2 Day Amsterdam itinerary

Discover the city of Anne Frank, canals and narrow houses with this 2 day Amsterdam itinerary.
Be prepared to fall in love with Amsterdam’s unique history and charming architecture, making it one of the most visited cities in Europe.

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2 Day Amsterdam Itinerary
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Day 1 - A Piece Of History

Begin your 2 day Amsterdam itinerary by exploring its incredible history. Walk through charming little streets, along winding canals, and take in the beautiful architecture.

Anne Frank House

Prinsengracht 263-267

Adults: 14 €
Ages 10-17: 7 €
Ages 0-9: 1 €

Opening Times
Mon-Fri: 12-19
Sat-Sun: 9-19

The Anne Frank house in the center of Amsterdam is an important piece of history, dedicated to her years staying hidden during the invasion of The Netherlands in World War II.
The house in which Anne’s family was hiding for 2 years has been turned into a museum which can be visited every day throughout the year.

9 Straatjes

9 Straatjes (nine streets) is the name for nine beautiful streets in the heart of the city. Each street is lined with art galleries, small boutiques and great restaurants.

They’re located close to the Anne Frank house, and are a UNSECO World Heritage Site.


The Rijksmuseum is THE most visited museum in the Netherlands, full of Dutch art and history.

Day 2 - Enjoy life in Amsterdam

Explore the beautiful outdoors on day 2 of your Amsterdam itinerary. The many parks and canals are what make Amsterdam special, so spend some time enjoying them.


Located near Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark is a popular park among tourists and locals alike. Not only is it the largest park in Amsteram, it’s also free!

Botanical garden

Hortus Botanicus, the botanical garden, is located right in the heart of the city. It’s the world’s oldest botanical garden and was established in the 17th century to provide medical herbs. Today it features multiple houses, like a palm house, butterfly house, and beautiful gardens. 

Canal cruise

Amsterdam is famous for its many canals. Passing under bridges, watching the narrow houses on the side of the streets, this must be one of the best ways to explore the city.

You can either rent a boat and tour the city yourself, or you can join one of the many guides tours giving lots of interesting facts and information.

How to get around Amsterdam

If you’re spending more time in Amsteram, you can leisurely explore the city by foot. This 2 day Amsterdam itinerary however covers the 2 faster options if you don’t have that time.

By bike

Explore Amsterdam by bike, as the 17 million locals, and tourists, do.
You can rent bikes almost anywhere, some places catering especially to those who want to take pretty Instagram photos with this typical mode of transportation.

The main bike rental companies include Black Bike, which offers bikes used by many locals. Choose from one of the 13 pick-up and drop-off locations.
MacBike is the cheapest option but also has the least pretty bikes. 
Yellow Bike offers guides tours in addition to bike rental.

Daily bike rentals cost around 10-15 €.

By public transport

If you don’t feel comfortable on a bike, use one of the many buses, trams or metros in Amsterdam instead. You can get daily passes with the local transport organisation, GVB.

Where to stay during your 2 day Amsterdam trip

There are tons of amazing, and sometimes quirky and unique, places to stay in Amsterdam. From beautiful boutique hotels to charming house boats, Amsterdam has it all. 
The most expensive area of the city is the Canal Belt, where prices per night can soar as high as 300 €.


The best restaurants & cafes in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has many great restaurants and cafes, and a lot of them serve vegetarian and vegan options.

Brouwerij ‘t IJ
A beautiful windmill turned bar with a lot of craft beer options.

Bar Botanique
A green oasis in the heart of the city, beautifully decorated.

A little outside the busy city center, Pllek is made from old shipping containers and decorated with second-hand items.

Good to know before you go on your 2 day Amsterdam trip

It’s always good to be prepared before going somewhere new, so you can make the most of your trip.

Best time to visit

Amsterdam is a great destination year-round, but the spring and summer time are the best options (but also the busiest). Sunny weather with comfortable temperatures around 15-20°C makes April and May the perfect months for a 2 day trip to Amsterdam.


Compared to other cities in The Netherlands, Amsterdam is a little more on the expensive side. Plan to spend most of your budget on restaurants and accommodation.

Having 100-120 € per day per person is a good choice.

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