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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).


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.


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
  • 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.
  • Events in Amsterdam
    Entrance Parade of Sinterklaas
    15. Nov 2016
    various locations (Amsterdam)

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What People Are Saying About Amsterdam

Excellent way to see sights with ability to adapt to own preferences.

Guide very accommodating and always consulting with us to find out our wishes. Most enjoyable experience allowing us to personalise the tour to our own preferences. Transport very luxurious providing excellent comfort during trip.

Amazing tour that will give you insights of Netherlands

Truly a good journey with the tour. The guides and bus driver were very friendly and helpful. The information shared was very indepth. An amazing experience that is highly recommended for everyone
Volendam, Edam, and Windmills Tour from Amsterdam Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/24/2016

Walking through history with the help of Michael an excellent guide

A really interesting and informative walk and talk. Readings from Anne's diary brought the events of wartime Amsterdam alive. The hope, the helplessness and the ultimate horror. A good way to learn about the background of the diary at our own pace. A highlight of our mother and daughter weekend.

Excellent, informative and comprehensive tour.

We found this tour an excellent way to gain an insight into Amsterdam's history during World War 2. The guide was knowledgable and included a wealth of information about the area and its background at other times. The tour was delivered with historical detail along with elements of humour. We were able to see and understand aspects of the city and its memorials which we would otherwise have overlooked. Would recommend this tour.

Brilliant fun, amazing views, a must see and do.

We were lucky enough to visit on a clear, dry day. The views across the city were absolutely beautiful. Not brave enough to go on the swing. The A'DAM Lookout is a must for any visitors to Amsterdam.

Based on 8,582 reviews by GetYourGuide customers