Best things to do in Amsterdam

Visiting Amsterdam? We’ll leave you absolutely no time to be bored! On this website, you’ll find the best things to do in Amsterdam. We’ll show you both the highlights and hidden secrets of Amsterdam. From its parks to the many museums and the romantic canal belt.  The capital of the Netherlands is a unique city in many kinds of ways; from its characteristic architecture to its liberal laws on drugs and prostitution. Let this website be your city guide. We make sure you don’t have to miss out on anything, as we provide you with the best tips, photos, and information.

Must-see museums in Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, you’ll find enough museums to spend an entire month wandering through museums. However, most people only have a few days in the city, thus we selected three museums that you really can’t miss out on. If you have enough time, you might want to check out some of the other museums in Amsterdam as well! Even if you’re usually no the type of person that likes to visit museums, Amsterdam has some peculiar ones that might trigger your curiosity.

The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn in Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is home to some of the world’s most famous artworks, including The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn. Art lovers can literally spend hours wandering through countless artefacts. The majestic building is home to works from world notable Dutch painters such as Frans Hals, Jan Steen and many more.

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Van Gogh Museum

This museum is dedicated to the life of Vincent van Gogh, one of the most influential painters The Netherlands has ever seen. Admire the world’s biggest collection artworks by the artist that cut off his own ear. Learn about his life, what inspired him, and how he became the icon he is today.

Anne Frank House Amsterdam

Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is the actual building where Anne Frank wrote her world-famous diary. Her diary tells the story of the horrors of WOII, through the eyes of a young Jewish girl growing up, hidden away from society. A fascinating but tragic story.

Best attractions in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is an easy city to spend a lot of money as there’s a lot to see and do. The attractions in Amsterdam can have a major impact on your travel budget, so choose wisely. Check out the entrance prices and discounts on this website to make the most out of your budget. We’re constantly working on adding new attractions and experiences.

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Heineken Experience

Visit the former brewery where it all started for this world-famous beer brand. At this museum dedicated to Heineken, you’ll find out how a small brewery distributing with horse and carriage grew to a beer brand sold in almost 200 countries. It’s not your ordinary museum, as beer-tasting is just one of the interactive elements.

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Casa Rosso

Check out the most (in)famous erotic theatre in the Red Light District! Cassa Rosso is the most iconic theatre in the area around since 1968. Sit back and enjoy one of the live 18+ shows on stage.

Johnny Depp Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

Madame Tussauds

Visit the Amsterdam version of Madame Tussauds wax museum and take a selfie with your favourite celebrity! In the Dutch version, you’ll find both international and national celebrities. You’ll also meet the Royal Dutch Family.

Things to do in Amsterdam with kids

Are you looking what to do in Amsterdam with your kids? There’s more than enough to do with kids! A canal cruise for instance is a treat for the whole family. Watch the city passing you by from a boat. Make sure not to miss out on the Nemo Science Centre either. It’s the most interactive and educative museum ever. Your kids can enjoy the experience a museum where they do get to touch everything.
Outside of Amsterdam, the theme park Efteling can be found. In this fantasy theme park, you’ll be surrounded by fairy tales. This is one of the best places to go with (or without) the kids. Discover the enchanting reality of the Efteling by yourself via our page.

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Artis Amsterdam Zoo

Escape the busy streets of Amsterdam and relax at the Amsterdam Zoo. The kids will be able to enjoy themselves in the petting zoo. Not the biggest zoo, but definitely charming and romantic!

Nemo Science Museum

Nemo Science Centre is a great combination of entertainment and education. Probably coolest and most interactive museum that you’ll ever see! There’s a lot to see and do for practically all ages.

Amsterdam Dungeon

Amsterdam Dungeon

Learn about the history of the city in the scary Amsterdam Dungeon. During several entertaining, fascinating live shows by enthusiastic performers, you’ll learn about the history of Amsterdam

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THIS IS HOLLAND

During this thrilling 5-dimensional ride you’ll fly over the highlights of the Netherlands! All your senses will be triggered, as you fly over the famous bulb fields, windmills and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

BODY WORLDS Amsterdam

BODY WORLDS

BODY WORLDS Amsterdam exhibition takes you on a journey through the human body. The theme of the exhibition is ‘The Happiness Project’, it will take you on a quest to the anatomical effects of happiness.

madurodam miniature village

Madurodam miniature village

Feel like a giant and check out all the landmarks and highlights of the Netherlands in a few hours! In this miniature theme park, your kids won’t be bored for a second, as there are lots of games and educative elements.

Cheap things to do

As you already might know Amsterdam is not cheap. However it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a good trip to Amsterdam if you’re on a budget. You might have to plan your trip a bit better, so you can find cheap alternatives. We will try and provide you with tips that save you money while still having an amazing experience. Take a look at our restaurants in Amsterdam page for instance, you’ll find really good meals for around €10,-. Also for a canal cruise there cheap alternatives, such as sailing a small boat yourself. A day in the park, sightseeing or in a coffeeshop don’t have to cost much either! Stay tuned as we will be adding new things to do in Amsterdam as much as we can!

Amsterdam Canal Belt in fall

Amsterdam Canal Belt

Roam around in the Amsterdam canal belt, a Unesco World Heritage site. The romantic canals and countless bridges will make you fall in love with the city. Will you discover the stunning architecture by foot, boat or bike?

Parks in Amsterdam

Take a break from sightseeing and have a cosy picnic in one of the parks. You’ll save money that you would have spend on a restaurant.

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Amsterdam Coffeeshops

Smoke some world famous pot and fly away. Interested to find out how Amsterdam became famous for its marihuana? Take a few hours to find out why in one of the coffeeshops.

The Catboat

Visit the only floating animal shelter in the world! A must-do for any cat friend. Visiting the Poezenboot is completely free of charge, but a donation is appreciated.

Bike rental & cycling

Go cycling

Explore the city by the no.1 form of transport in Amsterdam! A fantastic way to discover the city and surrounding areas. However, please make sure to practice a bit in a quiet area, as the busy streets are not advisable for beginners.

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Houseboat Museum

Visit the smallest, most unique museum in the world. As unique as the Amsterdam Canals, are the Houseboats. Check out a classical houseboat from the inside.

What to do on a rainy day in Amsterdam?

In The Netherlands, we have a lot of rain. Big chance that during your trip to Amsterdam you will have to deal with a little rainfall. However, with some smart planning, you can try and make sure that you have some indoor activities planned. Luckily there’s a lot to do in Amsterdam that doesn’t require good weather. Our advice is to take a good look at the Amsterdam weather forecast just before coming to Amsterdam. A very popular website among locals is buienradar.nl; you can check realtime radar images to see if there’s any precipitation coming up. Bad luck? Rain coming up? Make sure to check out the following activities:

house of bols genever experience

House of Bols

Genever is Dutch traditional liquor from which gin evolved, learn more and taste cocktails at the Genever experience.

National Maritime Museum

Learn more about the naval history of The Netherlands and how a small country played a big role in trade.

Glowgolf Amsterdam Powerzone

Glow in the dark mini golf

If you like mini golf, you’re going to love this indoor version! Escape the rain for a moment while you enjoy these golf holes, brought to life with the aid of UV-lights.

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Hop on Hop off tour

If you’re looking to explore the city of Amsterdam but the weather isn’t helping out, consider this comfortable tour by bus and boat.

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Ice bar

Although the temperatures are freezing here, you won’t be bothered by the rain!

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Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum is definitely worth a visit for those who’re into art!

Eating & dining in Amsterdam

During your stay in Amsterdam, you surely want to enjoy some good food. Among the restaurants in Amsterdam, you’ll find cuisines from all over the world. We have selected a few really good restaurants in different categories that you definitely don’t want to miss out on! In our selection, you’ll always find a restaurant that fits your budget as we have selected restaurants in every price range. Check out our categories below and find your restaurant of choice!

Dutch Restaurants

You won’t find many Dutch restaurants outside the Netherlands, so take this chance to try the Dutch cuisine!

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Indonesian Restaurants

Indonesia used to be a Dutch colony, that’s why you’ll find extraordinary good Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam.

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Michelin Star restaurants

For some fancy dining, you can go to one of the Michelin Star restaurants.

Cool places near Amsterdam

Don’t get us wrong, we love Amsterdam. However, there’s much more to see and do in the Netherlands! The fact that the country is so small, makes it really easy to travel around. There are other towns and cities with a completely different atmosphere to explore within less than an hour by public transport. You can even flee the busy city by bike and explore the hidden secrets surrounding Amsterdam. Thus we strongly recommend reserving at least one day for a day trip from Amsterdam.

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Weesp

Weesp is a beautiful, small town near Amsterdam. It offers a lovely break from the busy centre of Amsterdam.

Volendam Harbours

Volendam

Volendam is a historic fishing town 20 kilometres north of Amsterdam. Very popular destination for a day trip.

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Muiden

This tiny, romantic village is best known for its castle and as the gateway from inland waters to the IJsselmeer lake.

Amsterdamse Poort, Haarlem

Haarlem

Within twenty minutes from Amsterdam Central Station, you’ll find the beautiful city Haarlem after which Harlem in New York was named.

Leiden, Netherlands

Leiden

If you want to escape the busy centre of Amsterdam, Leiden is an interesting city with a rich history. Only 30 minutes by train.

Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

It is rather touristy, but the traditional Dutch Windmills and countryside are priceless here. Pretty pictures guaranteed!

Check out our latest blogposts on the city of Amsterdam

Looking for even more information on Amsterdam and what’s going on in the city? Make sure to also check out our blogposts on Amsterdam. You can view our latest 3 posts below. We regularly update our blog with news, and things to do in the city of Amsterdam.

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