8 Hours in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is famous for many reasons, and is a pull for travellers of all ages. From its beautiful canals, to its little coffee shops, famous museums, and the red light district, it's a city with a lot to offer. Unfortunately we were only there for a few hours during a layover, but we managed to explore its historic centre pretty well. The city centre is a very short train ride from the airport, and the tickets are cheap as well. If you're looking for advice about where to go in the city and how best to get around, there is an I Amsterdam office located in the airport which I'd recommend stopping at, or head to their office in the centre if you aren't at the airport. They provided us with some very detailed maps and information about the various areas in the city. You can also purchase a city card or transportation pass through them which is a great way to save money!
If you are in Amsterdam for a few days, there are lots of neighbourhoods to explore outside of the historic centre. These areas aren't as busy which is great for getting photos and relaxing. Oud Zuid is home to some amazing museum and is one of the more elegant neighbourhoods with boutique shops and restaurants. Or if you're looking for a more hip area, Oost has a great cultural mixture of shops and places to eat, as well as clubs if you're looking for a night out! Click here for some more information on unique neighbourhoods in the city. Check out eight things to do in eight hours in Amsterdam below!
1. Take a Photo With the I Amsterdam Sign
2. Look Back at the Central Train Station
3. Dam Square & the Royal Palace
4. Sample Some Henri Willig Cheese
5. Check Out the Markets
6. Try Some Peppernuts
8. Walk Along the Canals
Have any other recommendations for a day trip to Amsterdam? Let me know!