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Amsterdam: ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo Entry Ticket

1. Amsterdam: ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo Entry Ticket

At the ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo, nature, culture, and heritage come together. Every tree, creature, building, microbe, and planet has its own story. ARTIS has been telling these stories since 1838, and each day they are born anew. Experience it all for yourself with your entry ticket. Stroll through the historical city park with its centuries-old trees and wealth of plants. Delight your taste buds at de Plantage, a café-restaurant. Relax in a chair near the fountain on Artisplein. Experience nature and discover its significance for civilization, because a better understanding of nature fosters a greater respect for all the life around you.

Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

2. Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

Discover the sights of central Amsterdam with 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: The I amsterdam City Card

3. Amsterdam: The I amsterdam City Card

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam with an I amsterdam City Card, and enjoy free entrance to many of the city's top museums and attractions, including the Rijksmuseum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Moco Museum, and Rembrandt House Museum. After arriving in Amsterdam, head to the I amsterdam Store to pick up the physical card. Once you've got your card, activate it to begin your vacation. As you explore, use the I amsterdam City Card app to get up-to-date information and to navigate the city with a map. The card also comes with discounted entry to other attractions, such as Heineken Experience, Johan Cruijff Arena and Amsterdam Dungeon. Valid for 24, 48, 72, 96, or 120 hours from first use, unlimited access to the city's public transportation system for the duration of your card allows you to get around quickly. You can also enjoy one free canal cruise from several canal cruise companies at many locations in Amsterdam and 24h free bicycle rental. Complete listing offers included in the I Amsterdam City Card Free admission to the following museums/attractions (timeslot booking may be required): •Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam •Amsterdam Museum •Amsterdam Pipe Museum •Amsterdam Tulip Museum •Architectuur Centrum Amsterdam •ARTIS Royal Zoo •ARTIS Micropia •ARTIS Groote Museum •Cobra Museum Amstelveen •Diamond Factories and the Diamond Museum •Do-It-Yourself Foodie Tour •Embassy of the Free Mind •EYE Filmmuseum •Foam - Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam •Fun Forest •Gassan Diamonds •Geelvinck Pianola Museum •Het Grachtenhuis - Museum of the Canals •Hermitage Amsterdam •Hermitage - Museum of the Mind •Hortus Botanicus - Botanical Garden •Huis Marseille - Museum for Photography •Jewish Cutural Quarter - Portugese Synagogue •Jewish Museum - Jewish Cultural Quarter •Luther Museum •Moco Museum •Molen van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum •Multatuli Museum •Museum de Dageraad •Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder - Our Lord in the Attic •Museum Het Rembrandthuis - Rembrandt House Museum •Museum Het Schip - Amsterdam School Arts and Architecture •Museum Tot Zover - Funeral Museum •Museum Van Loon •Museum Willet-Holthuysen •De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam •Outsider Art Museum – Hermitage •Oude Kerk •Rijksmuseum •Het Scheepvaartmuseum - The National Maritime Museum •Science Center NEMO •The Studio NEMO •Stadsarchief Amsterdam - City Archives •Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam •THIS IS HOLLAND •Tropenmuseum •Verzetsmuseum - Dutch Resistance Museum •Woonbootmuseum - Houseboat Museum In Haarlem: •Frans Hals Museum •Teylers Museum •Free Canal Cruise In Volendam/Marken: •Rederij Volendam Marken (ferry) •Volendams Museum In Enkhuizen: •Zuiderzee Museum In Zaanse Schans: •Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience •Kuiperij Tiemstra (Coopery) •Wevershuis- The Weaver’s House •Tsar Peter House, Zaandam •Mill Museum •Zaan Time Museum •De Bonte Hen (Oil Mill) •De Kat (Chalk Mill) •De Schoolmeester (Paper Mill) •Het Jonge Schaap (Sawmill) In Muiden: •Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot •Amsterdam Fortress Island Pampus In Naarden: •Amsterdam Fortress Museum Naarden-Vesting In Laren: •Singer Laren Freebies: •De Drie Fleschjes - Free shot of genever (18+) •Holland Casino Amsterdam - Free entrance (18+) •Haarlem Tourist Office Free canal cruise in Amsterdam: •Blue Boat Company •Stromma Canal Cruise •Lovers Canal Cruises •Amsterdam Circle Line B.V. Free 24h Bike Rental 25% discount – Music & Stage •Bimhuis – Jazz •Boom Chicago - English improvisation comedy theatre •Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ - Contemporary music & classical music •Nationale Opera & Ballet - Dutch National Opera & Ballet 25% discount - Attractions •The Amsterdam Dungeon •Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium Tours •Body Worlds •Dutch Cheese & Wine Cruise or Cocktail Cruise •Fabrique des Lumieres •Fashion for Good Museum Amsterdam •Heineken experience •House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (18+) •Het Kattenkabinet - The Cat Cabinet •Madame Tussauds Amsterdam •NXT Museum •Our House •Rembrandts Amsterdam •STRAAT museum Upside Down Amsterdam •25% discount - Transport & Rentals •Pedal boat •Bicycle rental & Bike Tours •Mokumboat.com – Rental boats to drive yourself 25% discount - Food & Drink •Blue Amsterdam •Pancakes Amsterdam •The Pancake Bakery •Restaurant de Hoop op d'Swarte Walvis •Restaurant Wagamama - Asian restaurant •Taverne de Visscher •Zuiderzee Museum

Amsterdam: ARTIS-Micropia Microbe Museum Entry Ticket

4. Amsterdam: ARTIS-Micropia Microbe Museum Entry Ticket

At ARTIS-Micropia you’ll experience the smallest and most successful of life forms. Every human being carries approximately 1.5 kilograms of microbes, as you’ll learn with your entry ticket. Microbes are everywhere, and they shape your world. You can experience this straight away through microscopes that make it possible for you to see how living microbes move around, eat, and reproduce. You can navigate through the habitat of extremophiles, which are microorganisms that are able to survive the most extreme circumstances. And with a body scan, you come face-to-face with your very own microorganisms. After a visit to ARTIS-Micropia, you’ll probably never see yourself, or the world, in the same way again.

Amsterdam: Small Group Bike Tour Like a Local

5. Amsterdam: Small Group Bike Tour Like a Local

During your stay in Amsterdam, you cannot miss out on a bike tour along the city’s canals. Follow alongside your guide will take you to the most memorable places in the city, including parks, museums, and windmills. On this tour on wheels, set out to see see the most important things about the Dutch capital, including its best landscapes. Listen as your guide tells you the stories that make these sites special. This city bike tour of Amsterdam is the best way to get to know those parts of the city that are harder to reach by walking. Cycle safely along independent bike lanes and away from the large crowds of downtown.

Amsterdam: ARTIS-Groote Museum Entry Ticket

6. Amsterdam: ARTIS-Groote Museum Entry Ticket

Explore the comparisons of humans and nature around them, including the from flora and fauna of the world. Learn theories about how psychology and biology are related. From communicating plants to a competition with a chimpanzee or a scent tunnel where recognition and emotion alternate: you go on a personal expedition, crisscrossing the museum. Enter the museum with questions about nature around you, and leave with even more questions about the world around you. Ponder thoughts such as: What makes you different from a gorilla or a forest violet? Are you really that different? Get insight into whether the world is outside of you or within you. See how you make sounds with your vocal cords, test your emotions, taste your future and smell your past. In the museum you will discover what your intestines, an earthworm, a tree root and your health have in common.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

7. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

Paddle through the heart of Amsterdam and discover the city on a fun and active tour. Pass bridges, beautiful town houses, and famous museums. Experience the city from the water on a 2-hour paddle boarding tour along its canals and the river Amstel. Your tour begins in a quiet section of canal so you can get used to the paddle board. Once you feel safe, you'll cross the Amstel and hit the city. Admire stunning houses along the river and paddle through the network of canals and bridges. Depending on the group's skill level, paddle level head back via the Red Light District or de Oude Waal. Both locations have plenty of highlights to check out. The last part of the tour takes you past the Nautical Museum and a replica 18th-century ship, before finishing up back at the original meeting point.

Amsterdam: Professional Photoshoot Inside Artis Royal Zoo

8. Amsterdam: Professional Photoshoot Inside Artis Royal Zoo

Turn your visit into a memory that will last a lifetime with a photo session inside the iconic Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam with a photographer. Meet your photographer for 5-10 candid portrait photographs. Bring your smile and follow the instructions of your professional photographer to get some great shots. Get your picture taken alone or with the special people in your life. After your shoot, you'll get a personal link to your pictures, where you can view and download the high-resolution images on your own device.

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What people are saying about Artis Zoo

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,867 reviews

If you need something nice and relaxing to do, without a massive line up then go here. Very good zoo for all animal lovers alike. Great way to use up a day or a couple of hours, with lots of variety of animals to see, very clean and well organized zoo. There were plenty of places to stop and rest and the gardens were nice too. Didn't eat at the restaurant in the zoo, but many bakeries, coffeeshops, and restaurants just located outside the zoo if you don't want to eat in the restaurant within the zoo.

Niesamowite przeżycie, zarówno dla dzieci, jak i "nadal ciekawych świata" dorosłych. Cudownie ukazuje świat jako system "naczyń połączonych", którego człowiek jest tylko częścią, a nie zarządcą. Ekspozycja złożona jest z kilku tematycznych stacji, każda ekscytująca i w inny sposób ukazująca przedstawianą tematykę. Wszystko zlokalizowane w przecudnych, inspirujących wnętrzach. Gorąco polecam.

The experience was excellent, we really enjoyed it! The guide is friendly, clear when giving information about the city and the tour was in very beautiful places! The bike is of great quality!

Superb walk with a very competent guide, Bastien, was really good and very attentive. We were lucky because the app worked great the whole way. To recommend without hesitation.

Such a lovely experience with a wide variety of animals and you can see they are all looked after so well. Brilliant for adults and children