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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).


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.

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
  • 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 activity to do at the start of your visit.

Relaxed way to see different parts of the city. The commentary from the guide is informative.

Amazing and stress free experience with no line or waiting.

Really enjoyed the experience and getyourguide was so valuable in planning my trip with my family. It's the only way to go from now going forward.

Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by George, 08/22/2017

Great tour to see working, historic windmills in an afternoon

We had a short stay in Amsterdam, but were anxious to see windmills. We booked this tour for an afternoon and it was excellent in all aspects. The meeting point was easy to find, the guide was excellent, and the Zaanse Schans Windmills were everything that we had hoped for. You won't be disappointed.

Half Day Trip to Zaanse Schans Windmill Village Reviewed by Charles, 08/21/2017

A good way to see the canals in Amsterdam when time is limited

We only had a short time in Amsterdam, arriving the day prior to an ocean cruise. Booked to tour to see a little of the city and we were pleased with how much we saw in an hour's time. The recorded audio was clear and informative.

Amsterdam: 100 Highlights 1-Hour Canal Cruise Reviewed by Charles, 08/21/2017

very cook to do while staying in Amsterdam

its was easy to find location and the entrance crowds were handled fast. the crew at the time i went was a great team! thank you for the experience and the good photo qualities.

Europe's Highest Swing at A'DAM Lookout Reviewed by dalia, 08/21/2017