Netherland’s beautiful capital, Amsterdam is a popular destination for those looking to let their hair down and enjoy the vacation to the fullest. To explore the city to your heart’s content, you will need to spend at least 2 Days in Amsterdam. This way you can enjoy touring the city’s top tourist haunts on one day and explore the more offbeat attractions of Amsterdam on the second day. Before making any solid plans, make sure to check whether the museums and other attractions are open on the day that you’re planning to visit them, otherwise you may be in for some major disappointment. Swap your leisure day with the itinerary one, if need be, for a more seamless experience.
To help you plan your Amsterdam trip better, we’ve chalked out a 2 day itinerary for Amsterdam.
Day 1 in Amsterdam
- On the first day, try to cover major places of interest, such as paying a visit to the Anne Frank House, where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis.
- You can also pay a visit to the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, which is a little more than 3 kms from Anne Frank’s house. You can either walk over to it, at your own leisurely pace, which is what most tourists do, or take one of the local buses to get there.
- From the palace, you can choose to visit the Bloemenmarkt, an exquisite floating flower market. Don’t forget to buy some of Amsterdam’s world-famous tulips here!
- From this market, you can head over to the nearby Westerkerk Church, where famous Dutch painter Rembrandt is buried.
- A visit to the Grachtengordel neighbourhood, where most of the canals of Amsterdam are, is also a good idea.
Day 1 in Amsterdam – with kids
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- An innovative and fun way to explore Amsterdam, the ‘cycling capital of the world’, with your children is by renting a couple of ‘bakfiets‘ which are cargo bikes with a wooden box in the front where you can seat your precious cargo – your kids! Amsterdam is an extremely bike-friendly city and cycling is the best way to explore it – cycle along its canals, over its bridges, through its parks and onto its museums and markets!
- If traveling with kids on your 2 days in Amsterdam, visiting Madame Tussauds of Amsterdam is a great idea, although it is a favorite amongst adults as well. Surrounded by wax replicas of movie celebrities, politicians, and other important figures from around the world, Madame Tussauds can be a magical place for anybody with an imagination. Use the props near the wax statues to create your own story for the best imaginable photo ops! Covering these attractions will take up almost all of your first day, so you can return to your hotel for the night, get some sleep and get ready for another eventful day in Amsterdam!
Day 2 in Amsterdam
Your second day in Amsterdam can be spent exploring the markets, the street food scenario, and the many cafés here. There is plenty to do here, even for eclectic souls who cry out for something off the beaten track. Since you will be leaving Amsterdam today, traveling to far away locations might not be a good idea, in case there is a delay in coming back to catch your flight, train or bus to your onward destination.
- So the best options for spending a fruitful second day in Amsterdam would be visiting the Python Bridge, the structure of which resembles a Python in motion.
- You can also pay a visit to the very quirky Electric Ladyland, a museum dedicated to fluorescent art.
- The local markets are a good place to look for souvenirs and bargains, so don’t forget to visit the Albert Cuyp Market, Dappermarkt, and the Waterlooplein market.
- Spend the afternoon at the Roest waterside complex, exploring its shops, cafés and bars.
- The NDSM Wharf, another hot spot for locals and tourists alike, is also a good place to spend a late afternoon at, with a drink in hand, watching the sun go down.
By now you probably have to get on your designated mode of transport for the next leg of the journey, so it is time to wrap up the tour.
As your 2 days in Amsterdam come to an end, you are sure to feel that amidst all the historic monuments, churches, cathedrals, and the museums, Amsterdam gave you a few moments to breathe and take it all in!