3-day Amsterdam route in 2023 (details of what to do, where to stay and everything else)

Amsterdam has always been a popular tourist destination for Indians and people from all over the world. It has become even more popular in India thanks to the Bollywood movie ‘Queen’. Most of what is illegal in other European countries is legal in Amsterdam and yet I stayed away from all these distractions. Hope this helps.

Amsterdam 3-day itinerary:

I Amsterdam city card (I Amsterdam card itinerary)

Many people ask if it is worth buying the I Amsterdam City Card. There are individual differences, but in my case it was very easy to use. If you want to visit many attractions in one day, we recommend purchasing the I Amsterdam City Card. Many museums are free with the I Amsterdam City Card. Plus, if you have the I Amsterdam Card, you can get discounts on attractions and restaurants. All GVB public transport is also free with the card.

Where and how can I buy the Amsterdam City Card?

You can choose to buy online or as soon as you arrive in Amsterdam. There are 4 options to purchase.

24 hour card, 48 hour card, 72 hour card, 96 hour card. Buy online and have it delivered to your home. They can also be purchased at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Visitor Center and Amsterdam Central Station. I picked mine up from the station. The shop is located at the entrance of the station. I Amsterdam card prices

The I Amsterdam City Card does not include:

NS trains not included / How to get around Amsterdam

As someone who doesn’t read the fine print, it wasn’t until after the first day that I realized I had done something illegal. The day I got the card, I took the train to the hotel, and I thought this card could also be used on the train. Unfortunately not. With the i Amsterdam Card you can use all GVB public transport for free. GVB’s transport system is typically white and blue and includes buses, trams, and very few trains. Trains in Amsterdam are operated by NS and require a separate ticket. And don’t forget to validate your ticket when using public transport in Amsterdam. They have regular checks on most trains. 

Trams are one of the best modes of transportation in the city. Buses are equally convenient. As mentioned above, you need a separate ticket that can be purchased at the station. If you plan to use the trains a lot during your stay, the 3-day pass is convenient. This page explains how to buy train tickets in Amsterdam.

Entrance ticket to the Anne Frank House

These are also not included in the City Card. If you want to visit Anne’s Frank House, you will need to purchase a separate ticket. Some museums are also not included.

Where to stay during his 3-day itinerary in Amsterdam

There are many accommodation options in Amsterdam. But when choosing accommodation in Amsterdam, I chose one of the worst options he. It was a terrible choice. We hope no one chooses the MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam City West.

I would not recommend staying in City West as it is far from everything. I agree it’s easy to get there by train, but in my experience I wouldn’t recommend remote areas. After returning home I did some research and found some of the best areas to stay in Amsterdam.

Around the center of Amsterdam:

Busy area but central to the city. This area is noisy, but since it’s the center of town, you might want to check out a few hotels in the area.

Things to do in Amsterdam in 3 days

Depending on the type of traveler, Amsterdam has a lot to see in he three days. First, let me show you what to do in Amsterdam in two days. This can be used as a basis for creating ‘his 3-day itinerary in Amsterdam’. We recommend his 3 day trip to Amsterdam.

You can climb to the top of some of the windmills here, and most cost around €3 to enter. It is a really picturesque village and you will definitely fall in love with it. My tip is to start early so you can explore the place without too many tourists.

Fishing village Volendam

Most people combine the Zaanse Schans windmill tour in Amsterdam with the fishing village of Volendam. This place is also easily accessible by train. The itinerary also includes visits to the clog factory and cheese factory in Marken. Also, few people are walking around in traditional clothes. Zaanse his visit to the fishing villages of Schans, Marken and Volendam in one day is one of his most popular day trips from Amsterdam.

How to cruise the canals of Amsterdam

His second day in Amsterdam was on his cruise on the Amsterdam River. Amsterdam is a city of canals and it is interesting to see the city from this vantage point. It was included in my I amsterdam city card and it was so nice to hear the history behind Amsterdam’s canals.I’m amazed that it is still so well preserved after all these years. Most river cruises in Amsterdam he lasts an hour. There are 3 main channels. Herengracht, Prinsengracht, Kaisergracht, and all of them are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There’s also Amsterdam’s Blumenmarkt, the world’s only floating flower market. Arguably one of the most romantic things to do in Amsterdam.

Anne Frank House

After our canal cruise and lunch, we headed over to the Anne Frank House. Ever since I read A Girl’s Diary, I’ve been wanting to go to Anne Frank’s house. These tickets are not included in the I Amsterdam City Card so we tried our luck.

The Anne Frank House is open daily from 9am to 7pm in winter and from 9am to 10pm in summer. During this period, the hours from 9am to 3am are as follows:

From 3:00 pm, it will be held only for those who have a valid online ticket. Buy online tickets for the Anne Frank House here. However, be aware that these tickets are very popular and usually sell out months in advance.

I didn’t have an online ticket, so I got in line around 3pm. I was pretty lucky that day and only waited 45 minutes. However, some people have been waiting in line for more than two hours. Please note that we close the queue before closing time. So in my opinion it’s better to avoid 2.

If you do not have an online ticket to minimize waiting time. If you’re traveling alone like I am, get a book too. I actually got to talk to an American couple in front of me. You can take the tram from Amsterdam Central Station to the Anne Frank House.

Anne Frank was her experience and I’m glad she didn’t miss it on this visit, I was in tears when she left. Without seeing the place, you can’t even imagine how many people she hid in the attic for over two years. The house has now been converted into a museum and, including waiting time, it takes 1.5-2 hours to visit the place.

Red light district in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s red-light district is just a few minutes’ walk from Amsterdam Central Station. If you’re traveling with kids, make sure you don’t accidentally ride him in one of the many mini trucks.

I took a walk around the neighborhood during the day. Since it was still daytime (the sun doesn’t set until 9am):

3pm in the summer, there were only a few women sitting behind the window. I’ve been there before. I don’t know if it’s true, but I didn’t want to miss the chance and I didn’t think it would be that interesting to take pictures. Since the drug is legal, there are many cafes selling marijuana in Amsterdam. Again I was uninterested and after walking around the red light district for a while I returned to the hotel. Dam square is nearby and just walking through the back alleys and canals took a few hours.

Museum Square / Vondelpark

We spent most of the day at the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. It wasn’t my first time here, but I loved looking around the exhibits. We were unable to visit the Rembrandt House Museum as it was in another part of town. After touring the museum we spent the evening reading in the Vondelpark. Beautiful place to relax and wish I was near this place. Again, you can take a tram from Amsterdam Central Station to Museumplein.

There are so many restaurants around, it was really hard to narrow down to one.

Everyone wants to take a picture in front of the I Amsterdam letter that travels. You can find it in at least three areas around Amsterdam. The most obvious are the Rijksmuseum and Schiphol Airport. Go very early if you want good pictures without the crowds.

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