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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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Amsterdam's Jordaan District Small-Group Food Walking Tour

Amsterdam's Jordaan District Small-Group Food Walking Tour

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Discover the delectable bites and cultural highlights of Amsterdam’s sophisticated Jordaan district on a culinary walking tour of the enclave. With an expert epicurean guide, visit local foodie hotspots to sample enticing delicacies like smoked sausage, creamy Gouda and pickled herring. Delve into the rich culinary culture of the Netherlands with your informative guide and enjoy an alternative experience of Amsterdam as you discover places off the conventional tourist trail. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 12 fellow food-lovers.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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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
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Amsterdam Pizza Dinner Cruise Including Drinks

Amsterdam Pizza Dinner Cruise Including Drinks

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Glide through the canals of Amsterdam on a dinner cruise that features great views of the illuminated city. Learn about Amsterdam’s history and culture from your onboard guide as you dine on a original New York pizza accompanied by beverages such as beer, wine, soft drinks, and water. Top off your meal with a delicious brownie as your boat winds through the picturesque waterways of the Dutch capital.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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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
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Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise

Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise

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See the annual Amsterdam Light Festival on a winter evening cruise that showcases dozens of light sculptures and projections, all created by artists from around the world. Admire these unique works of art from your glass-topped barge and enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere on board. During the 75-minute cruise, listen to audio commentary about the dazzling installations as well as city attractions including the Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug), City Hall and the Amstel River.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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