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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, Queen’s Day.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

I would totally recommend this experience!!

My friend and I had a blast at the Icebar!First of all,to our surprise all the drinks we had were delicious!!The Amsterdamned cocktail we had while waiting was refreshing but I guess what we loved the most was the Vodka chocolate served inside!!Although the bar itself was not very spacious, I think they've managed to create a cool environment.I'd say the cold is bearable if you're wearing warm clothes underneath the ones they provide you.It was a unique experience and we have cool photos to proove it
Cocktails at Amsterdam’s Icebar Reviewed by Ioanna, 02/07/2016

Very informative and well delivered by Vanessa

Meeting point was easy to find, Vanessa was very pleasant and delivered a very good tour,so glad we bought queue hopping tickets as very long queue to get into House.

Amstersam Classics Tour + Extra Time + Night = Awesome

I was looking to expand my photography skills, explore Amsterdam, and have some fun. Sam proved to be an extremely knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide -- both about Amsterdam and about photography. In the days leading up to our trip, he updated me on the tour and gave me options so that I could take his tour on the best possible night and get the best possible photos during the time I was visiting. He was extremely flexible about the actual tour date and times, and was very responsive to all of my questions as I was looking at different photo tour providers. During the tour Sam taught me some awesome photography tips -- not only general tips but some specific things about my camera -- and the evening was a blast. In short, my research paid off, and I'm positive I had the best Amsterdam photo tour guide available -- Amstersam. If you're looking to tour Amsterdam and improve your photography skills while taking shots of the best sites, Amstersam Classics photo tours is the best
Classic Amsterdam Photo Tour Reviewed by Kristopher, 02/04/2016

Nice, informative tour and great pizza!!

Very pleasant guide. If he doesn't know about something, he goes and finds your answer for you! Peeing into a bar stool (only way to describe it) that was turned into a toilet was odd, but funny!
Amsterdam Evening Pizza Cruise Reviewed by Henry, 02/03/2016

excellent walk , informative, value for money,.

very interesting talk , sad to think what jews went through,, had tears in my eyes throughout talk..

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