Things to do in Amsterdam

Going on a trip to Amsterdam? There are many great things to do in the capital of the Netherlands, and there are many ways to enjoy this city. Here’s a few of our favorite things to do in Amsterdam, if you’re looking for inspiration.

The first thing you should definitely do is get the Holland Pass or I Amsterdam Card. It allows you to skip the tedious lines in several museums of your choice, and travel within the city is free, including cruising the canals!

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One of the most fun ways of transport in the city is on the canals. If you ask us, it makes great sense moving from a coffee shop to the Rijksmuseum, or to the flower market, through the beautiful canals, that are a great tourist attraction by themselves. This, of course, includes travel on the Amstel River, a name that avid beer drinkers might recognize. Traveling over Amsterdam’s water ways is great fun, but you should know that taking a tram or bus is usually quicker and cheaper, and reaching all of the above destinations by foot is also fairly easy as the city center is not that big.

As far as museums go, there are several recommended places to visit. First and foremost, the Van Gogh museum holds the biggest collection of works by Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most popular painters. Though his life was difficult in many ways, his paintings are always very uplifting. The Anne Frank Museum is also a must-see. It is located in the house where the Jewish family Frank was hiding from the Nazis during World War II, and where they were eventually caught. With excerpts from Anne Frank’s Diary this museum can be a life-defining experience and should definitely be on your to-do list in Amsterdam.

For later hours, the bars and restaurants that are located around the Dam Square can offer a great variety of food and drink. It is also very close to many of the city’s other locations. And if at any time, late or otherwise, you decide to visit Amsterdam’s famous Red Lights District, remember not to take photos – the working prostitutes won’t let you, and they might even snatch your cameras!

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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$