Amsterdam in a Day
There are many wonderful (and some weird) things about Amsterdam. Described as the most liberal city in the world, this vibrant and diverse city really should be on your ‘must visit’ list for a short break. Here are our recommendations for Amsterdam in a day.
How to get there:
Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam is the third largest in Europe so travel connections are great here from all over the world. From the U.K, travel to Amsterdam is super-easy and quick. Flights are as quick as 40 minutes and there is also a direct Eurostar train from London which takes just 4 hours.
When in the city, the tram system makes everything easily accessible but do consider hiring a cycle or enjoying sightseeing on foot for a gentler pace and plenty of fresh air.
Where to stay:
There are many beautiful adult or family friendly hotels in the Netherlands to choose from, whether you choose to stay in or near the city. We opted for the Hoxton Hotel which is situated in the Nine Streets, or De Negen Straatjes. Peacefully situated along the canals, these streets are where you will find some of the city’s hidden gems, for example, cool cafes, fabulous restaurants and homegrown brands and shops. This hotel is great value, great quality, and has an in house bar and restaurant.
The rooms are well decorated and super comfortable. We walked to everything we wanted to see from this location as it is close enough to the hustle bustle if you choose but in a quiet location for a peaceful nights sleep.
Art and Culture:
I completely love the vast array of museums and galleries in Amsterdam. There really is something for everyone. We opted for The Anne Frank House (which you really need to pre-book) and were blown away and so humbled by this experience. The museum takes you through sections of the Franks house and into an exhibition which is a thought provoking reminder of the persecution of the Jews at this terrible time.
We also loved the Body Worlds museum which is a fascinating education of the human body through plastination. You will find the largest collection of art and artefacts at the Rijksmusuem, but be sure not to miss The Van Gogh Museum or the modern art at the Stedelijk museum– both of which are fantastic for lovers of art. You may also enjoy The Heineken Experience.
Michelin Star Eating:
You are spoilt for choice for great food and restaurants in the city. We visited (and loved) Michelin star Spectrum, opting for the chefs tasting menu.
Other Food Recommendations:
Do some research in order to find the best food in Amsterdam as there are many choices. Do make sure that you get a box of Van Stapele cookies as you wander the narrow streets. This is a complete must when in the city. These gooey, rich chocolatey delights are very popular so arrive early and prepare to wait- it is completely worth it. Please don’t waste your time getting one as you will be back for more anyway- delicious!
Also do make sure you eat at one of the Ron Gastrobar restaurants. We loved the Ron Gastrobar Oriental where we enjoyed the most delicious crispy duck we have ever eaten. We need another trip to Amsterdam to try another Ron Gastrobar I think.
Amsterdam in a day:
With so much choice, you may decide to start planning your return trip. What are your must visits for Amsterdam in a day? Please let us know in the comments below.