On our last visit to Amsterdam, we wanted to take in and understand this cultural and historically rich city and teamed up with the official I amsterdam City Card to do it. Offering a wide range of free services once purchased, the card allows free reign across the centre of the city but also delivers tourist attractions and hidden gems a little further out also.
If you are anything like us we opted for 3 days to explore which gave us the option of the 72hour hour city card @ €95 with public transport included. If you’re thinking is this worth it, this would really depend on the reason for visiting? For those looking for a coffee shop or smoke-house this probably isn’t for you, Amsterdam has so much to offer outside of its redlight district and canal cruises (which are offered free with a selected tour guide with I amsterdam City Card), but this really is for the adventure seekers. (Note: The card is activated from the first time you scan it, so plan wisely when traveling)
What we loved about the I amsterdam City Card was the easy process of the pickup which can be done from the main station once in Amsterdam or at one of its Kiosk locations. We had a general idea of where we wanted to explore when in the city and of course some of the staple locations from Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum to more location, locations like the Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot, Located in Muiden to the east of Amsterdam.
We will say one tip, plan, plan, plan, whilst The City Card does offer queue jump on many locations and free entry, it does not offer you priority when booking. Amsterdam is a busy city and many museums and attraction sell out fast, especially in high demand or peak season. Whilst we don’t think the I amsterdam card is needed on every visit for first timers looking to indulge in all Amsterdam has to offer and want no surprise costs on the way, The City Card really does offer you all you need.
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