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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

Great trip to the outskirts of Amsterdam.

Cheese making, cheese tasting, clog making, clog viewing and of course the windmills. A lot is packed into this mini adventure outside Amsterdam and is well worth it.

This was a fun tour and our guide, Mat, was very knowledgeable

This was a pretty fun tour, our guide was very friendly, funny, and knowledgeable. He was able to answer all of our questions. The farm is cool, you get to taste some good cheese and their gift shop has a lot of trinkets if you wanted to get people gifts.

Windmills, Cheese & Clogs: 3-Hour Countryside Bike Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 26/11/2018

Interesting, entertaining and exciting experience!

The guided tour was instrumental in setting the cultural background for the evening’s erotic performance at Casa Rosso. As a small group tour, I was fortunate that the evening’s group was one, so I could have a detailed conversation about the history of the district as well as current changes afoot due to changing political realities in Amsterdam. The guide, Elena, was intelligent and knew her subject matter well. She paced the two hour tour with stops so that I arrived in time for the night’s show. Be forewarned, if you are prudish, this show is definitely NOT for you. For the rest, you can enjoy this type of entertainment for which the establishment is well known.

Highly recomended and invaluable for my needs

i feel this is the first thing you should get before any booked trips as it is essential to get around your city with freedom

A great way to get an overall perspective of Amsterdam.

Very informative. Comfortable warm boat. A really enjoyable tour, great for first time visitors to Amsterdam to get their bearings and see how the canals work, along with learning about the city's history. Very good value for money.

City Canal Cruise Reviewed by Lynne, 23/11/2018