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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

Loved Djai! Great tour and A'dam context

The food was great. Loved hearing the background of Amsterdam from a native! Great way to see the inner streets of Amsterdam and seeing and knowing more about where might be great places to check out afterward.

Amsterdam: 3.5-Hour Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan Reviewed by Kaiti, 06/25/2019

great way to start a day trip in Amsterdam

Im so glad i saw this while researching for things to do in Amsterdam with kids. The kids loved it so much as much as the adults. The swing was a big hit for us as well. It's a must if you're doing a day trip and don't have a lot of time to explore this beautiful city.

The guide very well documented. Created the athmosfere of the moment.

Very clear in his exposure, easy to follow, nice and friendly, fine humor . Considered skilled and doing the job with pleasure. Enjoyed to have him as a guide.

Amsterdam: Life of Anne Frank Walking Tour Reviewed by BUCUR, 06/23/2019

Great tour, but not totally what was expected or advertised.

The boat ride and food were very good. We enjoyed both the info imparted during the cruise and the food. The problem, however, is that it was advertised as a night cruise where we would see Amsterdam lights. In June, it stays light to almost 10 pm — no romantic dinner in complete daylight. Also, they did not tell us that it docked at a different location than where it embarked. Not only did it dock a long way from the pier, it was half an hour late. We missed the cab we had booked to get back because of the time difference and dockimg difference

Amsterdam: 4-Course Live Cooking Dinner Canal Cruise Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/23/2019

Easy, fun and educational. Great way to see the city!

Diana was warm, friendly and very knowledgeable. She made use of old maps to help understand the history of this wonderful city.

Amsterdam City Sightseeing Segway Tour Reviewed by Robert, 06/22/2019