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What to do and see 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.

Anne Frank House

Anne Frank House

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.

Amsterdam Canal Ring

Amsterdam Canal Ring

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.

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

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).

Museumplein

Museumplein

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.

Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

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.

Red Light District

Red Light District

Whether you’re looking for a museum, a “souvenir," or some risque nightlife: the Red Light District is sure to delight and entertain.

Heineken Experience

Heineken Experience

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.

New Church

New Church

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.

Amsterdam Museum

Amsterdam Museum

For city history, visit the aptly-named Amsterdam Museum. Educate yourself on everything from famous Amsterdamians to fashion and architecture. Some exhibits are interactive!

De Pijp

De Pijp

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.

Planning Your Amsterdam Visit

How many days should you spend in Amsterdam?

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.

Getting around town

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.

How expensive is Amsterdam?

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Dutch and lots of English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +31
  • Best time to visit
    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

Bikin’ on the dikes, we are bikin’ on the dikes...lalala

It was the perfect live-like-the-Dutch day on the bike. The ride was extremely well planned. It took us through the hustle and bustle of city streets, the countryside cobbles lanes, wind mills, an actual sea wall dike, a pumping station, and several quaint small villages. We had cheese, pies and croquettes for lunch at a village pub. It was just perfect! Our guide Riem was friendly, knowledgeable, and protective without being controlling. He was equally at home talking about Dutch history, water management as he was good at fixing a flat. Our small group of 4 people also worked out perfectly. The 4 hour time allowance made it relaxed, as we were not rush from place to place. Highly recommended for everyone!

Half-Day Countryside Bike Tour from Amsterdam Reviewed by Ying, 03/07/2019

Got rescheduled after it started, but was a good ride

We originally scheduled our tour for a Sunday. We arrived on time, were given bikes, and set off. But about half way through, the guide discovered that there was a triathlon taking place along our route and we had to turn around. We were told we would get a refund. I was called later and informed that they would not issue a refund but that we could come back the next day and do it again. We did the latter and though the tour was nice, having to go twice ate up a bunch of time. I'm not sure what was done for people who could not come the next day.

Good tram service, not so good desk service

I booked tickets for 3 days and enjoyed the tram rides every day. Each stop is clearly marked and everything was on time. Many trans do not show their number on the sides so people sometimes had to run to the front to hava e look if it was the one they wanted. The GBV office had a queueing system - take a ticket and wait your turn, but it was slow, and no maps provided to help users find their way. Had to rely on google maps.

Amsterdam: Public Transport Ticket Reviewed by Mike, 09/07/2019

Very nice combo of museum and cool event

Listening to the history of the Heineken brewery and walk through the different stages of brewing, suddenly all gets modern with movie, music and some entertainer and than all of a sudden the waiter with a plate full of Heineken and all equal filled. Beautiful

Amsterdam: Heineken Experience Ticket Reviewed by Peter, 05/07/2019

It was an excellent tour of the city, Geert is very enjoyable guide

Our guide, Geert, was both informative and enjoyable to listen to. His passion to explain the sights of the city was evident. His lunch recommendation was also great. The planning and logistics for the tour was also very well done.

Amsterdam Free Walking Tour with Booking Fee Reviewed by John, 05/07/2019