Travels for You

So much to do, so little time. If you only have 1 day to spent in Amsterdam, you have to make choices because this wonderful city has so much to offer.

Museumplein, Amsterdam — Photo by: Екатерина Борисова via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0

 That’s why we’ve collected some highlights to make these choices easier for you. In every programme we also give you tips for the best lunch or dinner restaurants.

Sometimes we make a suggestion for a nice (lounge) bar, where you can enjoy an afternoon drink or we suggest what you could do in the evening. We offer you complete programmes  ideas for things to do in Amsterdam in 1 day.

Choose one of our things to do in Amsterdam in one day planning programmes in the category of your interest as follows:

  • Culture: Culture and food with water view, two famous museums and the Concert Hall.
  • History: Canal cruise, Canal Museum, Royal Palace, Jordaan and Anne Frank House.
  • Culinary: A Culinary Day in Style and Various Dutch Food & a Cocktail Cruise.
  • Architecture: Art Deco, Canal Houses and Canal House Museums.
  • Activities: Explore the canals by yourself and Friday Night Skate.

Culture and food with water view, two famous museums and the Concert Hall.


Museum square Amsterdam

Within 200 meters on Museumplein (Museum square) you will find: the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. See the Old Masters Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum.


The Night Watch
Rembrandt’s Night Watch is one of the world’s most famous works of art. The painting is the property of the City of Amsterdam, and it is the heart of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, where it is admired by more than two million visitors each year. The Night Watch is the Netherland’s foremost national artistic showpiece, and a must-see for tourists.


Rembrandt’s group portrait of officers and other civic guardsmen of District 2 in Amsterdam under the command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch has been known since the 18th century as simply The Night Watch. It is the artist’s most ambitious painting.


One of Amsterdam’s 20 civic guard companies commissioned the painting for its headquarters, the Kloveniersdoelen, and Rembrandt completed it in 1642. It is Rembrandt’s only civic guard piece, and it is famed for the lively and daring composition that portrays the troop in active poses rather than the traditional static ones.


The Van Gogh Museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. The concert hall is world famous, just like the resident: Het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (The Royal Concert Hall Orchestra).

Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam -- Photo by: Ronald Tilleman

Your programme could look like this but maybe it’s too overwhelming for 1 day. If you have more time this programme can of course also be divided over 2 days:


In the morning
The Van Gogh Museum provides the opportunity to keep track of the Van Gogh’s developments, or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century in the collection.


Have a nutritious lunch at the Bakkerswinkel on the Roelof Hartstraat. Or walk to the Vondelpark for a lunch at ‘t Blauwe Theehuis.


‘Rijksmuseum, The Masterpieces’ offers the unique opportunity to view all the highlights of the Golden Age in one place.


Around the corner of the Concert Hall you will find Restaurant Chang-i, voted in 2011 as the best Chinese restaurant in Amsterdam.

Or check out our other recommendations for restaurants in Amsterdam South.


Het Concertgebouw is located in a beautiful, neoclassical building opposite the Rijksmuseum. The Concert Hall offers a varied programme, hosting world famous national and international symphony orchestras and singers.

The Concertgewbouw in Amsterdam
Het Concertgebouw

Continue Discovering Amsterdam in the category of your interest as follows: (coming soon)