Top attractions in Amsterdam
Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Whether you’re looking for a museum, a “souvenir," or some risque nightlife: the Red Light District is sure to delight and entertain.
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.
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.
For city history, visit the aptly-named Amsterdam Museum. Educate yourself on everything from famous Amsterdamians to fashion and architecture. Some exhibits are interactive!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- LanguageDutch and lots of English
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+31
- Best time to visitThere’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
The bike tour was very good, the lady showed us all around Amsterdam and it's definitely worth doing especially at the start of your stay as they show you all the best places to visit in the next days of your stay!
Tony really helped our family get on the right track with how to start our vacation. We met him on the first day of our arrival, and was very thankful for his insights on the city, as well as his other tips to put us on the right track. I can say without a doubt that the knowledge you receive from this walking tour will ultimately cover the cost of it. Thanks Tony!
This was a great way to end a fun, but hectic, day in Amsterdam. We sat on board the comfortable canal boat sipping Heinikens and wine and munching on burgers while our guide Pepper noted the highlights along the canal. Great atmosphere on the boat and excellent service. Drinks were cold and burgers were hot and tasty!
Really enjoyed both trips, they are straight opposite each other which made it easy, both again value for money, the Heineken was very interesting with a few glasses of the beer at the end of the tour which was nice, soft drinks for those who didn’t like beer, the canal cruise was well organised with a shop where you check in your ticket to allow you to purchase drinks to take on board, very interesting information given with earphones with chosen language, really relaxing
This tour was great from start to finish. Very interesting and a lot of interactive games to enjoy. The staff were very informative and friendly. I would definitely recommend. The beers were great end to the tour.