Embracing the Magic of Amsterdam: A Decade of Discovery and Delight



Since moving to the Netherlands nine years ago, passionate traveler Anastasia has tirelessly explored the country. She shares her best tips and travel advice on her blog, aptly named Holland Explorer.

Why Amsterdam?

I visited more than 25 countries before I first came to the Netherlands, but the moment I saw all those fairytale houses from the canal boat, I knew this is the place I wanted to stay. Now, almost a decade later, this city keeps surprising me. Here you can go to see contemporary art by Banksy at the Moco Museum, masterpieces by Rembrandt and Van Gogh, go partying, and chill at the 17th-century canal house gardens (some of them, like Museum Willet-Holthuysen, are open to the public). In Amsterdam, no day is boring, and no day is the same.

Anastasia's top picks

  1. Amsterdam: City Centre Canal Cruise

    From $21.65 per personFrom $16.78 per person

    Enjoy the best views of Amsterdam’s canal houses and houseboats on a 1-hour canal cruise.

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  2. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum and Optional Frans Hals Entry Ticket

    From $24.35 per person

    Admire over 400 masterpieces by great artists such as Jan Steen, Frans Hals, and Rembrandt. See the beautiful doll’s houses and a wealth of silverware.

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  3. Amsterdam: Moco Museum Entrance Tickets with Banksy & More

    From $23.76 per person

    Visit the Moco Museum in Amsterdam and see the works of some of the best and most famous modern artists in the world.

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  4. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket

    From $23.81 per person

    Don't miss out on the Van Gogh Museum. With these exciting tickets, see hundreds of paintings, drawings, and letters by the Dutch master himself. Gain entry at your selected time slot.

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  5. Amsterdam: Canal House Willet-Holthuysen Museum Ticket

    From $13.53 per person

    Learn how a wealthy couple lived in the 19th-century at the Museum Willet-Holthuysen. Enter the double canal house and wander through the grand ballroom and explore the beautiful town garden.

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  6. Amsterdam: ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo Entry Ticket

    From $31.93 per personFrom $28.68 per person

    Visit the ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo along with the planetarium, the new lion enclosure, admire the botanical garden, the centuries-old trees in the park, and take a break at one of the restaurants.

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