3 Days Amsterdam Itinerary – Travel for under SGD 800

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Experience the best of Amsterdam with this 3 days itinerary that showcases the rich cultural history & picturesque views of this vibrant Dutch city.

The capital of the Netherlands has long been famous for her picturesque canals, narrow houses, museums and the Red Light District but there’s plenty more to this lively city than most visitors realise.

This whimsical city is home to a lively mix of diverse districts with each having its own individual charm – from vibrant, bustling neighbourhoods to tranquil, peaceful districts, there’s something for everyone to immerse themselves in.

It is a well-engineered city, easily walkable and everything you pass by is so intriguing. It is of little wonder how this Dutch city manages to win the hearts of many.

3 Days Guide to Amsterdam

It’s hard to know where to start when you visit a quaint city like Amsterdam. There’s so much to do that it seems nearly impossible to cover them all. 

Here’s how I managed to narrow it down and travel to most of the must-visit attractions around Amsterdam for under SGD 800  (excluding flight ticket).

DayTimeItinerary
19:00am
Rijksmuseum
11:30amLunch @The Seafood Bar
1:00pmVan Gogh Museum
3:00pmStedelijk Museum
5:00pmVondelpark
6:15pmFoodhallen
8:30 pmLeidensplein
28:00amDe Pijp
9:30amAlbert Cuyp Market
11:00amDutch Resistance Museum
12:30pmLunch
2:00pmWaterlooplein Market
3:15pmDam Square
8:00pmRed Light District
39:00amAnne Frank House
11:30amLunch
1:00pmExplore Jordaan Area
2:15pm9 Streets
4:00pmBloemenmarkt
5:15pmCanal Tour

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Pre-Trip Preparations

How Long To Stay in Amsterdam

 

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In my opinion, three days would be the most ideal length of stay to fully experience what quintessential Amsterdam has to offer. Amsterdam is home to many iconic landmarks and visitors from all around the world flock to this cultural city to get a glimpse of the bustling arts and culture scene

Some of these attractions include the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum and the National Rijksmuseum.

Getting Around Amsterdam

The city is small, you can easily walk from place to place without too much effort although the metro and tram system is very well connected and efficient.

And yes, known for being the world’s most bike-friendly city, bicycling in Amsterdam is indeed the best way to get around. So, comes the question: Should I Rent A Bike In Amsterdam?

No. You shouldn’t. Why? City biking can be very terrifying for people who are only used to leisurely biking in parks. There are many rules to follow and in the densely populated areas of Amsterdam, biking can get pretty hectic and dangerous. This article here pretty much sums up how locals feel about this situation.

Other Mode Of Transport In Amsterdam

 

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Of course, if you’re not a fan of walking and if there is a need to travel to further places, you can always take the metro! There are many different transport passes available, find the one that suits your needs the most. 

Day 1

Museumplein

Museumplein, also known as Museum Quarter in Amsterdam, is home to the most important museums in Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum are all located at Museumplein. The close proximity of these museums allows for a day of museum hopping, I would say that it is kind of a meeting ground for museum lovers! 

Not a fan of museums? Museumplein also houses many other attractions such as Vondelpark – the largest city park in Amsterdam and the most famous in the whole of the Netherlands.

That being said, a visit to Museumplein is definitely one of the best ways to begin your exploration of Amsterdam!

THE RIJKSMUSEUM

Begin Day 1 by visiting one of Amsterdam’s most iconic attractions, The Rijksmuseum. This magnificent museum is among the world’s finest art museums and is home to artworks by revered local artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam houses 800 years of Dutch History and world-class art – not to be missed for true art lovers and history buffs! 

Address:

Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entrance Fee:
  • Adults: € 20.00 (online € 19,00) = SGD 31 (SGD 30)
  • Children aged 18 and under: Free Admission
  • Museumkaart holders, I Amsterdam City CardFree Admission
Opening Hours:

9:00 to 17:00 daily, all days of the year

Estimated Duration of Activity:

2 hours

Tip:
  • To avoid queuing for long hours, book your tickets online and in advance. If you did not manage to get a ticket online, make sure to get there before 10 am or after 3 pm as the crowded periods are typically between 11 am and 3 pm

THE SEAFOOD BAR

If you’re a seafood lover, this is the right place for you! The Seafood Bar serves super fresh seafood and seasonal catches that are oh so tasty! Must-try dishes include the oysters and the mouth-watering King Crab legs.

Not a fan of seafood? The Seafood Bar offers classic dishes such as Fish & Chips so there’s something for everyone.

Address:

The Seafood bar has three outlets in different parts of Amsterdam:

  • Van Baerlestraat 5, Amsterdam (near Vondelpark)
  • Spui 15, Amsterdam
  • Ferdinand Bolstraat 32, Amsterdam (in de Pijp)
Tip:
  • Remember to reserve a table as The Seafood Bar tends to attract long queues comprising of both locals and tourists alike. Contact details can be found here.

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VAN GOGH MUSEUM

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Next, discover the masterpieces of Vincent Van Gogh at the renowned Van Gogh Museum. Located at the heart of the Dutch capital, the museum is home to the world’s largest collection of artworks by Vincent Van Gogh. All 3 levels of the museum showcase Van Gogh’s best works including a vast collection of his paintings, drawings and letters. 

To add on to the collection, Van Gogh museum also houses works by Van Gogh’s contemporaries from the 19th century such as Claude Monet and Charles Daubigny.

Address:

Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands (Located just a short 5 mins walk from Rijksmuseum)

Entrance Fee:

Tickets can only be purchased online via the official website here. As of 2019, it is now obligatory to pre-book a time slot online even if you possess a Museumkaart or I Amsterdam City Card.

  • Adults: € 19.00  = SGD 30
  • Children aged under 18: Free Admission
  • Museumkaart holders, I Amsterdam City Card: Free Admission
Opening Hours:

Mon – Thurs: 9:00 to 18:00 daily, Friday: 9:00 to 21:00, open all year round except 1 January

Estimated Duration of Activity:

1 hour 30 minutes 

Tip:
  • Avoid peak periods which are between 11 am and 3 pm
  • Visit the museum either before 11 am or after 3 pm

STEDELIJK MUSEUM

Stedelijk Museum is the largest Dutch museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Today, the Stedelijk Museum has one of the richest contemporary art collections in the world, including pop-art and minimalist art by celebrated artist such as Andy Warhol

For fans of modern art, the Stedelijk Museum is a must-visit!

Address:

Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands (Located right beside Van Gogh Museum)

Entrance Fee:
  • Adults: € 18.50  = SGD 29
  • Students: € 10.00 = SGD 16
  • Children aged under 18: Free Admission
  • Museumkaart holders, I Amsterdam City Card: Free Admission
Opening Hours:

Mon – Thurs: 10:00 to 18:00, Friday: 10:00 to 22:00

Estimated Duration of Activity:

1 hour 30 minutes 

Tip:
  • Free audio tours are available in 6 languages (Dutch, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish).

VONDELPARK

Tired from museum hopping? Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at Vondelpark, the Dutch city’s favourite park! Also, Vondelpark is situated just a short 10 minutes walk from the Stedelijk Museum, making it really convenient to stop by after a long day. 

The park features landscaped gardens and is great for a leisurely walk or cycle. On certain days, this lovely city park also hosts free open-air concerts.

Feeling hungry? Don’t worry as Vondelpark is home to a wide selection of cafes and restaurants so rest assured, you will never run out of choices here!

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With so many activities to do here, Vondelpark is the perfect choice for a magical escape.

Address:

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entrance Fee:

Free Admission

Opening Hours:

24 hours, open all year round

Estimated Duration of Activity:

At your own pace

FOODHALLEN

Foodhallen is a compact indoor food court that houses over 20 food stalls, each serving their own specialities. A large number of stalls here means that there is a greater variety of food offered, from local cuisines such as Classic Dutch bitterballen to international delicacies such as Vietnamese dishes!

Foodhallen is without a doubt the one-stop food destination for visitors and locals alike.

Address:

Bellamyplein 51, 1053 AT Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entrance Fee:

Free Admission

Opening Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 – 23:30, Friday – Saturday: 11:00 – 01:00

Estimated Duration of Activity:

At your own pace

Tip:
  • Many stallholders will only take card payments, no cash is accepted.

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LEIDENSPLEIN

Located just a stone throw away from Museum Square lies Leidseplein Square – the main entertainment centre in Amsterdam.

Leidseplein has it all, from aesthetic cafés and restaurants to popular clubs and street performances, no wonder it is one of Amsterdam’s most popular centres for nightlife.

Even when the sun sets, the party never stops! In the evening, the square lights up and is filled with entertainers performing their specialities. Enjoy performances put up by street musicians, mime artists and other performers while you sit back and enjoy the show.

What a way to end your first day here in Amsterdam!

Address:

1017 PT Amsterdam

Entrance Fee:

Free Admission

Opening Hours:

Most bars and clubs open till 5 am while cafés tend to close earlier around 11 pm.

Estimated Duration Of Activity:

At your own pace

Tip:
  • If you plan to head there for the nightlife, don’t forget to consider the Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket to save time and money.

Day 2

DE PIJP

Experience life as a local in the trendy De Pijp district – arguably the coolest neighbourhood in Amsterdam.

This vibrant neighbourhood is home to two of the biggest attractions in the Dutch city: the famous Albert Cuyp Street Market and the Heineken experience. With so many coffee shops, fantastic cafes and restaurants around, you will never run out of places to dine at!

If you’re craving for sweet treats, I would recommend My Little Patisserie. This cosy cafe serves some of the most delicious pastries that you can find in Amsterdam!

Address:

De Pijp, Amsterdam

Entrance Fee:

Free Admission

Opening Hours:

Shops set their own opening hours but in general, most will be open from 10:00 and until 20:00

Estimated Duration Of Activity:

At your own pace

Recommendations:
  • Little Collins serves up a delightful brunch menu so if you’re late to the party, this is the place to go!
  • Thrill Grill serves up some of the best burgers in town.

ALBERT CUYP MARKET

Next, stop by at the Albert Cuyp Markt, Europe’s biggest daily market which houses 260 stalls spread out along the street. Expect to find a range of goods from true Dutch delicacies to fresh produce and cheap clothing.

Feeling hungry? You’re in luck because there are tons of food stalls at this iconic street market that serve popular Dutch street food like stroopwafel, poffertjes and kibbeling. If you’re looking for a quick snack, I recommend a fresh stroopwafel at Echte Goudse Stroopwaffel. 

With so much going on in this bustling market, it is definitely worth joining in the vibrant atmosphere of market-goers!

Address:

Albert Cuypstraat, 1073 BD Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entrance Fee:

Free Admission

Opening Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00, Sunday: Closed

Estimated Duration Of Activity:

1 hour 30 minutes

DUTCH RESISTANCE MUSEUM

The Dutch Resistance Museum (Verzetsmuseum) in Amsterdam is an intriguing and remarkable exhibition documenting the Dutch Resistance movement during the Second World War. The various exhibits (labelled in both Dutch and English) give visitors an insight into what it was like to live in The Netherlands during the Nazi occupation.

For those keen on learning about the history of The Netherland during World War II, this is the place for you.

Address:

Plantage Kerklaan 61, 1018 CX Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entrance Fee:
  • Adults: € 11.00 = SGD 17
  • Children aged 7 to 16 years old: € 6.00 = SGD 10
  • Children aged 6 and under: Free Admission
  • Family Ticket (1 or 2 adults, 1 – 3 children under 17): € 26.00 = SGD 40
  • Museumkaart, I amsterdam City Card, ICOM: Free Admission
Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 17:00, Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 1100-1700 

Estimated Duration Of Activity:

1 hour 30 minutes

Tips:
  • There is a free audio tour available in 7 languages – Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish.

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WATERLOOPLEIN MARKET

Just 10 minutes away from the quiet Dutch Resistance Museum lies Amsterdam’s largest daily flea market, Waterlooplein. Vendors from different parts of the city gather at this big outdoor bazaar to sell their pre-loved items. 

I know second-hand goods don’t sound appealing but trust me, many of the items sold are kept in pristine condition. Rest assured, you will get your money’s worth!

Even if you don’t feel like shopping, Waterlooplein Market is still worth a visit. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the market as you browse through the vast collection of second-hand items put up for sale.

If you’re lucky, you will get to witness fellow shoppers engage in intense bargaining sessions with the vendors! Truly a fascinating sight to see.

Address:

Waterlooplein 2, 1011 NZ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entrance Fee:

Free Admission

Opening Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 09:30 – 17:30, Sunday: Closed

Estimated Duration Of Activity:

1 hour 15 minutes

DAM SQUARE

The heart of Amsterdam, Dam Square has long been a gathering place for local residents and visitors alike. This busy town square is home to many of Amsterdam’s biggest and most famous attractions such as Royal Palace Amsterdam, National Monument, New Church, Madame Tussauds Wax Statue Museum and De Bijenkorf

ROYAL PALACE AMSTERDAM

Situated in Dam Square, the Royal Palace is one of three palaces still in use by the Dutch royal family today. It is primarily used for state visits, award ceremonies and other official receptions.

If you are a fan of history and architecture, you will love the Royal Palace! The magnificent interior of the grand palace decorated with beautiful artworks and furnishing will definitely leave visitors in awe.

Address:

Dam, 1012 JS Amsterdam

Entrance Fee:
  • Adults: €10 = SGD 16
  • Children under 18: Free Admission
  • Museumkaart: Free Admission
Opening Hours:

10:00 – 17:00, open all year round except on certain days (check their website for more information).

Estimated Duration Of Activity:

Around 2 hours

Tips:
  • A free hand-held audio tour provides insight and is available in 8 languages – Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Russia
  • A children’s audio is also available in Dutch and English
NATIONAL MONUMENT

The National Monument was erected in remembrance of those who died during World War II. Located in the centre of Dam Square, the National Monument plays a vital role in National Remembrance Day where the royal family and local Amsterdam residents pay their respects to fallen soldiers from World War II.

Address:

Dam 1, 1012 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entrance Fee:

Free Admission

Opening Hours:

24 hours, all year round

Estimated Duration Of Activity:

30 minutes

DE BIJENKORF

De Bijenkorf is one of Amsterdam’s best-known department stores. This huge, six floors high department store is a literal shopping paradise, serving a wide premium shopping selection. The department store features luxury brands like Burberry and Balenciaga, fulfilling your luxury needs! 

For all you shopaholics out there, De Bijenkorf is not to be missed.

Address:

Dam 1, 1012 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entrance Fee:

Free Admission

Opening Hours:

Sunday, Monday – Saturday: 11:00 – 21:00, Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 – 21:00 

Estimated Duration Of Activity:

For avid shoppers, you can spend up to hours and hours here. For visitors who just want to take a brief look, 1 hour will suffice.

RED LIGHT DISTRICT

I am sure majority have heard about the world-famous Red Light District prior to their visit to Amsterdam. Known for the red neon windows that display barely-dressed women advertising their services, the Red Light District has attracted visitors from all over the globe to witness this spectacle for themselves.

You may also see potential customers negotiating with the women, a rather interesting sight to see.

A visit to Red Light District is an eye-opening experience but it’s not for everyone. If you’re afraid, you can always head there in the morning when there are significantly lesser people.

You probably won’t be able to fully experience what Red Light District is like but you will still be able to get a feel of the place

Address:

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 60h, 1012 DP Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entrance Fee:

Free Admission

Opening Hours:
  • Window brothels are only closed for 2 hours a day between 6 am and 8 am.
  • Most bars and clubs close at 3 or 4 am on the weekends

Estimated Duration Of Activity:

At your own pace.

Tips:
  • Don’t photograph or film sex workers in the windows. If visitors are found doing so, their camera will probably land up in a canal. Not even kidding.
  • Beware of pickpockets, especially at night when the crowd starts flooding in.

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Day 3

ANNE FRANK HOUSE

Kick start your last day in Amsterdam by visiting the Anne Frank House, where Anne Frank lived in hiding with her family for more than two years during the Second World War.

Exhibits at this museum document Anne Frank’s life through the use of historical documents, photographs and some of her past possessions like her original diary and other notebooks.

Even if you’re not that into history, the Anne Frank House is still well worth a visit.

Address:

Prinsengracht 267,1016 GV AMSTERDAM

Entrance Fee:

Due to its’ soaring popularity, the museum gets extremely crowded during peak seasons and you may have to queue for up to 3 hours! 

To avoid wasting time queuing, be sure to get your tickets online 2 months in advance.

  • Adults: €10 = SGD 16
  • Children aged 10 – 17: €5 = SGD 8
  • Children aged 9 and under: Free Admission
Opening Hours:
  • 1 April – 1 November: opens daily from 09:00 – 22:00
  • 1 November – 1 April: Monday – Friday, Sunday: 09:00 – 19:00, Saturday: 09:00 – 22:00

Estimated Duration Of Activity:

2 hours

Tips:
  • The earlier the better! Head there early before it gets crowded.
  • No backpacks allowed, only purses and smaller bags are permitted.
  • To determine how long you need to wait in line for, there is a useful guide that teaches you how to identify estimated queueing time!

JORDAAN AREA

The Jordaan is probably the most famous neighbourhood in Amsterdam. This upscale district lies in the heart of Amsterdam’s famous Canal Ring and is home to some of the most beautiful canals in the whole of this Dutch city, many of which are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

A picturesque neighbourhood, the Jordaan is known for its beautiful gingerbread houses, shopping streets, boutique restaurants, Amsterdam’s finest art galleries and of course, the stunning canal views!

With so much to offer, there is little wonder why the Jordaan neighbourhood has become so popular with both locals and tourists alike.

9 STREETS

Comprising of nine little shopping streets9 streets is one of the most popular shopping districts in Amsterdam. Expect to find boutique stores selling everything from vintage wear to international brands, quirky clothing and local dutch brands. Regardless of your preferences or style, there’s something for everyone here. Get ready to shop till you drop!

 

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Address:

Wolvenstraat 9, 1016 EM Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entrance Fee:

Free Admission

Opening Hours:

Open 24 hours, all year round

Estimated Duration Of Activity:

Depends on how much of a shopper you are but I would say the average duration is about 1 hour 30 minutes

BLOEMENMARKT

Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam’s iconic floating flower market is also the world’s only floating flower market. Tulips have long been synonymous with Amsterdam and in the spring, large crowds flock to the bulb fields to witness the blooming of these delicate tulips.

Made up of many floating flower stalls lining the Singel Canal, Bloemenmarkt is fondly referred to as the “flower shop of the world” for the large variety of flowers it offers. You can expect to find fantastic displays of orchids, roses, peonies and many more.

 

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Address:

Singel, 1012 DH Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entrance Fee:

Free Admission

Opening Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 09:00 – 17:30, Sunday: 11:00 – 17:30

Estimated Duration Of Activity:

Around 1 Hour

Tips:
  • If you want to take home some flower seeds or tulip bulbs, do let the stall owners know. This way, they will prepare ready-to-go tulip bulbs that go through customs without a hassle!
  • Just make sure any bulbs you buy to take out of the country have a customs stamp on the packaging.

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CANAL TOUR

Taking a canal cruise is one of the best ways to admire Amsterdam’s architectural landscape. Get to see Amsterdam from a different perspective, more specifically, from the waters.

With 165 canals in Amsterdam and the abundance of canal tour boat operators in Amsterdam, there are many options for you to choose from!

Some of the prettiest canals in Amsterdam: Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht can be found in Jordaan. Alternatively, if you’re afraid you will get seasick, you can just take a relaxing stroll along the enchanting waterside! 

Address:

Varies

Entrance Fee:
  • Varies but the average price is around €16 = SGD 25.
  • Some cruises are free with the I amsterdam card.
Opening Hours:

Varies

Estimated Duration Of Activity:

Around 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tips:
  • Some cruises are free with the I amsterdam card
  • Different tour operators provide different kind of services, do check out their website to see which one is the most suitable for you.

Bonus Activity

A day trip to Keukenhof flower fields

Keukenhof is the largest flower field in the world. As you all know, the tulip has been a symbol of Amsterdam so what better way is there to explore Amsterdam than to see for yourselves the Dutch tulip fields in full bloom. If you’re heading to Amsterdam in April or May, be sure to make your way down here. There are many day tours available during that period so do keep a lookout! 

So Long, Amsterdam! 

There is so much to see and do in Amsterdam, you really can’t go wrong. But it is always better to plan beforehand so that you maximise your time there. Hopefully, this itinerary came in handy for you!

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