A few months ago when I was searching for flights to Portugal from Helsinki, I noticed that for one the prices were pretty high and that the lowest ones had long layovers. The cheapest price I saw, for around $200 roundtrip, had a 12 hour layover in Amsterdam. I have been to Amsterdam once and loved it, so to have the chance to go again was something that interested me! I quickly asked my friend if this would be okay for her and she said yes since she has never been before.
Amsterdam is an amazing city and if you have a chance to stay for longer, do, but if not then it’s still a great place to have a layover. Here is how we spent out 12 hour layover in Amsterdam!
Where to Stay
This hostel is a little outside of the city, but Amsterdam is so well connected that it’s a great location. And cheaper. This hostel is also right next to a train stop that goes to and from the airport and downtown. You can get to both within 15 minutes.
What to Do
Depending on when you get in Amsterdam, this will affect what you can do. We got to our hostel around 8pm so by that time a lot of the museums were closed. I do know the Anne Frank House is open later and you need to reserve tickets in advance. Here is what we did during our night in Amsterdam:
- Walk the canal district
- See the Anne Frank statue
- Eat pancakes, french fries, and stroopwaffles
- Check out the nightlife/coffee shops
If you are going to be in Amsterdam for longer or during the day, check out my post HERE on things to do in Amsterdam.
Spending a 12 hour layover in Amsterdam was fun and better than in an airport!
What city have you spent a longer layover in?
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