What to do in Amsterdam if you only have a few days?


This is one of the most common questions I receive regarding Amsterdam. What if you only have a few days? We compiled this guide to make sure that you will get a glimpse of the real Amsterdam. Some of the suggestions here will take you off the beaten path. But we hope you will appreciate the careful selections of these places or if not, you can always try to find last minute disneyland parisj deals.

Join a Free Walking Tour

As a traveler, free walking tour is one of the first activities I do in any place I visit. This allows you to have a glimpse of all the major sites in the city. You will also get to explore all the winding canals. This is your opportunity also to ask for some local advise from your tour leader so you will have more ideas on what to do later on.

Canal Tour

canal tourYou cannot leave Amsterdam without having a go at their canal tour. Experiencing the city through their canals is one of the best experiences you can have. If possible, avoid the big canal boat tours. They’re expensive and overpriced. You can just hire a private boat so you will have a more intimate tour. Another option is to do an open-air Canal Hop-On Hop-off Boat. It usually lasts for an hour and you will get more personalized tour.

Van Gogh Museum

This is one of the most touristy spots in the city. But there is a good reason. It houses the best works of Van Gogh. You can discover his biography and see his early works. If you can, try to visit this museum in the afternoon when there are less people.


It is located next to the Van Gogh Museum. It houses over a million of historical objects, and artworks. There are close to 8,000 in display so you should a lot a few hours to fully enjoy what this museum can offer.

Anne Frank House

If you are curious about her life, you should be here very early in the morning before the crowd appears. Or else, you will be packed with other tourists and you won’t be able to fully enjoy the experience as you will be pushed by a sea of tourists.

The Jordaan Area

Although it’s very near the center of the city, not a lot of tourist go in this neighborhood. There are a lot of cool restaurants, cafes, and shops that you can discover here. It is also a good place to avoid tourists and peacefully wander and appreciate the area.


Tulip Museum

This small museum tells the history of tulips in Holland. If you don’t know, tulips were a huge deal in Holland according to history. It even went to the extreme and created what we know today as the infamous tulip craze. The good thing about this museum is it’s cheap, and there is no crowd here.

Amsterdam History Museum

This is a huge museum. You’ll need around 4 hours to fully discover everything and enjoy your tour. It features Amsterdam history in great detail. You can see here numerous paintings, relics, and maps. At the entrance, you can see a graphical presentation showing how the city was constructed over time.