Attractions in Amsterdam

Planning to explore the best attractions in Amsterdam? This city with its Red Light district, coffee shops and many historic canals, giving it the nickname Venice of the North, is one of the most popular city destinations and it offers its visitors a long list of must see attractions. To help you make the most of your Amsterdam vacation, we produced more than 20 video guides about this surprising city that will tell you all about the obvious, and not so obvious hot spots of this city.

Planning your Amsterdam sightseeing? Here are our top tips… The Amsterdam historical city center is small and although it contains 90 islands, 400 bridges and 7000 listed buildings, you can still explore the main sites in a day or two. If you plan to visit Amsterdam for 4 days or more, you should probably consider spending at least one day exploring some of the many interesting landmarks around the city, such as the Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, Kinderdijk with its windmills, villages such as Zaanse Schans or Marken, or maybe another beautiful city, like The Hague, Haarlem, Delft or Leiden, all easily reachable by train in about half an hour from Amsterdam.

Top Amsterdam attractions

But let’s focus on the best attractions in Amsterdam for now – as the capital city of the Netherlands has many great experiences waiting for you. Of course, we have all heard about the promiscuous Red Light District, and the coffee shops where you can buy marijuana and hash – 2 of the city’s biggest attractions. However, make sure you don’t miss out on everything else Amsterdam has to offer you! The renowned Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum for example, boasting famous art works from Dutch and international masters such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Vermeer, Steen, Hals, and many more. Another must-visit museum is the Anne Frank House, where the Jewish Anne Frank and her family were hiding during the World War 2 – they did not survive but Anne’s diary did, which is still on display in the small but impressive museum.

Need a break from all that sightseeing? The city boasts some wonderful green parks, the most popular of all is the Vondelpark right next to the Museum Quarter. A great place to relax, have a picknick or to explore by bicycle. Strolling along the many beautiful canals in the historical center can also be a nice way to pass the time and admire the wonderful buildings and bridges – or even better, take a cruise and view the city from a different perspective from the water!

Looking for some shopping, or for the vibrant Amsterdam nightlife? Around the Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein, two squares in the center of town, you can find many shops, bars, restaurants and clubs. The most exclusive shopping street of the city is the P.C. Hooftstraat, other famous areas are the Kalverstraat and the “9 little streets” among many others.

Here’s a few more ideas for cultural highlights and historical attractions in Amsterdam, that you could get to know: the Dam area with its majestic Royal Palace, big square and old church (called the “New Church”); the floating Flower Market where you can buy great souvenirs and enjoy the fragrant and colorful flowers that are for sale, the Begijnhof – a true hidden gem, and many more places waiting for you to be explored!

Check our many video travel guides about attractions in Amsterdam: mentioned museums, nightlife and locations for more information and tips that will help you make the most of your time !

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$