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What to see in Amsterdam in a 1, 2 or 3 day stay?

what to do in amsterdam in one day

The must-see attractions in Amsterdam for a one to three days stay!

Amsterdam with its rich history and sights has a lot to offer. But a lot of tourists come with a limited amount of time – then it’s all about the right decision making. What is an absolute must see and what are the attractions you can skip? With which experiences do you see the dutch lifestyle in the most authentic way? We will help you get started with our recommendations for a 1, 2 or 3 day trip in Amsterdam and which sights you need to see.


What to see in Amsterdam in one day?

If you have only 24 hours in Amsterdam you need to choose wisely. The recommended must-see attractions in one day in Amsterdam are:


  • Book a private boat tour in Amsterdam and capture a lot of the most famous attractions in Amsterdam while cruising on the canals. On the private boat, the captain will be able to tell you all the interesting (fun) facts about the city and its rich history. You can even combine it with breakfast lunch or dinnera real time saver so you can explore the city even while enjoying a meal on board. The boat is equipped with a minibar as well so you can just order your favourite drink on board.

what to do in amsterdam in one day

On the private canal tour in Amsterdam you can see a lot of the most famous sights within much shorter time then walking:

  1. Heineken Museum
  2. Skinny Bridge
  3. Point of 7 Bridges (exceptional beautiful especially in the night when the bridges are lightened up)
  4. Anne Frank House
  5. Dancing Houses (the most iconic leaning houses in the city)
  6. Amstel locks
  7. Royal Carré theatre

And much more! The outside areas of the Amsterdam private boats give you also the opportunity for crystal clear picture taking. The boats are suitable for any month of the year as they are heated and enclosed, but also have a sundeck area for the sunny summer period. The private boat is also pet friendly if you are travelling with your dog.


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See a houseboat from inside on the Prinsengracht 296K

  • Visit the Houseboatmuseum to see a houseboat from inside. Discover the history of famous houseboat living. This old cargo ship was converted into a houseboat in 1960 and will show you how it turned from a freight vessel into a floating home.


This is also one of the few museums that is dog friendly – so you can take your (small) furry friend inside as well.


what to see in amsterdam in 1 day


  • A free but underrated activity is certainly a walk in the Vondelpark. Suitable to visit in any season, the biggest public park will show you the nature side of Amsterdam. Admire the frozen lakes in the winter or the blooming flowers and grass in the summer. This is the most scenic park that Amsterdam has to offer and right in the city centre. Sit on a bench, watch the runners passing by and soak in the dutch daily life in the Vondelpark.


What are the must see attractions in Amsterdam in two days?

With a 48 hours stay in Amsterdam you can extend the 1 day program by the following must see activities:


  • Visit the 5d flight simulatorThis is Holland”. This interactive flight will take you through the whole Netherlands in a very realistic simulation ride. Despite its popularity, they often have capacity still last minute. Located on the other side of central station, you can just take the ferry (for free) and you are at their location within a few minutes. Watch out to take the right ferry behind central station as there is some going also to different direction. The correct ferry you need to take displays “Buiksloterweg”.


  • Combine your houseboatmuseum visit with a walk through the 9 streets area (dutch called “Negen straatjes”). Definitely a must-see in Amsterdam during a 2 day stay. Conveniently located (few minutes walking) between the houseboatmuseum and the Anne Frank Museum, this unique area offers a lot to explore. From pop-up stores, concept stores, boutique shops and hipster cafes – this is the trendy and vibrant area for the trend seeking citizens. This area is certainly recommended if you want to avoid the mass tourism which you might have seen at Dam Square area and the extremely busy shoping street “Kalverstraat”.


What is the must see in Amsterdam in three days?

Enrich your 2 day program with the following activity for a rewarding 3 day stay in Amsterdam:


  • A must see in Amsterdam in 3 days is the Zaanse Schans. Go for a day trip outside the city center and visit the windmill Village Zaanse Schans. This authentic dutch village will take you back to the roots of the Netherlands. Admire the stunning windmills and explore them from inside to learn more about its mechanics and features. For what were the windmills used and what was grinded? Are they still using it nowadays? All those answers will be interactively explained. Very recommended spot for picture taking too – the background will be priceless.


Contact us for booking a private boat tour or Houseboatmuseum visit!

You can reach out to us via +31 639 051068 if you should want to book a private boat tour or if you have any further questions about the canal cruise or houseboatmuseum visit. We are happy to assist to make your Amsterdam stay unforgettable.

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