Amsterdam is up there with the most popular European city break destinations. If you fancy a cultural break, a lively weekend away with the girls or boys or a sightseeing adventure a short flight from home, there’s no better place than the Dutch capital. The best news is that it’s easy to get around, so you don’t need to shy away from cramming that itinerary full of fun-packed activities and attractions galore. If you’re willing to live like a local, grab your bike, and you’re ready to go!

48 hours in Amsterdam: what to see and do

Amsterdam is laden with sights and attractions, and you could easily spend a week here, meandering through the winding city streets on your bicycle and navigating the waterways by boat. The trouble is that most visitors don’t have time on their side. If you’ve only got a couple of days, fear not. Here’s a guide to what and see and do.

Anne Frank House

If you’re a fan of history, no visit to Amsterdam is complete without a trip to Anne Frank House. The infamous story comes to life as you walk around the exhibits and there’s a huge amount of information on offer to give you an insight into what life was like in the Jewish neighbourhoods during the war.

Canal cruise

No guide to things to do in Amsterdam will omit a canal cruise. Boat trips offer you the chance to see parts of the city that may not be accessible on foot or by bike, and they also provide a sedate sightseeing experience, which is a welcome break from pedalling on the pavements. On your cruise, you’ll come across Amsterdam Central Station, the Hermitage Museum, the Albert Cuyp Market and Rijksmuseum.

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Van Gogh Museum

Art lovers will love the chance to explore some of Van Gogh’s most iconic works. The Van Gogh Museum boasts the most expansive collection of the Dutch painter’s masterpieces in the world. Nearby Rijksmuseum is also worth a visit for art enthusiasts. Here, you’ll find creations by some of Europe’s leading artists, including Vermeer, Hals and Rembrandt.

The Heineken Experience

A popular feature on stag and hen party itineraries, the Heineken Experience is an interactive adventure, which enables you to learn all about the processes of making and bottling beer. Most guests hold out for the sampling session at the end of the tour.


The Netherlands is famed for its tulips, and there’s no better place to see floral displays than the famous flower market, Bloemenmarkt. The world’s only floating flower market, you can choose blooms from 15 different florists and appreciate the visual splendour of the canal lined with barges decked out in flowers. This is a must for any Instagram fans!

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Amsterdam is a bustling, vibrant city, which always extends a warm welcome and provides plenty to see and do for tourists with a wide range of interests. If you’re planning a trip to Holland, rent a bike and get ready to fall in love with its enigmatic capital.

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