24 hours in Amsterdam
You've arrived in Amsterdam, thrown your bags in a locker and are ready to go. But before you jump straight into a canal boat or start walking towards Dam Square, check out our alternative Amsterdam itinerary!
Cross the river to the city’s dynamic north
Starting at Central Station, take free ferry 901 across the river IJ to A’DAM Lookout. Its sky deck has the most amazing 360° view over Amsterdam and a giant swing ride over the edge of the building. Only for the brave.
Next door, you'll see the EYE museum, a fave of film-lovers. Its Panorama section is free to enter and contains cinema paraphernalia, mini-film booths and a green screen where you can record and watch your own clip!
1PM // Industrial intrigue
Have lunch at an alternative hotspot
Remain in North Amsterdam to discover one of the city's most up-and-coming and unique areas. The old dockyard known as NDSM subtly conceals artists' workshops, boutiques and eateries within its industrial shell.
If you're into urban photography or fancy grabbing lunch in a peculiar setting, this is the place to be. Opt for crater-covered Pllek or Noorderlicht cultural café. Both easygoing venues have outdoor seating near the water.
3PM // Push the boat out
Find your own way along the canals
Return to Amsterdam city center to take a cruise between its 17th century row houses and bridges. You’ll see canal tours all over Amsterdam but these are nowhere near as fun as hiring out your own boat, pedalo or canoe.
If you’re with a group, it won’t cost too much to set off in your own private boat once you’ve split the cost. I amsterdam has an extensive list of rental options.
6PM // Park life
Take a break where nature meets culture
Not far from the city centre, spend the late afternoon in Westerpark: a calm, green space where you can feast on a picnic, splash your feet in the park's pond or check out the local bars or restaurants.
Cultural venue Westergasfabriek, right within the park, is home to trendy pop-up shops and markets, a brewery, jazz café and cinema. Find something in Westerpark to keep you relaxed or entertained!
10PM // A night of nostalgia
Game yourself silly at TonTon Club
As the sun sets, there's no need to stray from Westergasfabriek. For a blast of nostalgia, end your day in the TonTon Club. Doubling up as a games hall, this popular bar is sure to take you back to your childhood days!
Enjoy beers and battles with arcade games, pinball machines and dance pads. There’s a second TonTon in the city center if you’re looking for less innocent entertainment in the areas around the Red Light District.
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