Three days in Amsterdam - fine art, flowers and floating houses - day 2
Your second day in Amsterdam has arrived, so it’s time to get stuck into Dutch culture even more, including its painters, flowers and houseboats. But first things first – a hearty breakfast.
09:00 – breakfast at the bakery
For a tasty breakfast in a cosy atmosphere, De Bakkerswinkel is the perfect place to go. It’s located on Zeedijk 37, near the Prins Hendrikkade, where you can choose from distinctive breakfast menus, like a French breakfast or a yoghurt muesli one. The restaurant also serves ‘boterhammen’ (sliced bread) with sweet and salty toppings, if you fancy trying a typical Dutch breakfast.
10:00 – admire some Dutch Masters
Through the ages the Netherlands has produced some prominent painters, with names like Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer and Vincent van Gogh most readily coming to mind. You can see their work displayed at two of the most popular museums across the Netherlands – the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Visit the recently reopened Rijksmuseum and don’t forget to take in Dutch classics like The Night Watch
of Rembrandt and Het melkmeisje
of Johannes Vermeer. Entry costs 15€ and the museum is open from 09:00 to 17:00 every day. The best thing to do is to buy an E-ticket
beforehand, which allows you to skip the long queues and spend more time inside the museum.
At the Van Gogh museum over 200 paintings of the impressionist painter are on display, including famous ones like Wheatfields with Crows
and The Bedroom.
Again, purchase an online ticket
in advance to gain direct access to the museum. Both Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum are located around Museumplein Square, where you can also find the well-known ‘I Amsterdam’ letters in front of the Rijksmuseum for an amusing photo op.
13:00 – take your picnic to the Vondelpark
The Vondelpark is just a 10-minute walk away from Museumplein and a perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon in the sun. This park looks like an English landscape garden and hosts music, dance and comedy performances during the summer. Today it’s the largest and most visited park in the city, as a lot of Dutch people love to spend time there with their families and friends. Take your picnic to the park, lie on the grass or play some football or Frisbee, just as the locals do.
16:00 – typical Amsterdam - houseboats and flowers
After a relaxing afternoon you should be geared up to tackle some more Dutch culture. Head to the houseboat museum on Prinsengracht 296K on foot or by catching tram line 7 or 17 to Elandgracht. Visiting the houseboat museum might sound a bit dull, but trust us, it’s not! The owner of an authentic houseboat will give you a guided tour and invites you on board his floating home for an inside look. You can ask him anything you’d like to know about living on the water. A ticket just costs €3.75 and the ‘museum’ closes every day at 17:00.
Now that you’re all clued up about house boats, it’s time to smell the roses at the Bloemenmarkt. This is the world’s only floating flower market, and sells the most gorgeous specimens of plants and flowers. You can also pick up some bulbs to plant your favourite flowers back home. Since 1862 this unique flower market has become the most famous one in the Netherlands, and never fails to impress tourists with its selection of colourful roses, lilies and Dutch tulips. As you walk along the Singel, try to find the town house at Singel 7, which is known as the narrowest house across the world.
19:00 – international cuisine in an Amsterdam atmosphere
With its 177 different nationalities, Amsterdam is the most multicultural city in the world. So it’s not hard to find an Italian, Asian or any other type of restaurant in the city. Go for example to Caffè Toscanini at Lindengracht 75 (tram lines 3 and 18 to Willemsstraat), where they serve authentically mouth-watering Italian meals. Craving some Javanese or Surinamese food? Visit Warung Spang-Makandra on Gerard Doustraat 39 in the Oude Pijp district (tram lines 16 and 24 to Albert Cuypstraat) for some exotic delicacies.
22:00 – Studio/K
To get your night started, seek out Studio/K and enjoy different kinds of entertainment. The studio is managed by 50 enthusiastic students and guarantees a fun night out. Watch an art house classic movie in the studio’s cinema, have a drink at the bar and dance or listen to a live act at the club. Take tram 14 towards Flevopark and get off at the stop Javaplein, which is a short walk away from Studio/K which you´ll find on the right.
On our next and final day in Amsterdam, we’ll take in the city from a more international point of view.