Amsterdam Like A Tourist.. And A Local
Amsterdam is amazing for three main reasons (amongst a whole bunch of others): it’s unique and beautiful canals, culturally impressive museums, and the scandal that comes with the red light district and the legalization of marijuana. Spend three days in this city to immerse yourself in the local Dutch lifestyle, while also seeing the tourist attractions that draw so many people to this city.
9 Straatjes - Kalverstraat - Heineken
On your first day in Amsterdam, get a feel for the city through a walking tour. Explore some of the famous streets. The 9 Straatjes offers the most characteristic Amsterdam architecture; beautiful brick buildings, canals running through the streets center, and colorful bikes cluttered around the sidewalks.
Shopping in Amsterdam is a fun experience, as well. The most famous street to visit is Kalverstraat. Covered with brand name shops, there are always crowds of people. Take the side streets to find the exceptional boutique shops.
The next move is to take a tram to a necessary stop for all tourists, Heineken Experience. This tour allows you to see the brewery, the horses’ stables, learn the history, and top off the time with a few cold beers included in the ticket price.
A couple other necessary stops to complete the day off are the beautiful Royal Palace and Oude Kerk, the oldest building in all of Amsterdam. Both buildings are exemplary illustrations of striking architecture.
End the day taking a walk through the iconic Red Light District. You will find out for yourself what this experience entails!
Vondelpark - Brouwerij ‘t IJ
Now that you’re a bit more familiar with the lay of the land, it’s time to do as the locals do. Rent a bike for the day and visit some of the spots that are a bit off of the typical tourist route.
Begin by going to a café in Vondelpark for your morning cup of coffee. Wander around the well-designed park for a bit before biking to Nieuwmarkt, a nicely situated square near the center of the city. You’ll find many coffee shops here, as well as restaurants and cafes. It’s a nice place to sit and have a drink.
Another great place to hit later in the afternoon would be Brouwerij ‘t IJ. This windmill doubling as a microbrewery is a unique spot to enjoy a beer. It’s situated beautifully on a large canal, with outdoor seating for when the weather is nice. They even offer short tours.
Finish off the night at the opera; a 40-minute train ride from the city center, it is well worth the journey.
Anne Frank - RIJKs - Van Gogh - Rembrant Museums
Today is a day of art and culture.
Your tour guide will first take you to the house of Anne Frank. Here you will learn about WWII and the personal story of a Jewish girl who went through the tragedy.
Then, take your pick of visiting RIJKs, Van Gogh, or Rembrant museums. Each of these is incredible choices, and if art is a passion of yours, you may want to use this day to see all three.
If you, however, choose to just see one museum, simulate a beach outing for the rest of the day by taking a ferry to Pllek. This restaurant and bar has the best views of Amsterdam from inside, and a manmade beach outside for lounging. The crowd here is mostly local.
This will be the perfect end to a gorgeous 3 days in the city where it feels as though everything is possible from smoking marijuana to catching some sun at the beach.
Contributed By : Kait WalkerTourHQ Experiences
This itinerary is contributed by Kait, an experienced traveler. If you request this tour, different guides will give you their versions of this itinerary. Be sure to confirm with them on what's included before booking.