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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 practical. The GVB service store stays right in front of the Amsterdam Centraal, across the street. You can get maps there for free too. I got there with the voucher, they scanned and gave me the transport card valid for 24hours counting from the first used time. Attention, cause this ticket doesn't allow you to take trains, only metro and buses, but it's explained by the GVB employee. For instance, I needed to go from Amsterdam Central station to Amsterdam Sloterdijk. With the train, it would take me 5min to get there, but since my card didn't cover trains, only metros, I had to take a metro that took 1 hour to arrive there. I could have bought the train ticket... it would be around €2,40, but since I had the card and had time to spare, I took the metro. Besides all of that, you can have a good experience in Amsterdam with this card and I surely recommend it if you do not need to use trains because of a short time trip.

Amsterdam: GVB Public Transport Ticket Reviewed by Cami, 10/07/2020

Would highly recommend to anyone. It was so romantic! Due to the current COVID restrictions there were a few of us booked for the same time but were able to space out accordingly. The view was absolutely magnificent and we were also provided earphones to listen in English if/when the tour guide spoke in Dutch so we didn’t miss a thing! So many interesting facts about the houses and gorgeous old buildings and the lights in the canal - WOW. If I could relive that night over, I would in a heartbeat.

Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise Reviewed by , 09/27/2020

This was an amazing tour with Helena. We saw parts of Amsterdam we probably would not have seen, she gave great insights and wonderful recommendations. Anyone who gets the chance to have the tour with her is lucky. We had wonderful conversations with her, bought some art and enjoyed the tour to the fullest. We were the only ones that day and she was super flexible and attentive on what we were interested and wanted to see in Amsterdam. Great tour if you want to see a different side of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam's Best Local Hotspots Private Tour Reviewed by Susanne, 09/30/2020

Great tour through the red light district. As I was the only one booked the tour I even got a private tour. Stan showed me the most important spots and told the whole background and history of prostitution and coffee shops in Amsterdam. We even stopped briefly at a coffee shop and he explained everything to me in detail how it works. Stan is a great tour guide and I would definitively book a tour again the next time I am in Amsterdam.

I booked for 13h but due to Corona this tour was rescheduled, sadly i did not get any info mail about the rescheduling for 14h. Luckaly the guys were kind enough to add me to a group that started at 12 30 so i lost the first 15 minutes. The guide was kind enough to go and show me what i lost in the start.

Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium 75-Minute Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/29/2020