Amsterdam City Center Guide

Amsterdam’s city center is not big, and it is possible to see it all on foot. The historic heart of the city is built on ninety different islands with more than four hundred bridges connecting them. It also has over seven thousand listed houses, with some of the buildings dating back to the fifteenth century which makes it is very easy to miss some of the hidden passages and monuments.

Get to know the city center of Amsterdam

Our tip? Book a short walking tour to get to know the Amsterdam city center and let a professional tourist guide reveal all the central attractions for you. Maybe he or she will even point out some hidden gems! A good alternative is taking a relaxing canal cruise – also a great way to get to know more about the city and its many attractions in the old historical center. Lots of cruises are leaving from either the Damrak or the Rokin – 2 major streets in Amsterdam. Or do as the locals, grab a bicycle and explore the city center on your own!

Want to see a lot of the Amsterdam city center? Then it would be a good idea to get the I Amsterdam or Holland Pass, 2 prepaid attraction passes that will help you see a lot of the city for less money, and even skip the line at some of the busiest museums in town. You will get discounts or even free entrance for attractions such as the Madame Tussauds museum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Heineken Experience, Amsterdam Dungeon and many more. Another great feature of these passes if the included transportation – travel for free in Amsterdam’s trams and buses. Want to know more? Check our offers for more details about the pass.

Watch our free video guides about Amsterdam’s best attractions, decide on what you want to see, and plan it in the best possible way. It’s not only information we’re offering you – there’s also plenty of tips in our videos, to help you do more and spend less during your vacation!

Amsterdam Super Saver: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Delft and The Hague Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the charm of the Netherlands with this combination of two best-selling tours at a discounted price. Take a morning tour from Amsterdam to see the famous Zaanse Schans windmills and the quaint fishing villages of Marken and Volendam. Then, continue your day trip from Amsterdam with visits to two don't-miss Dutch cities: Delft and The Hague. If time is tight and you'd like to travel beyond Amsterdam, this action-packed, full-day tour shows you the best of the Netherlands. Even better, you'll enjoy about a 10% discount when you buy these tours in this way.

USD 92.65$

Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

Leave Amsterdam behind for a few hours and discover the surrounding Dutch countryside and its wonderful windmills! Drive through idyllic landscapes criss-crossed with canals, see authentic wooden houses and old-fashioned cheese-making in Volendam. Watch a shoemaker make clogs in Marken, and capture photos of the windmills the Netherlands is famous for in the picturesque village of Zaanse Schans. Throughout this half-day trip, listen to commentary about the history, culture and sights of the Netherlands.

USD 46.33$

Bruges Day Trip from Amsterdam

Discover Bruges – one of the most captivating cities in Belgium – on this day trip from Amsterdam. After traveling to Bruges by coach, you will receive a brief overview of city sights from your knowledgeable guide. Then, enjoy 5 full hours exploring the churches, canals and lace shops of Bruges on your own. See the Begijnhof, the city gates and the eye-catching windmills. And indulge in some delicious Belgian chocolates on your ride back to Amsterdam!

USD 81.07$

I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

Simplify your trip to Amsterdam with the I Amsterdam City Card, a pass that gives you free admission to museums and public transport throughout the city. Gain free entry to 38 museums including the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandthuis Museum and Hermitage Amsterdam. Enjoy unlimited free public transport, a free canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. This pass is the perfect way for independent travelers to make the most of their time in Amsterdam and save money too!

USD 56.75$

Keukenhof Gardens and Tulip Fields Tour from Amsterdam

Experience the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens on this hassle-free tour from Amsterdam. Travel by comfortable coach through the Netherlands’ countryside filled with blooming flower fields, and then enjoy three hours walking through the Keukenhof Gardens at your leisure. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy among the vibrant display of millions of spring tulips!

USD 57.91$