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Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

1. Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

Discover the sights of central Amsterdam 2ith an expert guide riding by your side. You’ll learn about the city’s culture, see important historical sites, and famous hotspots as well as lesser-known local favorites.  Start your journey near the central station, pass the impressive A’DAM Tower, and ride over to the Western Islands, which are filled with charming drawbridges, old warehouses, and chic artists studios.  Continue along the Brouwersgracht Canal and visit the trendy Jordaan and 9 Street districts flanked by indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries. As you ride deeper into the city center, you will enter the Grachtengordel neighborhood and zoom past the Westerkerk (Western Church) and the historic Anne Frank House.  Feel the buzz of music and street performers around Leidseplein Square, a busy theater district with a buzzing nightlife.  After so much excitement, enjoy a pleasant break in the Vondelpark, the largest park in Amsterdam and the most famous park in the Netherlands. Feeling recharged, circle the Museum Quarter and ride through the narrow streets of the Bohemian-influenced De Pijp neighborhood.  Cross the iconic Magere Brug (skinny bridge), a wooden drawbridge over the River Amstel, and arrive at the famed Artis Zoo leading into the Maritime Quarter.  Admire the impressive replica of a 17th-century Dutch East Indian Company ship at the Salt Harbour, before returning to back where your bike journey began.

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket

2. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket

Treat yourself to a wonderful day in one of Amsterdam’s grandest museums, the Rijksmuseum, located in the heart of the city. The Rijksmuseum's internationally revered collection features some of the nation’s most famous works, including historic art by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Van Gogh, and others. Visitors can admire Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’, which takes pride of place in a beautifully lit hall allowing visitors to enjoy every tiny detail. Gaze also upon 'The Jewish Bride'. This last painting reduced Vincent van Gogh to tears who, upon visiting the Rijksmuseum shortly after it opened, wrote in a letter that he would gladly give up ten years of his life to sit in front of the painting for two weeks, eating only a stale crust of bread. Visitors can expect much more than just paintings by Dutch Masters from the Golden Age. The Rijksmuseum’s expansive, evocative collection also includes Delftware, sculptures, archaeological artifacts, clothing, Asian art, prints, items from Dutch maritime history, and many other culturally significant objects, all combining to vividly retell 800 years of Dutch history within a global context. And naturally, the collection isn't frozen in time – new items such as a Mondrian-inspired dress by Yves Saint Laurent dating from 1965 can also be seen. The largest research and restoration project ever for 'The Night Watch' has started. This is happening live in the museum and you can be part of it and support the project with a donation.

Amsterdam: House of Bols Admission Ticket

3. Amsterdam: House of Bols Admission Ticket

At the House of Bols you’ll learn about the history of Lucas Bols, the world’s oldest distilled spirit brand, which has been making liqueurs in Amsterdam since 1575! You’ll also discover Bols Genever, Holland’s rediscovered cocktail spirit, which dates back to 1820. On this 90-minute visit, the House of Bols will take you on a spectacular journey that incorporates flavors, aromas, images, sound, and film. The self-guided tour includes the Hall of Taste, where you’ll find all 38 Bols liqueurs, the Delft Blue Room, the World of Cocktails Club, and the Bols Genever Room. Your self-guided tour ends in the revolutionary Mirror Bar, where bartenders will mix your preferred Bols Genever and liqueur cocktail before your very eyes. If you’d like to learn the art of flair bartending you can do so in the magical Flair Booth with the specially designed Bols flair bottles. Cocktail enthusiasts can also shop till they drop in the Bols Shop or enjoy a second Bols cocktail for just EUR 6.00. As the winner of the Dutch Design Award for Best Exhibition and Experience, the House of Bols is proving that heritage and history mix perfectly with innovation and contemporary design. The House of Bols is located in Amsterdam’s famous Museum Quarter, across from the Van Gogh Museum and next to the Rijksmuseum.

Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

4. Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Explore various artifacts and artworks with a skip-the-line entry ticket to Stedelijk Museum. Enjoy your priority access and learn about modern and contemporary art. Discover key art movements at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, also known as the most important museum of modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands. Situated on Museumplein, where it first opened in 1895, it is a neighbor to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Having undergone extensive renovation, the historic Stedelijk building has been expanded with the addition of a futuristic new wing. The addition has been a huge hit with visitors since the facility’s reopening in 2012. Your skip-the-line ticket to the Stedelijk grants you priority access to a collection of 90,000 artifacts. Admire extraordinary works by world-renowned artists, including a great number of pieces by major 20th-century Dutch artists. Key movements in the world of art and design that are featured include Bauhaus, Amsterdam School, De Stijl, CoBrA, Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, Minimal art, and Conceptual art. Artists represented include Jeff Koons, Daan Roosegaarde, Steve McQueen, Remy Jungerman, Waldi Raad, Iris Kensmil, among others. The collection from 1880 until 1950 is currently not on view. This means that works from for instance, Gerrit Rietveld, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Kazimir Malevich are not on view in the museum. They will be back on the 10th of September. However, the two collection displays with art and design from 1950 until now are on view with Marlene Dumas, El Anatsui, Henri Matisse, and many more. Temporary exhibition now on view (26 May - 4 September 2022): IT’S OUR F***ING BACKYARD - DESIGNING MATERIAL FUTURES It’s Our F***ing Backyard spotlights our time’s greatest challenge: the climate crisis. It involves 80 projects from all over the world showing how designers can have a major impact by looking at materials in radical and new ways. The resulting designs are responsible, but also beautiful, comfortable and unexpectedly accessible. Urgency of the climate crisis. With many problems, people tend to think 'not in my backyard'. But the climate problem is precisely about our backyard: It's our backyard. The exhibition expresses the urgency of the climate problem and aims to make you think differently about the use of materials and design’s social importance. The exhibition shows that designers can make an important difference. They find new uses for waste material, like a lamp made from orange peels and jewelry made from ocean plastic for Balenciaga. Some projects focus on the use of natural materials, such as a fungal mycelium tunnel and flax- and bio-based resin surfboard. There’s even a light installation powered by micro-organisms that need to be fed during the exhibition period.

Amsterdam: 3-Hour Private Highlights City Tour by Minivan

5. Amsterdam: 3-Hour Private Highlights City Tour by Minivan

Make sure you don't miss any of Amsterdam's highlights and travel around the city comfortably in a minivan together with your live guide, who will be sure to provide interesting facts, fun anecdotes, explanations of what you see. Being a private tour for you and your group, the tour can also be personalized to your liking and interests.  Start with a panoramic view of the most interesting places in the city: The Museum Square (Museumplein), where you can take photos of important buildings as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum. Rijksmuseum was the largest building in The Netherlands in the 19th century and is really impressive even today. From there, head to the popular Jordaan neighborhood, where the Anne Frank House and Westerkerk are located, the church with the tallest bell tower in the city. Cross the Ij river where the islands of Java and KNSM are located to find some references for modern Dutch architecture.  Then, tour the city center where we can see the most representative buildings and places: Dam Square, Royal Palace, Nieuwekerk, Canal Ring, and much more. The vehicle will make the final stop at the flower market, where we will have free time so that we can take a look at the hundreds of types of flowers that are sold there. After, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Rembrandt's Art: Guided Tour in Amsterdam & Rijksmuseum

6. Rembrandt's Art: Guided Tour in Amsterdam & Rijksmuseum

Your morning in Amsterdam will start at the Rembrandthouse. The most famous painter of the Dutch Golden Age by far is Rembrandt van Rijn. The painter lived and worked the greater part of his life in Amsterdam. The city tour Rembrandt will bring alive the most important places of this part of his life. Walk through the area where he lived in his wealthy days with his first wife Saskia. Pass by his old house and see where he painted his masterpiece the Night watch. Of course this tour won’t be complete without a visit to the national gallery Rijksmuseum. In this museum you will find back many of the important paintings of Rembrandt such as the Jewish bride, syndics of drapers guild, many self-portraits and the famous Night watch. Join the tour and discover everything about the life of Rembrandt van Rijn!

Amsterdam: Urban Golf Walking Tour

7. Amsterdam: Urban Golf Walking Tour

Discover the most exciting and interesting places of Amsterdam, while taking part in a unique Urban Golf challenge. Follow a guide on a walking tour of Amsterdam. Move from location to location on the course of your tour, stopping to play a hole anywhere. Take your Golf Challenge out on the lawn at Museumplein or through the beautiful Vondelpark. Grab a drink in one of Rembrandtplein’s best bars as you play around in front of the great painter’s famous statue. Take in the glory of the Royal Palace as you play a quick hole on Dam Square, the possibilities are endless.

Amsterdam: City Highlights Walking Tour

8. Amsterdam: City Highlights Walking Tour

Discover Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ capital city, on our epic walking tours by day or evening with a flexible 3 day ticket! With the help of our Amsterdam guided city tours, you will gain an unparalleled insight into both the modern and historic Amsterdam. Our Amsterdam guided walking tours go far beyond introducing its most famous landmarks; they show you its trendiest shops, coolest cafes, and hippest hangout spots too. So whilst our guided tours will give you a fun yet informative insight into Amsterdam, above all they immerse you in the city’s creative, youthful, and liberal culture. If you don't have time to join our day tour and evening tour on the same day, don't worry! Your ticket is valid for 3 days from first use. As well as our highlights tour, we have a number of alternative routes that knit together to show you the fabric of Amsterdam. Use the free Vox City app (included in your ticket) to discover more of Amsterdam and its incredible history. Essential Amsterdam includes: Flower market Anne Frank House Red Light District Madame Tussaud's Rembrandt House Museum Damrak National Monument Waterloo Square Market Bushuissluis Bridge New Church Singel Beursplein Blauwbrug In Van Gogh's Footsteps includes: Vondelpark Van Gogh Museum Rijksmuseum Moco Museum I Amsterdam sign Museum Market Museumplein Stedelijk Museum Concertgebouw Paradiso Leidseplein Our 6 self-guided routes main sights: Noorderkerk Amstel River Heinekein Experience Nieuwe Spiegelstraat De Waag Basilica of St. Nicholas Old Church Homomonument Groenburgwal Canal Dutch National Opera The Big Church The Portoguese Synagogue Yellow Bridge ...and many more!

Amsterdam: Private or Public Walking Tour

9. Amsterdam: Private or Public Walking Tour

Enjoy a 1.5 hour private or public walking tour of Amsterdam with a small (private) group of maximum four travelers and a guide. The small group size makes it easy to explore this gorgeous but busy city and enhances the feeling of escaping mass tourism. Learn about the city's interesting history and cultural life. You will certainly be impressed by the city's architectural beauty with static and imposing canal houses, its people and its relaxed, open-minded atmosphere. The easiest way and place to meet your guide is at the National Monument on Dam (Dam Square) since you truly cannot overlook the giant white pillar. Dam is the heart of the city and the place where the Amsterdammers built a dam over the river. Because this is where the city originated one could say that this is where all the magic happened. Nowadays the beautiful square is a symbolic location because it houses important national symbols such as the National Monument, the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), and the Royal Palace. Follow your guide who leads the way through quaint alleyways with cobble-stoned streets where no other tourists are to be found. In the Dutch 17th century Holland was incredibly wealthy and powerful. The architectural heritage from those colonial dark days is seen all over this compact city, just like its classical character with gorgeous canal houses and historical houseboats. Admire the Waag, a medieval, fairytale-like building that once served as the gate to Amsterdam and other important sights such as Anne Frank House and the Westerkerk (Wester Church). Make sure to have enough space on your phone to take hundreds of photos because no matter where you look there will be something picturesque to see. Wander a bit off to take that perfect shot, because with the headsets that are used during the tour you can hear your guide even from a distance. Be surprised about Dutch culture and enjoy the entertaining stories your spontaneous and enthusiastic guide shares with you and learn about the city’s vibrant history and the dynamic between history, tolerance, religion, and pragmatism. Curious? Book below and be sure to enjoy a high-quality, off-the-beaten-path walking tour full countless of marvelous views.

Footsteps of Van Gogh Tour and Van Gogh Museum

10. Footsteps of Van Gogh Tour and Van Gogh Museum

After a 90-120 minutes drive from Amsterdam your first destination will be Nuenen. Nuenen: Van Gogh Village Delve into the life and work of Vincent van Gogh and visit a range of locations in Nuenen that inspired the artist, including the reformed church featured in his painting. This excursion will give you an insight into Vincent’s life in Nuenen, where he lived from December 1883 to November 1885. Vincent was very productive in this village, completing more than 500 paintings and drawings within a period of just two years. One of these was The Potato Eaters, now one of Vincent’s most famous works. During your time in Nuenen you'll have the change to visit the Vincentre Museum, explore some of  the 23 ‘Van Gogh locations’ by bike or on foot and soak up the renowned Brabant hospitality at the numerous shops and cafes. After exploring Vincent’s homeland, return to Amsterdam to explore the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Renowned masterpieces, quotes from letters and audio fragments all unite to answer your burning questions about the artist. Learn about his numerous self-portraits, the time he spent in Southern France, where he painted Sunflowers and about why he painted Almond Blossom.

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What people are saying about Museumplein

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 13,455 reviews

It was a really great bike tour with lots of information. Despite the fact that we haven't ridden a bike for years, the guide was very courteous and extremely friendly. Riding a bike in Amsterdam is a great feeling. A little turbulent on the one hand and very calm on the other. We would book this tour again and again. Kudos to the German-speaking guide Christian! :) Greetings from Lower Franconia

Rad was amazing guide would recommend him for your English bike tour. Great knowledge and sense of humour. Enjoyed every bit and had a wonderful experience.

I got to know Amsterdam very differently during the bike tour than it would have been possible on a city tour by bus, highly recommended.

Was a great experience; took no time to get into the museum (even when we were half an hour late for our timing) during high season.

amazing exhibition but a little tight on the amount of time you have to explore it