Things to do in Amsterdam

The Best Things To Do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is considered to be the centre of art and culture in Europe. The city is populated with more than 40 museums, numerous theatres, and entertainment venues that makes it one of the most coveted places to visit. There are atleast 6,750 buildings dating from the 16th to 18th centuries that are crowded into an area of 2,000 acres, dissected by 160 canals (grachten). Some of the main attractions here are the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank Museum, Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt House Museum, the Royal Palace, The Jewish Historical Museum, The Old Church & trip on Amsterdam canal cruise.

The Port Amsterdam is known for its picturesque beauty where you can spend a lot of time. Visit the Amsterdam museum and you will come to know about the constantly changing role of Amsterdam in the country and in the world. Some of the best places for shopping in Amsterdam are Kalverstraat and Vlooienmarkt, filled with many smart boutiques, galleries, perfumeries, and restaurants. The Botanical Gardens and zoo will offer you plenty of insight into flora and fauna and its varieties. Amsterdam is also known in the world for its Red Light district and people in fact take Amsterdam tours to visit this area and to understand it, undoubtedly one of the quirkiest things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam at night

One of the most beautiful cities in the world, perfectly balanced with a rugged reputation for being infamous for its eccentric things that give you a rush quite literally, Amsterdam draw visitors throughout the year, in seeking sundry pleasures. Nightlife in Amsterdam is often passed off as being notorious and sleazy given its red-light district. But it is only until you start venturing the city, will this quaint city, popular referred to as the Venice of the North; leave you enchanted. The number of bars and restaurants through the city beguile you with a much-sophisticated opportunity to enjoy some quiet night entertainment. Place such as Jimmy Woo is one fine example of what we mean. There are a ton of concerts too happening through the city, so heading to the Concertgebouw, which also happens to be the pride of Amsterdam can prove to be a rewarding evening. With new nightclubs surfacing through the city almost every day, you can never run out of some good place to dance, drink and have a merry time. Our top pick is the recently-opened club, AIR.

Of course, you cannot come to Amsterdam and not visit the red-light area. One of the most contemplated Amsterdam agenda is red light district. It's not that difficult, if you follow some basic codes of conduct. In fact, visiting this place can be quite exciting and rather enlightening. You can get to experience some of the world's most amusing brothels and sex shops here. Leaving little to your imagination, the Amsterdam Red Light District tours, will throw light upon some really amazing subjects here. There are sex shows, that you may choose to be a part of. The Alleys of De Wallen too are a great place to stroll by.

Things you can Explore Free

There are a ton things you can do in Amsterdam, without spending a penny. Popular attractions too make to this list; Begijnhof Amsterdam is one of them! This attraction is a region of several historical buildings, which are a beautiful sight to watch. Heading to the Grachtengordel in the evenings, for a stroll, some cycling or simply just observing the pace of the city, is one of the quintessential experiences of Amsterdam, that too free of cost. Window shopping at the The Negen Straatjes on a lazy afternoon, is a good idea too. Vondelpark is a brilliant place to stop time and just be, or take a nap. Flower Market, Civic Guard Gallery, Albert Cuypmarkt, and the Cannabis College will bequeath you with an ideal Amsterdam experience.

Amsterdam can be an amazing place, irrespective of the days you plan to spend here. You will never have to wonder what to do in Amsterdam in 3 days or any number of days for that matter given a plethora of things to do here,

Fun activities in Amsterdam

There is no doubt, the way this city can make you have good, real fun! Let's start by getting to ow to explore this city. An ideal way to get around the city is on feet, or even better renting a bicycle. Amsterdam has a huge cycle culture, and there are several rental agencies that provide tourists with ‘tourist-special’ bicycles. Venturing regions like the De Pijp, on your bicycle or however can be a cute experience, owing the number of quaint, picture-perfect cafes here.

Museums; Expect Amsterdam to take you aback with its eccentric museums like FOAM photo gallery, Van Gogh Museum, the Rembrandt House and a must-visit sexmuseum Amsterdam venustempel! Amsterdam dungeon is one of the most visited places by those seeking fun and excitement! While Amsterdam can be a terrific idea all through the year, festive times like Christmas and New Year's Eve can specially be very fun! If you are wondering about attractions to visit Amsterdam in December, you must know that, there are plenty! From Christmas markets selling the cutest of trinkets, delicious mulled wine and even more delicious foods along with a ton of events and activities, December here is merry in every way!

What's for couples in Amsterdam - Places to visit and see

Amsterdam can be a pleasingly romantic, if you know the right avenues to explore with your lover. Its fairy-lit bridges, quaint cafes, cycling tours among other coy stuff, beautifully juxtaposed by the crispness of the red-light area; an ideal combination for romance! The Spring season is one of the prettiest and most romantic times of the year, to visit Amsterdam with your lover. Spring also offers a wide variety of things to do in Amsterdam in January, February and March; the Spring months here.

Head to A’dam Toren to watch the skyline of the city. Not as overwhelming as other popular cities full of skyscrapers, the charm of Amsterdam lies in its gorgeous historical buildings, canals and bridges. Visiting the many flower and farmer markets, followed by a delicious meal at one of the many food trucks in the city, can be a very romantic thing to do too. And for some old-worldly romance, a picnic in the Vondelpark can never go wrong!

Amsterdam Attractions for kids

It is only recently that Amsterdam became infamous as one of the hottest destinations for adults. Previously, it was one of Europe's most efficient cities for family vacations. Place such as the Artis Royal Zoo, built in the 18th century is a must with kids! This place also accommodates an aquarium, a petting section and a planetarium too. A perfect spot for kids to spend the day out. The Amstelpark is a fabulous playground, as well as a petting zoo that kids can have a gala time at. Museums such as Van Gogh Museum can be very educative and interesting for children. And for an offbeat experience, you could rent a houseboat and live in it. Cafes such as Kinderkookkafe are a great place to let kids indulge in art and craft activities along with good food! The Anne Frank House is a must, if you are taking your children to Amsterdam.

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  • Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam

    Dam

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  • De 9 Straatjes in Amsterdam

    De 9 Straatjes

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Begijnhof

    30 Begijnhof

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Molen de Bloem

    Haarlemmerweg 465

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Elly's

    Burg De Vlugtln 200-204

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  • Kasteel de Haar

    Kasteellaan 1

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  • WV Sloterplas

    Christoffel Plantijngracht

    Lakes
  • Jazz at the Lake

    Jollenpad 10

    Lakes
  • Watersportcentrum Sloterplas

    Chr. Plantijngracht 4

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  • Het Weerwater

    Lakes
  • Nieuwkoopse Plassen

    Dorpsstraat 116

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  • Ankeveense Plassen

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  • Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam

    Rozenstraat 59

    Museums
  • Van Gogh Museum

    Museumplein 6

    Museums
  • Joods Historisch Museum

    Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1

    Museums
  • Museum Het Schip

    Oostzaanstraat 45

    Museums
  • Amsterdam Museum

    Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 359

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  • Stichting Koninklijk Paleis Te Amsterdam

    Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147

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  • Raamverhuurbedrijf Het Venster

    Oudezijds Achterburgwal 116/A

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  • Parcs and Villas

    Colenbranderhof 18

    Amusement Parks
  • Keizersgracht 760 V.O.F.

    Keizersgracht 760 -2-3-4

    Amusement Parks
  • Holidayhomes.Nl

    Jacob van Lennepstraat 59 3hg

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  • I Am Shortstay

    Willemsparkweg 156 3

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  • Gran Dorado Zandvoort BV

    Museumplein 1 -Hummel Cons

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  • Franklin Bar & Kitchen

    Amstelveenseweg 156

    Restaurants Cafes, Coffee and Tea Houses Bars
  • Café Lowietje

    Derde Goudsbloemdwarsstraat 2

    Bars Cafes, Coffee and Tea Houses Restaurants
  • Hendrix

    De Clercqstraat 82

    Bars Restaurants
  • De Blauwe Pan

    Westerstraat 200

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  • Café Sarphaat

    Ceintuurbaan 157-A

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  • Hooischip Café 't

    Amstel 31

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  • Holland Casino Amsterdam

    Max Euweplein 62

    Casinos and Gaming Restaurants
  • Casino City

    Ceintuurbaan 286

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Casino City

    Jan Evertsenstraat 108/HS

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Casino Play-In Casino

    Nieuwendijk 37

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  • ACE Amsterdam Casino Events

    Spaklerweg 58/AB

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  • Casino City

    Oudezeijds Achterburgwal 35

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  • Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen

    1e Leijweg 6

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  • Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland

    Zeeweg 12

    Natural Parks
  • Spanderswoud (Hilversum)

    Spanderslaan

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  • Park Brederode Bloemendaal

    Zocher Laan

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  • Dino

    Industriewg 34

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  • Erasmuspark

    Erasmuspark

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  • Plesmanlaan. Amsterdam

    Plesman Laan

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  • Dierentehuis Amstelveen

    Kostverlorenweg 12

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    Nieuwe Diep

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  • Jaagpad

    Jaagpad 40

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  • Muzenpark

    Gitaarstraat

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  • Blijburg Aan Zee

    Pampuslaan 501

    Beaches
  • BeeVee Strand

    Tom Schreursweg 10

    Beaches
  • Praia de Burcht

    Noordhoek 19

    Beaches
  • Strand Wijk aan Zee

    Paal 52

    Beaches
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    IJmeerdijk 1

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  • Aalbersestraat

    Aalbersestraat 244

    Hiking
  • De Bolus Boerderij

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    Westerpark

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  • Groeneveld

    Stulpselaan

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    Kemphaanlaan 4

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    Houtmanpad 22

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