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Amsterdam Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

1. Amsterdam Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Take a self-guided tour of Amsterdam's most famous spots as you solve riddles in a scavenger hunt game. Download the app to your phone and head over to the Amsterdam Museum to start the game. Complete a challenge based on the location to move to the next exciting place.Use logic, imagination, observation and team spirit to solve the riddles. Let the app guide you to each destination as you learn interesting facts. Pause at any point to take a break or spend more time sightseeing. You can start playing any time, the schedule is indicative. You will visit: Amsterdam Centraal - starting point Basiliek van de Heilige Nicolaas Beurs van Berlage The Oude Church National monument Royal palace Anne Frank monument Anne Frank House Westerkerk Amsterdam Museum - ending point Jordaan and more

Amsterdam: The Canals City Exploration Game

2. Amsterdam: The Canals City Exploration Game

Invest in a thrilling mystery game where the answers to clues lead you to the most secret and tucked away places of the Amsterdam Canals. Begin at the Dam Square and solve puzzles at your own pace all the way to the Amsterdam Museum. Find your way to the Descartes House, where the mathematician and philosopher lived for almost twenty years. Learn about the architecture of the Renaissance at the Westerkerk, and why Amsterdam's houses lean forward. Search for the smallest house in the whole city, and discover one of the oldest and smallest cafés tucked away in the center of Amsterdam. Play as a group, or on your own, and find the adventure in every clue.

Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

3. Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

For the cheese lovers, this 2.5-hour tour is the perfect way to enjoy Amsterdam. Hear the stories not commonly included in the guidebooks and go beneath the surface of the city with the help of an English or Spanish-speaking guide.  Highlights of this tour include: the first Stock Exchange in the World, a walk through Dam Square with its National Monument and Royal Palace, the Red Light District, the Chinese neighborhood and Jewish Quarter, Flower Market, Jordaan Street, and a walk past the Anne Frank House.   And in the end, you will enjoy the Dutch pancake menu in a very nice restaurant with typical Dutch dishes in the city center. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim of this tour is to give you a perfect introduction to this city. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you to get your bearings in this unique city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.

Amsterdam: Walking Tour with Canal Cruise

4. Amsterdam: Walking Tour with Canal Cruise

From the meeting point at Beursplein square, start the walking tour of the main central attractions with your expert guide. Hear stories you’d never hear otherwise and experience the history of this city. From its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel, to the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization, to the tragedy of Anne Frank and Nazi occupation, the aim is to give you a perfect introduction to Amsterdam. Your guide will then take you to the cruise boat to continue the tour of the city’s iconic canal routes. On board, relax and take in the memorable sights that surround you. You can’t truly experience the city without getting to know its waterways, and on this cruise you will see the most principal canals as well as the Amstel River and the famous seven bridges.

Amsterdam: City Centre Exploration Game & Self-Guided Tour

5. Amsterdam: City Centre Exploration Game & Self-Guided Tour

Embark on a fun quest with your friends in the heart of Amsterdam. Solve riddles made up of cryptic directions on your phone to navigate through the city center. This alternative walk is designed to sharpen your senses. Let your curiosity lead you to some of the city’s most majestic canal views. Make your way to the famous courtyard in town. Uncover golden animals and free art spaces. Discover Amsterdam’s oldest café. Engage your senses with location-based riddles. Explore a free gallery curated by the Amsterdam Museum. Admire the most wonderful details around you on this short trail. Solve clues to unlock local stories, recommendations and amazing foodie offers along the way. Take your time and as many attempts as you need to answer riddles. Skip a riddle or ask for a hint if stuck. This discovery walk is a fun learning activity for friends, couples, families with kids, travelers, and even curious locals.

Amsterdam: Contemporary City 4-Hour Private Walking Tour

6. Amsterdam: Contemporary City 4-Hour Private Walking Tour

Your morning or afternoon in Amsterdam will start at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, constructed in the shape of a wave. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this part of the town. Enjoy the fascinating private walking tour of the beautiful city of Amsterdam and discover its unique and thrilling contemporary side. Start your walk to the former KNSM dockyard isles. The KNSM isle is a living area in the former eastern harbor of Amsterdam, taken over by the young nomads, artists and squatters in the 1980s, and rebuilt in a district of splendor during an urban renewal project in the 1990s. The next highlight of the tour are two short ferry rides, the first towards the NDS dockyard with spectacular views of the former harbor area, and the second to the famous EYE building, home of the Amsterdam Film museum. Tour the striking building and visit its permanent exhibition before you end the tour. Let your guide take you through the streets of Amsterdam and discover the future of Amsterdam!

Amsterdam Old City Private Walking Tour

7. Amsterdam Old City Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour of Amsterdam with your own personal guide, and stroll through the medieval center to see parts of the old city wall. Continue along the famous canals to explore Chinatown, the former Jewish District, and the infamous Red Light District. Learn how Amsterdam was built on a reclaimed swamp, when the land was buried in mud and the harbor was almost inaccessible. Connection with the North Sea was not realised until the 19th century, but Amsterdam had already became one of the most important cities in the world. As you stroll, you will learn about its position as a major science and cultural center, and discover how in 1650 its population of 220,000 inhabitants made it the 3rd largest city in Europe. Your guide will explain key aspects of Amsterdam’s story, passing sights such as the 17th-century Oostindisch Huis, the Amsterdam headquarters of the East India Company. Discover old pawn shops and handsome merchant houses in the Jordaan district. Walk the banks of the Herengracht, one of the first 3 major canals of the city, and more.

Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Guided Tour without Entry Ticket

8. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Guided Tour without Entry Ticket

See masterpieces of art by Vincent Van Gogh on a guided tour of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and mark the 125th anniversary of the artist's death with an art history guide. Get a fascinating look into Van Gogh's life and work, and learn how, despite selling only one painting during his lifetime, he became one of the best known painters in history. Your guide will talk about the lengthy correspondence he exchanged with his younger brother Theo, providing a glimpse into the way he thought, worked and struggled. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands, the museum is even of interest to those with limited knowledge of art. Hear anecdotes about Van Gogh’s life, and see easy-to-miss details in paintings such as “The Potato Eaters” and “Sunflowers.” If you want to explore major works and issues at more length during the tour, this can be arranged free of charge for up to 30 minutes. This activity does not include an entrance ticket to the museum; please purchase it yourself before booking this tour.

Footsteps of Van Gogh Tour and Van Gogh Museum

9. Footsteps of Van Gogh Tour and Van Gogh Museum

After a 90-120 minutes drive from Amsterdam your first destination will be Nuenen. Nuenen: Van Gogh Village Delve into the life and work of Vincent van Gogh and visit a range of locations in Nuenen that inspired the artist, including the reformed church featured in his painting. This excursion will give you an insight into Vincent’s life in Nuenen, where he lived from December 1883 to November 1885. Vincent was very productive in this village, completing more than 500 paintings and drawings within a period of just two years. One of these was The Potato Eaters, now one of Vincent’s most famous works. During your time in Nuenen you'll have the change to visit the Vincentre Museum, explore some of  the 23 ‘Van Gogh locations’ by bike or on foot and soak up the renowned Brabant hospitality at the numerous shops and cafes. After exploring Vincent’s homeland, return to Amsterdam to explore the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Renowned masterpieces, quotes from letters and audio fragments all unite to answer your burning questions about the artist. Learn about his numerous self-portraits, the time he spent in Southern France, where he painted Sunflowers and about why he painted Almond Blossom.

Amsterdam: Private Guided Walking Tour

10. Amsterdam: Private Guided Walking Tour

Explore the history of Amsterdam with a private guide, starting at your hotel. The first stop is the central Dam Square, site of the Royal Palace and National Monument. Then, stroll down the pretty cobblestone streets of the medieval center, as your guide entertains you with fun facts about the city and its Golden Age of history. Learn how Amsterdam prospered in the 17th century when Dutch ships controlled most of the sea trade of Europe. Your guide will explain how Amsterdam became a key trade city for transporting goods, thanks to its unique network of canals. Walk the banks of the canals in the Canal Belt, pausing at places of interest, such as the Anne Frank House, Flower Market, Beguinage (Begijnhof), or Rembrandt Museum. As this is a private tour, you are free to state your preferences for a more personalized itinerary and see the sights that you want to see.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Amsterdam Museum is open daily 10:00AM to 5:00PM, though closed on April 27th (King's Day) and December 25th (Christmas). It doesn't open until noon on January 1st and closes an hour early on December 5th, 24th, and 31st. Some generous concessions are offered on ticket prices and entry is free with the I Amsterdam City Card or the Museumkaart.

  • How to get there?

    The Amsterdam Museum is inaccessible by car but is just a short walk from Dam Square. The closest tram stops are Spui (lines 1, 2, and 5) and Rokin (4, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 25).

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    10:00AM to 5:00PM daily, but check ahead of time for holiday closures in December.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets are only €12.
  • Will I need a guide?
    You won't need a guide for the museum, but other tours in the area are definitely worth it!
  • How to get there
    It's just a short walk from Dam Square, or take tram lines 1, 2 or 5 to Spui, or lines 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 or 25 to Rokin.
  • Additional information
    Photography is allowed, but not with a tripod. | Some areas are not accessible for the disabled.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam Museum

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 735 reviews

We would like to thank Xavier our guide for an amazing few hours he explained everything in away we could understand and the experience was one we will remember thank you

We went on this game-tour on our own pace, we had stops for photos , lunch , Cafe any time and the riddles were well designed . Super!

It was very entertaining. Because there was no time limit, breaks and visits to the sights could be easily integrated.

Fun and interesting walking tour with Laura! She was an excellent guide and the pancake lunch was yummy!!

Laura was amazing and very fluent in English and history of Amsterdam... the food was tasty too