Things to do in

Amsterdam

Broad canals crisscross a city famous for its world class art, tolerance, and happy cyclists.

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Amsterdam

What top attractions are a must-see in Amsterdam?

Planning Your 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.

Sightseeing in Amsterdam

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What people are saying about Amsterdam

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 108,371 reviews

Experienced a Zoo, with very kind employees. The living spaces of the animals seems a little small. Other visitors tend to tick on windows and cages. Artis must change the behaviour of there visitors. Overall, it is a nice place to walk, no long distances. A walk through in 3 hours.

It was a lovely experience!We have been transferred for a while in the way of living of Anna's Frank family during the second war! Also,we have been informed what was happening during German's occupation in Netherlands! Thank you Julliet!

It was really enjoyable tour with our guide Stan. All information was spot on and detailed. Recommend it to the people visit Amsterdam. Hearing details which you can't find on the web sites of the city. Liked every minute of it.

Me and my friends had the best time on this boat tour. Our guides were extremely friendly and even suggested other activities we should do. Our guide Ingrid was very helpful.

Очень легкий и интересный тур. Гид очень приятная женщина, старалась учесть все пожелания группы