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Three days in Amsterdam

If you have three days, spend the morning of the third day finishing up whatever you didn’t see on Day One and Day Two (see above) or complete one of our walking tours. If you’re still hungry for museums, we recommend the Museum Amstelkring, a former Catholic chapel hidden in the attic of a canal house; or the Tropenmuseum (Tram 9-14) at Oosterpark for a glimpse into Holland’s colonial past. The Scheepvaart (Ship) Museum along the waterfront is also worth a visit for sailing enthusiasts.

If you still have your bike and are keen to ride, catch the free ferry directly behind Central Station. The ferry runs every ten minutes and is just a five minute cruise. The ferry will drop you in North Amsterdam. From there, it’s just a few short kilometers to windmills, farms, dykes and all the cute Dutch villages you can handle. Alternatively, ride to the end of Vondelpark and turn left onto Amstelveenseweg for 4 kilometers until you reach the Amsterdamse Bos. This huge forest is filled with ponds, pavilions and parks just begging for a picnic, and is a great place to relax and explore on a sunny day.

If you’re more of a citified person, take the day to relax and wander along one of the canal rings or further explore your favorite neighborhood. For those trying to “see it all”, the area of the Plantage is the last major neighborhood of the old city worth exploring. This includes the area between the zoo and the botanical gardens along Nieuwe Herengracht and features park filled neighborhoods and quaint cafes.

Last minute gifts can be picked up at the Bloomenmarkt (flower market) along Singelgracht, and at the huge outdoor Albert Cuypstraat Market located in the heart of De Pijp (closed Sundays). For antiques, check out Nieuwe Spiegelstraat or Overtoom street for larger furniture.



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