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Top 10 things to do in Amsterdam


Dubbed the ‘Venice of the North’, Amsterdam holidays are among the most popular breaks in Europe, allowing visitors to explore a city rich in culture and history, further complimented by a quirky, stylish and flamboyant identity. From the 17th-century architecture and fascinating museums, to the mesmerising canals and vibrant nightlife, being short of things to do in Amsterdam is impossible.

Wander around the Rijksmuseum

Dedicated to arts and history, the Rijksmuseum is considered one of the world’s best museums. Whether it is the works of Rembrandt or the inspiring atrium, this museum is a must-see during all Amsterdam city breaks.

featured image: Reinoud Kaasschieter

Featured image: Reinoud Kaasschieter

Take a canal boat tour

Cruising along the expansive network of canals will provide you with a great vantage point when gazing at Amsterdam’s most iconic attractions. Travelling on the water will allow you to delve into places inaccessible on foot as you explore one of Europe’s most extensive historic city centres.

Featured image: Ben Salter

Featured image: Ben Salter

Stroll around the Begijnhof

A sedate and picturesque setting, Amsterdam’s Beginjhof is one of the oldest inner courts in the city, providing an interesting glimpse into the religious functions of eras gone by.

Featured image: Bruce Tuten

Featured image: Bruce Tuten

Visit Anne Frank’s House

This historic house and museum is the site of Anne Frank’s hiding from the Nazis in World War II. Set beside the beautiful Prinsengracht Canal, this is where Frank penned her iconic diary and from where her legacy lives on.

Featured image: Ankur Gulati

Featured image: Ankur Gulati

Eat cheese!

If you love cheese, you’ll love Amsterdam. The city is adorned with countless cheese shops and museums, all allowing visitors the opportunity to sample some of the country’s finest dairy treats. If you’re on a self-drive holiday to Amsterdam, strap a wheel of cheese or two in the passenger seat for the ride home.

Featured image: Alistair

Featured image: Alistair

Absorb artistic vibes in the Jordaan neighbourhood

Arguably Amsterdam’s most artistic and vibrant neighbourhood, an afternoon stroll through Jordaan will see you encounter art galleries, boutique shops and trendy eateries.

Featured image: Kitty Terwolbeck

Featured image: Kitty Terwolbeck

Chill out in Vondelpark

There’s no better place to spend a sunny afternoon than in Vondelpark with a picnic and a bottle of wine. Amsterdam’s urban park is an oasis of calm, removed from the hustle and bustle of the Canal Ring and popular museums.

Featured image: Barbara Walsh

Featured image: Barbara Walsh

Get lost in Amsterdam’s Canal Ring

Boasting over 100 kilometres of canals and 1,500 bridges, you’d be forgiven for losing your way as you navigate the maze that is Amsterdam’s canal system. There is no better place to get lost however, with 17th-century architecture and magnificent churches punctuating your exploration.

Featured image: Lucasz Lech

Featured image: Lucasz Lech

Immerse yourself in the city’s craft beer scene

While Heineken rules the roost in Amsterdam’s beer scene, creative artisan beers are beginning to make a name for themselves across the city, with countless bars stocking the likes of Brouwerij ‘t IJ. If you’ve skipped the baggage weight dilemma by travelling to Amsterdam with Eurostar, ensure you bring some bottles home with you.

Featured image: Franklin Heijnen

Featured image: Franklin Heijnen

Catch the colours of the Flower Market

Held weekdays from 9 am – 5.30 pm and Sundays from 11 am – 5.30 pm, meandering around the colourful Floating Flower Market is one of the most multisensory things to do in Amsterdam. This is the place to come to get your hands on some Dutch tulips, ensuring your Amsterdam holidays deliver a souvenir or two to enjoy back home.

Featured image: Franklin Heijnen

Featured image: Franklin Heijnen


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Please feel free to share your top Amsterdam tips with us by commenting below.

3 thoughts on “Top 10 things to do in Amsterdam

  1. De Pijp is a good district to hang out as well. Canals, cafes, restaurants…
    Also, West Park sometimes has festivals that you might want to check out.

  2. Don’t forget to visit the churches for some of the best stained glass in the world!

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