Crooked houses on the canals

10 Things to Do in Amsterdam

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Here are our travel tips for ten things to do in Amsterdam that will ensure you have a great experience.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

A classic Amsterdam experience is to cruise the canals. From boat level you get a fascinating view of the city.

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View of canal-side houses by Amanda Kendle

Van Gogh Museum

Art lovers will marvel at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which has the largest collection anywhere of Van Gogh works – and apparently it’s the most visited museum in the entire Netherlands.

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Van Gogh Museum by Minke Wagenaar

Rijksmuseum

Next door to the Van Gogh Museum is another popular Amsterdam sight, the Rijksmuseum. It’s a national museum of art and history and includes a large collection of works by Rembrandt.

Anne Frank House

Amsterdam is home to one of my all-time favourite museums, the Anne Frank House. For anyone who has read The Diary of Anne Frank, it’s fascinating to see the very building where it all took place and to see one of Anne’s actual diaries.

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Anne Frank House entrance by Amanda Kendle

Amsterdam Bos

To get into nature in Amsterdam, head to the Amsterdam Bos – a forest area within reach of the city and a great place for cycling.

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Amsterdam Bos by webgrrl12

Red Light District

Out of pure curiosity, a stroll through the famous Red Light District of Amsterdam (especially during the day) is interesting and harmless.

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Street sculpture in Red Light District by Amanda Kendle

Cafe Americain

Amsterdam’s cafes have a certain reputation but if you’re looking for somewhere simply for a great cup of coffee and excellent atmosphere Cafe Americain is the place to go.

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Cafe Americain by zenra

Bloemenmarkt

Of course you’ll want to see some tulips while in Amsterdam – head for the floating Bloemenmarkt in the southern canals – and can buy some seeds to grow your own too.

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For sale at Bloemenmarkt by Amanda Kendle

Heineken Experience

Beer lovers will find the Heineken Experience, incorporating the brewery and exhibition, a must do tour on a visit to Amsterdam. A couple of beers are included in the entry price.

Heineken Experience by elsamu

Vondelpark

The Amsterdam equivalent of New York’s Central Park, Vondelpark is a great place to head when the sun comes out. The park includes an outdoor cinema and a film museum.

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Locals in Vondelpark by vitamindave

 

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