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Things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a pedestrian-friendly city, but it'd be a shame not to explore it as the locals do - by bicycle. Rent a bike from AmsterBike and pedal around yourself, or take a guided tour. (If you'd rather not bike, you can get a great overview of the city on a canal cruise). Here are some other classic things to do in Amsterdam:

Visit the Van Gogh Museum. Housing the art collection of Vincent Van Gogh's younger brother, Theo, this museum includes around 200 paintings and 500 drawings by Holland's native son, as well as by Van Gogh's friends and contemporaries. The paintings tell the story of Van Gogh's journey from Holland, where his work was dark and somber, to France, where he discovered vivid color.

Sightsee in the historic Begijnhof district. This classic example of Dutch architecture dates back to the 14th century. The neighborhood has a serene setting, with small houses and picturesque gardens surrounding tidy courtyards.

Stroll through Bijlmermeer. This neighborhood, once infamous for muggers and junkies, is now a booming area for innovative architecture, and is home to the shopping center Amsterdamse Poort.

Sunbathe in the Vondelpark. What to do in Amsterdam between museums and tours?This 120-acre park, located near the Rijksmuseum, has gorgeous lawns, paths, and an open-air theater, as well as a Picasso statue.

  • AmsterBike

    Within walking distance of Amsterdam’s central station train depot, AmsterBike is conveniently located with options for product rental or full tour... More
  • Anne Frank House

    Located in the west end of Amsterdam’s canal belt, the Anne Frank House is open for hour-long tours. Groups are led through Otto Frank’s period-pre... More
  • Anno

    Although predominantly known for its cutting edge furniture and home decor, Anno Design also offers practical pieces that have wider, more cost-eff... More
  • Aviflora Flower Shop

    Tulip bulbs, seeds, and cut daffodils, roses, lilies, and more are for sale at this shop. Ask the shopkeeper for bulbs that are certified to pass U... More
  • Back to Life

    Licensed massage therapists offer 10- or 20-minute fully clothed chair massages; or you can wrap yourself in a waterproof blanket for an aqua massa... More
  • Bar at The Dylan

    Stationed within the Dylan Hotel, this elegant, brasserie-style bar is a popular spot for lunch, dinner, and business meetings over cocktails. The ... More
  • Bloemendaal aan Zee

    Summer’s mild days see chic Amsterdammers decamping for one of the many long, sandy beaches nearby: of these, Bloemendaal is far and away the coole... More
  • Bloemenmarkt

    This floating flower market is always filled with people, who come for the experience, colors, and fragrances, even if shopping isn’t on the agenda... More
  • Café Sound Garden

    This whitewash-and-brick building at Rozengracht and Marnixstraat sports a tall, skinny sign with “Sound Garden” in vertical letters, colorful spra... More
  • Club 11

    High atop the temporary HQ of the Stedelijk Museum, in the edgy eastern docklands, sits this anomaly of dining and entertainment: occupying a full ... More
  • De Bakkerswinkel, Amsterdam Centrum

    The bakery is filled with scrap-wood furniture of Piet Hein Eek. Come in for freshly baked breads, homemade cakes, and jars of jam. More
  • Domtoren Church Tower

    Don the walking shoes, pack a camera, and line up behind a guide to ascend the country’s most sky-scraping church tower. A symbol of Amsterdam, the... More
  • Droog Design

    Droog sells functional, everyday household items with unusual designs—including accessories, lighting, furniture and studio work—all of which aim t... More
  • Frozen Fountain

    "Welcome" is posted in five different languages above the tall windows of this canal-side store, selling furniture and home accessories in a large,... More

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