If I could choose any city to go back to right now, it would 10000% be Amsterdam.
We stayed in Amsterdam for about 3 days. If you’re on a time crunch, this is definitely a doable amount of time to experience the majority of the city. If you’re not on a time crunch, then plan on staying here for weeks because you won’t want to leave!
Day 1 | Anne Frank & Dom Square
We went to the Anne Frank House on our first day in Amsterdam. We didn’t have our tickets before we went, so we had to stand in a really long line that stretched around the entire building (we weren’t even sure if we could get inside the museum at all). I definitely recommend buying your tickets beforehand to avoid this situation! Of course we weren’t allowed take any pictures inside the house/museum, but it was an amazing experience and it was beyond amazing to be inside the house Anne Frank and her family had to hide in during the Holocaust.
We also walked around and explored the beautiful city a little on the first day. We visited Dom Square, which was a really touristy spot, but definitely worth a visit. I recommend taking a tour if you have time to spare because you can learn a lot about the history of the city. You’ll notice that a lot of the buildings and apartments in Amsterdam are leaning forwards or to the side, which is actually supposed to open up more room on the inside.
Just a quick tip: watch out for bikes! They’re everywhere and you really have to be careful. But I love that people are riding bikes instead of driving cars – it’s helping the environment!
Day 2 | Museums, Museums, & Museums!
On the second day, we went to the museum square and saw the “IAmsterdam” sign, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Rijksmuseum. The “IAmsterdam” sign was super crowded, but definitely worth a visit! I could only manage to get a full picture from the back of it (which turned out pretty blurry anyways). But, it travels around the city, so you might have to do some hunting to find it! It was actually pretty scary climbing up there since there are dozens of people on the letters making them shake.
We then went to the Van Gogh Museum. We couldn’t take pictures inside, but the paintings were gorgeous, just take my word for it.
The last museum we visited was the Rijksmuseum. There were some really famous pieces of art here, so I recommend spending a few hours just exploring these museums and taking in all the gorgeous masterpieces.
Later that day, we took the street tram to the Central Station and went on a river “cruise” tour for an hour. This was really nice but not essential to your trip – it took up a lot of time and wasn’t anything special.
Day 3 | Tulip Museum & Exploring
Since we were leaving the next morning, this day was mostly dedicated to exploring the whole city. We first went to the Tulip Museum, which, despite my expectations, was actually pretty interesting. I wouldn’t say this is a “must see”, but definitely check it out if you have time!
There’s also a few really cute parks and cafes that I would recommend making a stop at. Everything in Amsterdam is insanely photogenic, so just grab a camera and go wandering!
You’ll probably notice that the sky looks really cloudy in most of the pictures because it was raining almost every day we were in the city! We also walked everywhere (the street tram can only take you so far), so it was a little difficult to be out for a long time.
Amsterdam was a very beautiful and calming city; it made me want to stay forever. All the rivers and bridges almost reminded me of Venice! I was also never stressed that I wasn’t going to see everything I wanted, this trip, even though we only had a few days, was very calm and more relaxing than most.
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< 3 Pauline