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30 things to do in Amsterdam

  • To visit Dam Square

This is the start point of your journey over amazing Amsterdam. All roads lead to Dam Square, the real heart of Amsterdam, where The Royal Palace, the Nieuwe Kerk and the War Memorial overlook this vast and bustling open space.

  • To cycle with rented bike

You’ll definitely notice variety of the bikes in Amsterdam. There are more bikes than people in the Dutch capital – walk anywhere in the city, day or night, and you will notice that bikes massively outnumber cars. Cycling not only healthy habit but also a way to explore amazing streets, canals and old buildings in Amsterdam. There are a variety of bikes at the rent points: Traditional Dutch style bike or grandmabike, City Bike, Electric bike, Cargobike, Racing bike, Folding bike, Recumbent, Tandem bike.

  • To visit flower market, tulip museum and buy a bunch of tulips

If you are in Amsterdam you have to visit the only floating flower market in the world. The market exits since 1862. The flower stalls stand on the houseboats and evoke the old days when the market was daily supplied by boats. The market is open all year and is a very colourful place to visit. Tulips are very popular in Netherlands. If you are not able to visit incredible tulip fields and Keukenhof park in Amsterdam countryside, then enjoy of the bunch of fresh tulips from flower market and visit Tulip’s museum.

  • Canal cruise

A canal cruise is a must-do when visiting Amsterdam. After walking most of the day, getting to take in the city from a different view while relaxing on a boat (while sipping wine and eating cheese) was very enjoyable! The journey follows a complete loop of the city, pointing out iconic highlights such as the Anne Frank House, the A’DAM Tower, the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge), the centuries-old canal houses on the Herengracht and the historic Jordaan neighbourhood.

  • To make picture on one of the bridges over the canals and beside old houses

Amsterdam known for its labyrinthine system of canals, equally important are the bridges that cross them. The city proper has roughly 2500 bridges ranging from ancient stone structures to modern solutions to crossing the canals. The oldest and most magnificent buildings of Amsterdam are located on Prinsengracht, Herengracht and Keizersgracht — a triad of beautiful canals that encircle the city’s historic center.

  • To eat freshly baked Stroopwafels

A stroopwafel is a thin, round waffle cookie made from two layers of sweet baked dough held together by syrup filling. First made in the city of Gouda in South Holland, stroopwafels are a well-known Dutch treat popular throughout the Netherlands and abroad. There are many famous bakeries in Amsterdam to taste fresh stroopwafels.

  • To make pictures with wax figures at Madame Tussauds Museum

Pose beside the wax figures of a bevy of international stars, world leaders, and Dutch household names like King Willem-Alexander and Johan Cruyff.

  • To have beautiful city view from Adam tower

LOOKOUT 360º Amsterdam + sensational swing An iconic viewing point in The Netherlands – A’DAM LOOKOUT, has joined the Eiffel Tower, the Fernsehturm and the London Eye. For the daredevils among us, LOOKOUT also has a further adrenalin kick in store. On the roof is Europe’s highest swing.

  • To visit Red Lights District

Amsterdam’s De Wallen area is home to one of the world’s most famous red light districts. Take a stroll to soak up the rousing yet beautiful lights, or visit the Red Lights Secrets Museum to learn more about Amsterdam’s sex work profession. The district is also known for its trendy coffee shops, bars, and clubs. The best time to see the district is in the early evening or at night, when the lights begin to illuminate the narrow streets.

  • To taste Dutch pancakes – Poffertjes

What’s the difference between a Dutch pancake and an American pancake? A Dutch pancake is usually larger and much thinner than the thick and fluffy American pancakes. If you order a Dutch pancake at PANCAKES Amsterdam, you will get a delicious thin pancake with a diameter of 32 centimeters.

  • To visit Artis zoo

Natura Artis Magistra, commonly known just as Artis, is a zoo and botanical garden in the centre of Amsterdam. It is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and fifth oldest zoo in the world. In addition to the zoo, Artis also contains an aquarium, a planetarium, an arboretum, Micropia, and the Groote Museum. 

  • To go to Diamond museum

For more than 400 years, Amsterdam is the City of Diamonds. The story of how Amsterdam became the diamond capital of the world, actually started over 600 years ago in Southern Europe. Diamond museum was founded in 2007, it is located on the Museum square.

  • To walk on the Rembrandtplein and visit Rembrandt’s house

Rembrandtplein is a major square in central Amsterdam, named after Rembrandt van Rijn, who lived nearby. The Rembrandt House Museum is a museum located in a former house in the Jodenbreestraat, in the center of Amsterdam. Between 1639 and 1658, the house was occupied by the Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn, who also had his studio and art dealership there.

  • To visit Van Gog museum

Discover the world’s largest collection of works by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, featuring masterpieces such as Sunflowers, The Potato Eaters, Almond Blossom and The Bedroom.

  • To visit Anna Frank House

The Anne Frank House is a museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. The building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht. As a visitor, you experience this story through an audio tour, quotes, photos, videos, and original items. You will explore real hidden passage to secret house, where Frank family and other Jews were hiding from nazis.

  • To visit Nemo Museum and Maritime Museum

These 2 museums are located opposite each other. Expand your world at NEMO Science Museum. In the largest science museum of the Netherlands you will find proof that science and technology can be captivating for all ages. The remarkable building on top of the IJ-tunnel offers five floors of exciting hands-on activities. At NEMO you can experience the joy of science and technology, by blowing gigantic soap bubbles, watch an enormous chain reaction and experiment in a real laboratory. The National Maritime Museum holds one of the world’s largest and most notable maritime collections including paintings, ship models, navigation instruments and sea charts. Discover 500 years of Dutch maritime history and its strong link to society of today and tomorrow.

  • Heineken Experience

Go on a interactive journey at The Heineken Experience at Heineken’s oldest brewery. The tour is mostly self-guided, with guides at certain key points. Here, you can learn about the history, gain insight into the brewing process, and customise your own Heineken bottle or glass at the souvenir shop. At the end of the tour, enjoy two Heinekens, and even get the chance to pour your own draught. 

  • To go to ,,coffeeshop,, or buy ,,cookies,,

Not to be confused with establishments of the bean, barista and latté art variety, coffeeshops are cannabis cafés – although some also sell coffee! They’re a part of the Netherlands’ relaxed attitude towards what’s classified to be a ‘soft drug’. You can find ,,magic,, sweets in every souvenir shop as well.

  • To explore Rijksmuseum

The completely renovated Rijksmuseum tells the story of the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, and more! Most famous is Rembrandt’s masterpiece the Night Watch. A new display of the collection, a renewed building, new public facilities, a revamped garden and a new Asian Pavilion. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. There are also  amazing gardens and fountains  around Rijksmuseum.

  • To have fun in Upside Down Museum

Museum with optical illusions & art-themed rooms popular for photos, plus a cafe & gift shop.

  • To have a drink on the Leidseplein Square

Leidseplein is a buzzing nightlife hub centered around Leidseplein Square, where crowds are entertained by street performers and the surrounding bars and restaurants are always busy. Local theaters, such as the neo-Renaissance Stadsschouwburg, present classical music, stand-up comedy and musicals, while iconic concert venues Paradiso and Melkweg host DJ gigs and concerts by indie and big-name bands.

  • To walk in Vondelpark

The biggest park in the centre of Amsterdam with amazing views, beautiful lakes and entertainment places.

  • To explore Sex Museum and sex shows

The Sexmuseum or the Temple of Venus is a sex museum located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The museum was opened in 1985. It had 675,000 visitors in 2015, making it one of the most visited museums in the Netherlands. The most popular sex shows in Amsterdam are Casa Rosso and Moulin Rouge, which are located in the Red Lights District.

  • Night clubs

Night life in Amsterdam is various and intensive. If you want to explore it – start with night clubs on the Rembrandtplein and over the Reguliersdwarsstraat.

  • To have shopping

Amsterdam — a mecca for design fans — is a shopper’s paradise for everyone else, too, with vintage stores, one-of-a-kind boutiques, Dutch design outlets, and pop-up shops lining the streets and canals. The two main shopping streets in Amsterdam’s city centre are the Kalverstraat and the Leidsestraat. 

  • To taste local food

There is a lot more to Dutch cuisine than pancakes and stroopwafels:  Hollandse nieuwe haring – Scoused Herrings, Kapsalon, Kip Sate, Stamppot, Oliebollen, Bitterballen, Appeltaart, French Fry.

  • To visit Icebar

Literally the coolest bar in town! Kept at a constant -10°C, with everything down to the glasses made out of ice. Enjoy vibrant Amsterdam nightlife! Start your night in the famous Amsterdam Icebar.

  • To buy cheese from Netherland

Gouda and Edam cheese are the primary Dutch-type cheese varieties and they are made all over the world.

  • To buy clogs

Clogs, the iconic footwear of the Netherlands, were the shoes of choice for Dutch laborers of centuries past. The wooden slip-ons were sturdy, cheap and—when stuffed with straw—cozy and warm.

  • Ajax

Visiting fans shops and Ajax match are the MustHaves for the football fans.