Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether you’re looking for a museum, a “souvenir," or some risque nightlife: the Red Light District is sure to delight and entertain.
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.
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.
For city history, visit the aptly-named Amsterdam Museum. Educate yourself on everything from famous Amsterdamians to fashion and architecture. Some exhibits are interactive!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- LanguageDutch and lots of English
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+31
- Best time to visitThere’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.
Things to Do in Amsterdam
Top Attractions in Amsterdam
- 1Amsterdam Canal Ring
- 3Van Gogh Museum
- 4Heineken Experience
- 5Amsterdam Red Light District
- 6Magere Brug
- 8De Pijp
- 9Dam Square
- 10Canal Bus
- 11Oude Kerk
- 12Amsterdam Museum
- 13Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
- 15Anne Frank
- 16The Jordaan
- 17Royal Palace
- 18Ripley's Believe It or Not! Amsterdam
- 20New Church
Other Sightseeing Options in Amsterdam
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What People Are Saying About Amsterdam
First we were told we were'nt booked on the system & needed to be put on, we returned 30 mins before our pizza cruise should have started. Our Ticket stated in big bold writing "Pizza Cruise with unlimited drinks". The driver looked at the ticket and tore the end of the ticket and directed us on to the boat where we were not told it was an audio canal boat cruise where you'll need head phones each to plug in. We cruised around in complete silence, confused why we hadn't been fed or been offfered any drinks. Before we knew it we were back at the dock, we showed the driver our ticket again and he just said "oh wrong boat, everywhere is closed" and wiped his hands with us. We found a GreyLine information centre and explained we had been put on the wrong boat we asked for a refund but were told we couldn't have one, we could only go on another tour. We then had to pay more money and have a meal elsewhere. Very disappointed. However the Heineken experienice was very good and worth visiting!
Our guide Tim was outstanding and very knowledgeable about the area and its characters. My husband was initially a little less than enthusiastic about this tour I had booked - and could not see how it could possibly fill two hours. By the end he happily acknowledged how entertaining and interesting he had found it. Most enjoyable.
A very pleasant canal trip,well run and informative,would do this again,Heiniken experience was ok ,very good value package overall.
Booking these tours (as one) prior to travelling saved time and money! You get all the info you need hassle free! The combination was great as both attractions were in the same location! Tickets for both attractions were handed to you at the canal cruise check in! Well worth it!
Perfect way to view the city. The views are unbeatable when the city is lit up at night.