Amsterdam is the most populous city in Holland, with a population of approximately 872,000. This city receives an annual average of 3.5 million visitors. Chances are, you are likely to encounter fellow solo travelers during your brief visit to the Netherlands as well. The country, just like most European countries, uses the Euro as its primary currency. So, remember to look for a shop offering forex exchange services before touring the city. With that said, here is 2 days in Amsterdam itinerary.
But first, let me provide some clarity on this beautiful country The Netherlands.
For starters: Holland is not a country but a part of The Netherlands. In the west of The Netherlands, there are actually two provinces with the name Holland: North-Holland and South-Holland.
North-Holland’s capital is Haarlem (or Harlem in English), the capital of South-Holland is Den Haag – The Hague in English which is where the official Dutch Government is and the capital of the country The Netherlands is Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is the perfect city to visit if you only have a couple of days before you get back on the road. The Dutch capital is known for its excellent infrastructure, including evening canal cruise, café shops, beautiful houses, traditional wooden dutch shoes, Van Gogh Museum, floating flower market, windmills, tulips gardens, cheese markets, and millions of bicycles.
Furthermore, solo travelers are well versed in the city’s freedom and liberality. The city has so much to offer that it would be impossible to take it all in within two days. Nonetheless, the article below will help you find the perfect activities and places to visit in the world-renowned 17th century capital of the Netherlands. But first, let’s take a look at the most convenient and affordable ways of getting into the city.
2 days in Amsterdam itinerary
- 2 days in Amsterdam itinerary
- How to get to Amsterdam?
- How to get around Amsterdam?
- Do I need a visa to enter Amsterdam?
- When to visit Amsterdam?
- Where to stay in Amsterdam?
- 2 day Amsterdam itinerary
- Day One Tour of Amsterdam
- Day 2 of 2 days in Amsterdam
- Day trips
How to get to Amsterdam?
Amsterdam has one of the most advanced transportation systems in the world. The impressive transport network includes buses, trains, ferries metros, and tams. The fastest and easiest way of traveling from other European countries to Amsterdam is by air. However, the most convenient and affordable way of getting into Amsterdam is via bus. If those two options don’t work for you, consider using the train which stops at the Amsterdam centraal station, as it uses the reliable above ground tramway. Some people prefer to use the good old fashioned ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland.
How to get around Amsterdam?
The most popular but convenient way of getting around in this city is by using bicycles. Since you are traveling alone, consider using a bike to get around, especially if you are on a budget. If you are traveling with a group of people, then hiring a car would be the best way of getting around Amsterdam.
But if you are like me and don’t ride bicycles that much, I recommend getting an Amsterdam city card ( It is your all-inclusive city pass where you get free admission to museums, attractions, and free city-wide public transport. Save time, money and stress during your visit to Amsterdam)
Do I need a visa to enter Amsterdam?
Australian/American citizens can enter the Netherlands without a visa for 90 days. You only need funds to secure a return airline ticket. The city has one main airport, Schipol International, which is only 11 miles from the city center. Nonetheless, it’s always best to check the official government website for up to date visa regulations.
When to visit Amsterdam?
For sightseeing, consider visiting the Dutch capital during late autumn going into the winter months. However, if you want to see the beautiful tulips and landscape of Amsterdam, then visit the city during Late March, April, and mid-May. Either way, Amsterdam is still enjoyable regardless of the season you opt to visit.
Just understand there will be crowds in peak season. So be wary of the tourist season and ticket prices of buses, trains, and airplanes.
Where to stay in Amsterdam?
There are loads of luxurious and expensive hotels in Amsterdam but if you are on the budget, choose one of the hostels with good reviews.
Alternatively, staying in Airbnb in some of the best neighborhoods is also a great option. Some of the recommended areas are Amsterdam City Centre, Weesperzijde -Oost, De Pijp, Oud-Zuid, Oud-West, Westerpark, and De Jordaan.
2 day Amsterdam itinerary
Day One Tour of Amsterdam
9 AM: The Dam Square
With your Amsterdam card or a bicycle, you will be able to fully experience Amsterdam. If it’s your first time, I suggest you start your trip with one of the top tourist attractions in Amsterdam called the Dam Square. Considering you won’t be here for long, you need to see it at least once and take pictures if you like. Once you are here, it will be impossible to miss the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and National Monument, which are almost placed side by side. The people and the culture here will blow your mind away.
11 AM: Rijksmuseum
After you are done, make your way to the Rijksmuseum. The museum is enormous and has over 8000 objects on display. You will quickly kill two to three hours here learning about Dutch history and art. This national attraction is not free, remember to carry some cash with you.
2 PM: Have Dutch Herring at Frens Haringhandel
What better way to break for lunch than enjoying Herring at Frens Haringhandel? This raw delicacy is served by the roadside. The fresh meat might put you off, but I assure you it is tasty. It has been well marinated and soaked in vinegar.
2:30 PM: Take a Walk in the Bloemenmarkt
As you wash down your meal with your favorite beverage, take a walk at another attractive area in Amsterdam, the Bloemenmarkt. There are a ton of different flowers in the market that combine to form a beautiful panorama. Additionally, the market also features other exciting items that you could go back home with.
3:30 PM: Vondelpark
By now, you must be feeling tired. Consider taking a stroll through Amsterdam’s green space, the Vondelpark. Locals come here to relax and unwind after a long day. If you are visiting Amsterdam during the warm months, you’ll definitely be in for a treat.
5 PM: Visit Amsterdam’s Coffee Shops
Amsterdam is known for its vibrant and uplifting 420/710 coffee shops. There are so many to choose from. You can sit in one of them as you take more pictures of the city as you indulge in the people’s culture.
The difference between that is, 420 friendly means that smoking cannabis is acceptable, 710 friendly can be interpreted as both cannabis-friendly and smoke-free.
6 PM: Prepare for the Red lights and Dinner
Amsterdam is known for its freedom and liberality. To tap into the city’s sense of all that, enjoy Amsterdam’s Red Light District.
8 PM: Have Dinner in Amsterdam Centrum
Amsterdam Centum is the historical capital of Holland. The borough contains most of the city’s landmarks. What better way to end the day than dine in the heart of the town!
Day 2 of 2 days in Amsterdam
9 AM: Visit the Anne Frank House/ Museum
On the second day itinerary, at 9 am visit Anne Frank’s museum. Get there early because the line gets way too long especially as the day goes by. I think it is an essential piece of Dutch history that traces back to the World War 2 era and a must-see. Your Amsterdam tour would be incomplete without paying a visit to this national monument.
11 AM: Visit the ‘I AM AMSTERDAM’ sign
Impossible to miss is the I AM AMSTERDAM sign that is outside the Rijksmuseum. The place usually flocks with many people taking pictures.
12 PM: Explore Jordaan as you walk along the Canals and Over the Bridges
A canal cruise is sort of a must-do activity in Amsterdam. You can stroll through the beautiful Jordaan area before finally taking a canal cruise. Consider breaking for lunch while you’re at it.
4 PM: Keukenhof
Amsterdam is famous for its beautiful tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths that bloom during April and May.
6 PM: Walk around the Amsterdam City Center
Before you leave, take one last walk in the city center or just stroll along on the canals for memories to keep forever.
Alternatively, if you like to get out of the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam then I recommend taking the following day trip to Harlem, Madurodam, Keukenhof, Zaanse Schans & Edam, Rotterdam, Marken & Volendam, Giethoorn, Bourtange, Delft and even to Bruges in Belgium!
I hope these 2 days in Amsterdam itinerary helped in planning and preparing your trip.
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