How to spend a weekend in Amsterdam
If you find yourself with just a weekend in Amsterdam and are wondering how much you can fit in, the good news is plenty. With its compact streets, boat ridden waterways and penchant for bicycles, getting around Amsterdam is super easy. Here are my top tips for spending 48 hours in Amsterdam. If you want to know more about finding cheap flights / playing
Take an Amsterdam boat tour
Start your Amsterdam weekend in the canals, the waterways which link this city together. Booking online in advance will usually bring the ticket price down which is around $15 on the spot. Blue Boat tours I was informed are the cheapest option and if you have the iAmsterdam card, free. It’s a great way to spend an hour and get your bearings for your Amsterdam weekend.
Tackle the markets
If you are lucky enough to visit during Tulip season (April/May) then head to the gardens, the rest of the year the famous Flower Market is a colourful street to wander, shop, or take a coffee at. Amsterdam isn’t short of markets, with the Flea and Antique markets also popular spots for tourists.
Hunt out the hidden squares
Even in the middle of Amsterdam, there are still plenty of hidden areas to explore, usually behind small doors or archways. With churches, convents and colourful houses around green grassed squares, these can provide some respite from the busy streets. My personal recommendation is Begijnhof (see the map below).
Eat apple pie – Winkel 43
Next, head on to Jordaan. This colourful neighbourhood is crammed with boutique shops, cosy cafes and inventive dining options and is by far my favourite part of central Amsterdam.
Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank museum is a reminder from the past and is a well deserved next spot on your Amsterdam weekend itinerary. It is open daily from 9am-7pm but has extended hours on a Saturday.
Eat everything in Jordaan
Stick around in the Jordaan neighbourhood for dinner where culinary creations are in full swing. Whether you want something low key and local or high end, there are a tonne of options here. For the more popular restaurants, such as Gin with their enticing small bite menu, swing by earlier in the afternoon to secure a table.
Amsterdam has over 50 museums
Start your second day with a trip to one of Amsterdams many museums. The Rijksmuseum, world famous for its extensive art collection, is a standard popular choice and somewhere you could easily while away a day. Even if you don’t plan to visit inside, the architecture, and of course, iAmsterdam sign outside are worth a quick glance. If you venture back to the Red Light District then the Museum of our Lord in the attic is a more unusual option. When religious censorship came into place during the 1660’s these three canal houses were secretly knocked through.
Take a break for Brunch
Weekend Brunch in Amsterdam, whilst not as big deal as other cities, is still a sure fire bet. Instead of heading for a larger restaurant, scout out one of the many smaller book or antique stores that also cook up some tasty treats and take your avocado and eggs in a more traditional and quirky setting.
Wander through Vondelpark
Vondelpark is a sprawling green area running alongside the city and between its lakes, walks and ice cream shops, come and soak up some sun (hopefully) and enjoy a more relaxed side to this city.
Head to Amsterdam Noord
Before jumping on your train back to the airport, round off your Amsterdam weekend with a trip to the north of the city. Free ferries run from behind the station and will quickly transport you to a recently developed and rather hip area.Amsterdam Noord is the modern and cool cousin of the central area.