Amsterdam is a huge city with plenty to see and do. So how do you get most out of a short visit to one of the greatest small cities in the world?
The I amsterdam City Card (€ 39,00 for 24 hours) is described as “Your key to Amsterdam” and gave us a ticket to Amsterdam’s top attractions and allowed us access to almost everything we wanted to see in the city including its world-class museums.
Amsterdam Canal Cruise
The City Card offers a free one-hour canal cruise with either Blue Boat Company or Holland International (we chose the latter due to its location near Central Station) which is fantastic because you can’t leave Amsterdam without cruising along their world-famous canals.
We started our day in Amsterdam with a one-hour ride through the unique UNESCO World Heritage canal district, seeing many great sights along the way.
Amsterdam Tulip Museum
After our canal cruise we stopped briefly at the Amsterdam Tulip Museum and although very small, it is quite interesting learning about the history of tulips and their journey from bulbs in the fields to the stores. The Tulip Museum is located just across the canal from the Anne Frank House and is worth a quick look if you’re in the area.
The Rijksmuseum was our next stop and is home to one of Europe’s finest collection of art with many paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. It is also very close to the “I Amsterdam” sign so be sure to visit both if you have your city card. Unfortunately taking pictures and videos within the museum is strictly prohibited so we don’t have anything to share with you from our stop here.
Think Dutch beer and you think Heineken – and included in the I amsterdam City Card is a free gift from the Heineken the City Official Store valued at € 8,99. We couldn’t miss out on this so walked to the Heineken Store and picked up our free bottle openers which will look great in the bar one day!
We only managed the four stops above during our day in Amsterdam but definitely could have gotten a lot more out of the card had we been better organized.
The I amsterdam City Card also gives you unlimited use of Amsterdam’s public transport (excluding train travel) and free access to other attractions such as the Foam_Fotografiemuseum, Houseboat Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and much more!
To see a full list of benefits from the I amsterdam City Card, visit the I amsterdam website.
Tips to get the most out of your I amsterdam City Card
- In our opinion, the 24-hour I amsterdam City Card doesn’t provide enough time to see all of the sights and attractions of Amsterdam and its surrounding districts. Opt for the 48-hour (€ 49,00) or 72-hour (€ 59,00) card instead.
- Get a map and plan in advance what you want to see – as mentioned, you’ll get much better value from the I amsterdam City Card if you’re organized!
- Better yet, download the City Cards iPhone Application and make it easy to discover everything that Amsterdam has to offer.
A big thanks to the Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board for providing us with 24-hour I amsterdam City Cards. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.