The Weekend Guide to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of those cities that has it all – old world charm, a famous art collection, and a thriving nightlife. It’s a city known for its winding canals, bicycles and controversial laws: here, prostitution and marijuana are legal in some capacity. The city was home to Rembrandt, a Baroque master painter, and Van Gogh, where the largest collection of his works is housed. Culture centers and concept stores like Droog and De Hallen keep the city’s creativity alive.

Personally, I loved my time in the Netherlands because it turned out to be one of the few places in the world where I walk around and the majority of people are actually taller than me. (At 5’9” this rarely happens!) The people are very friendly and more than happy to speak English.

Below find a few recommendations to make the most of a weekend in Amsterdam!

About Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands, accepts the Euro as currency, and its inhabitants speak Dutch.
Best Time of Year
Amsterdam is especially beautiful in the fall and winter, but temperatures are most favorable during the summer months, although rarely rising past the 70s.
The nearest airport is Amsterdam (AMS), accessible by train in just 15 minutes.

Where to Stay & Eat in Amsterdam

VolkshotelWibautstraat 150
W AmsterdamSpuistraat 175
The DylanKeizersgracht 384
Sir AlbertAlbert Cuypstraat 2-6
De L’EuropeNieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14
LouisSingel 43
Sweet Cup – Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 93HS
Bocca Coffee – Kerkstraat 96HS
Coffee & Coconuts – Ceintuurbaan 282-284
Scandinavian Embassy – Sarphatipark 34
Toki – Binnen Dommersstraat 15
Lot Sixty One – Kinkerstraat 112
White Label Coffee – Jan Evertsenstraat 136

What to Do & See in Amsterdam

Anne Frank House – Prinsengracht 263-267
IAmsterdam Sign – Hobbemastraat 19
De Hallen – Bellamyplein
Rijksmuseum – Museumstraat 1
Museum Van Loon – Keizersgracht 672
Van Gogh Museum – Museumplein 6
Day Trips
The Castle De Haar, a 19th Century castle with flower gardens is only a 30-minute drive away. Nearby cities The Hague and Rotterdam are all less than one hour away by train.

laten we gaan!

let’s go

Did I miss anything? What’s your favorite part of Amsterdam?

The Ultimate Weekend Guide to Amsterdam!

October 24, 2016

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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I’m only 5’2″ and I felt sooo short there! 5’9″ would fit in perfectly ; )


Oh man, I can only imagine 5’2”! Thanks for reading, Scarlett :)


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