Are you covering Amsterdam in one week? Well, it sure is not going to be easy unless you have a well-planned itinerary. After all, the truly historic city is packed with plenty of stunning gardens, beautiful scenery and windmills. You could spend a month here and still have a lot more to do and see. However, for those who have just one week in Amsterdam need to make the most of their time here.
It is a good idea to go for locally guided Amsterdam tours and explore the canals and historic homes in one of the most favorite cities in the world. With a local expert guide, you can enjoy the best this city has to offer – its cafe culture, the art and the quality of life. In short, you will love it all as there is so much to do and see here in Amsterdam.
Here is how to enjoy your vacation in Amsterdam.
Day 1- Explore the city on foot
Take a walking tour of the city to get familiar with the history and the major sites. Those walking tours are indeed a great way to explore the city and get a feel of the city and its historical landmarks. You can explore the famous neighborhood here, Jordaan that is home to galleries, restaurants, and boutiques.
Day 2 – Take a canal tour
With more than 160 canals, Amsterdam has indeed become a major attraction. Canal boat tours are an unforgettable way to enjoy the city’s sights and attractions. Several canal cruises operate on the canal. One can take the kind of tour that suits them the best and make the best of the opportunity to learn more about the history of the canals in Amsterdam.
Day 3- Visit the museums
Keep the third day reserved for the museums as Amsterdam boasts of several excellent museums like the Van Gogh museum, Rijksmuseum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Amsterdam History Museum, Volendam Museum and some more. The city boasts of some of the best museums in Europe. A couple of the museums include Rembrandt House Museum and Tulip museum.
Day 4- Tour the palaces and libraries
Amsterdam boasts of some of the most beautiful palaces, and the Royal Palace is one of the most popular here. Today, several royal events and receptions are organized here. It is a must to visit the city’s library, the Amsterdam library that houses a fantastic selection of books as well as offers impressive views of the city.
Day 5 – Go for a bike tour
Amsterdam city loves bikes, and you are likely to see more bikes than people. you must definitely save a day for the bikes and take a tour of the city and its surrounding areas on a bike. you can visit the major attractions of the city like Anne Frank House, Begijnhof Chapel, Oude Kerk, NieuweKerk, and more. Fotografiemuseum is an interesting place that is dedicated to the art of photography. National Monument is the most important World War II memorial in Netherlands.
Day 6 – Relax in the parks and gardens
Vondelpark is a beautiful park in the main city center and a wonderful green space to relax in. Keukenhof Garden is another famous garden and well famous for tulips. There are more than 800 varieties of tulips in the 32 hectares garden. It is a good idea to wind the day with a visit to the Waterlooplein Flea Market, which is a giant flea market. One can shop for clothes, hats, gadgets and antiques in this open-air market.
Day 7 – Shopping and Heineken Experience
Kalverstraat is the major shopping attraction in Amsterdam, and here you will come across the most popular boutiques, department and souvenir stores on the commercial street. It would be a mistake to leave Amsterdam without the Heineken Experience and the special beer tasting.