1-day Itinerary in Amsterdam
Explore the best things to do in Amsterdam in 1 day based on recommendations from local experts.
- 1#3View all Photos#3 in Amsterdam0.4 miles to city center0.4 miles to city centerMuseums, Historic Homes/Mansions, Monuments and MemorialsTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME 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 Artifacts inside the museum include historical documents, photographs, film images and belongings from those in hiding and those who assisted them.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. Several of the city's top guided tours make stops here – consider signing up for one if you want a little guidance during your visit.5 minute walk
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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.20 minutes by tram; 30 minute walk
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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.10-15 minute walk
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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.10-15 minute walk
- 5#6View all PhotosfreeLeidseplein#6 in Amsterdam0.5 miles to city centerFree, Neighborhood/Area, SightseeingTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND0.5 miles to city centerFree, Neighborhood/Area, SightseeingTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND
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 Stadsschouwburg city theater are of particular note.
Leidseplein is the place to be if you enjoy mixing with the masses. If crowds aren't your thing, you should steer clear of this area – definitely don't book a 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.
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