Amsterdam in 2 Days

If you want to see the highlights of Amsterdam and you don't have much time, our 2-day itinerary can help show you the must-sees in

Are you ready for a quick but complete and unforgettable adventure in the picturesque city of Amsterdam? We've got you covered with a carefully crafted two-day itinerary that will take you to the heart of this charming Dutch city.

We're assuming you arrive on a Friday afternoon and depart on a Sunday. However, if your visit is not over the weekend, be sure to check the museum opening hours.

Arrival day

If you arrive in the afternoon, you'll have time to take a leisurely stroll through the city's most iconic areas. Once you've checked in at your hotel, make your way to Dam Square, the central hub around which Amsterdam was born. Marvel at the historical architecture that surrounds you, including the stunning Royal Palace.

After soaking up the regal vibes of the palace, cross the canal by Damstraat Street and head towards the famous Red Light District. This bustling neighborhood is illuminated by a sea of neon lights, and you can witness the famous ladies of the night displaying their services in the shop windows. You can also stop by one of the local coffee shops or bars to experience Amsterdam's unique culture of legal marijuana consumption.

For dinner, indulge in the local cuisine at one of the many charming restaurants in the area.

Day 1

Day one kicks off with a visit to the Anne Frank House, where you can learn about the courageous story of the families who hid within its walls during Nazi persecution. After the emotional tour, take a stroll down Prinsengracht Street to the Westerkerk Church. Climb up to the top of the tower to enjoy breathtaking views of the city from 85 meters (278 feet) high.

Afterward, head to the Central Station and take a boat ride along the canals of Amsterdam. This is a fantastic way to take in the city's stunning architecture and unique atmosphere.

Once you disembark, visit the Oude Kerk, the oldest building in Amsterdam, which was built in 1302. Then head over to the Amstelkring Museum, where you can explore an underground church hidden within a small building.

Afterward, make your way through the Red Light District to the Rembrandt Museum, located in the house where the famous artist lived. Take a stroll through the colorful Flower Market before stopping at Spui Square for a coffee break or simply bask in the neighborhood's peaceful atmosphere.

Before leaving, make sure to check out the Begijnhof, a beautiful group of houses dating back to 1346 that once housed the sisterhood of the Beguines.

After walking through this pleasant area, take Leidsegracht Street and turn onto Lijnbaansgracht and walk over to Leidseplein Square, one of the liveliest areas of the city where there are tons of dinner options.

Day 2

Day two is all about the museums! We'll start with the Van Gogh Museum, where you can explore the intriguing world in which the artist was immersed. Across the park at Museumplein, you'll find the world-famous Rijksmuseum, boasting an impressive collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age.

If you have extra time, take a stroll through Vondelpark or visit the Heineken Experience to learn about the history and brewing process of the famous beer.

Got more time?

If you're lucky enough to have more than two days in Amsterdam, make sure to explore the charming nearby towns, such as Volendam, Marken, Utrecht, or The Hague. And if you're traveling with children, don't miss the small town of Madurodam, a theme park where you can experience a miniature version of the Netherlands.