WHAT TO DO IN AMSTERDAM IF YOU ONLY HAVE 2 DAYS?
Amsterdam is a beautiful and cosmopolitan city. My Mediterranean heart forces me to visit it always in summer though. And even in summer don’t forget to bring your sweater. Average temperature during the day in centigrade is 17 C during July and August. When the sun goes down it is chilly!
If you only have 2 days, like a long weekend or if you are enjoying a longer stopover between flights, you might want to see my list of basics…in healthy mode. We all know Amsterdam have a not so healthy side, but that is another story.
This is what I recommend you to visit and experience:
– The canals: take a tour to see the city from a different perspective. It takes more or less one hour to one hour and a half and most of the tours depart from the Central Station area. The canals are called Grachten in Dutch and have more than 400 years of history. Three years ago Unesco named the canals World Heritage Site. Dutch are very practical people so don’t think the canals are only beautiful, they served a purpose and it was part of an ambitious project to double the city size.
– The Museum Quarter: in the same area you can find the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. The House of Bols and the Diamond Museum are also very close by. For the RijksMuseum there are huge lines so my only recommendation is to book online and be at the gate before the museum opens. Depending on your love to the shows you could be there one morning or the entire day. There are other Museums in other areas of the city like the Rembrandt Museum and the Museum of Bags and Purses that I will dedicate a stand-alone post because I loved it so much!.
– If the lines of the Museums are just too much, just beside the museum area you can find the Fashion District. From culture to couture in a pair of streets! The best designer’s shops are in street Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat. You might need 2 to 3 hours and a credit card ready to mambo!
– Check the festivals, in summer there is plenty.. In our case it was the traditional cheese market in Alkmaar and the Windmills and there we went!.. Check the concierge of your hotel or check “Tours and tickets” website to see what is on at the time. You might be right on tulip season or a super fan of miniatures (then go to Madurodam). Depending on the excursion you might take one morning or a full day. More about our Cheese excursion in a coming post!
– Rent a bike: plenty of places to rent them and you can take a “dry” tour, well unless you are very clumsy and end up down in the canals. ;). Don’t worry the city is very flat and it is very easy to ride because they have their proper bike lanes.
– Food! Food and Food! Try the many cheeses, the uitsmitjer, the poffertjes, the bitterballen, the pannenkoeken, the cheese croquetten and the gulash croquetten. Not so good for the diet at all, but wherever I go I always try the local food and the beer or wine. In Amsterdam the beer is the absolutely international Heineken.
– Flea markets: I just love the street markets and in Holland are full of colours of the gorgeous fruits and flowers! In the Albert Cuyp Market I found one delicacy that stayed in my memory from my honeymoon… the wasabi peanuts!.. In the hotel in Maldives, at the beach bar, they used to serve them and I became addicted. I couldn’t find them in Dubai and my lovely hubby bought me a full bag! Yumm! There you can buy cheaper the souvenirs like the traditional clogs, the tulip bulbs, postcards etc..
– Delft shop. This cute little shop is full of beautiful ceramic pieces in the traditional blue and white. It is a must see!.. And yep! That is the price of the little plate..
Other things you might want to see if you still have more time:
– Central Train Station: for sure sooner or later you will end up here as most of the excursions leave or arrive from this point. The building is nice (from 1889) but the square in front is a chaos now as they are doing some construction and there is so many people that is a bit too crowded for my taste.
– Anna Franck Museum. Sorry, the book made me so super sad that I wasn’t able to visit it the first time I visited to Amsterdam and this second time, same thing. There is too much emotion around Anna’s story. They say it is very commendable though.
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This is my Amsterdam- short version, for a 2 days or 2 days and a half stay. Have you ever been in Amsterdam? What did you like the most? Please let me know your comments, your suggestions, your thoughts… interaction is what I just love more about blogging!
Lots of Luv,
Lil van Traveller 😉