Things to do in Amsterdam

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With world-class museums and music venues, from the Paradiso to the Concergebouw, plus an abundance of green spaces and family attractions, you’ll ne... Read More

With world-class museums and music venues, from the Paradiso to the Concergebouw, plus an abundance of green spaces and family attractions, you’ll never be stuck for ideas for things to do in Amsterdam—although with its beauty and laidback atmosphere, the city is the ideal place to do nothing, too.

Amsterdam is a pedestrian-friendly city, but it'd be a shame not to explore it as the locals do— by bicycle (you can rent one from AmsterBike, or take a guided tour). While you’re there, visit the Van Gogh Museum and check out its new wing. The museum includes around 200 paintings and 500 drawings by Holland's native son, as well as works by Van Gogh's friends and contemporaries. A tour of Coster Diamonds will tell you the incredible story of the city’s work in the diamond trade. What to do in Amsterdam between museums and tours? At the 120-acre Vondelpark, located near the Rijksmuseum, you can take in the gorgeous lawns, paths, and an open-air theater, as well as a Picasso statue.

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    Amsterdam Arena

    Great for sports fans, the Arena is the home of Ajax, the legendary Amsterdam football team. Tours of the stadium give you an insider's view and bring... Read More

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    Anne Frank House

    A visit to the house and secret annex where Anne Frank and her family hid for two years during the Holocaust is a deeply moving experience. Plan ahead;... Read More

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    Dating back to 1307, this quiet courtyard was once home to the lay sisterhood, the Beguines - women who lived a religious life but without taking vows.... Read More

  • Bimhuis Jazz Venue in Amserdam Courtesy of Bimhuis

    In its prime, this world-class jazz venue has hosted Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp and Chet Baker. These days, it forms part of the wonderful... Read More

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    Boom Chicago

    Boom Chicago's comedy shows are a humorous look at all things Dutch and international. Funny and fast-paced, this comedy shop's always worth a visit,... Read More

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    Considered one of the world's great concert halls thanks to its impeccable acoustics, the Concertgebouw is also an architectural gem. Over 900 concerts... Read More

  • Coster Diamonds Shop in Amsterdam Courtesy of Coster Diamonds
    Coster Diamonds

    Amsterdam has a longstanding history in the diamond trade, in which Coster's has played a major part. Founded 175 years ago, today it offers a free tour... Read More

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    Hermitage Amsterdam

    One of Amsterdam's newest museums, this is a branch of the famous Saint Petersburg museum, and has full access to its magnificent collection for its... Read More

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    Hortus Botannicus

    Founded in 1632, Amsterdam's Hortus Botannicus is one of the oldest botannical gardens in the world. Today, a vistt there takes you back to a simpler... Read More

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    Huis Marseille Museum for Photography

    A 17th-century merchant's house is now a museum of contemporary photography showcasing a changing but reliably excellent collection. Read More

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    Museum of Amsterdam

    Housed in the former city orphanage dating back to 1580, the Amsterdam Museum is a fascinating journey through the city's history, with exhibits ranging... Read More

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    Museum Willet-Holthuysen

    Originally built for the city's mayor around 1685, this grand canal house is still partly furnished in the style of the time, while other rooms date... Read More

  • Our Lord in the Attic Museum in Amsterdam Courtesy of Our Lord in the Attic
    Our Lord in the Attic

    This canal house looks like all the others, but it hides a secret: a concealed Catholic church, built in the 17th-century in Calvinist Amsterdam, when... Read More

  • Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam Courtesy of Rembrandt House Museum
    Rembrandt House Museum

    The artist Rembrandt lived in this house towards the end of his life, from 1639 until 1656, when bankruptcy forced him to sell all his possessions at... Read More

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    After a recent refurbishment, the Rijksmuseum looks better than ever - although of course the works you come here to see remain unchanged. The wonderful... Read More

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    Royal Palace

    Originally Amsterdam's city hall, today this is one of the Netherlands' three royal palaces, used for various receptions and other state events. Both... Read More

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    Stedelijk Museum

    In the 'bathtub', as it's now affectionately known (after the tub-like roof of its recently added extension) you'll find a fine international collection... Read More

  • Street Art Museum Tour in Amsterdam Courtesy of Street Art Museum
    Street Art Museum Tour

    A great activity if you have teens in tow, this tour takes you to a part of town rarely seen by tourists, to see some of the city's best contemporary... Read More

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    The Nine Streets

    The 'negen straatjes' (or nine little streets) are Amsterdam's most-loved shopping area, full of one-off boutiques and galleries, quirky and cool... Read More

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    Van Gogh Museum

    You will find the largest collection Van Gogh's works in the world at this Amsterdam institution. Containing some of his greatest masterpieces including... Read More

  • Vondelpark in Amsterdam Alamy

    A 47-hectare green space in the heart of Amsterdam, the Vondelpark is the place to go for a run, try out your cycling skills, observe the locals and... Read More

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