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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

Watching the artist creat paint was worth the cost on its own.

This is a fun museums. We went thru it twice. Once with the audio to explain the rooms and then to have the paintings explained. The artist who thought about making paints was amazing. He was fun, personable and an excellent demonstrator. There are five original Rembrandt’s that you were inches from, and then to experience all the additional etchings was a wonderful bonus. I learned so much. A great way to spend your afternoon.

A true experience for Heineken drinkers!!!

I attended the Heineken Experience with my adult children while in Amsterdam. Everyone enjoyed themselves. My son commented several times that the beer tasted so much better there than in the US. No one was rushed to leave to make way for the others visiting. From learning he history to enjoying the brew, we found the Heineken Experience a must for beer drinkers.

Heineken Experience Ticket Reviewed by Tammie, 05/21/2018

Amazing! Countryside is beautiful and guide is friendly and fun!

This tour was wonderful! The group was small and the guide was fun and friendly. The biking was not difficult and the countryside is beautiful. It was so fun visiting the cheese and clog farm as well. Overall great experience, the highlight of our time in Amsterdam! Highly recommended!

Anna had excellent knowledge, and information.

Excellent tour, and great way to explore the history and detail of a so called party town. Anna had good knowledge and facts to explain the stories of the city.

This boat tour was brilliant - the best !

The witty and informative Captain of the boat made an interesting tour unforgettable - his singing was an additional, surprise pleasure.

Amsterdam: Small Boat Canal Cruise Reviewed by Ros, 05/20/2018