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Things to do in Amsterdam

Broad canals crisscross a city famous for its world class art, tolerance, and happy cyclists.

Our most recommended things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam: Light Festival Cruise w/ Optional Open Bar

1. Amsterdam: Light Festival Cruise w/ Optional Open Bar

Experience the eleventh edition of Amsterdam Light Festival with Imagine Beyond as this years theme. You can enjoy the enchanting light works from the 1st of December 2022 till the 22nd of January 2023. During the 11th edition, Amsterdam Light Festival takes visitors by hand to the world of imagination, with the theme 'Imagine Beyond'. The world is moving, nothing appears to be ordinary anymore. Imagination enables us to exceed the here and now, envision the day of tomorrow however you like, and dream along. Get carried away to places beyond the well-known. Stare through the portals and let your imagination run free. What do you see? Are we talking to lamps? Are there only virtual bridges? Join a journey to the world of imagination with 20 specially selected light artworks made by (inter)national artists. Enjoy the company of your local skipper and hostess as you explore the city from the perspective of the water. 

Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket

2. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket

As one of Amsterdam's most popular attractions, the Van Gogh Museum draws over a million visitors each year. With this ticket, discover over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and more than 750 letters from Van Gogh at your own pace. Access a wide range of permanent and temporary exhibitions.  Home to the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam transports visitors on a fascinating journey through the life of the artist and his contemporaries. The museum introduces the complete story: the artist, the context, Van Gogh’s personal ambitions, his emotions, the myths that surround him, and his influence right up until this very day. The Van Gogh Museum’s collection includes world-famous paintings such as Sunflowers, Almond Blossom, and The Potato Eaters.  The museum also organizes 3 temporary exhibitions every year. The Van Gogh Museum is open 365 days a year. Tickets are available online only. Don’t miss out, book in advance. Visitors can discover more about Van Gogh and his contemporaries with the multimedia guide, available in 11 languages. With more time to enjoy inside the museum, you can dive straight into the fantastic collections on display.

Amsterdam: The Upside Down Museum Entrance Ticket

3. Amsterdam: The Upside Down Museum Entrance Ticket

Swirl into an upside down world, where you will see The Netherlands in a new contemporary way. With 25 immersive settings, you will have the chance to create the most amazing social media content upside down. Grab your friends and dive into a Dutch Ice Bath, or ride the metro upside down. Dance to the rhythm of your own silent disco beat in an upside down club, fly away in a true private jet, and jump into a voice-activated LED-light pit with a jacuzzi. There is even more to discover in the interactive social media experience. After you've created mind-blowing content, relax in an Instagrammable upside café, whilst enjoying colorful sandwiches and sweets. Sip on a famous freakshake before heading home.

Amsterdam: GVB Public Transport Ticket

4. Amsterdam: GVB Public Transport Ticket

Experience Amsterdam stress-free with an unlimited travel card for all public transport networks operated by GVB throughout the city. Purchase a ticket valid for a day or a multi-day ticket that best suits your plans. Travel on the metro, trams, buses, and ferries and experience the city like a local. Using your ticket is easy. Simply collect your ticket from any of the four participating stations then check in when boarding a tram, bus, or metro, and then check out when you exit or disembark the vehicle. Your ticket will be validated on first use and can be used for unlimited travel until the end of its validity. If you have additional questions, or your ticket appears to be defective, you can easily go to one of the designated pick-up locations or call the number presented on your mobile voucher for assistance.

Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise

5. Amsterdam: City Canal Cruise

Enjoy the center of Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on this canal tour in Amsterdam. Be amazed by the gorgeous 17th century canal houses, old merchant houses from the Dutch Golden Age, charming bridges, and the Dutch cyclists. Hop aboard a comfortable boat and pass by the Anne Frank House and the Westerkerk. Glide by more than just old buildings, as you admire new architectural masterpieces have been built along the Piet Heinkade on the IJ river. During your cruise, uncover everything the Dutch capital has to offer in 75 minutes. Keep your camera close by to snap some enviable shots. Book your canal tour in Amsterdam now and board one of the famous blue boats. Take in highlights of Amsterdam and experience the city the way it really is. Soak up sights like the Golden Bend, Overhoeks (the city’s newest quarter), the Music Building in the harbor, and the impressive replica of a VOC ship outside the Maritime Museum.

Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

6. Amsterdam: Classic Boat Cruise with Cheese & Wine Option

Relax on a canal cruise through the UNESCO Heritage listed Golden Age Canals of Amsterdam. View city highlights like the Skinny Bridge, the Red Light District, and the Old Harbor. Have the option to choose standard tour or a tour with unlimited delicious Dutch cheese, wine, and other drinks. Board the ship and let your local skipper tell you about local history as you sail past sights in the Jordaan district and the Skinny Bridge on the the Amstel River. Admire views of parts of the Red Light District, the former city locks, and Old Harbor. Capture pictures of the stately architecture of the Maritime Museum and the prestigious Gold Bend neighborhood. See pieces of history as you sail by places like the Anne Frank House. Ask your guide questions about the city and get recommendations for things to do and places to eat.

Amsterdam: Light Festival Cruise with Unlimited Drinks

7. Amsterdam: Light Festival Cruise with Unlimited Drinks

Experience the once-in-a-lifetime Amsterdam Light Festival from the comfort of a modern, covered, and fully electric boat with unlimited beer, wine, gluhwein, and soda. See the city of Amsterdam lit up by the illuminations of the famous Amsterdam Light Festival on this canal cruise. Meet the crew next to the Jungle Dock in the center of Amsterdam, and start your unforgettable cruise. Sail past 20 illuminated art pieces along Amsterdam's iconic canals. Take in the sights from the comfort of a covered boat and wrap up in a blanket.  Listen to sightful commentary about the art pieces, the canals, and the city from your skipper or host as you sip on unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Join in with locals and visitors in celebrating the Amsterdam Light Festival's 11th anniversary.

Amsterdam: Heineken Experience Ticket

8. Amsterdam: Heineken Experience Ticket

1867 was a good year for beer. It was the year Gerard Adriaan Heineken built a new brewery in the heart of Amsterdam. In the pumping heart of the old brewery, you can dive into the world of Heineken beer.   On a 1.5-hour self-guided tour you’ll learn about the company’s heritage, the beer brewing process, Heineken’s innovations, and about what it takes to serve a world-famous beer. There will be a short presentation in English provided inside the factory.   Find out the 4 natural ingredients that make this beer, and discover the brand’s sponsorship activities with Formula 1, the UEFA Champions League and the Rugby World Cup. And sure enough, at the end of the tour you can raise your glass with new friends.

Amsterdam: AMAZE Immersive Audiovisual Experience Ticket

9. Amsterdam: AMAZE Immersive Audiovisual Experience Ticket

Pre-book your entrance ticket and step into the immersive and multi-sensory experience that is AMAZE. Explore 7 rooms containing interactive shows of lights, lasers, sound, smoke, new media art, visuals, and other special effects to stimulate your mind. Enhance your experience with a cocktail of your choice. Discover state-of-the-art technology from event organizers with over 30 years of experience in the events and music industry. The AMAZE experience is brought to you by the founders of Dutch Dance, ID&T (Sensation, Tomorrowland). Escape from reality and encounter interactive areas which elicit a range of emotions, from the relaxing to the intense. Go on a journey that reconnects you to your inner self. Interact with your surroundings via the many sensors and cameras to enhance the immersion of your experience.

Amsterdam: Icebar Entry Ticket with 3 Drinks

10. Amsterdam: Icebar Entry Ticket with 3 Drinks

Enjoy a refreshing beverage at a temperate minus 10 degrees Celsius at Amsterdam's Icebar, quite literally the city’s coolest drinks venue, with these entry tickets. Get winter wear, a welcome cocktail, and 2 drinks of your choice during your visit. Once you’ve exchanged your voucher for a designated time slot, marvel at a watering hole constructed almost entirely from ice. Everything from the walls and furniture to the very glass you sip your beverage out of is made of natural ice. Upon entering the bar, you will first see the lounge space, where you can have a welcome cocktail or a beer if you wish. This first part of the Amsterdam Icebar is nice and warm. After that, snuggle into the provided winter wear and savor the ambient light and ice sculptures of the Icebar. Choose from 2 different flavors of vodka, regular vodka, sambuca, rum, Heineken beer, or orange juice. Inside the Icebar you can stay up to 20 minutes. You may hang out in the lounge as long as you like, and try a selection of delicious cocktails. The “cool” factor goes even further than the general climate; mood lighting and toe-tapping party tunes complete the scene.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

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4.5 / 5

based on 155,893 reviews

I really enjoyed myself and so did my partner. Very interesting but not boring and even though the tour can last up to an hour and a half, it went so fast. The free beer tokens were a bonus and the Heineken tastes so much nicer than it does back home.

The boat was clean good viewing windows and roof. The captain very good. He allowed us to get drinks from cafe opposite and take on board. Good value €16 for 75 minutes

Our guide Janet was very knowledgeable and possesses a charming personality. She explained very well and answered our questions patiently.

Hey tour guide helped me get ticket, when I couldn’t find them any where else. Perfect timing, great museum, super activity

Very different and fun experience defiantly somewhere to go while on Amsterdam