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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

very informative and interesting - one of the highlights of trip

The house was very cool and the tour was very informative. I was very impressed with all the detail and perspective that i got from the tour

Amsterdam: Rembrandt House Museum Ticket Reviewed by Henry, 04/23/2019

Seats were great and pianist was fabulous.

Easy to pick up tickets at 'will call' with mobile apps, seats were very good, and the pianist was a 'warrior', playing some very difficult songs with poise and ease.

Brilliant atmosphere, great burger, beautiful views, lots of beer!!!

Highly recommend. Great value for money. There were beers on the table as soon as we sat down and they flowed continuously. They were crisps on the table to to start nibbling. The burger came out about half an hour into the trip and was absolutely delicious. The tour guide was informative and friendly. Also it was very chilly when we visited Amsterdam, but the boat was lovely and warm :)

Amsterdam Burger Cruise with Unlimited Drinks Reviewed by Amy, 04/22/2019

Beautiful Gardens definately go but look at all the tours

Easy pick up point in the central station. The gardens are amazing especially on a sunny day, so much to see. This bus has a fixed pick up time after 3 hours and we could have done with more time so it was annoying when we got on the bus only to be told we had to wait 15 mins for the driver's break. The bus was very hot on the return journey, the air con was not working. If going again I would look for a trip with flexible return times.

Highly recommend this very informative and fun tour!

Jacob was an excellent guide. Very informative, engaging and fun. He gave us a lot of interesting history and details about Amsterdam that would be impossible to get on your own. As is the nature of history, there are many unique perspectives on historical events and the impacts of those events. Jacob handled these areas exceptionally well, making the tour feel very inclusive to all nationalities and cultures. The tour is the perfect length and it covers a lot of ground. It's a great way to see and learn about Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. While there were times when other services were promoted during the tour, they were discrete and did not impact the experience. I would definitely recommend this tour, and if you get Jacob, bonus!

Amsterdam Free Walking Tour with Booking Fee Reviewed by Anonymous, 04/18/2019