Day 1

9:00-10:00: Breakfast at PANCAKES
Berenstraat 38, 1016 GH 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. If it's a nice day, you can sit outside.

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.

13:00-14:15: Hortus Botanicus
Plantage Middenlaan 2a, 1018 DD Amsterdam
(regular price €9.75 – free with City Card)

Founded in 1638, Hortus Botanicus was originally an 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. After taking it all in, stop by the charming café for lunch.

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)

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.

19:00: 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.

Day 2

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.

10:30-13:00: Hermitage Amsterdam
Amstel 51, 1018 EJ Amsterdam
(regular price €25 – free with City Card)

Housed in a stately 17th century building, the Hermitage Amsterdam is filled with treasures, including paintings by Da Vinci and Matisse. When you need a break, relax in the tranquil courtyard garden – one of the biggest in Amsterdam.

13:30-14:30: Lunch at Dignita Hoftuin
Nieuwe Herengracht 18a, 1018 DP Amsterdam

It's always time for brunch at this lovely eatery, which is located near the Hermitage. With a menu rich in organic produce, fresh herbs and edible flowers, it's perfect for vegetarians, but there are many tempting dishes for meat-lovers, too.

15:00-16:00: Canal cruise

(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.

16:15-18:00: Museum 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.

16:15-18:00: Dinner at Pasta e Basta
Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8, 1017 DE Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Soak up some authentic Italian ambiance at this lavishly decorated restaurant near the Rijksmuseum. The waiters not only serve some of the best pasta in town, they sing opera and pop songs, too!

Day 3

9:30-10:30: Breakfast at Restaurant 1e Klas & 1e Klas Pub
Stationsplein 15, 1012 AB Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Located in the former waiting room of Central Station, this restaurant is a celebration of Art Nouveau style. Treat yourself to a fluffy omelette or a stack of pancakes alongside a flat white laced with vanilla or caramel. Yum!

11:00-13:00: Het Scheepvaartmuseum
Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam
(regular price €16.50 – free with City Card)

Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam en schip Eddo Hartmann

Het Scheepvaartmuseum (also referred to as the National Maritime Museum) dives into 500 years of Dutch maritime history and culture through interactive exhibitions. Even the building is a landmark; constructed in 1656, it was previously used to store ropes, sails, weapons and ammunition.

13:30-15:15: Lunch at Café de Bazel and visit the Stadsarchief
Vijzelstraat 32, 1017 HL Amsterdam
(regular price €7.50 – free with City Card)

Grab lunch at Café de Bazel and tuck into a hearty sandwich, juicy burger or a toasty made with vegan cheddar. After, visit the Stadsarchief (the city archives) and learn about Amsterdam's history as you wander through the amazing Art Deco building.

…Or if you're obsessed with kitties, drop by the Cat Cabinet 
Herengracht 497, 1017 BT Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Kattenkabinet Amsterdam Edwin van Eis

This one-of-a-kind museum will have you purring with joy! Dedicated to our feline friends, the Cat Cabinet (or KattenKabinet in Dutch) is a classic canal house filled with paintings, sculptures, posters and other objects depicting cats. There are also a few resident mousers roaming the premises.

15:30-16:30: Museum van Loon
Keizersgracht 672, 1017 ET Amsterdam
(regular price €10 – free with City Card)

Life in 17th century Amsterdam is perfectly preserved in the Museum van Loon, which occupies a grand canal house. Paintings and antique furnishings fill each room, and there's also a coach house and landscaped garden.

…If you love Amsterdam's fabled past, visit the Willet-Holthuysen Museum as well 
Herengracht 605, 1017 CE Amsterdam
(regular price €12.50 – free with City Card)

Museum Willet Holthuysen Amsterdam

The Willet-Holthuysen Museum is set in a building dating back to 1687. When Sandrina Louisa Geertruyda Holthuysen passed away in 1895, she left the house and its contents to the City of Amsterdam, asking that her beloved home be turned into a museum. Fortunately, her wish came true and you can now experience what life was like in her time.

18:00: Dinner at In de Waag
Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Head to Nieuwmarkt for dinner at De Waag, which was built in 1488 and originally served as a weigh house, though it has been used for many purposes over the centuries. In the summer, dine outdoors and enjoy the menu of classic European fare.