Oftentimes there is one thing that we lack when we are traveling – time. If you need to make the most of the time you have and still want to experience some of the best that Amsterdam has to offer, we will help you pack as much as you can within only 48 hours. This should be enough to allow you to experience everything from modern Dutch life to the wonders of the 17th-century Low Countries.
Day 1 – morning – moving from the Dam Square to the Anne Frank Huis
Once you get to Amsterdam in the morning, the first half of the day is spent on the Central Canal Belt in Amsterdam. This functions as a semi-circle around the Central Station. Once you start at ‘Centraal Station’, you head south until you reach the Damrak. This is the most noticeably tourist-centered street in all of Amsterdam and the range of souvenirs that you find here run from hilariously kitsch to tasteful.
At the end of the Dam Square, you will end up with the National Monument to the east and the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) to your west. You should take a moment and appreciate the Empire-period decorative arts that are spread across the 17 different rooms in the palace.