Day 1

9:00-10:00: Breakfast at The Pancake Bakery
Prinsengracht 191, 1015 DS Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Did you know pancakes are a Dutch specialty? Dig into a stack of freshly baked pancakes with your favorite toppings and flavors, from chocolate and banana to cheese and bacon. Don’t forget to try poffertjes, a Dutch mini-pancake that’s guaranteed to become your new favorite.

10:30-12:30: Rijksmuseum
Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam
(regular price €20 – free with City Card)

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum

Explore this stunning museum and see some of the art world's greatest works, including Rembrandt's The Night Watch and Vermeer's The Milkmaid, up close. There are also more than 2,000 paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, providing a fascinating look into a historic era.

12:45-13:45: Canal cruise
(regular price €16 – free with City Card)

Revel in the beauty of Amsterdam's old centre from the water on a canal cruise. You'll pass by historic buildings and duck under bridges as cyclists zip along the cobblestone streets. There's simply no better way to see the city.

14:30-16:00: Jewish Historical Museum
Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, 1011 PL Amsterdam
(regular price €17 – free with City Card)

Learn about Jewish history, culture and practices at this museum, the only institute of its kind in the Netherlands. A fascinating collection of objects brings this religion, and its people, to life. Entrance to the museum includes access to four other locations in the Jewish Cultural Quarter.

16:30-18:00: Rembrandt House Museum
Jodenbreestraat 4, 1011 NK Amsterdam
(regular price €14 – free with City Card)

Rembrandthuis Rembrandt House

Discover 17th century Amsterdam at the Rembrandt House Museum. The painter's world comes to life as you wander through his cosy studio and look at nearly 300 of his etchings. There's also a rotating series of exhibits and a few things just for kids.

18:30-20:30: Dinner at Pasta e Basta
Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8, 1017 DE Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Treat yourself to an evening of food and song at this Italian restaurant, which makes some of the city's best pasta. The waiters will serenade you with opera classics and pop hits, so order a glass of wine and enjoy the show!

Day 2

10:00-12:30: Stedelijk Museum
Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam
(regular price €18.50 – free with City Card)

Stedelijk Base

Wander through this museum of modern and contemporary art and marvel at pieces by the likes of Vincent Van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein and Jackson Pollock. There's also an extensive design collection that includes jewellery and furniture, as well as special exhibitions.

12:30-14:00: Lunch at the Ten Good Food Cafe 
Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam

Have lunch at this hip restaurant which is part of the Stedelijk museum and choose the perfect lunch, from grilled ham & cheese farmersbread to a classic beef burger. The interior is quirky and colorful with the glass walls providing a sweeping view of Museumplein and there’s a lovely terrace for the sunny days.

14:30-14:45: Catch the ferry to Amsterdam Noord
Stationsplein, 1012 AB Amsterdam
(free!)

Jump on the ferry and ride across the IJ to Amsterdam Noord, brushing elbows with locals and taking in the site of the city along the way.

14:50-17:00: Eye Filmmuseum 
IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam
(regular price €11 – free with City Card)

I amsterdam EYE museum Roel Prikken

An Amsterdam icon, this waterfront museum is housed in a bold modern building. Inside, you'll find an antique movie camera, interactive exhibitions and listening benches where you can learn how films are made and much more.

17:05-17:30 A’DAM LOOKOUT
Overhoeksplein 5, 1031 KS AMSTERDAM
(regular price €14.50 – free with City Card)

ADAM Toren view op Amsterdam Dennis Bouman

Finish your day of exploration with a fine view on Amsterdam from this panoramic sky deck. Grab a bite in the rooftop bar or swing over the edge on Europe’s highest swing.

18:00-22:00: Dinner and a show at Boom Chicago 
Rozengracht 117, 1016 LV Amsterdam
(25% discount with City Card)

Boom Chicago has been making people laugh since 1993 with a fierce combination of improv and sketch comedy. Catch their latest show and enjoy a special deal on dinner at one of three nearby restaurants they've partnered with.

Day 3

8:15-8:45: Train from Amsterdam Central Station to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans

9:00-10:00: Breakfast at Pancake Restaurant De Kraai
Kraaienpad 1, 1509 AX Zaandam

Tuck into the hearty goodness of real Dutch cuisine at Restaurant De Kraai. Their giant pancakes and relaxed atmosphere make this the perfect start to a traditionally Dutch three-day vacation.

10:15-13:00: Explore the windmills and shops at Zaanse Schans
Schansend 7, 1509 AW Zaandam
(regular price €17.50 – free with City Card)

Zaanse Schans windmills (Credit: Dirk Brand)

Wooden houses and windmills from across the region were relocated to the Zaanse Schans to create a typical 18th/19th century village. Explore the shops and mills to get closely acquainted with Dutch culture and history.

13:30-14:30: Lunch at De Hoop op d’Swarte Walvis
Kalverringdijk 15, 1509 BT Zaandam
(discount on lunch with City Card)

This waterside restaurant serves up filling dishes inside a traditionally Dutch interior. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and a meal on the spacious waterfront terrace outside. Super hungry? Try the beef stew with homemade apple compote, fluffy mashed potatoes and spice cake.

14:45-15:15: Train back to Amsterdam Central Station

15:30-17:30: Van Gogh Museum
Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam
(regular price €19 – free with City Card)

If you’re a fan of Vincent Van Gogh, you’re in for a treat — this museum is entirely dedicated to the post-impressionist master himself. At the Van Gogh Museum, you can see his most famous works and learn about his tumultuous life. Don't forget to book your time slot ticket!

18:00: Dinner at Wagamama
Amstelstraat 8, 1017 DA Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Dig into oodles of noodles at this popular Japanese-inspired restaurant! You'll also find spicy curries, tasty salads and different types of don buri – rice bowls packed with all kinds of goodness. Wash it down with a cold beer and call it a day.

20:00: Catch a show at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ 
Piet Heinkade 1, 1019 BR Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

This concert hall is one of Amsterdam's most striking buildings and offers a programme of innovative and inspirational performances from leading orchestras, singers and other musicians. Afterwards, watch the lights from Noord twinkling across the water.