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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, Queen’s Day.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

excellent walk , informative, value for money,.

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

Highly recommended when you are in amsterdam

Amsterdam is a bike city, and if you are already there but never try to bike, i think you will miss something in your experience. Backstreets and hidden gems bike tour is perfect choice. We could know the places that some of them are not written in lonely planet or other travel books.
Amsterdam 3-Hour Bike Tour: Backstreets and Hidden Gems Reviewed by Jenfilia Suwandrei, 01/25/2016

Great value, friendly staff, delicious cheese & wine

For the price it was fantastic. We had a generous tasting of 4different cheeses accompanied with either a Dutch beer or wine, then a dram of port. 10%discount in the shop at the end. Staff were very friendly.
Amsterdam: Henri Willig Cheese Tasting Tour with Wine Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/23/2016

Wow this was great! We saw real Holland in 5hrs! Hop on from Amsterdam

I have to share this: These villages are so beautiful...and in this way so easy accessible. We just hopped on in Amsterdam! The atmosphere is great....not traveling with 50 people in a big coach but with an adorable classic Ford bus and a super friendly, informative guide. Our friends who didn't book this tour were super jealous when they saw our pictures and heart our stories. So I can only be positive and recommend this trip and company Experience Waterland! Many thanks!
Villages & Windmills 5-Hour Tour from Amsterdam Reviewed by Kristy, 01/21/2016

the meal was excellent and the views stunning

Easy to book and good value. Only thing was we went as a family and it was clearly designed for couples. That made no difference in the end because there was room for the kids to have a bit of space on a spare table. Great way to see Amsterdam and a very good way of combining a dutch meal with sight seeing.
Amsterdam: 4-Course Dinner Cruise Reviewed by david, 01/19/2016

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