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!

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.

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Van Gogh Museum

This museum is dedicated to the life of Vincent van Gogh. Admire the artworks by the artist that cut off his own ear.

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Anne Frank House

The tragic story of the Jewish girl who lived hidden away during the horrors of WOII.

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

Learn all about this world famous beer brand.

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Casa Rosso

Check out the most (in)famous erotic theatre in the Red Light District!

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Madame Tussauds

Take a selfie with your favorite celebrity in the wax museum.

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

Take the kids to see the animals in the Amsterdam zoo.

Nemo Science Museum

Probably coolest and most interactive museum that you’ll ever see!

Amsterdam Dungeon

Amsterdam Dungeon

Learn about history of the city in the scary Amsterdam Dungeon.

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THIS IS HOLLAND

Learn more about the Netherlands in this thrilling 5-dimensional ride!

BODY WORLDS Amsterdam

BODY WORLDS

Both educative and fun; learn about happiness human anatomy!

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Madurodam miniature village

Check out all the landmarks and highlights of the Netherlands in a few hours!

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!

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Amsterdam Canal Belt

Roam around in the Amsterdam canal belt, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Parks in Amsterdam

Have a picnic in one of the parks and save money on a restaurant.

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Amsterdam Coffeeshops

Smoke some world famous pot and fly away.

The Catboat

Visit the only floating animal shelter in the world! A must-do for any cat friend.

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Go cycling

Explore the city by the no.1 form of transport in Amsterdam and a fantastic way to discover the city!

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Houseboat Museum

Visit the smallest, most unique museum in the world. See 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 weather forecast just before coming to Amsterdam. A very popular website among locals is www.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 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.

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Hermitage Museum

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

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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.

Ice bar

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

Bowling Amsterdam Powerzone

Bowling

Go for a game of bowling until the weather clears! Everybody loves bowling, right?

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.

Things to do 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.

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.