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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).

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

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
    +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.
  • Events in Amsterdam
    European Athletics Championships
    6. Jul 2016 - 10. Jul 2016
    Olympic stadium (Amsterdam)
    Grachtenfestival
    12. Aug 2016 - 21. Aug 2016
    Canal Belt (Amsterdam)
    Entrance Parade of Sinterklaas
    15. Nov 2016
    various locations (Amsterdam)

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Organisation and tour guide and driver were great

Thank you, our driver Bart and tour guide Ernie were absolutely wonderful. I couldn't have asked for better guides.
Keukenhof Tulip Fields & Bulb Farm Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Lucie, 04/27/2016

Au top avec un magnifique soleil - beautiful sun and private guide :)

We were alone with my girlfriend, so we had a private tour of Amsterdam with a beautiful sun
3-Hour Guided Bike Tour of Historical Amsterdam Reviewed by Sylvain, 04/27/2016

Very relaxing evening with good food & wine.

Very much as advertised, four different cheeses to try, with four different wines available (2 white & 2 red). Glasses were regularly topped up and overall a very good way to spend an evening.
Amsterdam: Dutch Cheese & Wine Cruise Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/26/2016

Well organised, interesting and incredible floral displays

The bulb farm was interesting, all I hoped it would be with fields full of flowers of different colours and I learned a lot from the bulb farmer. Keukenhof was very crowded on a lovely sunny Sunday - might be fewer people there mid week. It was still well worth the visit, some stunning floral displays and lots of inspiration for planting schemes for next year. The trip was well organised, the guide on the bus gave lots of information on the countryside we passed through. A memorable day.

Spectacular -- a treat to see during the 2 months that it's open.

This is a "must do" if one is in Amsterdam while Keukenhof Gardens are open. It was almost overwhelming, it was so beautiful to see and the aroma from the hyacinths was lovely!
Amsterdam: Keukenhof Skip-the-Line and Bus Combi Tour Reviewed by Catherine, 04/20/2016

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