Things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam – Venice of the North

Amsterdam is not only the capital of Netherlands, it is al also one of the most romantic citys Europe.

If you arrive after the sunset your first impression of Amsterdam will be of a city lit by yellow street light, so that your first image is of people sharing a bottle of wine on one of the houseboats in the canals, and the first sound you here is the happy murmur coming from the bars.

Whether you are on a romantic weekend, or a on a party weekend with your friends, you’ll always find a lot of things to do in Amsterdam that will suit your purpose for visiting the city. Visit interesting museums, engage in the lively nightlife scene of the city, or just sit and relax by the canal. Whatever your interests are, there is something worthwhile happening -all the time- in Amsterdam. In addition to world class museums and its canal network, the city is also famous for its red light district, cannabis coffee shops and colorful tulip and flower markets.


Things to do in Amsterdam


A romantic getaway

Amsterdam is one of the most romantic cities in Europe and a perfect destination for a weekend getaway. The city with its canals and an infinite number of small bridges is a perfect city to stroll around in. In the old part of town with cobbled streets, it is easy to get lost – but don’t bring a map, enjoy getting lost and follow your instincts around. Just remember that there are almost more bikes then people in this city and people on bikes are used to be able to go fast on the bike-lanes, so watch out before crossing a street!


Beautiful architecture

The Dutch are famous for their beautiful architecture, partly inspired by the Art Nouveau,so don’t forget to lift your gaze when walking around! In the old part of the city you’ll find amazing old wooden buildings with large windows which are as beautiful in daylight as during the night.


Artis Zoo

If you’re starting your tour at the city center, you can visit the Artis Zoo. Aside from the actual zoo, there is a planetarium and an aquarium that you can find inside.


Amsterdam Shopping

Amsterdam also has some really good shopping and you can find everything from exclusive boutiques to small vintage shops. Make sure you stop at 9 Straaties where 9 small streets cross the main canal between the Jordaan district and Leidsestraat. Here you’ll find amazing shops, cozy cafes and galleries.


Amsterdam Nightlife, Food and Beer

When you get tired and want to rest your legs for a while, there are plenty of places to stop by. You will find great bars in almost every street corner – the problem in Amsterdam is not to find a good places but to choose one! The selection of good beer are incredibly good so be sure to try a good Trappist beer made by De Koningshoeven Brewery. Hannekes Boom is another nice bar to stop by for a glass of wine or a cold beer.

A good area for going out is Leidseplain, go to the street Marnixstraat and you’ll find Weber and Lux, two really good bars.
And when going home late at night or when you just feel like having a bite try some Vlaamse Frites – delicious big fries with mayonnaise that comes in a paper cone.


Amsterdam Light Festival

Whichever time of the year you visit Amsterdam, you can catch a festival or two in the dynamic city of Amsterdam.
The Amsterdam Light Festival is held in December or January and features a Christmas parade along light-strewn streets and canals.


Amsterdam Roots Festival & Robeco Summer Concerts

Different music festivals are also held throughout the year, such as Amsterdam Roots Festival and Robeco Summer Concerts.


Amsterdam Fashion Week

The Amsterdam Fashion Week is held twice a year, each featuring the spring/summer or fall/winter fashion trends.


Museums in Amsterdam

There are over 50 museums, tons of galleries and design- and vintage stores to visit, so even on rainy days, you can be sure to find things to do in Amsterdam.
Most museums are concentrated around Plantage but you can find more throughout the city. The most visited are the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Amsterdam Museum.


Anne Frank House

One of the most famous museums in Amsterdam is the Anne Frank House which is in fact the house she lived in.


Van Gogh Museum & Rembrandt Museum

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn and Vincent Willhem Van Gogh are other famous people that got their own museum in the city.



Our favourite hotels in Amsterdam


Hotel V Frederiksplein

One of our favorite hotels in Amsterdam is Hotel V, a small boutique hotel in Amsterdam, located next to Frederiksplein with modern design and an amazing atmosphere.

Hotel V Frederiksplein - Amsterdam



A budget option would be the Museumzicht. A nice hotel with a good location.

Hotel Museumzicht Amsterdam


Hyatt Hotel Andaz Prinsengracht

A more exclusive hotel in Amsterdam is Hyatt Hotel Andaz Prinsengracht, a concept hotel with a lot of design details.

Hotel Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht


Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

If you want to experience a luxury vacation in the romantic city make sure to book a room at the five star Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam.

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam


When to go to Amsterdam

Amsterdam has an oceanic climate that is defined by warm summers and cool winters. The summer months of May to October have average temperatures that range from 11 to 17.6 °C (51.8 to 63.7 °F). The winter months of November to April have temperatures averaging at 3.4 to 9.1 °C (38.1 to 48.4 °F).



Things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Facts

Population809 959
AirportSchiphol, Netherlands (AMS)

Amsterdam average temperatures

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Amsterdam Opera House


Stopera is a building complex in Amsterdam where both the city hall of Amsterdam and the Dutch national opera and ballet share space. This is also why it is called Stopera, which is a play on the words 'Stadhuis' (city hall in Dutch) and opera. The building was designed by the local talents Cees Dam and Wilhelm Holzbauer in the early parts of the 20th century. Stopera is shaped like a giant massive block with a curved front looking at the city. The facade is covered with red-orange bricks and corrugated metal plates. The round part of the theater is covered with white marble and big windows that gives a panoramic view of the river from the crooked inner foyers. No matter if you are there for the opera or not, it is definitely an area in Amsterdam that you have to visit!

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De Chocoladefabriek, Amsterdam

De Chocoladefabriek or The Chocolate Factory in English is a late 19th century adventure, the most exciting era of the cocoa- and chocolate industries, and a place where you can see, smell, taste and feel chocolate. Here you will be able to experience the entire process of creating chocolate (and all the shiny copper machines that are needed in the making), from cocoa bean till bonbon. The location seems very fitting since Amsterdam is the world's leading cocoa harbor. Read more about Amsterdam here.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Amsterdam - Defence Line of Amsterdam

Built in the later 19th century, the Stelling van Amsterdam is a very well preserved defence system against attack by water and a great example of the Netherlands’ expertise in hydraulic engineering. The defence line consists on 45 armed forts, and the defensive system is based on temporary floods. Since 1996 it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht

The system of canals of Amsterdam was designed during the 16th century and constructed during the following one. This project of town planning and the influences in technical, maritime and cultural fields it had are the reasons why the Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visiting Amsterdam involves visiting the canals. The best way to do so is to bike like all the locals, which is easily done thanks to the many bike-rental services offered around the city.

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TCS Amsterdam Marathon

The TCS Amsterdam Marathon is an annual marathon festival in the Dutch capital. It features several different courses for runners with different ambitions ensuring that everyone can participate. The longest course is the TCS Amsterdam Marathon's main event, which every year offers an amazing running experience as well as a sightseeing tour for the attentive runners. You start and finish in the Olympic Stadium, run past the Rijksmuseum and Vondelpark and follow along the route of the Amstel River. On their website you will find all the information you need, including how to register, common questions and a thorough guide for staying healthy and hydrated along the track. Don't miss this great event if you are in town in late October!

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Golf in Amsterdam

The area surrounding Amsterdam is known for its colorful and beautiful nature, so it comes as no surprise that the golf courses here are terrific. The International is one of the most beautiful courses in the city, built just a couple of years ago. Another beautiful course, by many regarded as the most beautiful in the world, is the Kennemer Golf & Country Club. It is a links style course consisting of three sets of 9 hole courses, which you can combine however you want for a varied experience. There are many more centrally located courses, for example the Hilversumsche Golf Club and the Goyer Golf & Country Club, so take your pick and enjoy a day of great golf!

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Theme Parks in Amsterdam - Magic at Efteling Fairytale Theme Park

About an hour south of Amsterdam you will find Efteling Fairytale Theme Park, a place where you can experience magic on earth. Enter a world inspired by Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, the Brothers Grimm fairy tales and many more. Almost the entire area consists out of magical forests, gardens and sand dunes. The fact that you can combine this magical feeling with some exciting and thrilling roller coasters makes this park a winning concept. Take your chance and step into a bubble of magic for a day!

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