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How to Spend 1 Day in Amsterdam

How to Spend 1 Day in Amsterdam

From its famous coffeeshops to Anne Frank House, Amsterdam’s culture and far-reaching history make it a popular city destination. Experiencing the Dutch capital’s highlights in one day is possible, but organization is key. Here are a few tips to make the most of your time in the city.

Morning: Explore Museum Square

Start your day in Amsterdam’s Museumplein, a cultural hot spot boasting landmarks including the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Discover the life and work of the post-impressionist master, or take a turn around the Rijksmuseum for insight into 800 years of Dutch history. Though a morning visit will help you avoid crowds, skip-the-line tickets are a good choice when you have limited time. If you’re a history buff, or if you want multiple sightseeing options, choose a city pass that includes access to the main museums plus several other attractions.

Afternoon: Sightsee in Central Amsterdam

Many of Amsterdam’s sights are located around the center. Whether you’re curious about the city's culture or keen to experience its cycle paths, you have options. A hop-on hop-off bus or boat tour is good for those short on time, as it allows you to personalize your itinerary and see such stops as the Anne Frank House and Dam Square. Other activities include zipping between landmarks on a bike tour, gaining insight into the city’s heritage on a walking tour, or sampling Dutch cuisine on a food tour.

Evening: Unwind on the Canals

After a busy day of sightseeing, relax on the canals, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire the city by dusk. Choose a cruise with food and indulge in a 4-course dinner or kick back with fast food as you unwind with drinks and waterside vistas. In winter, take advantage of the canals' prime views of the Amsterdam Light Festival. After dinner, if your feet aren’t too sore and you’re curious about Amsterdam’s Red Light District, take an after-dark tour to learn about the area's sex industry in a welcoming environment.

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I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

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Get the most out of your Amsterdam stay — and save money — with the I amsterdam City Card. With this pass, you enjoy unlimited use of public transport, a canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. Plus, gain entry to 44 museums including the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandthuis Museum, Van Gogh Museum (with time slot booking option) and Hermitage Amsterdam. Use your pass to discover this marvelous city at your own pace!
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  • 1 to 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.76
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Private Tour: Anne Frank Walking Tour of Amsterdam

Private Tour: Anne Frank Walking Tour of Amsterdam

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Enrich your knowledge of Anne Frank’s early life on a private 1.5-hour walking tour of Amsterdam-Zuid. In this wealthy residential area, you’ll visit Anne Frank’s family home, first school and the shop at which she bought her famous diary. As you listen to commentary from your knowledgeable guide, you’ll discover fascinating facts about the young writer and receive undivided attention throughout the private tour. Relish the opportunity to customize your tour and conclude with a warming cup of coffee before bidding your guide farewell.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$156.31
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Small-Group Amsterdam Bike Tour

Small-Group Amsterdam Bike Tour

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Cycle along Amsterdam’s flat and open city streets on this small-group guided bike tour. Explore the historic city at a leisurely pace as you pedal alongside the UNESCO-listed canals and visit the green oasis of Vondel Park. Pass top attractions like the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum, and check out Amsterdam’s oldest neighborhood, the Red Light District. This small-group tour is capped at 12 people, ensuring you receive personalized attention from your informative guide.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.69
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Amsterdam Alternative Culture Walking Tour with Local Food Sampling

Amsterdam Alternative Culture Walking Tour with Local Food Sampling

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Get a flavor of Amsterdam’s famous coffee-shop culture on a walking tour with a local guide. Stroll through Amsterdam's narrow lanes and squares and dip two bohemian coffee shops to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, savor delicious local snacks (own expense), and learn about the history and cannabis culture in the city. Upgrade to include more coffee shops, food tastings, and neighborhoods.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat Option

City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat Option

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See Amsterdam at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, including the option of a hop-on hop-off tour by boat. Select a 24- or 48-hour ticket with 11 bus stops around town, enhanced by optional sightseeing around Amsterdam’s postcard-perfect network of waterways on the canal cruise. From the open-top double-decker bus, you pass by the Anne Frank House, National Maritime Museum, Heineken Experience and eclectic neighborhoods like Jordaan and the historical Red Light District, where you can disembark to explore.
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  • 1 hour 5 minutes to 2 hours
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