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4 days in Amsterdam for 1st time - Tell me about must-see places, please!

Hi everybody!

In three weeks I'll be going for a weekend in Amsterdam with my boyfriend. It's my first time, and even if I'll be spending there just a few days, I would like to get the most of it, though the budget it's medium-low, and we don't have much time! 

We like going through museums and taste the food when we're abroad but, we actually would enjoy even something 'en plein air'.  Any suggestion? 

Cheers 

Chiara

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  • Kim Roelofs

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    You should absolutely visit the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. And see the most famous Rembrandt. But they also have other great paintings and it's a beautiful museum. Also if you like museums you can visit the Van Gogh Museum which is located next to the rijksmuseum.

    Also walk from the museum towards the city center. Great way to explore the city.

    And visit Vondelpark. Great park and also great shopping nearby at the P.C. Hooftstraat 142 for some more exclusive stores and shops. All in walking distance from the museum.

    Have fun!

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  • Ryan Weiss

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    Although this may seem "touristy" I highly recommend going on a boat tour to get your 'en plein air' fix. I did this last September and it was great! You'll get to see so much of the city and the boat captains know a ton. We went around 10AM and there was practically no one on the boat with us. I was jumping all around the boat filming like crazy.

    We used a company called Reederij P. Kooij, but I'm sure most of the companies are the same. Enjoy!

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  • Megan Kane

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    I enjoy seeing things that are a bit off the touristy path. I think 4 days will give you plenty of time to hit the highlights and dig deeper where you want to. I highly recommend the Sandeman's New Amsterdam Tour to get a feel for the city and it's history. I really enjoyed the hidden church, Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. It was built across the attic of three canal houses and is definitely unique. My final suggestion is the Hermitage Amsterdam which is a satellite of the huge Russian Hermitage museum. It holds one exhibition at a time, so it can be accomplished in an hour or two. Both the church and the Hermitage are free with the Museumkaart. If you want to get out of the city, Zaanse Schans is about a 30 minute train ride away.

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      Awesome ideas, Megan! Thanks for sharing! · (0 likelikes)

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    Four days is ample time to relax, walk, and really soak up the atmosphere in Amsterdam.

    For a bit of history, do see the Anne Frank House. The lines can be long, but it's worth the stop and it's in a beautiful area of town. I love the Canal Ring district of Amsterdam. It's a maze of canals, bridges, crooked houses, and wonderful shops and eateries. You can take a canal cruise for a different perspective as well, but this is my favorite area to just walk and pop into little shops and restaurants on a whim.Van Gogh Museumimage from e-architect.co.uk

    Of course, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Van Gogh Museum are essential. The art is beautiful and the area near the park is a great area to relax and just walk. You can do both of these museums and the VondelkerkVondelpark in a day. Rent a bicycle and ride like a local. Bicycles are the main mode of transportation in Amsterdam and many cities in the Netherlands.

    Like many large cities, Amsterdam also has a I Am Amsterdam pass that will get you free entry into many museums, a free canal ride, and many other things. It's a great deal and will save you standing in line. There's also a Museum Card that is good for museums across the entire country for a year, but it's still a good deal if you'll be going to enough places on your vacation or taking an extended vacation in the country. Either site will give you a good idea of other places of interest in Amsterdam.

    On the other side of the Canal Ring, you should walk over to the Dam - It's a large open square with the Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam on one side, a monument on the other, Madame Tussauds (which is better than the US counterparts, but still quite touristy). While in this area, stop at the de nieuwe kerk and Oude Kerk which are both beautiful old churches worth seeing.

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    If you find that you've seen enough and want to escape the city, it's easy to catch a train to another town and see an entirely different vision of Holland. See these answers on Trippy to see all the possibilities that lie just outside the city.




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    You should go and see the Foam (photo museum) and the Van Gogh Museum. You should also rent a bike and have e ride in the city and its park like the Vondelpark

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    For an amazing restaurant (stylish and different with great food), try the Hotel De Goudfazant. It's slightly outside of the city in an industrial zone, but well worth the visitHotel De GoudfazantHotel De Goudfazant

    If you haven't booked, we stayed in the ibis Amsterdam Centre, right by the train station and multi storey bike park. My first views, very corporate and dull, but great location for arriving dumping bags and going exploring (also great for that early last morning hungover escape to the airport)

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    Hi Chiara, every weekend there are plenty of festivals in Amsterdam, 'en plein air'. Some are free and some you need tickets for. Please see the following link http://www.iamsterdam.com/en-GB/experience/what-to-do/festivals

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      Sounds great! I'll check it out, thanks · (0 likelikes)

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    Since the city is quite small you can do a walking tour and apreciate the exquisite architecture of the city specially the canal area. The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Central Station NL, Rembrandtplein, Dam Square should be in your list, i read about Vondelpark in citytripplanner.com it was nice and relax to spend some hours there, specially in sunny days.

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