I was planning a daytrip to Amsterdam before the corona virus hit my country. I had one amazing day in the city already, and there are so many things I still want to do, like buying chocolates at Polarberry, visit the Anne Frank house and take a seat on the highest swing in Europe. Time for a two day itinerary for Amsterdam!
Day one: museums, kroketten, vondelpark and cats
- Start your day with a visit to the Rijksmuseum. It opens at 9 and you’ll want to be there as soon as it opens. The later it gets, the more crowded it will be. Make sure to buy your tickets beforehand, to avoid lines.
You can easily spend an entire day here, but we were there for the morning and that was okay for us. Check the website to see which parts you’ll want to visit, to get the most out of your visit.
- The Rijksmuseum is located at the museumplein, where most of Amsterdam’s museums are. And also great restaurants to have lunch. Have some kroketten or Old Amsterdam cheese on bread for a traditional Dutch lunch.
- Next up: Moco Museum, a museum for modern art which was really impressive. It’s smaller and less crowded and you don’t really need to buy your tickets beforehand. Most people spent about an hour inside. Definitely worth a visit!
- Spent the afternoon in the Vondelpark, or if you like cats, walk through the park on your way to Kattencafé Kopjes (but make sure to make a reservation!). The walk will take you about 45 minutes, or you can take the bus or tram.
- Have dinner at Café Zurich (note: I haven’t been here yet, but it’s on my list!)
Day two: Wondr, swinging, Anne Frank and the Vegan Junkfood bar
- Since day one was an early one, this one starts at 11 at Wondr experience. A colorful pop-up museum where I really, really want to go. And you’ll want it to when you see the website (or my pictures when I finally can go)…
- Buy a ticket for the Amsterdam Lookout and the Over the edge swing. This would be a great scaredy-cat post, because I’m afraid of hights and this is a gigantic swing over the city of Amsterdam. It’s the highest swing in Europe, and therefore terrifying, but a MUST.
- Have lunch at the rooftop bar of the Amsterdam Lookout or visit The pancake bakery.
- Make your way through the city center to see some of Amsterdam’s highlights, like the Dam, on your way to the Anne Frank museum where you’ll learn more about the second world war in the Netherlands and the story of Anne Frank. The house she lived in is part of the museum.
- You’re now close to the city center and you can take your pick over what to do next. There’s BodyWorlds Amsterdam, Madame Tussaud’s, Amsterdam Dungeon (no way I’m going in there), the Rembrandthuis, the Hermitage or the Jewish Historical museum.
- If you’re getting hungry, time for a snack! Find some stroopwafels to have a traditional Dutch snack.
- The city center is also great for shopping!
- I’m making my way towards the Kattenkabinet, which is a museum of cat art, because, you know, cats…
- High on my list: dinner at the Vegan Junk Food Bar. I haven’t been there yet, but the menu and pictures look absolutely amazing and would be a great way to end this day ♥