Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether you’re looking for a museum, a “souvenir," or some risque nightlife: the Red Light District is sure to delight and entertain.
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.
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.
For city history, visit the aptly-named Amsterdam Museum. Educate yourself on everything from famous Amsterdamians to fashion and architecture. Some exhibits are interactive!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- LanguageDutch and lots of English
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+31
- Best time to visitThere’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.
Things to Do in Amsterdam
Top Attractions in Amsterdam
- 3Heineken Experience
- 4Van Gogh Museum
- 5Magere Brug
- 7Amsterdam Red Light District
- 8Dam Square
- 9De Pijp
- 10Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
- 11Canal Bus
- 12Oude Kerk
- 13Amsterdam Museum
- 15Anne Frank
- 17Ripley's Believe It or Not! Amsterdam
- 18Artis Zoo
- 19The Jordaan
- 20A’DAM Lookout - Amsterdam Observation Deck
Other Sightseeing Options in Amsterdam
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What People Are Saying About Amsterdam
I had a private tour as I was the only person that booked. Talia was very knowledgeable about Ann Frank and Amsterdam in general. Very easy to talk to and ask questions. I had a great time.
I bought e-ticket in case not to wait in long queue. As I knew after 2 hours (during this time I asked for staffs if I have any opportunities not to wait.. they said - no)), well, in these 2 hours I've known that should buy ticket with time :) Maybe I wan't so careful and you have this information on your website, Anyway, good place to say hello to Amsterdam. You can "face to face to Van Gogh", enjoy tasty cup of coffee, walk around great area
There was a problem getting my ticket. It had been booked on Dec 31st for Jan 5th and promised within 48hours. It did not arrive and when I rang, was told the tour had been cancelled. It was re-scheduled for Jan 6th but again my tickets were not sent immediately and my flight was booked for 9.45 on Jan 5th so I had no way of getting the tickets myself. Fortunately my nephew in Amsterdam printed them for me. But it was a nuisance as it made me late and slightly marred what was otherwise an enjoyable experience Harold was a professional, knowledgeable and considerate guide and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The initial outlay may seem pricey, but the ease of use and variety of places to visit made it worthwhile.
Very popular cruise. Fantastic way to see the lights in a relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely recommend and would do it again!