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Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

1. Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

Discover the sights of central Amsterdam 2ith an expert guide riding by your side. You’ll learn about the city’s culture, see important historical sites, and famous hotspots as well as lesser-known local favorites.  Start your journey near the central station, pass the impressive A’DAM Tower, and ride over to the Western Islands, which are filled with charming drawbridges, old warehouses, and chic artists studios.  Continue along the Brouwersgracht Canal and visit the trendy Jordaan and 9 Street districts flanked by indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries. As you ride deeper into the city center, you will enter the Grachtengordel neighborhood and zoom past the Westerkerk (Western Church) and the historic Anne Frank House.  Feel the buzz of music and street performers around Leidseplein Square, a busy theater district with a buzzing nightlife.  After so much excitement, enjoy a pleasant break in the Vondelpark, the largest park in Amsterdam and the most famous park in the Netherlands. Feeling recharged, circle the Museum Quarter and ride through the narrow streets of the Bohemian-influenced De Pijp neighborhood.  Cross the iconic Magere Brug (skinny bridge), a wooden drawbridge over the River Amstel, and arrive at the famed Artis Zoo leading into the Maritime Quarter.  Admire the impressive replica of a 17th-century Dutch East Indian Company ship at the Salt Harbour, before returning to back where your bike journey began.

Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket

2. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket

As one of Amsterdam's most popular attractions, the Van Gogh Museum draws over a million visitors each year. With this ticket, discover over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and more than 750 letters from Van Gogh at your own pace. Access a wide range of permanent and temporary exhibitions.  Home to the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam transports visitors on a fascinating journey through the life of the artist and his contemporaries. The museum introduces the complete story: the artist, the context, Van Gogh’s personal ambitions, his emotions, the myths that surround him, and his influence right up until this very day. The Van Gogh Museum’s collection includes world-famous paintings such as Sunflowers, Almond Blossom, and The Potato Eaters.  The museum also organizes 3 temporary exhibitions every year. The Van Gogh Museum is open 365 days a year. Tickets are available online only. Don’t miss out, book in advance. Visitors can discover more about Van Gogh and his contemporaries with the multimedia guide, available in 11 languages. With more time to enjoy inside the museum, you can dive straight into the fantastic collections on display.

Amsterdam: AMAZE Immersive Audiovisual Experience Ticket

3. Amsterdam: AMAZE Immersive Audiovisual Experience Ticket

Pre-book your entrance ticket and step into the immersive and multi-sensory experience that is AMAZE. Explore 7 rooms containing interactive shows of lights, lasers, sound, smoke, new media art, visuals, and other special effects to stimulate your mind. Enhance your experience with a cocktail of your choice. Discover state-of-the-art technology from event organizers with over 30 years of experience in the events and music industry. The AMAZE experience is brought to you by the founders of Dutch Dance, ID&T (Sensation, Tomorrowland). Escape from reality and encounter interactive areas which elicit a range of emotions, from the relaxing to the intense. Go on a journey that reconnects you to your inner self. Interact with your surroundings via the many sensors and cameras to enhance the immersion of your experience.

Amsterdam: Fabrique des Lumières Entry Klimt & Hundertwasser

4. Amsterdam: Fabrique des Lumières Entry Klimt & Hundertwasser

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam by taking a trip to the innovative Fabrique des Lumières, an immersive digital art center located in the Westergas area. With your timed-entry ticket, discover the amazing masterpieces of classical and modern artists in a whole new way. Visit this large industrial space with walls up to 17 meters high, which hosts fantastic art exhibitions by artists of all eras. With advanced technology, the artworks are brought to life through light projections and accompanying music. Marvel at the grand opening exhibition, which features the stunning artwork of renowned Austrian artist Gustav Klimt and contemporaries, followed by a short exhibition of the colorful and playful masterpieces of fellow Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Two contemporary experimental video creations about photons ('Journey') and the workings of memory ('Memories') are part of the adventure too.

Amsterdam: The Upside Down Museum Entrance Ticket

5. Amsterdam: The Upside Down Museum Entrance Ticket

Swirl into an upside down world, where you will see The Netherlands in a new contemporary way. With 25 immersive settings, you will have the chance to create the most amazing social media content upside down. Grab your friends and dive into a Dutch Ice Bath, or ride the metro upside down. Dance to the rhythm of your own silent disco beat in an upside down club, fly away in a true private jet, and jump into a voice-activated LED-light pit with a jacuzzi. There is even more to discover in the interactive social media experience. After you've created mind-blowing content, relax in an Instagrammable upside café, whilst enjoying colorful sandwiches and sweets. Sip on a famous freakshake before heading home.

Amsterdam: Private Anne Frank and World War II Walking Tour

6. Amsterdam: Private Anne Frank and World War II Walking Tour

Find out more about Anne Frank on a private guided walking tour of Amsterdam, led by an expert guide. Discover the city’s centuries-old Jewish Quarter while your guide weaves in anecdotes about Anne Frank's life and World War II. You will hear all about Anne Frank’s family dynamics, their move from Germany, their time in hiding and her father’s life after the war. Start the tour outside the Portuguese Synagogue, a 17th-century Sephardic construction that still functions as a synagogue today. Find out about the background of the original Jewish neighborhood and how it developed over the centuries. Your guide will share stories of Anne Frank’s love of writing, the conditions she lived through in 1930s and 1940s Amsterdam, and how her diary became so famous. You will also hear about the Dutch Resistance during the Second World War and see where secret hiding places were located. Over the course of the tour you will see the Jewish Historical Museum, Auschwitz Monument and the Anne Frank House façade.

Amsterdam: Anne Frank and World War II Walking Tour

7. Amsterdam: Anne Frank and World War II Walking Tour

Find out more about Anne Frank on a walking tour of Amsterdam, led by an expert guide. Discover the city’s centuries-old Jewish Quarter in a small group setting while your guide weaves in anecdotes about Anne Frank's life and World War II. As you meander through Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter, hear about Anne Frank's life and family dynamics. Learn about her family's move from Germany, their time in hiding, and about her father's life after the war. Listen as your guide shares stories of Anne Frank’s love for writing and the conditions she lived through during the 1930s and 1940s in Amsterdam. Discover how her diary became internationally famous. On your tour, also hear about the Dutch Resistance during the Second World War and see where secret hiding places were located. Pass by important landmarks such as the Jewish Historical Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, the Auschwitz Monument, and the façade of Anne Frank House.

Amsterdam: Madame Tussauds Ticket

8. Amsterdam: Madame Tussauds Ticket

Sparkle amid the stars with this ticket to Madame Tussauds in the heart of Amsterdam. Drink a cup of coffee with George Clooney, get your picture taken with members of the Dutch Royal family and pick up your paintbrush alongside world-famous artists such as Van Gogh and Rembrandt. If you are you dreaming about a career as a real TV-host, come and discover your presentation skills at the new TV studio by reading the autocue. Or is music more your thing? How about recording a duet with Adele in the recording studio, or joining DJs Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Hardwell or Martin Garrix in the DJ booth. Immerse yourself into this amazing interactive world. You’ll never see as many stars in Amsterdam as at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Amsterdam Dungeon Entrance Ticket

9. Amsterdam: Amsterdam Dungeon Entrance Ticket

The Amsterdam Dungeon is an uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back into the Netherlands’ most perilous past. See, hear, feel and (ahem) smell the chillingly amusing characters of the ‘bad old days’ as they come to life before you. Will you lose yourself in fear or in mirth? Whichever way, it’s not looking good for your underwear. Multiple different shows and a team of ten professional actors will give an unforgettable performance which will be terrifying and hilarious at the same time, depending on your tolerance for fear. Some of the attractions include figuring your way out of a dark labyrinth, witnessing a witch burn, encountering the ghost of a tortured woman and being tried by a Spanish Inquisitor. Discover the newest show 'The Flying Dutchman' in which a cursed legend comes to life. Will you survive his revenge? In 1651, you find yourself in a rough bar in the Amsterdam of old. 10 years after the legendary ship The Flying Dutchman disappeared, a sinister bar owner awaits the return of the cursed captain who is out for revenge.

Amsterdam: The Art of Play Wondr Experience Entry Ticket

10. Amsterdam: The Art of Play Wondr Experience Entry Ticket

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Dutch capital with entry tickets to the WONDR Experience, a playground in the heart of Amsterdam Noord, where you can dive into an adult-sized ball pit, dance beneath confetti, or ride a giant swing. Explore the site’s 15 interactive installations. Step into Amsterdam's first artistic playground for adults: a confetti-sprinkled world of color and sensation that invites you to play, share and explore. Get creative and make so spectacular pictures to remember your art of play experience. Inside, find a 1,200 m² hyper-visual realm with over 15 interactive installations created in collaboration with some of the city’s most creative minds. Discover this unique immersive experience that’s unlike anything else. Get lost in an otherworldly jungle. Dive into a sea of pink marshmallows. Dance under a glittering sky. Sing your heart out. Let your imagination run wild and experience the art of play.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 32,101 reviews

I found the Van Gogh Museum surprisingly interesting. I didn't know much about the artist other than he was a painter who had cut his own ear off so I decided to purchase a ticket & learn a few facts while killing some time in the area. Well I was definitely in for a surprise. I actually loved the museum & went away feeling somewhat saddened for Van Gogh yet happy that I had taken the time to indulge in this activity. The museum, which is huge, was fairly easy to locate, very clean, had a café & souvenir shop. I purchased my tix online, well in advance of my trip, but it seems that others were buying them upon entrance. I thought it was really great that there are FREE lockers to store your belongings & an area to hang your coat during your visit. I also thought it was nice that visitors are allowed to take photos of the artwork & plenty of space for selfies! I recommend this wonderful place to explore, NOT just for educational purposes, but to gain insight on this troubled soul.

Quick and easy to use. The museum was sold out of tickets but we were able to purchase them here.

Our guide did a great job relaying the weight of the history while keeping the tour engaging.

Wonderful museum, very well organized and with the right amount of people

Very well-organized exhibition of Van Gogh's paintings!