Netherlands. Prostitution has been legal in Amsterdam since 1811. It is good to know that sex workers have their union, police protection, and information center. Amsterdam is committed to pursuing professional standards.

It is therefore important to adhere to the rules as a visitor. You aren’t allowed to take pictures of the women and to drink in public. In addition, keep in mind that many pickpockets are active. So pay close attention to your belongings.

If you are in Amsterdam, we recommend that you visit the Red Light District to get a complete picture of Amsterdam. However, the advice is to only have a short walk and return to the center.

If you want to know more about the red light district or if you would like to walk through it accompanied by a guide, this is possible. During this tour, you will learn everything about the red light district and the coffee shops of Amsterdam.

Jordaan Amsterdam

3 Days in Amsterdam | day 3

On the last day of your Amsterdam itinerary 3 days, you will do a typical Dutch activity: cycling in Amsterdam. Enjoy the city’s picturesque canals and narrow streets as you bike around town. You will also explore one of Amsterdam’s most famous parks, Vondelpark, as well as its iconic working-class neighborhood, the Jordaan. Finally, you’ll end your day by visiting the world-famous Anne Frank House and topping it off with a refreshing drink at an amazing rooftop bar in Amsterdam.

If breakfast is not included, you can have a typical Dutch breakfast at Piqniq. We recommend the spelled pancake and cheese sandwich, they are delicious. It is a very nice place where you can have a good breakfast for not too much money. On average, breakfast will cost you €7-10 / $7.60-10.80.

#3.1 Bike tour

A bike tour is a super fun activity to do when you are in Amsterdam. By cycling in Amsterdam you experience the city differently. It is great to cycle along the canals and canal houses. In addition, taking a bicycle tour is fun because you will discover places that aren’t visited by many other tourists.

There are a lot of bike tours in Amsterdam. You often visit the main sights of the center with a bicycle tour. Because you go by bike you can quickly reach different destinations and you can see more of the city than when you go walking.

We recommend this bike tour because it is the best tour from GetYourGuide. We always like to take tours through them because it is easy to book and they stand for quality. In the information about the tour, you can see which places you will visit. The duration of the tour is +/- 3 hours. You will also read thousands of positive reviews, which guarantees a great tour. Check actual prices and availability here.

Bike tour Amsterdam

Lunch at Café Cook

At Café Cook you can enjoy one of the most beautiful terraces in Amsterdam. Great to relax and enjoy a salad or sandwich at the same time. We recommend ordering a dish that consists of asparagus, which is typically Dutch and delicious. In addition, they are also very healthy. On average, it will cost €13 / $14 to get lunch.

#3.2 Vondelpark

Vondelpark is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Amsterdam – and it’s perfect for those looking to make the most of their three days in the city. From picnics under the trees to strolls along its winding pathways, you’ll be able to enjoy some quality time in nature. So if you want to take advantage of all that Amsterdam has to offer, make sure Vondelpark is on your list of what to see in Amsterdam in 3 days.

#3.3 Jordaan

During the walking tour on the 1st day, you have already visited the Jordaan. Most visitors find the Jordaan so beautiful that you want to go again to let everything sink in. Take a wonderful walk through the working-class neighborhood and enjoy your time! For example, you can go to Cafe Chris, this is the oldest cafe in the Jordaan, very nice to have a drink.

House Amsterdam

#3.4 Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is located in the Jordaan. This museum is certainly not the nicest museum to visit, but it is a very important museum. In this museum, you can see how Anne Frank and her family went into hiding during the second world war. You will also learn the story of Anne Frank and everything about her diary. A museum that you should visit when you are in Amsterdam because in terms of history, it is one of the most important parts of Dutch history.

Tips for visiting the Anne Frank House:

  • Tickets must be purchased online in advance via the official website. The online tickets with a time slot will be released two months in advance. Make sure you are on time to reserve your preferred timeslot.
  • Arrive as early or late as possible so that you have more time to explore the museum. During the normal timeslot, there are a lot of people so you might not be able to see things that well;
  • In addition to the museum, you can also take an Anne Frank tour where you visit the important sights that have to do with Anne Frank and the persecution of the Jews during the 2nd World War. This tour is recommended for people who want to better understand what happened to Anne Frank at the time. It is impressive to hear the story at the places where it all happened.

Dinner at NENI

NENI serves up some of the most delicious Eastern Mediterranean cuisines around, but its family-run setting means that you can enjoy a truly unique dining experience. The menu at NENI is full of seasonal delights, so you can be sure that each dish you try is made with the freshest ingredients. The staff is always on hand to recommend their top dishes – making your experience even more enjoyable. Ask on the spot which dishes they recommend because they work with seasonal products, and the menu is often different. On average, it will cost €20-25 / $21.66-27.05 to get dinner.

#3.5 Rooftop bar

After the 3 days in Amsterdam, it is nice to end at a rooftop bar. There are several rooftop bars in Amsterdam. We recommend Floor17 because it is great for every type of visitor. It is located in the middle of the city at the Rembrandtpark, the big advantage of this place is that it isn’t that chic so you feel very comfortable. During the day you can have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening the bar opens and you can enjoy the cocktails. If you want the best view go to SkyLounge Amsterdam. This place is very chic and a lot more expensive.

Other attractions for this Amsterdam 3 day itinerary

In addition to the 13 activities that we recommend in our Amsterdam 3 day itinerary, there are plenty of other attractions and experiences you can enjoy while spending three days in this beautiful city. You can do more than what is on this Amsterdam itinerary, but remember that this list already has a lot of things to do.

Tip: the weather isn’t always nice in the Netherlands, so some outdoor activities aren’t suitable when the weather is bad. Activities that are in italics are recommended to do during bad weather.

  • Hermitage museum: great collection of paintings, antiquities, and more. Works of art from ancient Egypt to modern times can be seen;
  • Nemo: museum of science, if you want to know everything science;
  • Rembrandthuis Museum: learn everything about the life of Rembrandt;
  • Jewish historical museum: do you want to get a better picture of Jewish history in Amsterdam then this is a must to visit;
  • Flea market: in Amsterdam, at the IJ-hallen you can visit the largest flea market in Europe;
  • Muiderslot: 20 kilometers outside Amsterdam is Muiderslot located, a castle that is worth a visit. You can visit the castle by bike or by public transport;
  • Vuurtoreneiland: if you want to visit a unique piece of landscape in Amsterdam, the Vuurtoreneiland is worth visiting. You can combine this with lunch or dinner;
  • Artis Zoo: if you want to visit a zoo, go to Artis Zoo.
Tulips Netherlands
Tulips markt Netherlands

Day trips from Amsterdam

If you’re planning an Amsterdam 3 day itinerary, there are plenty of activities to fill your days with. You could also take a day trip from Amsterdam to some of the Netherlands’ other cities or visit one of the country’s many outdoor attractions. We recommend the following day trips from Amsterdam. Read more information about the specific tour via the links.


Where to stay in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a city with many accommodation options and therefore can be difficult to find the perfect place that suits your need. We recommend staying 3 nights in the center and taking advantage of being able to walk to all the sights. Amsterdam can be expensive, but here are two tips for places that are good value for your money. It is important to book your accommodation as soon as possible because the below options fill up quickly due to their good value for money. You can easily do this via the link.

Location, location, location:
The ED Amsterdam

the ed amsterdam

The ED Amsterdam is located right in the center. The location is perfect because you sleep in the canal belt. The service and bedrooms are very neat.
From your room, you can look out at the boats sailing by which is very nice to see. Breakfast is included and very good.

Great value for money:
NH City Centre Amsterdam

NH City Centre Amsterdam

NH City Center Amsterdam has a very good price-quality ratio. Neat rooms and despite being right in the center it is extremely quiet. Good base.
Breakfast is in the form of a buffet which is very extensive. A great place to relax after you’ve walked through Amsterdam all day.

Looking for a perfect place to stay? We’ve got you covered with below 2 tips

Option 1 modern amenities & great location: The ED Amsterdam
The ED Amsterdam
is located right in the center. The location is perfect because you sleep in the canal belt. The service and bedrooms are very neat. From your room, you can look out on the boats sailing by which is very nice to see. Breakfast is included and very good.
Check prices and availability for The ED Amsterdam here.

Option 2 view of the city skyline & good value for the price: NH City Center Amsterdam
NH City Center Amsterdam
has a very good price-quality ratio. Neat rooms and despite being right in the center it is extremely quiet. Good base. Breakfast is in the form of a buffet which is very extensive. A great place to relax after you’ve walked through Amsterdam all day.
Check prices and availability for NH city Center Amsterdam here.

What are the best places to eat in Amsterdam?

In this 3 day itinerary of Amsterdam, you can read which restaurants we recommend. To help you, we have included all the recommendations in the table below so that you can see at a glance where to eat in Amsterdam. At the beginning of the article, you can see on the map where all restaurants can be found.

Day 1Day 2Day 3
BreakfastGreenwoods SingelStaring at JacobPIQNIQ
LunchBroodje BertBar SpekCafé Cook
DinnerCasa PerúCafé BinnenvisserNENI Amsterdam
Restaurant Amsterdam

Transport in Amsterdam

Transport from Schiphol Airport to the center of Amsterdam costs €5 / $5.40 by train and €60 /$65 by taxi. You can buy transport tickets here.

For longer distances, we recommend using the train or bus. In the Netherlands, it isn’t possible to buy a ticket with cash. You need to buy an OV chip card upon arrival at a machine, supermarket, or travel agency. Via this link, you can easily see where a point of sale is nearby. You can use this card for all buses and trains. There are two different cards, namely an anonymous card and a personalized card. If you come to the Netherlands once, we recommend buying an anonymous card, which you can use with several people at the same time. Costs for such a card are around €12 / $13. All information about trains can be found on the NS website for the national railway company.

For shorter distances such as the center of Amsterdam, we recommend walking or to rent a bicycle. You can easily rent a bicycle via this link.

If you travel to the Netherlands by plane and you are looking for a car to rent, you can rent it through Rentalcars. We use Rentalcars when we want to travel by car to discover new destinations. They’re easy to use and book with.

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OV Amsterdam
Use these machines to charge balance for public transport

Best time to visit Amsterdam

Amsterdam is easy to visit all year round, of course, some months are better than others. The best time to visit Amsterdam is during the spring (March-May) or autumn (September-November). The temperatures are pleasant in the spring and autumn periods. Summer (June-August) is a great time to visit Amsterdam, but it can be hot. Temperatures around 30ºC / 86°F are then very normal. A disadvantage of the summer is that you travel during the school holidays in Europe, so prices are higher than in other periods. The quietest period is winter (December-February). Prices are then a lot lower and it is less busy, the only disadvantage is that temperatures are less pleasant.

Is Amsterdam safe to visit?

Amsterdam is safe to visit, you can visit the whole of the Netherlands without any problems. Amsterdam is the 4th safest city in the world according to the report of the Economist Intelligence Unit and even the safest city in Europe!

Of course, you should use common sense in Amsterdam as in any other city. During your trip, you can have bad luck, for example by spraining your ankle, your mobile phone is stolen or other things. For Amsterdam specifically, the neighborhood Bijlmer and the red light district aren’t safe. The red light district is world-famous, we recommend making a short walk and returning to the city center. During the evening you have a lot of pickpockets and drug dealers in this area, so pay attention.

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Amsterdam 3 day itinerary FAQ

1. How many days do you need for Amsterdam?

Before you travel to Amsterdam, it is important to know how many days you need. Amsterdam in 3 days is the perfect amount of days to discover the capital of the Netherlands.

Of course, you can visit Amsterdam in 1 or 2 days, but then you will not have enough time to see all the important things. If you have 3 days, you have to make choices about what you do and do not want to visit. If you want to do the program of 3 days in 2 days, activities are planned on top of each other so that you will walk through Amsterdam in a hurry. You have to ask yourself if you want this.

As an example, if you visit the Vincent van Gogh Museum you need to the whole morning. If you still want to see the historic center, your day is already packed. If you don’t have 3 days for Amsterdam, it’s recommended to only visit activities that can be found within the canal belt.

2. I want to do a day trip to Amsterdam, what can I do?

If you want to visit Amsterdam in 1 day, it is best to visit the historic center (activity 1.1), take a canal tour through the canal belt (activity 2.2), and visit the Rijksmuseum (activity 1.2). Keep in mind that this is a lot of activities in 1 day so make sure you start on time. Starting at 09:00 am is more than fine.

3. How much does 3 days in Amsterdam cost?

Amsterdam is not a cheap city to visit, but if you follow our tips shared in this Amsterdam itinerary, it doesn’t have to be that expensive at all. We don’t take into account transport costs to Amsterdam because these can vary differently per traveler. The overview below shows each cost category per person based on this 3 days in Amsterdam itinerary and assumes that you are traveling as 2 adults.

MuseumsRijksmuseum | €22.50 / $24.35
Van Gogh Museum | €20 / $21.66
Anne Frank house | €16 / $18.41
ActivitiesCanal tour | €16 / $17.32
Bike tour | €40 / $43.30
Rooftop bar | €42 / $52
FoodBreakfast 3x | €45 / $48.70
Lunch 3x | €50 / $54.15
Dinner 3x | €90 / $97.45
Sleeping3 nights | €360 / $389.80 | $194.90 p.p.$194.90
Transport3 days bike | €70 / $75.79$75.79
OtherSnacks, drinks, other | €30 / $32.48$32.48

So you need +/- $680 budget per person for 3 days in Amsterdam. As you can see, the costs of sleeping and food are high. It is difficult to make savings on this because you will not easily find good restaurants or eateries that are cheaper. You can stay at cheaper accommodations but then you don’t stay in the center of Amsterdam or the quality is a lot lower.

4. What do you need to know about drug use in Amsterdam as tourist?

The Netherlands and Amsterdam in particular are also world-famous for their drug use. In addition to all the activities, you can do in Amsterdam, visiting a coffee shop is also an activity that many travelers want to do. In Amsterdam, there are many legal coffee shops where you can smoke. We don’t do these kinds of things, so we cannot give you any recommendations, only to visit a legal coffee shop. Please make sure that you realize in advance what the impact is on your body.

5. What else do you need to know before visiting Amsterdam?

  • During your city trip to Amsterdam you will walk a lot, so wear good shoes;
  • Amsterdam is busy, try to get up early to visit the sights in front of the large crowd;
  • In Amsterdam, you will visit many museums and other sights. To save time, you need to book skip-the-line tickets in advance. In this itinerary for 3 days in Amsterdam, you can read per section which ticket we recommend;
  • If you are going to visit many museums and other sights, buying The I Amsterdam City Card is cheaper than buying single tickets;
  • If you visit Amsterdam by car, you can park at Q-park Amsterdam Central for €25 / $28 per day.

Want to see more of the Netherlands?

We hope that this 3 day itinerary has helped you to plan a perfect city trip to Amsterdam. Amsterdam is an amazing city with something to offer everyone. Enjoy your time in Amsterdam!

There are a lot of things to see in Amsterdam, but there are even more things to see in the Netherlands. Do you want to explore more of the Netherlands? Groningen is one of the best cities to discover in the North of the Netherlands. Read here for a list of the best things to do in Groningen.

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