Amsterdam Travel Guide
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.
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.
The mission of Laura Dols old-timey boutique in the Nine Streets shopping district of Amsterdam is to unearth the world’s best vintage clothing and give it new life.
Droog sells functional, everyday household items with unusual designs—including accessories, lighting, furniture and studio work—all of which aim to create a "new design integrity." At its colorful, gallery-like showroom in Amsterdam’s Red Light district, a variety of household goods from produce
High atop the temporary HQ of the Stedelijk Museum, in the edgy eastern docklands, sits this anomaly of dining and entertainment: occupying a full floor of a vast warehouse building, it has the merest hint of décor (some cheery yellow-green paint here and there, long picnic tables).
Though the store also sells brands like Tumi, Samsonite, and Rimowa, among others, the namesake Italian-designed luxury leather goods make it worth stopping in. The creation of sleek luggage, totes, briefcases, and shoes (for men and women) has been a family tradition since 1898.
Rent a bicycle and head to Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, home to the largest collection of work by the influential Dutch Impressionist.
Why not have some fun and excitement while waiting for your flight at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol? Excitement and relaxation go hand in hand at Holland Casino Schiphol Airport. Who knows? You may well win back the cost of your holiday!
Located in the west end of Amsterdam’s canal belt, the Anne Frank House is open for hour-long tours.
With 21 beers, 21 wines, and 21 whiskeys, this minimalist pub encourages you to taste, as the name suggests.
This Amsterdam company started importing Mediterranean pottery in 1986, and today manufactures and sells a wide range of artistic, designer-driven home products.
Although predominantly known for its cutting edge furniture and home decor, Anno Design also offers practical pieces that have wider, more cost-effective appeal.
The earth-toned lounge and treatment rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the runways are Zen with a minimalist edge.
This shop is marked outside by a white sign at 233 Singel with “Orangebike” inside an orange circle of windmills, klompen, tulips, and bikes. The company offers a "green" way to the city: guided bicycle tours.
In the oldest part of Amsterdam, Staetshuys Antiquairs houses one of the world’s best collections of antique barometers, clocks, curios, and nautical and scientific instruments going back 300 years.
Within walking distance of Amsterdam’s central station train depot, AmsterBike is conveniently located with options for product rental or full tours. Bicycles, electric bikes, and scooters are all available for rent, with rates ranging from three hours to one day to a full week.