You’re European tour leaves little room for downtime. You’ve hopped from city to city stocking up on memories and overloading your camera memory. The next stop is Amsterdam and 48 hours is all you have to explore this city full of attractions. So how do you plan a two day Amsterdam itinerary? Our guide has it all laid out for you. So get a little rest on the plane and charge up for two of the best days of your trip.
8:30 a.m. Stroll the canals and hunt for poffertjes
These mini-pancakes topped with butter and powdered sugar are often sold from street stands. A morning walk along the canals with a solid serving of warm poffertjes is the best way to start your Amsterdam adventure.
10:30 a.m. Explore the Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank Museum is a time machine that takes visitors back to a terrifying time in Dutch history. During the Nazi occupation, teenage Jewish German refugee Anne Frank hid with her family in a hidden section of this home near Amsterdam’s center. The interior is preserved in its original state so visitors can see what Anne saw as she wrote in the journal that eventually became world famous.
1:30 p.m. Lunch on the Canal
Right next to the Anne Frank House is a canal-side cafe called Spanjer en van Twist. Excellent Dutch cuisine and outdoor seating right by the canal makes this lunch spot the perfect place to recharge and reflect on the museum.
2:00 p.m. Rent bikes and head to Vondelpark
Just across the canal is a bike rental store called Bike City. For $20 you can get a one-speed for 24 hours. Just a 10-minute ride from the shop, Vondelpark is a beautiful nature getaway in the heart of the city and a quick bike ride is the perfect way to explore its paths.
4:30 p.m. Bike back to the hotel to rest up for the night
After a quick bike ride back to the Renaissance Hotel you’ll have some time to put your feet up and recharge the batteries. A five-star rating, excellent location, and competitive prices make the Renaissance the perfect home base for your 48 hour adventure.
7:30 p.m. Dinner at the Pantry
Just a quick bike ride from the hotel, The Pantry serves up some of the best Dutch food in the city. Sausages, mashed potatoes, and soup will get you fueled up for the night ahead.
9:30 p.m. See what’s on tap at De Blauwe Parade
Where Heineken was first brewed, De Blauwe Parade is the perfect place to get the night going in Amsterdam. Have a Heineken for history’s sake and then check out what local brews are on tap.
11:00 p.m. Get your techno beats at WesterUnie
Large dance halls and pumping electro beats are the name of the game at WetserUnie. If the bar scene isn’t quite enough for you, this is the place to turn it up a notch. If you’re up for sticking with the bikes, the club is just a fifteen minute ride north from De Blauwe Parade.
10:30 a.m. Brunch at Omelegg
Nothing like an omelet to get the stay started. Check out the menu and you’ll quickly conclude that these aren’t just any omelets.
11:30 a.m. Point the bikes to the Rijksmuseum
A ten-minute ride from Omelegg, the Rijksmuseum lets visitors travel through Dutch history. Yes, getting your picture for Instagram on the big Amsterdam sculpture outside is cool, but the exhibits inside are amazing.
3:30 p.m. Bike north for a fish sandwich
A raw herring fish sandwich at a place called Rob Wigboldus Vishandel doesn’t sound good, we know. But this place knows what it’s doing and it’s become one of the city’s top cheap food spots. A sandwich and a Heineken is a great way to fuel up after the museum.
4:30 p.m. Back to the hotel for a quick nap
Last night might push you toward an afternoon nap. Charging up for your last night in the city is a good way to go.
7:30 p.m. Night Canal Cruise
Seeing the canals lit up at night is an experience by itself. To explore them by boat with wine and cheese is another level up.
10:00 p.m. Drinks at Vesper
The star of the menu is the James Bond-inspired Vesper Martini. The rest of the menu follows close behind. Although certainly one of Amsterdam’s best cocktail spots, it somehow dodges a great deal of the fanfare and overwhelming crowds. This is the perfect spot to reflect on your 48 hours in Amsterdam.