Things to see and do in Amsterdam
With more than 800 years of history to discover, Amsterdam is rich with fascination sights. From ancient churches to magnificent museums, secret courtyards to quaint cobbled streets, and, of course, the city’s world-famous canals there’s an overwhelming amount of things to see and do in Amsterdam.
Museums, galleries and exhibitions
From museums about cats to an amazing collection of handbags, plus photography, archaeology and more, Amsterdam has museums and galleries for every interest. If you’re planning on visiting a few museums and galleries during your time in Amsterdam, then the I amsterdam City Card is a great way to save money. This handy visitor pass gets you free or discounted entry to many of the city’s most popular attractions including the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt House and the Stedelijk Museum, as well as free public transport for the duration of your trip.
From the Old Masters at the Rijksmuseum to modern and contemporary art and design at the Stedelijk, Amsterdam’s world-class art museums have enough to offer: the famous Anne Frank House, a collection of quirky and unusual museums, and the postcard-perfect streets of the Jordaan. No visit to Amsterdam is complete without the classics – along the way you’ll find all the tulips, windmills and cheese you could wish for.
Excursions and tours in and around Amsterdam
There are so many ways to see Amsterdam, but if you’d like to really get to know what makes the city tick then a guided tour or excursion is a great way to go. A canal cruise is an absolute must for every first-time visitor, or hop on a bike for a cycle tour, and see the city as the locals do. Or take a short trip outside of the city to the wider Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and experience the typically Dutch landscape of windmills, dikes and manicured green pastures. Stroll through quaint fishing villages, take a boat tour along the scenic waterways or cycle along the dunes.
A city reputed for its innovation and creativity, Amsterdam is home to many established and budding fashion talents. In addition to all the big brands, fashion chains (on Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat) and international designers, Amsterdam boasts numerous up-and-coming Dutch designers and independent shops. Each of Amsterdam’s neighbourhoods offer different shopping opportunities, from the hip Nine Streets through the luxury boutiques in grand Oud Zuid to vintage delights around Waterlooplein.