Day 1

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)

Amsterdam Zaanse Schans windmill day trip, Merijn Roubroeks

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)

Van Gogh museum Amsterdam Jan Kees Steenman

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!

17:45-19:15: Enjoy a relaxing walk around Museumplein

Museumplein has more than just Amsterdam’s finest museums — window shop the high fashion stores on PC Hooftstraat or make your way over to the Concertgebouw (concert hall) for the full experience.  

19:30-21:00: Dinner at Restaurant ‘t Zwaantje
Berenstraat 12,1016 GH Amsterdam

‘t Zwaantje offers Dutch fare with a French touch in a cosy, old-style brown café. Opened in 1973, the restaurant’s interior has, by their own admission, hardly changed, giving you an authentic and — as the Dutch say — gezellig (cosy) experience.

Craving something with a kick? Try dinner at Wagamama
Max Euweplein 10, 1017 MB Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Inspired by traditional Japanese ramen bars, this popular restaurant was born in London and has been attracting hungry eaters with massive bowls of noodles and other Asian delights for years. There’s no need to book – just grab a seat at a communal table and dig in.

Day 2

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

Start the day off right with perfectly brewed coffee, pastries and a bit of Dutch history in Amsterdam’s oldest building. Grab a quiche or pastry and, if it’s sunny, eat in the flower-filled secret garden outside.

10:30-13:30: Cycling tour of Amsterdam

Rent bikes and explore the city like the locals do. Cycling sets the perfect pace for meandering Amsterdam’s gorgeous streets. Let the winding cobblestone lanes lead you to unexpected adventures.

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

…Or if you’re not much for cycling, head to the 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, it’s housed in a former orphanage and explores Amsterdam through a fascinating collection that starts in the Middle Ages and ends in the present.

13:30-15:00 The Heineken Experience 
Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Located in the historic Heineken brewery, you’ll have a blast exploring the four-floor museum and tasting some perfect pilsners.

…Or if beer isn’t your thing, stop by Het Grachtenhuis
Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam
(regular price €15 - free with City Card)

Located on the beautiful Herengracht, this museum tells the story of life along Amsterdam’s famous canals and how they’ve shaped the city’s history.

15:00-16:00: Canal cruise
(free with City Card)

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

16:30-19:00: Snacks at De Struisvogel
Keizersgracht 312, 1016 EX Amsterdam

This tiny restaurant, with its traditional brown café atmosphere and French cuisine, packs a big punch. With an ever-evolving menu based on what’s in season and biological, free-range products, De Struisvogel is a feel-good dining experience.

…Craving a cocktail? Go to the House of Bols
Paulus Potterstraat 14, 1071 CZ Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Indulge in an interactive cocktail and genever experience! You’ll learn about the Dutch drink that ruled the Golden Age before relaxing at the mirror bar.

Day 3

9:00-10:00: Breakfast at Pancakes! Amsterdam
Berenstraat 38, 1016 GH Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

You can’t beat a traditional Dutch pancake for breakfast — especially when it’s made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients and has fun, inventive toppings. Go for an old-fashioned, plain pancake or spice it up with blueberries, bacon, banana or an apple-and-cheese combo.

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

Rijksmuseum Gardens 24h Zuid Amsterdam

The most famous museum in the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum is home to an acclaimed collection that includes pieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer. Wander through the galleries and take in hundreds of years of history and culture in one stunning location.

…If you want to do something quirky after, visit the Woonbootmuseum 
Elandsgracht 35-BG, 1016 TN Amsterdam
(regular price €4.50 - free with City Card)

Also known as the Houseboat Museum, this cosy little place gives you a peek at life on the water in Amsterdam and is full of charm.

13:00-14:30: Lunch at Baton Brasserie
Herengracht 82, 1015 BS Amsterdam

Recharge and 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 breads while you chat with the friendly wait staff.

…If you’re a foodie, book a cheese tasting at Reypenaer
Singel 182, 1015 AJ Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

An experienced guide will lead you through a delicious journey as you sample a selection of specially aged cheeses made in the Netherlands.

15:30-20:00: Eye Filmmuseum
IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam
(regular price €11 - free with City Card) 

The Eye Filmmuseum is a must for anyone with an interest in cinema. Take advantage of the Eye’s individual movie-viewing booths, rotating exhibitions and arthouse movie theatre during your visit. End the day at the Eye Filmmuseum Restaurant where you’ll be surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows for a killer waterside view of the IJ harbour and Amsterdam Central Station.