Culture, history and a vibrant lifestyle… for a small city, Amsterdam has something for everyone. Make the most of your holiday overseas with our guide to the top 5 things to do in Amsterdam. We’ll help you experience the best the world has to offer.
1. Explore the canals
With more canals than Venice, it’s easy to explore the historic heart of the city by canal boat. You can choose from short and simple tours to elegant five-star candlelit dinners on board. Yes, it’s touristy – but it offers a unique perspective of Amsterdam. And you can even rent a guided canal boat for your own private tour.
2. Walk the streets
A self-guided walking tour lets you cover the cobblestone streets and 1000-plus bridges at your own pace. Just pick up a map at one of the Amsterdam Tourist Offices and choose your area: eclectic Jordaan, the ‘nine streets’ of the central canal ring, or Oude Zijde, with many of the oldest buildings in the city.
3. Or rent a bike
To experience life as a true Amsterdammer, you need to hop on a bike. Guided and self-guided tours are available throughout the city, and you’ll pay just €10 a day (plus a deposit) to pedal your away around the flat city streets. Just watch out for those trams!
4. Discover artistic treasures
Don’t miss the Van Gogh museum and the Rijksmuseum, to experience the best the Dutch masters and most famous artists have produced. Or, take some surprisingly affordable Dutch art home with you after visiting the Spui Art Market.
5. Anne Frankhuis (Anne Frank House)
Even if you haven’t read The Diary of Anne Frank, visiting this restored canal house is an incredibly moving experience. You can visit the secret annex, as well as a museum dedicated to the persecution of Jews in WWII. Arrive early in the day (or late) to avoid the long queues.