A local journey by Robbert van Rijsbergen, Dirtector of Sales & Marketing at The Dylan Amsterdam
Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, is a vibrant tapestry of history, culture, and modernity. With just 48 hours to explore this enchanting city, you’ll want to make every moment count. Here’s a example of 48 hours that ensures you experience the very best of Amsterdam.
Day 1: Immersing in History and Culture
Begin your Amsterdam adventure with a stroll along the picturesque Amstel and Nieuwe Keizersgracht canals. This route leads you to landmarks that pay tribute to the city’s Jewish community, such as the shadow quay “schaduwkade” and the new Holocaust Monument. Dive deeper into the city’s rich history by visiting the Jewish Museum and the Portuguese Synagogue.
If you happen to be in Amsterdam over the weekend, don’t miss the delightful local fair held in the gardens of the H’ART museum.
As you make your way to the city center, take a detour to explore the Utrechtsestraat. This quintessential Amsterdam street is adorned with local shops, design furniture showrooms, and a selection of cool restaurants and bars.
Noontime calls for a delightful experience at The Lobby at Nesplein, tucked away on Nes Street. This hidden gem in the heart of the City Center/Red Light District promises a memorable meal.
Venture into the famous Red Light District, where you can marvel at landmarks like the Oude Kerk. Dive even deeper into history by visiting “Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder,” a hidden baroque Catholic church dating back to the 17th century—a testament to the city’s turbulent years of religious persecution.
As the day draws to a close, embark on a private boat tour to explore Amsterdam’s iconic canals. Follow the gentle sun as you cruise along the city’s most famous canal circle, formed by Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht. Along the way, admire the stunning contemporary architecture that lines the banks of the IJ River.
Wrap up your boat ride by docking at one of the piers in the heart of the Jordaan neighborhood. Here, you can continue your exploration on foot, venturing into the neighborhood’s cozy bars and booking a table at one of its many delightful restaurants. Discover your new favorite restaurant in the Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat.
Day 2: Art, Food, and Exploration
Start your second day in Amsterdam with a visit to Museumplein, home to two of the world’s top museums: the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Take your time to immerse yourself in the world of art and history, choosing between these two renowned institutions.
Fuel up for the day with a scrumptious breakfast at Bakers & Roasters, setting the stage for a day filled with exploration.
Discover the vibrant atmosphere of the Ten Kate Market, where you can indulge in the flavors and aromas of local food vendors. Then, explore the unique De Hallen complex, which includes the innovative Denim City project, showcasing the city’s commitment to sustainable fashion.
Enjoy a coffee break at Lot61 on Kinkerstraat, a cozy spot to recharge and savor Amsterdam’s artisanal coffee culture.
Afternoon & Lunchtime
Take a leisurely stroll from Kinkerstraat to the lush green oasis of Vondelpark, a tranquil escape within the bustling city.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch amid the park’s serene surroundings at Vondel park.
Continue your exploration of Amsterdam by renting a bike and heading to the Street Art Museum, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant and ever-evolving world of street art.
As you conclude your 48-hour journey through Amsterdam, you’ll leave with a treasure of memories and a deep appreciation for the city’s history, culture, and culinary delights. Amsterdam’s charm is undeniable, and there’s always a reason to return for more.