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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great way to start an Amsterdam vacation!

My first full day in Amsterdam started with this canal tour. It was a great way to see the city and get a little history before walking around. Being able to see the different houses, bridges, and churches and museums from the water is pretty relaxing. It was a nice, breezy day which made for it to be extremely comfortable while on the tour. The captain was always giving us information when we came to an important area and told us about the history of Amsterdam. Very nice tour!

Amsterdam Open Boat Canal Cruise Reviewed by Joshua, 06/09/2019

An experience but limited once you’re inside

It was an experience that I would recommend as it’s not too expensive, you get a drink token for before you go in and they have a large range of (ironically) warm cocktails. Then once you’re inside you get two drink tokens but you are limited to a small range of shots and a beer. As someone who drinks neither it would’ve been nice to have a wider range than just that but all in all a good time.

Cocktails at Amsterdam’s Icebar Reviewed by Lewis, 09/09/2019

unique behind the scene experience of a strip club

Absolutely loved the tour through BonTon. There is a first time for everything the say and couldn’t wish for a better first experience in a strip club ;-)! The girl guiding the tour was really open about her job and BonTon. You can ask her anything you want to know about this industry. I’m definitely going to recommend this tour to my friends.

Amsterdam: Brothel Tour with Sex Worker Guide Reviewed by Jasmine, 04/09/2019

Great tour, would have been better if a show was included

The tour was great. Being shown all of the “coffee shops” and window brothels on the RLD, was very cool to see. The only thing that would make this tour great, was if a show was included in the price. I feel that for $40+ there should be a little more included maybe a show, or a visit to a coffee shop, etc.

Excellent, really convenient way to travel around Amsterdam.

We bought the 5 day card and used the trams frequently to travel from our hotel to the centre and around Amsterdam. It was good value for money and completely took the hassle out of travelling around the city. We would definitely buy this type of card again.

Amsterdam: Public Transport Ticket Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/09/2019