Day 1

9:00-10:00: Breakfast at De Koffieschenkerij
Oudekerksplein 27, 1012 GX Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Wake up with a tasty breakfast at this hidden gem in the city's oldest church on a pretty street in the Red Light District. There's even a plant-filled terrace to enjoy on warm summer days and the baked goods are divine.

10:30-11:30: Museum Van Loon
Keizersgracht 672, 1017 ET Amsterdam
(regular price €10 – free with City Card)

Start your day by learning all about life in 17th century Amsterdam as it is perfectly preserved in the grand canal house Museum van Loon. Paintings and antique furnishings fill each room, and there's also a coach house and landscaped garden.

11:30-12:30: Huis Marseille
Keizersgracht 401, 1016 EK Amsterdam
(regular price €9 – free with City Card)

Huis Marseille

Head down the street to this photography museum. The first institute of its kind in the Netherlands, Huis Marseille reveals the world around us through unforgettable images. When you're done, stroll through the beautiful back garden.

12:45-14:00: Lunch at Baton Brasserie
Herengracht 82, 1015 BS Amsterdam

Gear up for the rest of your day with lunch at this charming brasserie. Choose from a variety of sandwiches made from seasonal ingredients and served on freshly baked bread.

14:15-15:30: Amsterdam Museum 
Kalverstraat 92, 1012 PH Amsterdam
(regular price €15 – free with City Card)

Amsterdam Historisch Museum Richard de Bruijn

Dedicated to the history of the Dutch capital, this museum housed in a former orphanage and explores Amsterdam through a fascinating collection that starts in the Middle Ages and ends in the present.

16:00-17:00: Geelvinck Pianola Museum 
Westerstraat 106, 1015 MN Amsterdam
(regular price €9 – free with City Card)

One of Amsterdam's miniature museums, this charmer is all about the pianolas, also known as player pianos. Here classic songs play as if by magic while you wander past the exhibits. It also has the world's largest collection of pianola scrolls.

17:30-19:30: Dinner at the Brouwerij Troost

For a truly local experience head to Westerpark where nature meets industry. The old Westergas gasworks now houses many creative businesses and great eateries. One of them is the award-winning Troost brewery and gin distillery. Sit back and relax on the terrace with a foaming glass of beer and a burger and indulge in a bit of people-watching.

20:00-22:00: Go to The Movies

There’s nothing like sinking into the velvet seat in a movie theatre. Experience Amsterdam’s oldest cinema at The Movies. There’s something on the agenda to suit everyone, but if you love alternative film and art house, look no further.

Day 2

10:00-11:00: Canal cruise
(regular price €16 – free with City Card)

The best way to see Amsterdam is definitely by sailing through its interwoven canal network. Glide by some of the city’s most historical offerings, beautiful buildings and stunning landscapes on one of Amsterdam’s famous canal cruises.

11:00-12:00: Travel to the Sloten windmill

Hop on a tram 2 from Amsterdam Centraal to Nieuw Sloten and enjoy the ride through the city to the outskirts. Exit at the Oudenaardeplantsoen stop. From there, it’s a scenic 15-minute walk to the windmill.

12:00-13:00: Molen van Sloten
Windmill van Sloten, Akersluis 10, 1066 EZ Amsterdam
(regular price €8,50 – free with City Card)

Amsterdam Molen van Sloten CC BY-SA 2.0 Jilles Dissel via Flickr

Visit the only mill open to the public in Amsterdam. The Sloten Windmill is a reconstructed mill from 1847. Enthusiastic volunteers will give you a detailed guided tour through the mill and, if possible, show how the mill’s vanes rotate. Check out the 7 Deugden brewery next door for a special craft beer infused with spices and herbs.

13:30-15:00: CoBrA Museum of Modern Art
Sandbergplein 1, 1181 ZX Amstelveen
(regular price €12.50 – free with City Card)

Visit this museum in Amstelveen to see its collection of Cobra-movement art. Spanning 1948 to 1951, it was inspired by imagination, experimentation and breaking from the past. The colourful, playful pieces on display are sure to make you smile.

15:00-16:00: Travel to Amsterdam Centraal

Take the 347 or 357 Connexxion bus (not included in City Card) back to Amstelveenseweg and switch to the metro 51 metro to Centraal to return to the city centre. Or if you’d rather stay longer, take a walk in the nearby Amsterdam Forest.

16:00-17:00: Ons Lieve Heer op Solder
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38, 1012 GD Amsterdam
(regular price €12.50 – free with City Card)

Take a trip back in time on a visit to the Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder, also known as the Our Lord in the Attic Museum. When you pass through the door you'll enter a wonderfully preserved 17th century home that brings the past to life. In the attic, there's an ornate church created for secret Catholic worship in 1663.

17:15-19:30: Dinner at Grand Café Restaurant 1e Klas
Stationsplein 15, 1012 AB Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Located in the former waiting room of Amsterdam Central Station, this restaurant is a celebration of Art Nouveau style. Get comfortable in its luxurious interiors and enjoy a delicious three-course dinner with main courses such as ribeye, sea bass, and more. Finish off your meal with panna cotta with caramel sauce.

20:00-22:00: Bimhuis
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam

Grab a drink at the bar and end the day with a jazz performance from the leading artists in Europe at Bimhuis.

Day 3

9:00-10:00: PANCAKES Amsterdam
Prins Hendrikkade 48, 1012 AC Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Start your morning off right with a delicious breakfast at PANCAKES. Order your favourite sweet or savoury toppings, including Nutella, goat's cheese and bacon.

10:20-10:45: Centre for Architecture
Prins Hendrikkade 600, 1011 VX Amsterdam
(entrance is free + present your City Card for a gift)

Pop into this futuristic cabin to learn more about Amsterdam’s architecture and urban design. Enjoy the view over the Oosterdok and check out the exhibitions dedicated to life in the city.

11:15-12:30: Hortus Botanicus
Plantage Middenlaan 2a, 1018 DD Amsterdam
(regular price €9.75 – free with City Card)

Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

Founded in 1638, Hortus Botanicus was originally a herb garden for local pharmacists and doctors. Now it attracts visitors with greenhouses filled with lush tropical plants and flowers, some of which are centuries old.

12:35-14:00: Lunch at De Plantage
Plantage Kerklaan 36, 1018 CZ Amsterdam
Venture out onto the terrace or stay within the magnificent hall of De Plantage and delight yourself with their fantastic lunch selection, from shakshouka to ricotta-filled ravioli while surrounded by the ambiance and nature sounds of the Artis Zoo.

14:00-15:00: Verzetsmuseum
Plantage Kerklaan 61, 1018 CX Amsterdam
(regular price €13 – free with City Card)

Learn about the impact of World War II on The Netherlands in the Dutch Resistance Museum. The museum masterfully explores the personal stories and journeys of ordinary people all while evoking the climate of the war times.

15:15-16:30: Tropenmuseum
Linnaeusstraat 2, 1092 CK Amsterdam
(regular price €16 – free with City Card)

Learn all about the cultures of the world in this beloved museum. Dedicated to the exploration of humanity and the things that unite us, the Tropenmuseum exhibitions ponder big questions without fear and bring cultural heritage to light in a new way.

17:00-19:00: Cycle around Amsterdam

Rent bikes and explore the city as the locals do. Let Amsterdam's winding cobblestone lanes lead you to unexpected adventures. If you aren't used to it, biking in the city center can be stressful so make sure to be careful and follow traffic rules. Feeling the pressure? Venture into parks such as the Vondelpark for a more relaxed time.

The price of renting a bicycle varies, but City Card holders enjoy a 25% discount at MacBike, A-Bike and Yellow-Bike.

19:30-22:00: Distillery ‘t Nieuwe Diep

't Nieuwe Diep Distillery Koen Smilde

Sit in the sun at Distillery ’t Nieuwe Diep in the Flevopark and sample their freshly distilled jenevers and vodkas.