– COVID-19 update; after the 1st of June, museums, attractions, bars and restaurants will reopen at limited capacity. Reservations are required –
Museums in Amsterdam
If you like going to museums you’ll be enlightened by the wide variety of museums in Amsterdam. Besides the world-famous Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam counts 50 more less-known museums.
Amsterdam is known for its many canals. The city center is practically a network of canals, along which you’ll find Amsterdam’s monumental canal houses.
Red Light District
Red Light District or ‘De Wallen’ in Dutch is home to one of the oldest professions in the world. Wander around the area and pay a visit to one of the peepshows!
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. With under a million inhabitatants, Amsterdam is a relatively small and compact city, compared to other European capitals. 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 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.
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
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.
Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium Tour
The Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium Tour will let you experience the home of Ajax. Ajax is known all over the world, and even more after the amazing Champions Legeau adventure of this year. It brought them almost to the finals. Discover yourself why the best football players came from Ajax. You will learn some real Amsterdam culture at the Amsterdam ArenA that you won’t forget!
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.
House of Bols
The House of Bols is a unique museum in Amsterdam that not only educates you on the history of liqueur and spirits but also lets you experience it yourself. This award-winning cocktail & genever experience is the perfect combination of heritage and history in a modern and beautifully designed environment.
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. If you’re willing to travel a fair bit, theme park Efteling is a great place. It was even awarded the Diamond ThemePark Award. In this fantasy theme park, you’ll be surrounded by fairy tales. For a more elaborate overview also check out our blog post on things to do with kids in Amsterdam.
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.
Ripley’s believe it or not
Visit the Amsterdam version of Ripley’s believe it or not. Meet the people who made it into the Guinness Book of World Records and hear the stories behind the rare pieces of art collected by world traveller Robert Ripley.
In this award-winning museum, you’ll learn about the tiniest living organisms, invisible to the human eye. Although in everyday life you’re not aware of these forms of life, they’re essential to our very existence. Curious? Go see it for yourself!
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
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.
Things to do for adults
Some things that Amsterdam is best known for are not exactly the places that you’d go to with the whole family. The unofficial slogan for the city used to be ‘Come for the weed, stay for the hookers’. Nowadays, Amsterdam still is home to a fair share of adult-only entertainment in specific places. Want to know more about this naughty part of the city? Make sure not to miss the following places and attractions.
Explore the vibrant nightlife of Amsterdam! The Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket will grant free access to the most popular clubs in town. Some free shots are always welcome, right?
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.
Check out the most (in)famous erotic theatre in the Red Light District! Casa Rosso is the most iconic theatre in the area around since 1968. Sit back and enjoy one of the live 18+ shows on stage.
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
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.
Albert Cuyp Market
There’s no better place to explore culture, than at a local market. Best of all it’s totally free! Take a stroll along the many stalls at the Albert Cuyp.
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.
Visit the smallest, most unique museum in the world. As unique as the Amsterdam Canals, are the Houseboats. Find out what it must be like living in one of the canal boats.
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.
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:
Ripley’s believe it or not
Visit the Amsterdam version of Ripley’s believe it or not. Meet the people who made it into the Guinness Book of World Records and hear the stories behind the rare pieces of art collected by world traveler Robert Ripley.
National Maritime Museum
Learn more about the naval history of The Netherlands and how a small country played a big role in trade.
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.
Although the temperatures are freezing here, you won’t be bothered by the rain!
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.
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!
You won’t find many Dutch restaurants outside the Netherlands, so take this chance to try the Dutch cuisine!
Indonesia used to be a Dutch colony, that’s why you’ll find extraordinary good Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam.
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.
If you want to escape the busy centre of Amsterdam, Leiden is an interesting city with a rich history. Only 30 minutes by train.
Within twenty minutes from Amsterdam Central Station, you’ll find the beautiful city Haarlem after which Harlem in New York was named.
This tiny, romantic village is best known for its castle and as the gateway from inland waters to the IJsselmeer lake.
Volendam is a historic fishing town 20 kilometres north of Amsterdam. Very popular destination for a day trip.
Weesp is a beautiful, small town near Amsterdam. It offers a lovely break from the busy centre of Amsterdam.
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.