Amsterdam in 3 days, daily route + tips

In this post we tell you about our 3 day planning in Amsterdam, with all the visits, the best tickets to take home, some tips and maps of every day!

If you’re in Amsterdam one more day, don’t worry, because in this list of all the things to see and do in Amsterdam you’ll surely find inspiration for the rest of your days.

We recommend you to move on foot, by bicycle or by public transport, it is very efficient and connects the whole city quickly.


DAY 1: Guided tour, Amsterdam city centre, Anne Frank House-Museum and A’Dam Viewpoint

DAY 2: Museums, bike ride, typical food and flower market.

DAY 3: Beautiful villages of Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken, NEMO terrace and boat tour of the canals.

And after this mini-summary there we go with our planning of things to see and do in Amsterdam in 3 days!

To stay in Amsterdam we chose the Leonardo Royal Hotel, next to a metro stop that connected in a few minutes with the center of Amsterdam, 100% recommended!


DAY 1 trip in Amsterdam in 3 days


Central Station
Amsterdam Tour
Dam Square
Royal Palace
Madame Tussauds
New Church
Amsterdam Channels
The 9 streets
Jordaan Neighbourhood
Anne Frank House
Red Light District
Oude Kerk
A’Dam viewpoint at sunset
Dinner on Damstraat Street in the Red Light District

A good way to get to know the city on your first visit is to book a Spanish-language tour on the first day, so you get to know part of the city from a guide who tells you some of Amsterdam’s curiosities and history.

A free tour of Amsterdam is another interesting option.

After the guided tour, we can go for a walk around Dam Square, the center of the city, there is the monument to the Second World War, the New Church, the Royal Palace and the wax museum of Madame Tussauds.

Amsterdam in 3 days | Plaza Dam

From here we can walk along the canals of Amsterdam to reach the Jordaan neighborhood, where we can eat in the 9 straatje or 9 streets before going to the house-museum of Anne Frank, remember that you have to book the ticket online, they do not sell it in the museum itself.

After the visit we can tour the famous Red Quarter, see the Oude Kerk, the oldest building in the city, and go to the Central Station to take a free ferry that crosses the river Ij to the viewpoint A’Dam.

Amsterdam in 3 days | Mirador A’Dam

If the day is clear you can see from the viewpoint one of the best sunsets in Amsterdam.

To end the day we can go to the street Damstraat to have a cheap dinner or dinner in one of the many restaurants that are in the Red Quarter, we have dinner in Ramen Ya, very good!

Reservations for today:

Ticket for Anne Frank, €10 + €0.5 (fee) you must book two months in advance and can only be purchased on their website. If there are no more tickets for the day you want, 20% of the tickets are on sale the same day at 9am.
Amsterdam Tours:

Entrance to the Madame Tussauds Museum Amsterdam, book online to save the queue.
For the 3 days route through Amsterdam that we propose you, we believe that it is very interesting to take the I Amsterdam card, are included many of the entrances and the public transport, also the one that connects with the airport.


– Remember to book two months in advance the entrance to the house-museum of Anne Frank to ensure the time you want, if you do not get them you can always try to buy the same day at 9 am, but it is more difficult to choose time. In any case, tickets are reserved online, not sold in the museum itself.

– With the I Amsterdam Card, you have a good discount at the Mirador A’Dam Lookout.

DAY 2 trip to Amsterdam in 3 days


Van Gogh Museum
Typical food at The Pantry
Try Stroopwafels
Flower market
Rembrandt Monument
Magere Brug
Rent a bike

Today is museum day! And as it could not be otherwise we started in Museumplein, the museum square of Amsterdam.

Here you will find most of the city’s museums, such as the Rijksmuseum, the most important in Holland, the Van Gogh Museum, the Moco Museum of Contemporary Art and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art.

In our opinion, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum are quite indispensable, the rest depends on the tastes and culture of each one.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

If you’re not very much of a museum, the B option is to rent a bike and walk the canals of Amsterdam or take a tour of Voldenpark.

We went to The Pantry restaurant, which is quite close to the museum square.

Taste the typical food, one of the things to do in Amsterdam in 3 days

We were valuing other typical food places such as Cafe Sonneveld, Jacketz restaurant and Haesje Claes restaurant.

You should also try the Stroopwafels, the typical Dutch sweet, in Van Wonderen Stroopwafel you can buy with all kinds of toppings.

Try the Stroopwafels, Amsterdam

You also have to try the white chocolate filled biscuits at Van Stapele Koekmakerij, try not to go too late because they run out! For many they are the best in the world, you won’t regret it!

After raising the sugar level, we can visit the gardens of the Begijnhof and go to the Flower Market where we can buy some souvenirs or some typical cheese in some of the shops right in front of the market.

At dusk we can go to see the illumination of the Magere Brug bridge, and on the way pass by the Rembrandt square and its most emblematic monument.

Rembrandt Square, Amsterdam in 3 days

Reservations for today:


– Tickets for the Van Gogh Museum are sold out in advance. We also recommend you to book first thing in the morning to see it more peacefully.

– If you have the I Amsterdam Card and you want to rent a bike you have a -25% discount in some companies such as Mac Bike where we rent, just by showing the card you get the discount.

DAY 3 trip to Amsterdam in 3 days


Excursion to the villages of Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken
Terrace NEMO
Boat tour of the canals

For the last day of the Amsterdam tour you can go on an excursion to the famous (and beautiful) villages of Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken.

Our idea was to go on this last trip to Amsterdam but the bad weather made us change our plans.

It is one of the most famous excursions, can be visited on an organized tour with Spanish guide (has very good opinions), or can be done for free.

On your way back from the excursion you can pass by the NEMO terrace (free entrance) to see another of the most beautiful views of the city.

NEMO Terrace, Amsterdam

As a farewell to Amsterdam, we recommend you to take a boat trip along the canals, it is one of the essential things to do in Amsterdam in 3 days!

Reservations for today:

Tip of the day:

– If you do the excursion to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken on your own, we recommend you to buy the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket because no transport card (not even the I Amsterdam Card) is valid for these trips.

You can buy it at the Central Station and it costs 19,5€ per person.

Other things to see in Amsterdam in 3 days:

There are some things that we have been left out of this 3 day planning in Amsterdam that you might be interested in visiting.

The idea is that you modify it based on your tastes and preferences, the post of 40 things to see and do in Amsterdam can help you to get ideas. For example:

Heineken Experience, this is a must for beer lovers! Book your ticket here.
NEMO Museum, only the terrace appears in the planning.
Amsterdam Museum
Views from the OBA public library
Get to know the famous Coffee Shops

Excursions from Amsterdam:

If you spend more than 3 days in Amsterdam, these are some of the most famous excursions:

And here’s our route through Amsterdam in 3 days!

We hope you enjoy your trip to the capital of the Netherlands and this post will help you make the most of your days!

If you want to add more things to your trip, just have a look at the post of 40 things to see and do in Amsterdam to get ideas.

And if you have any doubt, we wait for you in the comments!

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