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Itinerary: 48 hours in Amsterdam for a first time visitor


Once you’ve booked your trip to Amsterdam, it can be difficult to decide exactly what you want to do – simply because there is so much to choose from. If this is your first time in Amsterdam and you only have 48 hours and want to see a bit of everything, I have come up with the best bits and compiled them in this handy itinerary.

Day 1

9am: Head to the Rijksmusem

The Rijksmuseum’s refurbishment was finished in April 2013, and in my opinion it is one of the best things to see in Amsterdam. The whole museum feels completely different now – when you walk into a room, it feels like you walk into that time period, which I think is my favourite thing about this museum. Unfortunately, in order to avoid the queues you will need to get up early and arrive at the Rijksmusem just before it opens at 9am. Check out my other tips for avoiding the queues at the Rijksmusem.


12.30-2pm: Grab lunch at Bar Moustache on the Utrechtsestraat

This place is cosy, has really tasty smoothies, and delicious lunches for good prices. Normally for food the Utrechtsestraat can be a little expensive, but this little gem is cheaper than many of the places along here. My favourite was the halloumi and mushroom sandwich. Delicious!

2pm – 4pm:  Head to the Anne Frank House.

Anne Frank is one of the reasons so many people pay a visit to Amsterdam. You can see exactly where her family, the van Pels, and Fritz Pfeffer hid out during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. If you want to avoid queueing then make sure you book your tickets online, and check out my handy tips on how to get ahead of the queues at the Anne Frank House, pictured below.


5pm-8pm: Freshen up and get dinner at Burgermeester

There are three different locations in the city. the closest to the Anne Frank House is on Elandsgracht. They serve really delicious burgers, with responsibly sourced ingredients. The classic lamb burger is my favourite.

8pm until late: Go to 5&33 for cocktails

5&33 is a little bit fancy, and the cocktails there are really good. Check out the downstairs exhibition area too. It’s close to central station so getting back to your hotel should be simple enough.

Day 2:

9am: Go to the Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh is an icon of the Netherlands, so in my opinion you should definitely make the time to go and check out the museum for yourself. If you want to avoid the queues at the Van Gogh museum, getting there early is necessary, preferably before 10am when the crowds start to arrive.


11.30am: Stop off for a coffee at Sweet Cup

I’m told that Sweet Cup has some really good coffee, but I am a huge tea lover. Here you will have a choice of several different teas according to your taste. With a small and cosy atmosphere, and a gorgeous Basset Hound to keep you company you’ll forget what time it is.

12.30pm: Get lunch at the Albert Cuyp market

You can try the Vlaamse Frites (dutch chips) with mayonnaise from one of the stalls, or head to Bazar to sit down and grab a sandwich, salad or lunch dish. Bazar serves north African and middle eastern food. It’s pretty tasty, but the service isn’t good if you’re in a big group.

2pm: Head to the Heineken experience

Heineken is famous across the world – here you can see how it is made and sample 2 or 3 beers on your way around. Finish up in the Heineken bar.


5.30pm: freshen up and go for dinner at Foodism

Foodism is a tapas bar, and it’s really good. 6 plates was enough for me and my mum. There’s a lot of choice and it can get difficult to pick. It’s reasonably priced as well.

 8pm: Go for drinks at the Skybar

The Skybar has a pretty good view over Amsterdam, especially at night. They have a roof terrace and are situated on the 11th floor of the Doubletree. Drinks are not cheap, but the view alone is worth it.

I hope you liked it. What would you do if you had just 48 hours in Amsterdam?


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