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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

Enjoyed the time getting to know the city.

Arthur was an excellent guide. Gave us a wonderful tour of the city , respectful of the heritage and the modern environment. Highly recommend this tour to anyone. Great way to start your amsterdam visit.

Amsterdam City Walk Reviewed by Anna, 06/20/2017

The experience was really nice, by boat we could see different areas

The experience has been very nice, the boat trip could let us see areas that we could not see in the other days.

We had a great time on the canals topped of by some free beer

We had a great time in the sun on the canals followed by the Heineken tour with free beers on the roof balcony.

A must have for people who enjoy museums.

My wife and I had 96-Hour I amsterdam cards and used them each and every day. We visited many museums and went to venues that we normally would just pass by, but as they were free with the card we saw them anyway and enjoyed most of them. We utilized the tram system numerous times and had a wonderful time exploring Amsterdam. For us, the I amsterdam City card was a must-have!

Amazing experience! One of my favorite memories from Amsterdam!

This walking tour was one of the my favourite experiences from my trip to Amsterdam and it is a MUST. I did the history walking tour and I highly suggest that. The tour guide I had was named Kandra and she is what made the tour so amazing. She was hilarious, down to earth, real, nice and super knowledgeable. She was open to answer ANY questions (literally any) and she constantly was trying to get to know everyone in the group. You learn SO much about Amsterdam and it definitely opens your mind to a whole differently lifestyle. And let me tell ya, their lifestyle is awesome! 11/10 tour

Amsterdam Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Jocelyn, 06/18/2017