If you had only 24 hours to see Amsterdam, where would you go? We had this very same problem and wanted to see as much as possible of this beautiful city on the Amstel River. First it depends on how you reach, if you come through Shiphol by plane you need to make it to the city first. If you come by car that is a bit easier but brings another problem. Parking.
Parking is extremely expensive in the city. 55-60€ per day is usual, around 8€ for an hour is usual either. Advise here is to park outside the city a bit and take a boat or a tram in. We started our trip at Amsterdam Central Station. (connected to the Airport as well).
The Dam Square is a huge place where you can see old architecture and also you got a brilliant starting spot. Madam Tussaud’s is just in front of you. where you can see wax figures of prominent people, as well as the Amsterdam Royal Palace and the new church which is a medival church now hosting exhibitions and now and then royal weddings. Just now there was a Marylin Monroe exhibition.
The Kalverstraat is a busy shopping street of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. It is named after the kalvermarkt (“calves market”) that was held here until the 17th century. It is having basically every shop you could be looking for and as well some really cool sneakers stores. If you want to shop a bit, this a must visit place in Amsterdam.
The national museum of Holland boasts works by Rembrandt and Vermeer. Plan to arrive first thing or in the late afternoon – or book a Rijksmuseum ticket in advance in order to skip the queue. It also hosts a second I Amsterdam sign as you can see above. But in order to have only you and the sign on the picture you need to be there at 6am most probably. This place is crowded but well worth visiting.
Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam
If by now you are hungry then you can hop over to the Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam, it is literally just some steps away from the Rijksmuseum and is also a nice location sittong on the water if the weather is good. If this is not your preferred choice of food there are more then enough other options available too.
The Heineken Experience
You can experience an interactive journey through the brewing process and will have the opportunity to create and take home their own personalised bottle of Heineken. You can also go on a Bottle Ride. Seated on a moving platform, you follow the production route of a bottle of beer. The working stables and iconic Heineken shire horses are accessible via a newly constructed Stable Walk. Once the tour is over, guests can relax with a refreshing glass of Heineken which is included in the price.
After that you can find your way to Museumplein, the “Museum Quarter” at the heart of the city. Three museums, lunchtime concerts in the Concertgebouw, plenty of shopping, and grassy green space.
The Red Light District
Whether you are looking for a museum, a “souvenir,” or some risque nightlife: the Red Light District is sure to delight and entertain and remains a must visit place in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Canal Ring
A Boat Tor of Amsterdam is a must do, it also gives you a completely different view of this city. Created in the 17th century to keep the sea at bay, Amsterdam’s UNESCO protected canal belt is the quintessential picture-postcard vision of Amsterdam, and an unbelievably pretty sight by both day and night – when the bridges are lit up by fairy lights and the whole area takes on a magical feel. Floating along the canals by guided boat tour is a great way to get under the fabric of the city, and you’ll learn lots of fascinating facts along the way – such as why the tilting homes along the canals are known as ‘dancing houses’. There are many different canal cruises to choose from, from hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tours to atmospheric candlelit night-time cruises with food and wine.. A drive thru the Keizersgracht for example is just really cool. If you fancy you can as well rent a paddle boat for yourself (usually seats 4 Persons) and paddle your own way through the city.
Anne Frank House
Whether you’ve read the diary or not, the Anne Frank House is a must-visit. If you want to avoid the tourist traffic, book a ticket in advance and hop to the front of the line. Else you will spend half day just waiting eventually as from 9 AM to 3:30 PM the museum is only opened for visitors with an online ticket for a specific time slot. From 3:30 PM until closing time you can visit the Anne Frank House without an online ticket by buying a ticket at the museum entrance. So the booking is highly recommended.
Jordaan – a Neighbourhood not to miss
Jordaan is one of Amsterdam’s most popular neighbourhoods that is today home to many students, artists and young professionals. It is the perfect neighbourhood to visit both during the day and night and is home to some great cafés and restaurants, as well as being a more alternative nightlife location for locals and people who come across the city to sample Jordaan’s entertainment. The Jordaan is nothing but highlights. Maze-like streets offer hidden courtyards, cafés (both traditional and trendy), art galleries and pleasantly nosy neighbours. One also has access to some of the most scenic outdoor markets in the country. In particular, Noordermarkt has a flea market on Monday mornings and an organic farmers’ market on Saturdays.
De Negen Straatjes – a second Neighbourhood not to miss out
‘9 Streets’, or De Negen Straatjes as it is called locally, is widely regarded by locals as the ‘Soho of Amsterdam’. Found just across the Singel Canal from Spui, one of the city’s best-loved squares, this quaint little neighbourhood is known for its independent, specialist shops. whether it’s cheese, dolls or clothes, you’ll find a shop selling it here. Even if you’re not equipped with a few Euro for a new treat the area is well worth a stroll.
Hang out at the street markets
You will find many outdoor markets in neighbourhoods across Amsterdam. One such market is the Bloemenmarkt which is a flower market where the stalls once floated on the canal. Today, it has become a permanent fixture and you can walk along the canal enjoying the sights and smells of this popular Amsterdam market. If you are looking for some clothes, household ware or souvenirs, then check out one of Amsterdam’s largest city markets – Albert Cuypstraat Markt. This popular market dates back to 1904 and can be found in the De Pijp area of the city.
Well that is it for our Amsterdam , things to see in 24hours tips. Do you have any tips we have missed out? Sound off in the comments!