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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

We could never find out so much about the place without the guide

Our guide, Tony, was very friendly. The information he gave us and the places he took us we couldn't never explore without him. It was a great experience with a great man

A must have for those visiting Amsterdam

My brother and I bought the 96-Hour I amsterdam City Card while in the Netherlands on vacation and were glad we did. It made navigating the public transport system easy as the card allows unlimited access to all GVB lines. It was also awesome to receive free entry/discounts into some of the top attractions (our favorites were the Rijksmuseum, the Artis (aka the zoo), and Madame Tussauds). The only two struggles we had were: (1) it was not immediately obvious where to go to pick up our cards as it turns out the office is not in central station itself but in a white building in front of central station (on the right if you are looking at central station); and (2) we did not realize the card only allowed access to GVB lines, so we accidentally got on a sprinter and then needed help from security to get out of central station as our cards did not work on the gates in that part of the station. Obviously these problems were mostly user error though so we still recommend the card highly!

24-, 48-, 72-, or 96-Hour I amsterdam City Card Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/16/2018

A great way to access the Van Gogh museum

Just as advertised, this ticket allowed us to enter the museum without wait and without any issues.

Van Gogh Museum Ticket Reviewed by Spencer, 07/15/2018

The best and most affordable way of getting around Amsterdam

So easy to use. Very affordable. Can use on a variety of public transport. No hassle.

Amsterdam: 1 to 7-Day Public Transport Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/15/2018

Really enjoyed the bike ride through Amsterdam!

I would recommend going in the morning in the summer as the tourist traffic gets overwhelming later in the day. Our guide was patient and informative!

Amsterdam 2-Hour Bicycle Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/14/2018