There is so much to see and do in Amsterdam. We had 3 nights, 2 full days or about 48 hours in Amsterdam to soak it all in. We aren’t real city people and honestly didn’t think Amsterdam would be our kind of place. We ended up really loving our time there and would definitely head back. Here is how we spent our 48 hours in Amsterdam:
Jordaan: We stayed in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam, a great base to explore the city. We were happy to find an Air BNB studio apartment with a full kitchen just blocks away from the Anne Frank House (which unfortunately we didn’t get to visit). From here we were able to explore the surrounding areas all by foot. During our time on foot we found lots of great streets, shops and canals to explore.
Dam Square: This was a bustling area of town and great for people watching. Many attractions are nearby and it is a good place to get your bearings. We walked through the square a couple times during our 48 hours in Amsterdam.
Street Art: We love stumbling upon street art and Amsterdam definitely has its fair share. From ET to portraits we saw it all. Just keep your eyes looking up and down and you will be sure to find some!
Canals: The canals of Amsterdam are great. They are wider and longer than those in Venice and offer boat tour and rentals to explore them. Many are lined with flowers and bikes and are full of houseboats. They add a peaceful quality to the city.
Small Streets: We could have spent days exploring the small streets, many of which are pedestrian streets. They are lined with shops, restaurants and the notorious coffee shops, if that’s your thing. You never know what you are going to find, including ½ naked women in basement windows.
The Red Light District: After spending several months in South East Asia, we were somewhat taken aback by the legalized prostitution that Amsterdam is known for. However during our last hours in the city we wandered through the area known as the Red Light district. Everyone said we had to see it and see it we did! Luckily we went during the day and can only imagine what it turns into at night. There really are scantily clad women in windows and doorways offering their services. Many were older, somewhat over weight and smoking cigarettes and 90% of what we saw were quite possibly men. We were so dumbfounded we actually didn’t get any good pictures.
Bikes: This is the city of bikes! We weren’t brave enough to ride in the city and found walking much easier to navigate. It was fun to see so many people on bikes. There was every type of bike you can imagine and every type of person riding them.
Cheese Museum: We love cheese, it may just be our favorite food, so when we found the Amsterdam Cheese Museum we had to check it out. The first floor is full of samples and cheese for sale and the downstairs is a small cheese “museum” with information of cheese making through the ages. There are lots of cheese shops around the city, but this one was our favorite.
Food Vending Walls: Although we didn’t brave them, the food vending machine restaurants (FEBO) were everywhere. Just pop in a few coins and you can be rewarded with everything from a burger and fries to a chicken wrap and a ton of deep fried snacks in Dutch.
In de Wildman Bar: This bar boasts 18 beers on draft and over 250 bottled beers to choose from. With that selection we had to stop in and check it out. We weren’t disappointed. We tried some local Dutch beers as well as a few from the Scandinavian countries. It was a nice laidback place with a friendly bartender. We would highly recommend stopping in if you get thirsty.
So there you have it, our 48 hours in Amsterdam. We may not have done the normal tourist attractions, but we had a great time just wandering and soaking it all in. Have you been to Amsterdam? What do you recommend doing?