Top attractions in Amsterdam
Sure, everyone knows about the coffee shops -- but what else is fun to do in Amsterdam? Holland’s capital city is a hub for happy cyclists, lazy beers by the canal, and art-lovers. As you start planning what to see, here are ten activities you can’t miss.
Whether you’ve read the diary or not, the Anne Frank House is a must-visit. If you want to avoid the tourist traffic, book a ticket in advance and hop to the front of the line.
By boat or by land, you won’t be able to avoid Amsterdam’s famous canal ring. Go for a stroll, hop on a ferry tour, or people-watch in a canal-side bar.
The Van Gogh Museum is home to the world’s largest Van Gogh collection, and one of the most popular museums in the world. Even the artistically uninterested love the modern architecture (and free wifi).
Find your way to Museumplein, the "Museum Quarter" at the heart of the city. Three museums, lunchtime concerts in the Concertgebouw, plenty of shopping, and grassy green space.
The national museum of Holland boasts works by Rembrandt and Vermeer. Plan to arrive first thing or in the late afternoon - or book a Rijksmuseum ticket in advance in order to skip the queue.
Whether you’re looking for a museum, a “souvenir," or some risque nightlife: the Red Light District is sure to delight and entertain.
Established in 1864, Heineken is now one of the world’s biggest beer producers. The lighthearted, fun, historical tour takes a quick 90 minutes. The Heineken Experience ticket includes two beers.
A part-time wedding chapel for Dutch monarchs, New Church is Holland’s most important church and a historical cornerstone in Amsterdam. Between coronations, check out their rotating exhibits.
For city history, visit the aptly-named Amsterdam Museum. Educate yourself on everything from famous Amsterdamians to fashion and architecture. Some exhibits are interactive!
Amsterdam’s go-to bohemian neighborhood is brimming with coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. Go before dinner and spend the late afternoon wandering through the Albert Cuypmarket.
There’s no right answer, but you can get a real feel for the city if you allocate three full days. That will give you enough time to hit the big sights, see the canals, and explore your way through some neighborhoods.
Amsterdam is an easy city to navigate. While the public transport is first class, most visitors find that the city is compact enough to be 100% walkable, save for the train to-and-from Schiphol Airport. Plus, you can easily rent a bicycle when the weather's nice.
While there are a couple big activities you will have to pay for (like the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum), Amsterdam is full of street markets and small independent galleries. And the city is so walkable that you won’t need to spend a lot on public transportation.
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- There’s never a promise of good weather in Amsterdam, but you can expect milder temperatures and longer days between April and September. April is especially lovely -- those famous tulips will be blooming, and you can celebrate Holland’s biggest holiday of the year, King’s Day.
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What people are saying about Amsterdam
It was an experience that I would recommend as it’s not too expensive, you get a drink token for before you go in and they have a large range of (ironically) warm cocktails. Then once you’re inside you get two drink tokens but you are limited to a small range of shots and a beer. As someone who drinks neither it would’ve been nice to have a wider range than just that but all in all a good time.
I hit upon some sage advice to purchase the public travel ticket. The best advice as I used it everyday it got me to everywhere I wanted to go and then some. The standard of service was exceptional, helpful staff ready to advise. Such a great time we had using this flexible travel ticket. Could not imagine visiting Amsterdam without getting it again.
Our knowledgeable and personable guide Steve was very attuned to making the day what we wanted. His extensive knowledge of the area and its history, and his excellent command of English, made listening to his comments and his sharing of the culture of his country fascinating. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR AND THIS GUIDE.
An amazing collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s whole life from his birth to his tragic end. Very well displayed with good explanations. The audio guide was definitely worth paying for, explaining a lot . We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The shop has a wide of Van Gogh themed items across a range of prices.
We bought the 5 day card and used the trams frequently to travel from our hotel to the centre and around Amsterdam. It was good value for money and completely took the hassle out of travelling around the city. We would definitely buy this type of card again.