I know what you’re thinking 6 hours in Amsterdam, I must be mad? Well it’s not as uncommon as you may think. Many people do the Dutch Dash on the overnight ferry or get a cheap flight and there’s plenty to see and do in a day in Amsterdam. Here is my top 5 list.

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There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, The three main canals are Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht.

1. Canal Cruise

One of the best ways to experience and explore Amsterdam is via the canals, and the best thing is it takes you on a scenic route through the city which is divided into small islands and connected by beautiful bridges.

Bloemenmarkt, the world’s only floating flower market.

Bloemenmarkt, the world’s only floating flower market.

2. Flower Market

Amsterdam has the worlds only floating flower market, as you walk through the market you’ll see a large array colourful flowers and bulbs for sale and all at nice decent price and all year round.

Royal Palace Amsterdam Palace House of Orange 1813-Present

Royal Palace Amsterdam Palace House of Orange 1813-Present

3. The Royal Palace Amsterdam

If you like your history or couldn’t get in to Ann Franks house, then I recommend visiting the royal palace, open daily 10am -5pm daily unless otherwise stated on the website. You can either go on a guided tour or go around on your own. There is lots of rich history and plenty to see within the Palace.

4. Go For a meal

With all that exploring in Amsterdam, you’re gonna get hungry and everywhere you turn there is some where to get food. Note to the wise, if you go to the busy touristy areas, you may have to wait longer for a seat or for your meal and if you only have a few hours your gonna miss out. Go off the beaten track and look down one of the side streets; you’ll have good prices and probably get a bit of a meal deal like I did, with a free drink with my meal.

Rembrant Square named after the famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn who owned a house nearby from 1639 to 1656

Rembrant Square named after the famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn who owned a house nearby from 1639 to 1656.

5. Rembrant Square

This one of the busiest places in central Amsterdam filled with bars, coffee shops, Nightclubs and also an awesome place for photo opportunities with the statues.

 Overview of Amsterdam in a day

It was nice to but short visit to Amsterdam and there is so much more to see and do there. One day really isn’t enough, going for a weekend or a week or two would be the only way to really get to know Amsterdam.

 

About The Author

LJ is the founder of Outside the Bubble UK, she will be releasing her first novel this year called ‘The Secret Diary of a Hotel Entertainer’, which is based on some of her experience as a hotel entertainer over the years. LJ has a passion for Travel and this year is preparing for her next big adventure, whilst also training for her first Triathlon

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48 Responses

  1. Laura

    I love Amsterdam, LJ! It’s such a great city- I haven’t done most of these things, though! I guess I’ll just have to go back 😉

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    • LJ Legend

      Hey Kim, no I haven’t but next year I am travelling across Europe, USA, Japan and China. So would deffo be good to be shown around by someone that knows the local area. So I’ll take you up on that.

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  2. Delaine Dcosta

    I have not visited Amsterdam yet, but I’m looking to go there maybe at the end of the year. I would love to check out the floating flower market. Not sure if its gonna be there in December though. If not, I’ll come back again. Thanks for the tips.

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    • LJ Legend

      Thank you Sanne, I wish I had researched more before going to Amsterdam, but I am defiantly going back to what else it has to offer.

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    • LJ Legend

      Thank you, I am glad that you enjoyed and liked the pictures. I agree I wanted to stay longer but unfortunately it was only a short visit that time but I am looking to go for a weekend in December and experience the christmas markets

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  3. Diam

    Those fries look amazing!!! I am planning on going in the beginning of the year for a concert so I will definitely check these places out!

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  4. Laura

    Nice post! I love to have the chance to explore a city in one day. Of course you miss some things but if you have a good route you can still see a lot! Thank you for sharing

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    • LJ Legend

      Everything I found on the day was kind of by chance, its defiantly worth exploring and maybe pre-planning, but sometimes its just nice to find places by accident.

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  5. Sheena

    I’m a fast traveller too so I love this list – what a full-on way to spend 6 hours in Amsterdam! For your next trip, I’d recommend the Van Gogh Museum & Rembrandt museum if you’re into art 🙂

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  6. Maria

    Hi LJ!
    Amsterdam is on my list and your words and photos give me a little glimpse of that great city. Thank you for sharing and for remind us that even if its only for a few hours one can enjoy visiting a place.

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    • LJ Legend

      Thank you Maria, glad you liked my post and photos. You should defiantly visit Amsterdam but maybe for longer then 6 hours 🙂

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  7. Tara @ ShataraTravel

    That bulb stand! So cool- I hadnt thought about how that could be a souvenir in Amsterdam- but it makes sense! Great guide- sometimes you just cant schedule more than a day!

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    • LJ Legend

      Haha that’s me queen of gift buying lol. So true if your gonna be somewhere for a day why not make the most of it that’s my moto 🙂

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  8. Khansa

    This is such a nice post actually. Never heard of the floating flower market before. I need to visit Amsterdam some day soon

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    • LJ Legend

      Aww thank you. Yeah the floating flower market was really good, it’s defiantly worth taking a detour to see in Amsterdam.

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  9. Julie Cao

    Did you do all of those in six hours? I do not think I will cram all the above-mentioned places in one day. Two to three days maybe, cause I would love to spare a day just walk around, and take a boat through the canal. I am fan of Ann Frank, but have never had a chance to visit Anne Franks house, so Royal Palace is definitely an interesting place to me.

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    • LJ Legend

      Yeah, it was a bit of a mad dash but I did it. If you do go Amsterdam make sure that you pre-book Anne Franks house online. I agree you defiantly need more than one day 🙂

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  10. Allison

    God it’s been 20 years since Ai was last in Amersterdam and this Brough back so many memories. We did the canal tour of course but didn’t get to the Royal Palace. I did do the brewery tour which was a lot of fun ?

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  11. kathy (from walkaboutwanderer.com)

    I have never thought about spending such little time in Amsterdam but to be honest, there is so much you can do therefore it would be worth it. Next time I have a long haul flight which goes via Amsterdam, I will think about spending some time in Amsterdam.
    Thanks for the tips 🙂

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  12. Clare

    I have been to Amsterdam twice and agree you need more than a day. The Anne Frank museum you do need time to queue and then look around as it’s normally very busy. Great though that you made the most of your time there 🙂

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  13. Joanna

    I live in the UK and I often wondered how can I spend a day in Amsterdam, as with the train/bus transport that’s all I would have left. You described it here perfectly, and the canal cruise and the flower market sounds the best.

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  14. Juliette | Snorkels to Snow

    Great way to spend a day in Amsterdam. I would definite choose a canal cruise, that’s an awesome way to see the city. In fact I’d probably want to spend a whole day doing that and just photographing all the pretty scenes.

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  15. Deni

    I’m impressed you were able to visit 5 spots in 6 hours and have time to grab a sit-down meal as well! I’ve heard Amsterdam is one of the cheapest airports to fly into Europe, so maybe an extended stop-over could be a possibility! Also, did you take public transit to get around that day? And how was getting through security at the airport/how long did it take to get to and from the airport? Thanks for the tips (& the crazy motivation to hop in and out of the city)!

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  16. Jen

    I’ve been to a lot of Euopean cities but Amsterdam isn’t one of them. I like the idea of a canal tour. It sounds like a great way to get to know a city when you have limited time. I’m impressed with how much you were able to do in such a short amount of time!

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  17. Sophie Nadeau

    Amsterdam is one of my all time favourite cities to visit; it’s so packed with history, culture and life! The flower market is definitely one of the must-see activties in the city. I love wandering through all the tulips etc 🙂

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  18. Ella

    I also was in Amsterdam for just a few hours when I was passing through. It’s a great city and very easy to pop in on a long layover… but I definitely have to go back there and properly see the city, because I didn’t see enoug at all, despite having a lot of fun on the walking tour that I did 🙂

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  19. neha

    I am going to be in Amsterdam in couple of months. I have planned a rough intinerary. But Rembrant Square was not a part of it. Now, after reading your post, changed my mind, going to include it as well

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  20. Clare

    I love amsterdam, its a great city. I haven’t done a cruise there but i bet its a great way to see the city and nice and chilled. I did go to Remembrant square and lots of museums there too. Its a great city for a long weekend.

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  21. Samantha Sparrow

    I love the idea of the Dutch Dash! I am visiting in May, and this has helped me very much figure what I might want to see and do, even if I can do it with slightly more time. I definitely want to experience a canal cruise whilst I am there.

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