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1-day Itinerary in Amsterdam

Explore the best things to do in Paris in 1 day based on recommendations from local experts.

Day 1

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    #2
    Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huis)
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    #2 in Amsterdam
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Monuments and Memorials, Museums
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Monuments and Memorials, Museums
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Inside the Anne Frank House, travelers will see the location where not so long ago the 15-year-old Anne Frank penned a journal that would become a best-seller. Travelers can imagine what it'd be like to stay hidden away for more than two years, only to be betrayed and taken to a concentration camp. Artifacts inside the museum include historical documents, photographs, film images and belongings from those in hiding and those who assisted them. Frank's original diary and other notebooks are also on display, though original objects from the annex are not on display, as it was stripped of its contents during the war. A free audio guide – available in nine languages – is included with admission.

    Visitors described the experience as educational but emotional, despite the relatively short time it takes to tour the house (about an hour). Travelers also said that there are most always heavy crowds and long lines, so you'll want to plan ahead.

    The Anne Frank House is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 1 through the end of October and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1 through the end of March, with extended hours (until 10 p.m.) on Saturdays. Admission costs 9 euros (about $11) for adults and 4.50 euros (about $5) for children ages 10 to 17; add on an extra half-euro for online ticket purchases (which are required at this time).

    If you'd like to enjoy a 30-minute introduction to the life story of Anne Frank, you can book an introductory program ticket, which costs 14.50 euros (almost $18) for adults and 10 euros (almost $12.50) for children ages 10 to 17 (and includes admittance into the house). Keep in mind that demand for tickets almost always exceeds supply. Visitors should also note that until July 1, 2018, tickets can only be purchased online. On-site facilities include a museum store and cafe. You can reach the museum via trams 13, 14 and 17 to the Westermarkt stop. The museum sits about a 20-minute walk from Centraal station. Keep in mind: Photography is not allowed in the museum. For more information, visit the Anne Frank House website.

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    5 minute walk
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    #7
    De Negen Straatjes (Nine Little Streets)
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    #7 in Amsterdam
    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    De Negen Straatjes, or the Nine Little Streets, are exactly that – nine streets that run between the Prinsengracht and Singel canals and are lined with shops and boutiques. (For your orientation, the Singel is the first main canal that wraps around the city center.) Vintage clothing shops nestle alongside accessories stores and interior design boutiques, and hours vary by store.

    Recent travelers called the area a lovely place to stroll and said it was less touristy than other parts of the city. Though you'll likely rub elbows with plenty of other travelers, you'll also encounter your fair share of locals.

    When your feet get tired, you can take a break from shopping and pop into either Nielsen cafe for an apple tart or the Pompadour for some homemade chocolate – two stops recommended by past visitors. De Negen Straatjes can be reached by the 1, 2, 5, 13, 14 or 17 tram. For a listing (or map) of the area's exact offerings, check out the website.

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    20 minutes by tram; 30 minute walk
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    #1
    Vondelpark
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    #1 in Amsterdam
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Located southwest of the city center, the 116-acre Vondelpark is the favorite leafy retreat of just about everyone. Not only is it the largest city park in Amsterdam, it's also one of the most revered in all of the Netherlands. Most recent travelers said they enjoyed people-watching and picnicking at the park, but other reviewers recommend avoiding a late-night visit as the park can be a little frightening once the sun sets. During the day, though, the park is filled with couples, families and friends, and is definitely worth a visit.

    Ponds, fields and playgrounds are connected by winding paths, which also run by an open-air theater, a rollerblade rental, a rose garden, several cafes and a range of statues and sculptures. Open dawn to dusk, you can take trams 1, 2 or 5 to the Leidseplein, and you'll have just a quick two-minute walk to reach the park's entrance. The park is free to visit.

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    10-15 minute walk
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    Van Gogh Museum
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    #4 in Amsterdam
    Museums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    The Van Gogh Museum holds the world's largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings, including "Sunflowers" and "Almond Blossom." The museum itself regularly tops the list as the most-visited museum in not only Amsterdam but in all of the Netherlands, as travelers come from near and far to see the artworks created by the tortured artist, who cut off his own ear and committed suicide at the rise of his success.

    Because of Van Gogh's popularity, some travelers highly recommend purchasing online tickets ahead of time to avoid lengthy museum lines. Others advise visiting on the museum's late Fridays (when the building stays open until 9 p.m.) for ambient music and drinks. Though some were disappointed that the museum does not house some of the artist's more famous paintings (many of them are featured in other museums across the globe), reviewers did praise the museum's layout and its display of his earliest works.

    The museum is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The admission price is a bit steep, though fans of the tortured artist think the 200 paintings on view are worth it. Adults can get a ticket for 18 euros (about $22). Tack on an extra 5 euros (about $6) if you'd like an audio guide to accompany your visit. If you purchased an I amsterdam City Card, your entry fee is waived. To get to the museum, take either the 2 or 5 tram to the Van Baerlestraat stop, or the 12 tram to the Museumplein stop. Buses No. 347 and No. 357 at the Rijksmuseum or Museumplein stops will also get you there. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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    10-15 minute walk
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    Leidseplein
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    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    If you're looking for a tamer alternative to Amsterdam's Red Light District, Leidseplein or Leiden Square, may be for you. The center of Amsterdam's entertainment scene, Leidseplein sits southwest of the city center and is filled with nightclubs, movie theaters, concert venues, casinos and, of course, some coffee shops. For the performing arts, the Melkweg (Milky Way) concert hall and the hotel or hostel here – or maybe head to the nearby Vondelpark instead. Travelers were also pleasantly surprised by the quantity and variety of restaurants huddled in the neighborhood, though they do warn of high prices at the bars.

    Leidseplein is accessible via the 1, 2, 5, 7 and 10 tram routes via the Leidseplein stop.

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