Have 24 hours in Amsterdam and willing to pack in what you can? Here’s what you can do:
Use your hotel points to stay at the beautifully restored 17th and 18th century houses that comprise Hotel Pulitzer. Excellent service, great concierge and even better location. Walk out the front door and one of the most beautiful canals is just sitting there waiting for you, the Prinsengracht.
Grab breakfast off the hotel lobby of yogurt with fruit and cappuccino and get in line for the Anne Frank House just five minutes down the street. Better yet buy your tickets online and avoid the lines (in summer tickets sell out online so make sure you buy them at least a few weeks ahead). Expect to spend at least an hour once you get inside.
Rent a bike! A great way to see Amsterdam is via bike especially if you are short on time. Bikes rule the road in Amsterdam so it’s a good opportunity to ride in a city dedicated to biking.
If biking isn’t your style then walk the Prinsengracht and marvel at the beautiful houses and people whizzing by on their bikes. Stop for a small lunch at Henk.
Continue on Prisengracht to the RijksMuseum. There is a whole campus (including the Museumplein) you can spend days on so if your time is short go to the website and plan out your trip.
Picturesque is an understatement when applied to the beauty you will see while on a canal tour. Hotel Pulitzer has a private boat (39 Euros p/p) but there are more affordable options such as Holland International Canal Cruises and Tours and Tickets that are essentially the same.
Hop off the canal tour (most are hop on, hop off) and stop by the Bloemenmarkt a floating flower market.
Shopping – the Jordaan neighborhood has some great markets, galleries and vintage shops with a bit of an eccentric edge that keeps things interesting.
Have dinner at the small and laid back Seasons Restaurant and order the warm tart stuffed with roasted paprika, tomatoes and sweet onions.
Take an after dinner walk out of the Jordaan neighborhood and make your way to the impressive Royal Palace.
For those who are curious the Red Light District and plenty of pot coffee shops are a close walk from the Royal Palace.
Find a good bar to check out some Dutch bar snacks like deep-fried Bitterballen are and loempia (egg roll). Don’t forget the mustard!
Fall asleep in your comfy bed in Hotel Pultizer and wish you had more time to spend in one of Europe’s prettiest city.