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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Red Light District Tour was fantastic

Our Red Light District was fantastic, It was better than we thought, we went there for a girls trip for my friends birthday, and we had a really good time, Beatrix our Tour guide was really good and funny and added to our crazy dynamic group,

Ticket was great but museum disappointing

Having the mobile ticket was excellent. You bypass the long lines and you’re in the museum in less than 3 minutes. However, the museum is anti-climatic. The pieces were not plentiful. You cannot take pictures inside - very lame. It was very crowded too. The flow from one exhibit to another resulted in crowds congregating in front of pieces and you end up seeing the pieces from afar. Not a good museum for the price.

Van Gogh Museum Ticket Reviewed by Jonathan, 10/15/2017

No travel to Amsterdam would be complete without van Gogh

The museum was fascinating and filled with the stunning works of Vincent van Gogh. The museum details the life of van Gogh through trials and tribulations. I would highly recommend a visit to the museum for anyone travelling to Amsterdam.

Van Gogh Museum Ticket Reviewed by Denise, 10/13/2017

Great way to get an overview of the city

We had an amazing guide on this tour and it was a great way to see the city and get a feel for the layout. An interesting, informative and witty guide who kept us interested and entertained from start to finish. Would definitely recommend this tour.

3-Hour Guided Bike Tour of Historical Amsterdam Reviewed by Maree, 10/12/2017

Fantastic cultural stop at Amsterdam! A space for alternative art

Great collection of Banksy artwork and a few great works of art by Dalí. Very much worth the visit. Banksy portrays an interesting view on today's society issues.

Skip-the-Line Moco Museum Tickets Reviewed by Rodrigo, 10/11/2017