15 Places to Visit in Amsterdam in 1 Day: 2020 (Updated)
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Tourist Places to Visit in Amsterdam in 1 day

Travel at Amsterdam Canal Cruise, Fun Activities at Efteling Park, See Iconic Buildings at Dam Square, Experience Heineken, Selfie with IAmsterdam sign, Enjoy meal at Foodhallen, Visit the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh and Anne Frank House, Do Shop at 9 Streets and many more.

There are quite a few classic places to visit in Amsterdam in 1 day that would truly enrich your trip. Although it is a comparatively small city, Amsterdam has many exquisite attractions. 1 day in Amsterdam you can experience everything from old world charms to modern and contemporary attractions. From visiting the oldest houses in Amsterdam at Begijnhof to the hip EDM music venues. 

You can spend an entire day here just exploring the magnificent museums of Amsterdam or riding a rented bike beside the canals passing the crooked houses and other attractions along the way. 
Some of the best places that you can add to your list of things to do in Amsterdam in 1 day are visits to any of the popular museums such as the Anne Frank Museum or the Rijksmuseum.

Spend some time at the Floating Flower Market, enjoy an authentic Dutch luncheon at a Brown Cafe and spend some time shopping at the busy yet enchanting Nine Streets. Go for a beer tasting at the Heineken Brewery or visit the Amsterdam Cheese Museum or Tulip Museum in Jordaan. Locate a secret bar and indulge in an evening drink after a full day of explorations.

Here is the list of places to visit in Amsterdam in 1 day:

01

Amsterdam Canals

Amsterdam Canals
If you are writing down the list of places to visit in Amsterdam in 1 day then the Amsterdam canals should be on the top of your list. These canals are the historical and cultural symbols of Amsterdam. They are the most intricate and most efficient waterways in the world.

There are three main canals that should not be missed - Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht. All of these were constructed during the Dutch Golden Era in the 17th century. The best way to explore these concentric canals is by renting a bike and riding along passing the many traditional Dutch houses, churches, marketplaces and so much more. 

Location: Canal Belt, Amsterdam

Entry Fee:
 Free

Timings:
Open 24 hours

02

Dam Square

Dam Square
Dam Square is an iconic landmark in Amsterdam which is surrounded by important buildings such as the Royal Palace, the Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, the National Museum and the New Church. Ideally, this is where your 1 day in Amsterdam should start.

A number of festivals and events are also held here throughout the year. The Square was constructed in the 13th century while building the dam across the Amstel River. Now it is a bustling attraction in Amsterdam with several cafes, bars, restaurants and shops all around.

You can also catch a live street performance here at any time of the day. Take a tour of the Royal Palace if you have time or visit one of the most interesting department stores in Amsterdam, De Bijenkorf. 

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entry Fee: Free

Timings: Open 24 hours
03

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Canal Cruise
Taking a canal cruise is one of the top things to do in Amsterdam in 1 day. Cruising gives a whole different perspective on sightseeing in Amsterdam. The network of the waterways takes you through the heart of the city.

There are several options for the Amsterdam Canal Cruise. You can pick from a one-hour sightseeing tour on the boat, a romantic candlelight dinner on board, hop-on-hop-off tours, night cruises, open boat cruise, semi-open boat cruises among many others. The best thing to do would be to book your tickets for the cruise in advance if you are planning a day trip to Amsterdam. 

Location:
Canal Belt, Amsterdam

Entry Fee:
 INR 950 per Adult

Timings:
3 November - 19 March: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM 
                20 March - 2 November: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM 
04

Begijnhof

Begijnhof
Begijnhof is a complex of historical buildings that houses two churches, one of the original wooden houses, a courtyard, a secluded garden and pulpit panels built according to Mondrian style. If you are looking for a serene place away from the hustle-bustle of city life then Begijnhof should definitely be in your list of places to visit in Amsterdam in 1 day.

The cluster of houses around the courtyard was built by the Beguines which is a group of religious unmarried women who once lived there in seclusion. There are two entrances to Begijnhof - the Northern side of the Spui and the end of Schutter Gallery. 

Location: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 373, 1012 RM Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entry Fee: Free

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm Daily
05

Floating Flower Market

Floating Flower Market
If you have only 1 day in Amsterdam then do make time to visit the only floating flower market in the world, the Bloemenmarkt. Located on the Southern side of the Singel, you will find a wide variety of flowers among them are the beautiful tulips in every conceivable colour.

Tulips are an important part of Dutch culture and the floating flower market is the place where you can grab a few bulbs to take home. Apart from flowers, Blomenmarkt also has shops selling other garden supplies, souvenirs, a variety of local cheeses and lots more. This is one of the best places in Amsterdam to click colourful pictures as well. 

Location:
Singel, 1012 DH Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entry Fee
: Free

Timings:
9 am to 5:30 pm
06

Lunch at a Brown Cafe

Lunch at a Brown Cafe
Brown Cafes are casual bars and pubs that serve some delicious regional cuisines, local beers and these can be found all over Amsterdam. Lunch at a Brown cafe should definitely be on your list of things to do in Amsterdam in 1 day to enjoy some of the best authentic Dutch delicacies.

These cafes are cozy, friendly and a perfect place to meet strangers from all over the world who visit here to grab a bite or get a drink. At any Brown Cafe, you can expect a laid back ambience, local patrons enjoying themselves, light snacks such as cheeses, nuts, sandwiches, Dutch Hapjes, salads and the famous bitterballen. 

Location:
Amsterdam

Entry Fee
: Free but, pay for the food and drinks.

Timings:
9 am to 1 am
07

Visit the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh and Anne Frank House

Visit the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh and Anne Frank House
No trip to Amsterdam is ever complete without a visit to one of its world-famous museums. Pick a museum of your interest and add it to your list of places to visit in Amsterdam in 1 day. Some of the most famous museums in Amsterdam are the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, the Rembrandt House, the National  Maritime Museum and many more.

It is best to book tickets to your favourite museum in advance if you have just one day to visit Amsterdam. Since the ticket queues can be a two-hour long wait otherwise. 

Location:

Anne Frank House - Prinsengracht
Van Gogh Museum - Paulus Potterstraat 7, 1071 CX Amsterdam
Rembrandt House - Jodenbreestraat 4, 1011 NK Amsterdam

Entry Fee: Ranging from INR 750 to INR 1700 per person

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
08

Heineken Experience

Heineken Experience
Heineken beer is one of the most iconic brands in the world and until 1988 the Heineken Brewery produced the world-famous Heineken beer at the main factory in Stadhouderskade, Amsterdam. However, this facility was shut down and later reopened in 2001 as a museum.

Now, you can enjoy a self-guided tour of the brewery, watch old Heineken commercials and a beer tasting session here.
If the Heineken Experience is on your list of places to visit in Amsterdam in 1 day then make sure you book the fast track ticket in advance to avoid long queues. 

Location:
Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam

Entry Fee
: INR 1274 per adult.

Timings: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Thursday
                10:30 am to 7 pm Friday to Sunday
09

Red Light District

Red Light District
The infamous Red Light District of Amsterdam is one of the oldest parts of the city. Although many officials have tried to shut this area down, it is still thriving and it has become a major tourist attraction over the years.

The district has several shops selling an unbelievable range of sex toys. There are also several bars, strip clubs, restaurants and other hangout places that attract the curiosity of almost every visitor here.The best way to explore the Red Light District is by joining a tour, that way you can explore the area as well as keep to the restrictions. For one thing, it is important to keep in mind that taking pictures of the sex workers is absolutely forbidden here.

Location:
De Wallen, Amsterdam

Entry Fee:
INR 1999 per adult for the tour

Timings:
Open till 4 am

10

Efteling Park

Efteling Park
Efteling Park is a fantasy themed park and the largest of its kind in the Netherlands. It is also one of the oldest in the world. It started off as a simple nature park with a special fairytale forest back in 1952.

Since then, it has grown to be one of the most fascinating theme parks with many fun rides. It features a lot of amusement attractions based on fairytales, folk lores, legends and myths. The latest addition to the park is the largest fountain in Europe which showcases four frogs that turns the lake into a water ballet with a light and sound show that is simply spectacular. 

Location:
Europalaan 1, 5171 KW Kaatsheuvel

Entry Fee:
 INR 3099 per adult
                   Children below age 3 free entry.

Timings:
11 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday
                10 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday
11

Snap a Selfie with the Museumplein IAmsterdam Sign

Snap a Selfie with the Museumplein IAmsterdam Sign
Locating the IAmsterdam sign and taking selfies alongside it is one of the most popular things to do in Amsterdam in 1 day. Making these iconic letters a favourite photo spot for many tourists. There are three of them all over Amsterdam.

These letters can be found behind the Rijksmuseum which is one of the most visited spots for photographs as well. The other set of letters can be found at the Amsterdam Airport. The last set of letters are more interesting as they do not remain fixed in one place but can be found to appear suddenly at random places across the city. The travelling set of letters are usually placed in areas where some event or festival is being organized.

Location:

Schiphol Airport
Sloterplas
Museumplein

Entry Fee:
No Fees

Timings:
Anytime
12

Damrak

Damrak
It is hard to miss Damrak while visiting places in Amsterdam in 1 day as this large and fascinating avenue is located between the Amsterdam Central Station and Dam Square. This area houses the old stock exchange building and other historical buildings including the Beurs van Berlage.

The pictures of this avenue with its old buildings are often found on Amsterdam postcards. It is a great place to enjoy a relaxing walk while taking in the views. Along the avenue, you will also find many fast food places, bars, cafes, thrift shops, souvenir stores and lots more. 

Location:
Central Amsterdam

Entry Fee:
Free

Timings:
Open 24 hours
13

Foodhallen

Foodhallen
Foodhallen is one of the best places to visit in Amsterdam in 1 day for food lovers. This is a pleasant and relaxing indoor food court lined with vendors selling some very delicious Dutch street food.
You can choose from a wide variety of comfort foods ranging from wood-fired pizzas to Greek meze to exotic burgers to Vietnamese summer rolls and so much more.

There is a large island bar right in the centre flanked by plenty of seating areas where you can enjoy your food and drinks. All kinds of dietary preferences are also catered to here, all from vegetarians to vegans to various cuisines from around the world.

Location:
Bellamyplein 51, 1053 AT Amsterdam

Entry Fee:
Free

Timings:
11 am to 11 pm
14

Jordaan

Jordaan
Jordaan is one of the busiest districts in Amsterdam and it is a wonderful place to go exploring the various interesting art galleries, shops, antique stores, wonderful restaurants and happening bars. On further exploration, you can find a labyrinth of narrow streets lined with shops that are frequented by locals as well as tourists.

Alongside the cafes and stores, there are residential complexes with courtyards and gardens. You can also visit the unique Amsterdam Cheese Museum, the Amsterdam Tulip Museum, go shopping in Royal Street, enjoy its vibrant nightlife and so much more. At night Jordaan turns into a magical place with lights adorning the canals and the whole place coming to life. 

Location:
Amsterdam

Entry Fee:
Free

Timings:
Anytime
15

Get Your Shopping On At The 9 Streets

Get Your Shopping On At The 9 Streets
9 Streets is a hidden gem in the canal belt and one of the best places to visit in Amsterdam in 1 day if you like shopping. There are nine narrow streets lined with individual shops and quaint cafes.

What makes 9 Streets special is that the owners of these stores pick out their wares personally making sure that each shop is unique and has a personal style. You can find shops selling bags, clothes, jewellery, shoes, art, cosmetics, record stores and lots more. If you like art then do make it a point to visit the art galleries here especially when there is an exhibition going on. 

Location:
Wolvenstraat 9, 1016 EM Amsterdam

Entry Fee:
No entry fees

Timings:
Open 24 hours
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31 January 2020
Excellent
Best museum I have ever seen! We got a direct entry and had a great experience.
31 January 2020
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Amazing place! My children loved it. The rides were very good and we enjoyed a lot.
31 January 2020
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Best day out of our Amsterdam Tour. Everything was so good. The transfer was very comfortable.
31 January 2020
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So many varieties of flowers in such a beautiful valley. Keukenhof was an amazing place.
31 January 2020
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This is the first time I visited a place like this, and I loved it. I would have loved to visit the place when it was a red-light area.
05 May 2020
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Visiting Giethoorn was one in a kind experience and a memorable one too. The guide that accompanied us was very informative and friendly. I and my children personally liked the Boat tour in Giethoorn which came included in the package
05 May 2020
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The guide we had while availing the tour was very knowledgeable. he informed us all about the place. He was friendly enough to answer all our questions and the stories he had for all of us made the walking tour interesting. We shared a laugh or two as well.
05 May 2020
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A perfect Amsterdam Red Light District walking tour. everyone should look forward to availing while in amsterdam. We went past all the places including Oude Kerk which made the tour perfect one. Having small group size made the tour personalised.
05 May 2020
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A perfect Amsterdam Red Light District walking tour. everyone should look forward to availing while in amsterdam. We went past all the places including Oude Kerk which made the tour perfect one. Having small group size made the tour personalised.
31 January 2020
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Must visit places for every art lover.

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  1. What can you do in Amsterdam for free?

    1. Take a walking tour of the canals of Amsterdam
    2. Relax in the courtyard of Begijnhof
    3. For history buffs the Amsterdam City Archives is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered
    4. Visit the permanent exhibition in the basement of the EYE Film Instituut Nederland
    5. Visit Vondelpark
    6. Take a walk along the Floating Flower Market
  2. Are 2 days in Amsterdam enough?

    If you want to explore the major highlights and attractions of Amsterdam then 2 days are enough. However, if you want to visit the various museums and galleries then you may need more than just 2 days in Amsterdam.
  3. What is a good souvenir from Amsterdam?

    1. A bottle of Jenever-a traditional Dutch drink
    2. Cheeses such as gouda, edam and farmhouse cheese
    3. Hema Stationery 
    4. Tulip bulbs
    5. Dutch licorice
    6. Puccini Chocolate Bonbons
    7. Nijntje Knuffel or stuffed animals
    8. Handmade wallets and purses
    9. Guillotine cheese slicer
  4. Is Amsterdam cheap to visit?

    Amsterdam is not cheap to visit. However, if you plan your itinerary well and make advance bookings to your chosen attractions, list the attractions that are free of costs to visit and cafes that serve great food at great prices, then you can definitely stick to your budget while visiting Amsterdam.

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