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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, King’s Day.
  • Events in Amsterdam
    Entrance Parade of Sinterklaas
    15. Nov 2016
    various locations (Amsterdam)

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What People Are Saying About Amsterdam

Great with a good mix of history, facts and humour

We really enjoyed the tour, seeing and hearing the history of Amsterdam. Kor was a great guide and made the tour interesting and fun. He had a great interactive style and made everyone in the group feel included. We really enjoyed his humour. A good and fun way to see Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Free Walking Tour Reviewed by David, 10/18/2016

Brilliant with loads of background information

The exhibition was brilliant and well laid out. A lot of information about Van Gogh, his life, influences and friends and family. My only complaint was that the museum itself was very warm.
Van Gogh Museum Ticket Reviewed by Andrew, 10/17/2016

Great tour! Learned alot of interesting things.

Really great tour. Very comprehensive. Even though it was 3 hours long it went by fast and they were thoughtful enough to include a break at a pub for us to sit down for a little bit.
Amsterdam Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Danielle, 10/17/2016

Very enjoyable all facts given in a friendly manner by Lisa

Most enjoyable. All information given in a very understandable and friendly manner. Walking very manageable weather was good so it helped.
Amsterdam Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Margaret, 10/17/2016

Fab very knowledgeable guide and funny too

Very funny guide and good tour like that pay at end by tips as to what you think it is worth
Amsterdam Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Melinda, 10/17/2016

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