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A couple at the Amsterdam canals
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Romantic Amsterdam itinerary with the I amsterdam City Card

Discover just how romantic Amsterdam can be with this couple's itinerary. From iconic sights to unforgettable getaways, you will experience the full spectrum of Amsterdam's vibrant life. Get ready to be charmed by the city as you fall in love!

Day 1

10:00-12:00: Discover Rijksmuseum’s library

Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam

(regular price €22.5 - free with the City Card)

Rijksmuseum Cuypers library interior
Image from Charlie Red

Is there anything more romantic than a covert whisper in a library? Get impressed by Rijksmuseum’s Gallery of Honour and venture into its stunning library to soak up its atmosphere hand in hand before exploring the rest of the museum.

12:00-13:00: Lunch at The Café

Try the Beemster sandwich for a taste of Dutch cheese with a modern twist at the Rijksmuseum cafe. Located in the museum’s atrium, it’s the perfect spot to recharge before continuing on your Museumplein adventure.

13:00-14:00: Moco Museum

Honthorststraat 20, 1071 DE Amsterdam

(regular price €23 - free with the City Card)

Moco Museum Advertorial Banksy KAWS Keith Haring
Image from Moco Museum

Discover the playful contemporary exhibitions from Banksy to Studio Irma. Take unforgettable pictures in its digital immersive art surroundings and find out how you fit together into a world of art.

14:00-15:00: Take a tour of the Diamant Museum Amsterdam

Paulus Potterstraat 8, 1071 CZ Amsterdam

(regular price €12.5 - free with the City Card)

Take a tour through the Diamond museum to discover how diamonds are mined, the process of turning a rough diamond into polished perfection and how to determine the value of a diamond. As you explore the exhibit, step into the Glamour room to find out how it feels to be inside a diamond.

15:00-16:00: House of Bols

House of Bols interior
Image from House of Bols

Paulus Potterstraat 12 14 16, 1071 CZ Amsterdam

(25% discount with the City Card)

What better way to enjoy each other’s company than to create cocktails at the House of Bols? Take a journey through the entire process and learn about the use of jenever only to end up at the Mirror bar or step up to the Do It Yourself Bar, where you can create custom drinks for each other.

17:00-18:00: Hop on a canal cruise

(regular price €19 - free with the City Card)

Alleen gebruiken voor uitingen van Stromma
Canal cruise Boat tour
Image from Stromma

Feel the romance on a boat tour through Amsterdam’s unforgettable canal ring. Marvel at the beauty of the 17th-century canal houses as you sail under its many bridges. Sit back and indulge in a little people-watching as the locals whiz by on their bikes. For a touch of extra romance, upgrade for a candlelight evening cruise and toast your love on the Amstel river.

Day 2

9:00-10:00: Breakfast at Bakers & Roasters

Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54, 1072 BH Amsterdam

Perfectly poached eggs and every other variation under the sun awaits at this beloved cafe. Show up early and eat your fill of stacked pancakes and fruit bowls that will fill you up for the day ahead.

10:00-13:00: Bike tour of Amsterdam

(regular price €15 per person - free with the City Card)

A couple on rental bikes from Yellow Bike cycle through Bosboom Toussaintstraat.
Image from Roos Trommelen Photography

There’s no better place for cycling than the bicycle capital of the world! Grab a couple of bikes or tandem from one of the spots included in your City Card and glide through the narrow streets and parks together. It’s a great way to fall in love with the city… and each other.

14:15-15:15: Travel to Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot with the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket.

15:30-17:00: Live the fairytale at Castle Muiderslot

Herengracht 1, 1398 AA Muiden

(regular price €17.50 - free with the City Card)

Image from Ben van Melzen Photography

Wander around the lush gardens and atmospheric rooms of the idyllic Muiderslot: a 700-year-old medieval castle on the outskirts of Amsterdam, complete with its very own moat. Stroll through the beech alley tunnel, cocooned in the shade of the greenery or enjoy a joust and forget about the rest of the world for a while.

Day 3

9:00-9:30: Train from Amsterdam Central Station to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans

10:00-13:00: Zaanse Schans windmills

Schansend 7, 1509 AW Zaandam

(regular price over €42 – free with the City Card)

Zaandijk is a village that is part of the municipality of Zaanstad.
Image from koen smilde

Experience a touch of the Dutch countryside at Zaanse Schans, home to the iconic windmills. Take a walk past the green wooden houses and learn about the art of clog making and cheesemaking; visit the individual windmills and the Zaan Time museum.

13:00-13:30: Train back to Amsterdam Central Station

13:30-15:00 Lunch at Grand Café Restaurant 1e Klas

Stationsplein 15, 1012 AB Amsterdam

Inside Grand Café Restaurant 1e klas
Image from Martijn Jepkes

Have lunch at Amsterdam Centraal Station’s best-kept secret: a 1st Class waiting room restaurant. Allow yourself to be transported into the 19th century surrounded by beautiful Art Nouveau decor from Pierre Cuypers, the architect behind the Rijksmuseum. The European-leaning menu has options for everyone, from smoked salmon salad with Dutch shrimp to fresh pasta with mushroom-cream sauce.

15:30-17:00: Wander the Hortus Botanicus garden

Plantage Middenlaan 2a, 1018 DD Amsterdam

(regular price €13.50 – free with the City Card)

Image from Barbara van Amelsfoort

Immerse yourself in nature among the greenhouses and gardens of Hortus Botanicus. Watch the butterflies flutter around, get a touch of the tropics at the palm house, discover the 17th-century medicinal garden and lose your worries in the hedges before heading for a drink at the cafe.

18:00-20:00: Dine at In de Waag restaurant

Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam

In de Waag at Nieuwmarkt.
Image from Koen Smilde

Step into In de Waag: a restaurant inside a historic weighing house located in the heart of the city centre right on the Nieuwmarkt square. Originally a city gate, it’s now transformed into a modern restaurant and cafe full of old charm. Enjoy a three-course dinner with a menu that celebrates great ingredients from red perch to beef tenderloin.

20:30-22:30: Pathe Tuschinski movie night

Reguliersbreestraat 26-34, 1017 CN Amsterdam

Image from Martin Kuijper

Get some popcorn and snuggle up for a movie in one of the world’s most beautiful cinemas. Easily recognisable by its stunning art deco facade, it is lovely inside and out, and the recent renovation added plenty of love seats into the mix. With most of the screenings in English, you’ve got plenty of options!

23:00: Make a wish at the Magere Brug

Magere Brug, 1018 EG Amsterdam

Scenic view of Amsterdam city and the river Amstel bridge at night (it's the Magere brug)
Image from Koen Smilde

Watch one of Amsterdam’s most iconic bridges light up in the night and don’t forget to make a wish so that you may return—together.