How to Spend 36 Hours in Amsterdam

16 Jan 2019

Guest blog post by Will Roberts from

Amsterdam is one of the most popular city breaks in Europe and there are no signs of Brits flocking to the Dutch capital slowing down! You can hop on a flight from all major UK airports throughout the day and be walking across the many bridges of Amsterdam a couple of hours later. Amsterdam is the perfect European city break and have put together some thoughts on places to stay, things to do, eat and drink!

Getting to Amsterdam

You’ll be glad to know that this is a very accessible city to get to from across Europe. Schiphol airport is a transport hub for the continent so you will have no issue finding frequent, inexpensive flights to Amsterdam.

When you land, head towards the train station (it is adjoined to the arrivals area) and get a travel card. 5 euros will get you the travel card you need to get to Amsterdam Centraal and the start of your 36 hours in amazing Amsterdam.

Where to stay in Amsterdam

As you would expect from a major capital city, there are options aplenty when it comes to accommodation in Amsterdam. You will find all of the major hotel brands having multiple locations across the city as well as a host of AirBnB’s and boutique hotels.

There aren’t too many “bad” locations but it is worth staying within walking or metro-distance of Centraal station. Set your pin on the map at Dam square and work out from there! My current favourite place to stay when visiting is the Monet Garden Hotel because it is a chic, relaxing place that is superbly placed to explore Amsterdam on foot.

Hotel in Amsterdam

Things to do and see in Amsterdam

Just walking around the city is an adventure in itself. As you take bridge after bridge over the winding canals, you get a real sense of this historic merchant city. It is no surprise that there are so many pictures on Instagram of people overlooking the canal while standing on a bridge with a bike chained up the railings! Picture perfect Amsterdam.

If you look over the sides of the bridges (don’t worry, they aren’t tall!), you will see a plethora of boats meandering down the waterways. I highly recommend you book yourself on to a tour and see the city from the water level that it is so famous for! If you are going in November - January then you will be lucky enough to see the Light Festival that illuminates the canal banks. Whatever time of year you go, you won’t regret getting on to the water!

Amsterdam canal

Whilst museums are always on the top of peoples to-do lists on holiday, take an hour or 2 out of your 36 to experience the world-renowned Rijksmuseum. Witness the great works from the Dutch Masters for yourself in the expansive and beautiful building in the heart of museum quarter. You don’t need a degree in fine art to appreciate a Rijks trip. Simply download the free app on to your phone and let it guide you through this magical place.

There is much more to Dutch beer than Heineken. Skip the Heineken experience and head to windmill brewery of Brouwerij 't IJ. Book a tour to see how their beers are made or go straight to tasting with a 5 glass slider. At just 10 euros, this is a bargain and a taste experience not to be missed. Get something from the cured meats and cheese nibble menu and you are set for as many hours as you allow yourself to stay!

Feeling peckish? Due to its past, Indonesian food is popular across the Netherlands and you will find some superb eateries that serve this cuisine. I recently discovered a restaurant attached to the Hyatt hotel called Mama Makan that serve Rijsttafel (translates as “rice table”) with pairing wines; a delight not to be missed.

Whatever you end up doing in Amsterdam, enjoy this fun and classy city with a fluitje of Heineken in hand!

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