24 Hours in Amsterdam

24 hours in Amsterdam sounds like the title of an action movie but it’s also enough time for a traveller to scratch the surface of this vibrant destination.

Here are our recommendations to make the most of 24 hours in Amsterdam. 

What to See  

24 Hours in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is home of the Van Gough Museum, where Sunflowers, Bedroom in Arles, Almond Blossom and numerous self-portraits and other acclaimed works of art hang.  Right next door you will find the National Museum of the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum home to Rembrandt’s Nightwatch. Amsterdam is also where Anne Frank and her family spent two years in hiding from the Nazi’s during the Second World War. Their secret annexe is now a museum and a deeply moving experience.  

What to Do 

Spend some time sitting in a café enjoying an Amstel or Heineken. Pass by Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt Square) and take in the statue rendering of the Night Watch.  Enjoy a scenic canal cruise and experience Amsterdam from a different angle. Sample the local cheeses, fries with mayo and don’t forget to indulge in stroopwafels – delicious thin waffles stuck together with gooey caramel.  Visit the Negan Straatiges (Nine Streets) a UNESCO world heritage site and vibrant shopping area. 

Getting Around  

24 Hours in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is incredibly easy to get around, not only is it walkable, a day pass on the city’s tram system is very economical.  It’s not an exaggeration to say bikes rule the road in Amsterdam, rent one and traverse the city like a local.   

It is possible to book a canal cruise upon your arrival, however, the museums all have timed entrances and you must book in advance.  If you are planning on visiting a few of the attractions listed here, speak to your Vision Travel Advisor about the Visit Amsterdam Pass or they can create a custom tour for you complete with a guide. 

Where to Stay  

Location is key, with only 24 hours in a city, you want to make sure you are close to all the action. The Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam is centrally located and it also gives you an incredible sense of being immersed in historical Amsterdam.  The hotel is hidden away through an archway that opens up into an elegant courtyard. Stepping into the lobby it is no surprise that The Grand Amsterdam has been host to countless celebrities and aristocrats with its polished marble floors and walls adorned with local art. Guest are immediately greeted with warmth and it feels like you have just arrived at stately manor home to stay with friends.  After a busy day exploring the city, relax in the inner garden courtyard, that is in stark contrast to the bustling streets a few steps away.

As Vision Travel Virtuoso guests The Grand also offers several exclusive amenities to make your stay even more comfortable. These include breakfast daily, $100 USD Food and Beverage credit and early check-/late check-out if available.  The early check-in and late check-out are of exceptional value when you have a short time in a city