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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

We had a wonderful, full day. It was exactly what we wanted.

Michael was a great tour guide for both the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. It really helped that we used an audio system. We never missed anything that was said. He also had all the tickets for us so we didn’t have to wait in line. You could tell he had a great passion for the subjects. We spent just enough time everywhere. The walk down to get on the boat was nice to stretch our legs. Loved the boat ride and being able to hear the audio available in many languages. I would definitely recommend this tour to get a quick taste of Amsterdam in a day.

Dutch Masters & Marvels Reviewed by Sue, 08/05/2019

Superb variety of early and recent contemporary art

Great collection of works on display; ranging from early seminal works to recent developments. Spent by 4 hours and could have happily been there longer but had tickets for another booking, my 11 year old daughter enjoyed the experience too, would recommend the audio tour for some helpful insights.

Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Alexander, 08/01/2019

Out of 7 tours on this Baltic Sea trip this was the highlight.

The substitute guide was exceptional. The entire trip was planned extremely well. The communications were superior to any of our other tours. The flow of the tour was more than one would ever expect based on other experiences. We will always seek out Get Your Guide for all future touring.

Half-Day Dutch Countryside Tour from Amsterdam Reviewed by Eileen, 08/07/2019

Pleasant transfer from airport to hotel.

Meeting up with driver was a little confusing and frustrating. We were expecting to see our name on a sign, but instead it was on a phone and he wasn’t at the meeting point as suggested, but it finally worked out and the ride was pleasant.

Amsterdam Private Transfer between Airport and City Reviewed by Sheldon, 08/10/2019

IF your going to the museums this is a huge cost saver

This has most of the museums entrance fee as well as complete transportation around the city with, Tram, Subway, Train, and Bus. It is a really great way to get around and save a great deal of money.

The I Amsterdam City Card Reviewed by Tad, 08/02/2019