10 Things to do in Amsterdam

We love this City! Known for its beautiful scenery and lively nightlife, Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From the Amsterdam Canals to the world famous museums and – of course – the Coffee Shops, this is one place where you’ll never be bored.

When it comes to city breaks, Amsterdam has it all. Whether you’re looking for a family break, a couple’s retreat or a solo adventure, this is the perfect European destination. There’s plenty to see and do for everyone, and definitely no shortage of street style to ogle. So check out our  top 10 places to visit in Amsterdam, and get clued up before your next trip.

Natura Artis Magistra is the local Zoo in the center of Amsterdam. It is the oldest zoo in both the Netherlands mainland Europe as a whole, having opened in May 1838 and been popular with tourists ever since. Artis Royal Zoo is not just a zoo, it also contains an aquarium and a planetarium. Situated in North Holland, the zoo opens daily from February to November, with prices starting at euro 16.50 for children and euro 19.95 for adults. It’s the perfect way to get a taste of nature among the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Anne Frank House is in the centre of Amsterdam, and is well know as the place where Ann Frank and her family lived in a secret annex during World War II. The Anne Frank House is one of the most interesting historical places to visit in Amsterdam, and will provide a perspective on the war that few other places will. The Museum House is open daily and prices are euro 9 for adults and euro 4,50 for under 18s.

The Amsterdam canals are a must see for anyone visiting the area. Amsterdam has 165 canals that were created over the centuries to stimulate trade and transport and reclaim land to expand the city. For anyone visiting for the first time, it’s an excellent introduction to the city’s many sights, as it’s possible to walk around the whole city along the canal paths. Whether you prefer a quick tour tour, a hop on, hop off all-day experience, or a romantic candlelight dinner cruise, there’s something for everyone here.

Amsterdam Stadium is the perfect destination for football lovers, holding a capacity of 53,502. It opened in August 1996, and is now the home of the association football club AFC Ajax.  It was also the home of the now-defunct American football club Amsterdam Admirals from 1997 to 2007. The stadium is best reached by train or metro, as the Bijlmer Arena Station lies next to the stadium and can be reached in 15 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station.

Cycling is a fun, efficient and easy way of getting around Amsterdam just like the locals do! It is safe and easy to pedal thanks to the flat landscape and multitude of bike paths; you’ll find bike rental shops throughout the city. The greener way to travel, cycling is an ideal way to enjoy as much of the city as possible while also taking in the fresh air and saving the planet. Prices start from euro 3.00 for 24 hours rental, which is a bit of a bargain really.

The Flower Market in Amsterdam is the only floating flower market in the world, and one of the most fragrant places of interest in Amsterdam in all seasons. The flower stalls stand on houseboats and you will find all sorts of flowers on board, from classic Dutch tulips to more exotic narcissus flowers. The bulbs are ready for export, so you can enjoy them at home without worrying about getting in trouble at the airport. The market is open all year round, and in December is home to a beautiful collection of Christmas trees.

tulip market

The Rembrandt House Museum is a historic house and art museum in Amsterdam. One of the world’s most famous painters, Rembrandt lived and worked in this very house between 1639 and 1656. The 17th-century interior has since been reconstructed and now serves as a historic and cultural exhibition that has become incredibly popular with art lovers from around the world. The House Museum is open daily and prices are euro 12.50 for adults and euro 4.00 for under 18s.

The Dam tot Dam Weekend sprints into town every September, providing budding athletes with the perfect local event to get involved in. It has in excess of 35,000 runners on its 10 mile course from Amsterdam to the heart of Zaandam, and every year crowds gather to watch the race. If running isn’t really your thing, you can still get involved in the weekend as there are Dam tot Dam walks organised and cyclists can also participate in routes ranging from 40 to 145 km. There is also host of entertainment in place for both competitors and spectators.

The Eye Film Institute, formerly the Filmmuseum, is the most important centre for cinematography in the Netherlands, specialising in major retrospectives and edgier contemporary fare.  It features a free-to-access education area, with ‘EYE’pod screening booths that will keep little ones entertained all afternoon. The amazing building is open daily and dominates the northern waterfront with its clean and contemporary architecture. Prices are euro 8 for adults and euro 6.50 for children, and give access to the building for the whole day.

The Rijksmuseum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Amsterdam, drawing in thousands of people every year with its unique mixture of history and culture. It is located at Museum Square, close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Concertgebouw, making it the perfect starting point for a day of exploring Amsterdam’s finest works of art. Founded in the 1800s, it is a true piece of history that provides a window into Amsterdam’s past, making it a must-see for any culture creature.

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