Planning a short visit to Amsterdam and what to see the most of it in one day? Check out our top 11 list of must-see places and must-do things in Amsterdam.
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1. Take a canal cruise
Get on a boat and experience Amsterdam from water. If you are visiting Amsterdam for the first time, this is exactly where you should start! Most of the touristic boats provide a multi-language audio-guide. Good chance to learn a bit more about the Dutch capital and pick where you go next!
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2. Visit the A’DAM Lookout for a bird’s eye view
The A’DAM LOOKOUT (Overhoeksplein 5) is an observation deck with a 360° panoramic view of Amsterdam. From the rooftop you’ll see the historical center, Amsterdam port, the unique Dutch polder landscape and much more!
The thrillseekers can also visit ‘Over the Edge’, Europe’s highest swing at a height of 100 meters at the edge of the A’DAM Tower.
3. Visit the world famous museums
A visit to Amsterdam won’t be complete without a visit to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. To avoid wasting time in queues, make sure to book your tickets in advance.
Tip! If there are no tickets available for the date of your choice, try booking a semi-private guided tour to the Van Gogh museum.
4. Explore the Red Light District
The Red Light District is the oldest part of Amsterdam, close to the train station. It’s worldwide known for its vibrant atmosphere and the red windows that display sex workers offering their services. Everybody is welcome to experience this unique part of Amsterdam!
Red Light District in Amsterdam
5. Browse the markets
The floating Flower Market (Bloemenmarkt), the Waterlooplein Market, Amsterdam’s most famous flea market, and the famous Albert Cuypmarkt food market are three great options.
Flower market in Amsterdam. Photo: Kristina Kutena, Kutena.nl
Waterlooplein flea market in Amsterdam
Albert Cuypmarkt in Amsterdam
6. Try the famous Dutch herring
Here is a list of places where you can find it in the center of Amsterdam. Enjoy!
Where to eat Dutch herring in Amsterdam?
7. Enjoy a cup of a coffee with a panoramic view of Amsterdam
Exploring Amsterdam, you wouldn’t want to miss a moment. Feel like having a short break? Choose a place with the best panoramic view of Amsterdam! We have selected five cafés and restaurants where you can drink coffee, have lunch and enjoy a great view of Amsterdam.
Photo: Kristina Kutena, Kutena.nl
8. Take a selfie with the I amsterdam sign
Prior to 3 December 2018, there was a set of letters at Museumplein, in front of the Rijksmuseum. It was very popular among visitors. However these letters were removed at the request of the City of Amsterdam.
Right now there are two locations to find I amsterdam:
- A permanent set is at Schiphol Airport (Outside Arrivals 1).
- Another set is touring the city.
I amsterdam City Card. Is it worth it?
9. Walk around the Jordaan area
Here you can witness a non-touristic relaxed life of Amsterdam residents.
10. Visit an authentic Dutch proeflokaal
Behind the monument on Dam Square, at Pijlsteeg 31, you’ll find the Wynand Focking tasting room. In around 1679 it started as a liqueur distillery. Soon a tasting tavern was added. To this day all liqueurs and genevers here are still being made using the same 17th century traditional craft methods. Experience it yourself!
Even if you don’t have time to see a movie, check out the cinema hall which has preserved its antique interiors. It feels like travelling back in time. Stunning and impressive! You don’t need to have a ticket to enter the Pathé Tuschinski hall (Reguliersbreestraat 26-34).
Have a nice day in Amsterdam, get inspired and… plan a new trip to the Netherlands!
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