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Amsterdam: ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo Entry Ticket

1. Amsterdam: ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo Entry Ticket

The oldest zoo in The Netherlands and the fifth oldest in the world in the city center of Amsterdam. Discover the new lion enclosure. Be amazed by the many species living side by side in the Forest House and Bird House. Scroll through the historic city park with its many monuments, centuries-old trees and beds full of colorful and fragrant flowers. Watch giraffes, zebras and kudus intermingling on the Savannah. Check our daily schedule for the zookeeper presents and watch and learn about the sea lions, Asian elephants and other animals. Visit the Planetarium for a trip through space (admission included) and come on a journey through the solar system to discover if Earth is unique at our Worlds Beyond Earth show (from 7 yo). Feel the fluttering of countless wings in the Butterfly Pavilion. Admire the botanical garden and take a restful break at one of our vegetarian restaurants. 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: City Card with Free Entrance & Public Transport

3. Amsterdam: City Card with Free Entrance & Public Transport

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. Benefit from 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. Enjoy one free canal cruise from several canal cruise companies at many locations in Amsterdam and 24-hour 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 • Fashion for Good • 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 Cultural Quarter - Portuguese 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 • Verwey 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 • 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.

Exploring Amsterdam Like a Local by Bike & Optional Cruise

5. Exploring Amsterdam Like a Local by Bike & Optional Cruise

Discover Amsterdam like a true local and explore the city on a leisurely bike tour. Join your guide who will give expert insight into hidden curiosities of the city, as well as fun facts about notable landmarks such as Museumplein, the Heineken Experience, and Centraal Station. Meet your guide in the heart of the city and set off cycling alongside Amsterdam's iconic canals. Discover more about the history of the city as you stop by some of the key points of interest including the Singel Canal, bustling Centraal Station, the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum. Get away from the hordes of crowds of the downtown areas and ride through the trendy local neighborhoods of Jordaan and De Pijp. Enjoy several stops along the way to discover local secrets away from the usual tourist attractions. Pause at some of the most picturesque locations in the city including the Windmill de Gooyer, Hortus Botanicus, and the Skinny Bridge that crosses the River Amstel. Throughout the tour your guide can also provide the top local recommendations to make the most of your stay in the city. If you want to see more of Amsterdam's beautiful waterways, choose to include a 1-hour canal cruise after your bike tour has finished. Sit back and relax as you admire historic canal houses and cute bridges amidst the gentle sound of boats navigating the waters.

Amsterdam: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Van Gogh Museum Access

6. Amsterdam: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Van Gogh Museum Access

Discover the best of Amsterdam and learn how it became the cultural capital of the Netherlands on a hop-on hop-off tour by air-conditioned coach.  With your 24-hour ticket, you’ll see many of the monuments of Amsterdam’s historic center, one of the largest in Europe. Travel down the picturesque streets of the Canal Belt, admiring the slender merchant houses of the Golden Age and the pretty barge houses of the modern-day.  Pass by many of Amsterdam’s main attractions, including Spui, the Windmill, Museumplein, Westerkerk and the Anne Frank House. Enjoy panoramic views from a bus that features a glass roof and audio commentary in 16 languages.  Red Line - Some stops only operate during the summer season: Stop 1 - Central Station (in front of LOVERS Canal Cruises) Stop 2 - Amsterdam River Cruises / De Ruyterkade (summer only) Stop 3 - Passenger Terminal Amsterdam Stop 4 - Gassan Diamonds Stop 5 - Jewish Historical Quarter Stop 6 - Royal Theatre Carré Stop 7 - Heineken Experience Stop 8 - Museum Square Stop 9 - Leidse Square Stop 10 - Jordaan Stop 11 - Westerdok Green Line - The route changes between the summer season and the winter season: Stop 1 - Central Station West Stop 2 - Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (this stop is only operated on cruise days) Stop 3 - NEMO Science Museum Stop 4 - Gassan Diamonds Stop 5 - Amsterdam Icebar Stop 6 - Golden Bend (summer) / Amsterdam Cuyp (winter) Stop 7 - Leidseplein (summer) / Rijksmuseum (winter) Stop 8 - Spiegelgracht (summer) / Westermarkt - Anne Frank House (winter) Stop 9 - Hermitage Amsterdam (summer only) Stop 10 - National Maritime Museum (summer only) Blue Line - This line only operates during the summer season: Stop 1 - Central Station West (opposite LOVERS Canal Cruises) Stop 2 - Amsterdam North Stop 3 - Anne Frank Huis Stop 4 - Leidseplein Stop 5 - Spiegelgracht Stop 6 - Albert Cuyp Market Stop 7 - Rijksmuseum Stop 8 - Westermarkt / Anne Frank Huis The summer season is mid-March to mid-October, and the winter season is mid-October to mid-March. In addition to the sightseeing tour, this packages comes with a timed-access ticket for the Van Gogh Museum on Museumplein. Explore the extensive collection dedicated to the art of the Dutch master, Vincent Van Gogh.

Amsterdam: ARTIS-Groote Museum Entry Ticket

7. 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: Old Town Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

8. Amsterdam: Old Town Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

The east side of old Amsterdam was once a centre of international trade and exploration, with parts of the city drawing a large Jewish community from the 1600s onwards. On this walking tour, I’ll tell you about this maritime history, and guide you through the old Jewish district, Jodenbuurt. As you roam the docklands, alleys and canals of the old east side, I’ll share the stories floating through its streets. You'll hear about the Dutch fleet, once the most powerful in the world, the eternal Anglo-Dutch wars, and how the old Navy Warehouse – now the National Maritime Museum – contributed to one of the worst defeats in the history of the British Navy. Speaking of museums, we’ll pass several that you may like to include in your Amsterdam explorations, including: • NEMO Science Museum, the green building shaped like a ship and built in what once was the arm of the sea that linked Amsterdam to the ocean • Hermitage Amsterdam, which houses a lot of Dutch artwork collected by the Russian Tsars • Rembrandt House Museum, modelled to look as it did in the 1600s • Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam (the Museum of WWII Resistance) where you can learn what life was like for locals during the war On this Amsterdam tour, you’ll also have the chance to: • Discover the rich traditions of Sephardic Jews while visiting the Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam, the largest synagogue in the world for centuries • Learn how WWII and the Holocaust almost fully wiped out Amsterdam’s Jewish population • Take in the many memorials around the Jewish District including the National Holocaust Names Monument and the Memorial to Auschwitz Victims • Stroll along Waterlooplein Market, one of the largest and oldest flea markets in the city • See Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam and ARTIS zoo, one of the oldest botanical gardens and zoos in the world • Hear about barges and traditional Dutch sailing ships including the magnificently refurbished East Indiaman Join me on this two-hour walk as we hop over a dozen artificial islands and past more than a dozen museums.

Amsterdam: Luxury Boat Tour with Stroopwafels + Drinks

9. Amsterdam: Luxury Boat Tour with Stroopwafels + Drinks

Embark on a delightful Amsterdam Luxury Boat Tour where you'll experience a perfect blend of indulgence and picturesque scenery. Cruise through the iconic canals while savoring the delicious taste of Dutch treats. Indulge in the sweet goodness of stroopwafels, iconic Dutch waffle cookies filled with caramel syrup—a delightful treat you won't want to miss during your journey. As you take in the sights, enjoy complimentary drinks on board to enhance your experience. Our boat is also stocked with various authentic Dutch sweets, adding an extra touch of sweetness to your cruise. Adding to the charm, our friendly captains will guide you through the city, providing interesting facts and stories about Amsterdam, making your tour both delightful and informative. Join us for a laid-back Amsterdam Luxury Boat Tour, where each sip, each bite, and every view contribute to a memorable experience. Book now for a journey that combines Amsterdam's charm with the delightful flavors of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam: Untold Stories of World War II Private Tour

10. Amsterdam: Untold Stories of World War II Private Tour

Together, we embark on a journey through the untold history of Amsterdam during World War II. We will stroll along beautiful old buildings that stand as silent witnesses to the stories I will narrate. I will recount known and unknown events from various (new) perspectives, drawing from recent research and personal accounts. The extermination of 70,000 Jewish ‘Amsterdammers’ has left voids in the city. These are scars that are barely visible to the naked eye anymore, but ones you will learn not to overlook after our journey.

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4.5
(5,637 reviews)

Our guide was lovely and knowledgeable and the tour was amazing — and flexible (she asked if we’d like to add things on, which we did!). Bike’s were fantastic, and our 3 kids (12 - 17) all had a great time even in the rain.

Initially after purchasing the card we had trouble booking time slots due to the websites being down. I contacted Iamsterdam via Instagram and they resolved the issue immediately. Overall it was definitely worth the money.

Since we mainly wanted to visit museums in Amsterdam and lived 20 minutes from the center, the Amsterdam City Card was perfect and was 100% worth it.

It was perfect, I just felt I didn't spend so much time in some places, but is normal because we visited 4 villages in less than 8 hours

Really good experience you have to do it if you want to understand the city and know about it’s history