101 Things to do in Amsterdam
Looking for fun things to do while visiting Amsterdam? Then make sure you check out this new extensive city guide with all my favorite thrillseeking, fun and educational adventures.
Keep reading to find out which canal cruises are fun to book, where to get the best views of the city and which museums you definitely shouldn’t skip.
I hope this guide will help you plan your best trip to Amsterdam and I can’t wait to hear about all about it!
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Attractions & Activities
Swing over the edge of the city, taste all the famous cheese or visit one of many amazing museums Amsterdam has to offer.
Enjoy the best 360° panoramic view of the city and swing a stunning 100 meters above the ground on Amsterdams’ newest attraction A’DAM Lookout. Skip the line and book your tickets in advance.
Moco is Amsterdam’s newest and coolest boutique museum and the go-to place for fans of modern and contemporary arts like Banksy and Andy Warhole. Skip the line and book your tickets in advance.
Visit one of the oldest botanical gardens in the heart of Amsterdam. After discovering thousands of plants you can do some gift shopping and enjoy a nice lunch in the Hortus Store & Cafe.
This is Holland
At This is Holland you can enjoy a unique 5D Flight Experience. Fly like a bird over Dutch landscapes and must-see locations and discover the beauty of The Netherlands from the air. Skip the line and book your tickets in advance.
Royal Zoo Artis
Welcome to the oldest zoo in the Netherlands. Say hi to all the cute animals and make sure to visit the Planetarium and Micropia to learn more about life on our planet. Skip the line and book your tickets in advance.
This museum is a masterpiece by itself. Besides the gorgeous architecture you can find many famous paintings here, such as The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn. Skip the line and book your tickets in advance.
Top 5 Canal Cruises in Amsterdam
1. Dutch Authentic Boat Cruise
See the best of Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage Site from a 100-year-old salon Dutch boat with live commentary from your knowledgeable captain. Get tickets
2. Candlelight Cruise
Discover the canals of Amsterdam by candlelight on a romantic cruise with unlimited wine and traditional Dutch cheeses and charcuterie. Get tickets
3. Small Open Boat Tour
Avoid the big crowds and experience Amsterdam like a local. This small open boat can reach the parts of Amsterdam’s 17th-century canal system that no other boats can. Get tickets
4. Hop-On Hop-off Canal Tour
Stop off at all the major sights and hop back on when you’re ready for the next. With 6 stops, this tour will take you wherever you want to go. Get tickets
5. Pedal Boat Rental
Cycle through the water by yourself and explore the Amsterdam canal system with the ultimate freedom. Enjoy the unique perspective and try not to get lost in the maze! Get tickets
Typically Dutch Activities
We Dutchies love our cheeses! Have you tried them all?
Find out how genever conquered the world during the Golden Age at The House of Bols and enjoy a yummy cocktail in the revolutionary Mirror bar after the interactive tour. Skip the line and book your tickets in advance.
Dutch Cheese Tasting
Taste five traditional kinds of Dutch cheeses during a Dutch Cheese Tasting in an authentic Dutch cheese shop and get educated by a hostess in traditional Dutch clothing. Skip the line and book your tickets in advance.
If you love Heineken than make sure to visit the original brewery in the city center. Enjoy a sensational interactive tour and get yourself a nice chilled beer afterward. Skip the line and book your tickets in advance.
Exploring the City
Discover all the beautiful sights, neighborhoods and parks Amsterdam has to offer.
This cultural hotspot in Amsterdam is always buzzing. Unwind in the park, enjoy a nice meal in a cozy restaurant or experience Amsterdam’s nightlife in one of the many bars you can find in Westerpark.
Although it’s a pretty popular tourist attraction, I think the Amsterdam Flower Market is still worth a visit. Shop for some tulip bulbs and don’t forget to take some cute Instagrams with floral backdrops.
Red Light District
When in Amsterdam, you must visit the Wallen. Discover the secrets of the Red Light District at the Museum of Dutch Prostitution, where you can sit in the window under real red lights and pose for a photo.
Get Your Unlimited Travel Pass
Enjoy the ease of unlimited use of the GVB Public Transport System and take the tram, metro or bus to all your favorite hotspots. You can buy a pass for 1 to 7 days.
The most important museums can be found in the Museum Quarter of Amsterdam. Make sure to check out Museum Square and all the great architecture that surrounds it.
During the day you can enjoy some delicious Stroopwafels at the Albert Cuyp Market. At night this place transforms into the perfect cozy spot to enjoy a yummy local craft beer.
The oldest park of Amsterdam is the best spot to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. Grab a coffee and watch all the locals walking their dogs and enjoying the sun.
The Amsterdam Jewish quarter is located near Waterlooplein and known for its gorgeous architecture. Make sure to explore the 4 museums that tell you all about the cities’ Jewish history.
The area around Leidse Square has some great spots to grab a cheap bite to eat. Visit this place at night and you’ll be sure to find an awesome party going on in one of the many bars there.
Take a snap at the Dam Monument and enjoy the street performers on the big square. You can also visit the Royal Palace and Madame Tussauds if you’re up for it!