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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

Really enjoyable especially with the light festival in December.

I would recommend this trip although my only negative comment would be you are crammed in without much room and if there are only two of you you have to share your table with others. If you are happy with this I would highly recommend especially in December as the canal and buildings were lit up and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Amsterdam: Dutch Cheese & Wine Cruise Reviewed by Loraine, 12/12/2017

Very friendly and did not judge me for wearing joggers and trains

When i first got there i was the only person on the tour as the stag group did not turn up so a worker of the distillery started the tour with just me there but it was good as i could ask as many Qs without holding everyone up lol. the rest of the group turned up after 10mins so after that we went to the tasting which i really recommend eating before this as the drink is very strong. from what i can remember we tried 15 different drinks as well as a full glass of are favourite one which was a real experience. after the tour i got a bottle to take home an was then told i got a 10% discount on it which was a nice touch to the evening. i went in there 3 more times before my holiday ended and by the end my tour guide jason had got to know me so buyed me a drink which was nice. all in all this is a wonderful place with kind and caring staff i was intending to not drink when in Amsterdam just smoke but the next time i go i will defo be going back in there.

Genever & Liquer Tasting, with a Distillery visit Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/10/2017

Festive, romantic first immersion into Amsterdam's magical waterways

We arrived from the airport straight to our hotel, then off for our first introduction to Amsterdam. Great trip, and managed to be outside which was the icing on the light festival cake. The lights were spectacular, and reflection on the water, more than you could have dreamed of. Most of the houses did not have curtains, so you were looking into other people's lives in the topsy turvy 3 storey living spaces of the city. Warm and comfortable inside the boat, great friendly service, value for money prices, Unbelievable how many people on the boat spent the whole time looking through and at a camera lens instead of living in the moment. Shame on you, you might have looked happy as you smiled into the lens, but take a real look at the magic around you and feel it in your heart and soul, tather than through glass. The only way to see Amsterdam and its interwoven canals and lifestyle.

Amsterdam Light Festival 1.5-Hour Cruise Reviewed by sarah, 12/10/2017

Brilliant taster of the best of the dutch tradition in one day

Great organisations by our Red guides, including lovely (Adrian??) the youngest assistant tour guide, first class personable, friendly, helpful. Dip in and out of the best in the countryside 0 Windmills fascinating, no idea of what and how they worked, and the Millers who are passionate about their heritage. Making cheese.yummy, great presentation, well organised and perfect presents. Waffle making - even better.............recommended excellent lunch stop for fish and chips. Over the water, to the clog factory..............back to Amsterdam. Very informative, great value for money, and makes a change from walking/biking around the city. Highly recommend

Great to see the windmills and historic buildings

Enjoyable short trip out of the city. Easy to fit in to a two day visit to Amsterdam