This article was published on April 16th, 2017
There is so much to see and experience in an amazing city like the capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam. In as little as 48 hours, you can explore and enjoy the best of Amsterdam, to get a complete visit to this rich and vibrant cultural hotspot.
First and foremost, selecting outstanding, cultural accommodation is essential. Plan your stay at the Lloyd Hotel, the cultural embassy of Amsterdam. The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy was once a prison and youth detention center. Today, it is an oasis for artists and visitors who appreciate art, history, and human culture.
Get to know your surroundings. Go on walkabout and explore Amsterdam by taking a guided walking tour through the downtown core of the city to learn about LGBT history, stories, folklore, and important moments of equality rights. It’s not a schoolbook learning tour – it’s a fun and dynamic way of learning about LGBT history in Amsterdam. Tour the canals, the palace, narrow streets, and cafes – the real insider’s look into Amsterdam.
Pick-up a city map at Central Station and grab an I amsterdam city card. This bad boy lets you access to canal boat tours, use of the tram lines, and into many other popular attractions. It’s essential for seeing and experiencing the best of Amsterdam. Planning your trip? I amsterdam has great suggestions on how to make the most of your stay.
If something of substance that is more personal being more your flavor, take a private tour of Rijksmuseum, to learn about the LGBT history of Amsterdam, including evidence of how a gay monarchy saved the kingdom! It’s a fantastic 1-hour tour throughout the centuries. Plus, you get to see all the best exhibits, including the famous Rembrandt paintings.
One cannot go to Amsterdam without going to the House of Bols / Bols Mixology Academy. Not only will you get to explore the history of the distillery, you’ll also get to learn about how to make spirits, and get an immersive, interactive experience—including a 4-D sensation experience, and a mixology class where you can make your own cocktail. Plus, there are over 45 flavours of Bols to taste—the only place on earth to experience every Bols flavour. Did you know that the Bols bottle is specifically designed or flair bartending?
Try living like a local at Food Hallen. Foodies will devour the most incredible food experience you could imagine. Each vendor is hand-selected. No duplicates. All hand-made, fresh, like a high-end, food-truck-style eatery, all under one roof. There are Michelin-star chefs running these eateries in a fantastic atmosphere that is off the beaten path. It’s a hidden gem. Tacos, authentic Dutch food, beer, cocktails, Vietnamese wraps—all the food is very multi-cultural. Plus, there is a cool “pool party”. Food Dehallen is located in an old tram station converted into a really cool space. Try some stroopwafel, double zout (double salted licorice), and haring met uien (chopped raw erring with onion served on a bun). Also not to miss is the In de Waag, a traditional Dutch restaurant in the heart of old Amsterdam.
If you’re craving a souvenir that isn’t a photo in front of the IAmsterdam sign or in front of Anne Frank’s House, try going to MuseumFoto and have your photo taken! This is a super cool opportunity to dress up as a Milk Maiden, Prince of Orange, or other 17th century character. It’s only €13.50 to have your photo taken! It takes less than 15 minutes. You can also pre-arrange custom group shots in the palace square for an even more incredible photo!
This may seem like a whirlwind trip, but Amsterdam is a fantastic, small city that is very doable in two day’s time. With a little bit of research, you’ll be saying dank je and living it up in the Dutch capital like a local in no time. Get ready for an amazing 48 hours in Amsterdam!