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Off the Beaten Track in Amsterdam

Some less touristy options to escape the crowds in Amsterdam

by anna209About Me:Hi there! I grew up in Germany but have lived a very nomadic lifestyle for the past decade. First I moved to England, then went traveling, then moved to Amsterdam, then Budapest, and now I’m off travelling again. I’ve done most of my trave... read more

EuropeNetherlands2 days / May 2021

Highs & Lows

Seeing the city from the water

Other tourists to escape from and a high chance of rain any time of the year

Itinerary Overview

Amsterdam is flooded with tourists. But don't let that scare you off - there are plenty of places to mingle with the locals and escape the crowds. This itinerary can be crammed all into one day or spread out for as long as you like! Generally, unless there are things you really want to do or see in the centre, try to avoid the area within the canal-ring. The neighbourhoods outside have just as much to offer and are much less busy! If you want to avoid the crowds even more, I recommend going during the week and outside of peak season (which is around March/April because of the tulip season and July/August because of the summer holidays). Just be aware that during autumn/winter there is a very high chance of rain! Although, realistically, you have that risk any time of the year there. Amsterdam has great nightlife, but if you want to avoid the super touristy spots (that offer entertainment any night of the week), you’d be better off coming for the weekend if you want to go out.

  • 1 Night: Amsterdam
    Relaxing and exploring local gems
  • 1 Night: Marken
    Cycling in the Dutch countryside

Q & A

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    I got a flat tyre and had to cycle the entire way back from Marken with double the effort as no bike repair shops were open that day. You'd be unlucky to have that happen to you as well though - fingers crossed!

  • How was the food?

    Foufow ramen and anything on the Albert Cuyp market! (the latter is quite touristy though).

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    If you want to try an Amsterdam coffeeshop (no, not a café), make sure to go to one outside of the centre to avoid getting ripped off.

  • Packing tips?

    Rainjacket or umbrella is a must - even in the summer

  • Transportation Tips?

    If you have a Dutch friend, borrow their yellow OV-Chipkaart rent an OV-fiets at a fraction of the price of any tourist bike rental

  • Booking details?

    Book Cocomama in advance, they fill up. None of the other things require a booking