Quick trip to Amsterdam? We have you covered on what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in your 48 hours in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands’. The city is known for it’s canal system, numerous bike paths, cafes, and infamous Red Light District. A little over 80,000 people live in Amsterdam and they receive on average 20 million tourists a year. Through this itinerary, you will learn to appreciate Dutch way of thinking.
Things to note before visiting Amsterdam:
Is there a visa requirement for U.S. Citizens when visiting Amsterdam?:
– No Visa is needed for U.S. citizens when entering Portugal
What type of travel group is recommended when visiting Amsterdam?:
– Awesome for a group of friends or solo travelers. This is a very welcoming city with small crime rate
What is the recommended length of stay when visiting Amsterdam?:
– 3 to 4 days
What is the language spoken in the Netherlands?:
– The main language is Dutch and most people speak English
Do U.S. Citizens need any vaccinations when visiting Amsterdam?:
– None required for US Citizens
Is there Uber in Amsterdam?:
– Uber is available! Use it!
What is the currency used in Amsterdam?:
– Euros are used in Amsterdam
Is the water safe to drink in Amsterdam?:
– Tap water is safe to drink in Amsterdam
Without further ado, here is the itinerary for 48 hours in Amsterdam
This hotel is walking distance to all the must-see spots. This to me is one of the most important factors when booking lodging
I find the value of this hotel worthwhile because most Airbnb’s run for around the same price and don’t offer the same convenience as staying in a hotel. AKA the breakfast at this property is so bomb and you don’t wanna miss it
Note: breakfast is complimentary if you have status with Marriott
The guide will take you through the streets of the Red Light District and explain the history behind prostitution in the Netherlands. They will show you where they have live sex shows, take you to a “peep show” and end at a bar with included beverages
I’ll let you learn for yourself what a peep show is.
I attended this tour by myself and there were several solo travelers. Don’t feel weird about showing up by yourself! These tours do a good job about making everyone feel included.
A lot of us grabbed dinner at the beer garden where the tour ended at
From here, the night is yours!
Fun Fact: If you’re visiting Amsterdam in the summer, note that the sun doesn’t set till around 10:30pm!
Day 2: Amsterdam
10:00am: Enjoy the feast of a breakfast at the hotel
11:30am: Go for a run/walk by the Amsterdam Canals
Note that the Van Gogh Museum closes at 7pm everyday except on Friday it closes at 9pm
Pro Tip: Book your tickets in advance. If the museum is packed, you may not be able to get in
If you’re a fan of Van Gogh, this museum is for you. The museum has a fabulous shop with perfect gifts to bring back or ship home.
8:30pm – 9:30pm: Enjoy the Park next to the Van Gogh Museum
The park next to the Van Gogh museum is a great place to chill out. This time of the day is also PRIMO. You’ll see couples, groups of friends, all scattered around the park grounds enjoying the last bit of the sun
This park is also where the iamsterdam sign is…good luck trying to get a photo!
Here are some photos of the park and near by canals
Several restaurants and bars around this area, we ended up here because the thali looked BOMB!
We came here with the intention to watch some of the World Cup Games, found several outdoor areas for that here. Then ended up stumbling upon this Indian restaurant. The food was EXCELLENT! If you’re looking for a spot to watch any sporting events, the area around this restaurant is perfect – plenty of pubs and a large crowd
Really loved the details inside this restaurant. A lot of furniture and decorations all the way from India!
12:00am:Head to the Red Light District for a Live Sex Show
Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like. For about 40 euros you can get a drink, couple strip teases, and a live sex show. I mean c’mon, when in Amsterdam?! Gotta love the Dutch for not giving AF
The show we went to was a mix of entertaining, comical, sexy, but mostly WTF. It’s just one of those #bucketlist things everyone should try while they’re there. Because where else in the world is sex regulated!?
Other Amsterdam recommendations:
Anne Frank House
Amsterdam History Museum
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