How to spend 3 hours in Amsterdam

The suggestions below are ideal for a quick morning or afternoon of sightseeing in Amsterdam. If you’re on a tight schedule just pick one or two attractions! If you’re flying, don’t forget to allow plenty of time to get back to the airport.

Cruise the canals

Amsterdam canal bridge house bike, Edwin van Eis

This city built on water is best experienced from a boat. Head to Central Station or one of the many other canal cruise stops in Amsterdam. Order your Canal Cruise ticket online to save time on the day or get a free canal cruise with the I amsterdam City Card
Duration: 1 hour

Soak up some culture at Museumplein

Rijksmuseum Gardens 24h Zuid Amsterdam

If you don’t have time to see a whole museum, then surround yourself in culture at Museum Square – home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and Moco. You can even cycle through the atmospheric Rijksmuseum passageway.
Duration: 1 hour 

Explore the Jordaan and Nine Streets

Negen straatjes Amsterdam

If you only have a few hours to get a taste of Amsterdam, this historic neighbourhood is the place to go. A labyrinth of narrow streets and canals dotted with independent art galleries, antique shops, courtyard gardens and atmospheric bars and restaurants, the Jordaan is a postcard-perfect slice of Amsterdam. 
Duration: 2 hours

Taste typical Amsterdam

Don’t leave town without trying a traditional Dutch drink or snack! Head to Wynand Fockink to sip a fruit liqueur or genever or stop at De Prael for great beer brewed in the heart of the Red Light District. You’ll also find local tipples at nearly any brown café, plus fried bitterballen for a traditional snack. If it’s too early for a drink, visit a pancake restaurant, buy some friet (chips/fries) with mayonnaise in a paper cone or stop by a fish stall to sample raw herring.
Duration: 1 hour

Perhaps after this brief introduction, you’ll plan to stay in Amsterdam a bit longer the next time around. Be inspired by our itineraries for 24 hours, 48 hours and 72 hours for your next visit.