Things to Do in The Netherlands

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

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

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

Although predominantly known for its cutting edge furniture and home decor, Anno Design also offers practical pieces that have wider, more cost... Read More

Stefan Lehner's home and workshop is located on one of the prettiest canals in Utrecht. Lehner doesn't sell his pieces in stores. He works on private... Read More

Licensed massage therapists offer 10- or 20-minute fully clothed chair massages; or you can wrap yourself in a waterproof blanket for an aqua massage.... Read More

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

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

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

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... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,... Read More

Droog sells functional, everyday household items with unusual designs—including accessories, lighting, furniture and studio work—all of... Read More

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

Well-edited contemporary Dutch design. Read More

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

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... Read More

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

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

With the exception of making it on the guest list, the doorman’s favor is necessary to enter this top-of-the-line lounge and nightclub off the... Read More

Since the late 19th Century, shoppers looking for fine Dutch porcelain have been drawn to this three-story canal house in the Munttoren area. Over the... Read More

Long flights take their toll on adults, much less children, so this free playground (designed for ages three to nine) in the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol... Read More

Owned by antique dealer Hesdy Artist, this gallery sits just outside the historic Spiegelkwartier (Mirror Quarter), home to more than 70 fine art and... Read More

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... Read More

The museum holds Rembrandts, Brueghels, and two of Vermeer’s great masterpieces, Girl with a Pearl Earring and View on Delft. Read More

A dose of peace and quiet can be found in the airport’s silent oasis, decorated with stained-glass windows and dedicated to meditation and prayer.... Read More

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

Explore the world of the macabre and marvel at the horrendous means of ancient punishment at this museum, housed in a small, dungeon-esque building... Read More

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

This shop is marked outside by a white sign at 233 Singel with “Orangebike” inside an orange circle of windmills, klompen, tulips, and... Read More

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

With 21 beers, 21 wines, and 21 whiskeys, this minimalist pub encourages you to taste, as the name suggests. Aside from a few metal beer signs, little... Read More

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

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

When that airport magazine gets old, travelers visit this art museum annex, a partnership between the city’s museum of the same name and Schiphol.... Read More

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

Most of the airport’s stores center around this hub, a well-vetted string of stores—Nike, H&M, the Body Shop, Suit Supply, and various... Read More

Move over, Las Vegas—the Schiphol Airport may be the new destination wedding location of choice. The airport’s wedding planner Marc Eijkens... Read More

The seat of Dutch government, the royal family, the International Criminal court, and the country’s diplomatic community, this city is a jewel... Read More

This modest boutique in Amsterdam’s Nine Streets shopping district is a favorite among the city’s stylists, makeup artists, and models.... Read More

In the oldest part of Amsterdam, Staetshuys Antiquairs houses one of the world’s best collections of antique barometers, clocks, curios, and... Read More

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

A great collection of contemporary design, including ceramics, objects, bicycles, and designer Ineke Hans's recycled plastic outdoor furniture that... Read More

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

With a name meaning "Studio Re-Use," it makes sense that the space holds a wacky collection of cradle-to-cradle objects, clothing, and accessories.... Read More

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

Built as a brewery in 1662, this nightclub on the Singel Canal in central Amsterdam served as a concert hall, cinema, and auction hall, all of which are... Read More

This ethnographic museum is an initiative from the Royal Tropical Institute, which seeks to understand and preserve non-Western cultures. The ornate,... Read More

Though Abraham Tuschinski was killed along with his family at Auschwitz, his spectacular cinema in Amsterdam survived and remains the largest in the... Read More

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

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

Central Rotterdam is compact and easily explored by metro, tram, bike, or foot—but the most thrilling way to do it is by water taxi. Read More

Amsterdam began to reclaim the derelict 19th-century Western Gas Factory in the early 1990s, cleaning up pollution, laying out parks, and inviting... Read More

This shop/gallery hybrid on the ground floor of a three-story brick building near Amsterdam’s Dam Square stocks vintage plywood furniture from the... Read More

The earth-toned lounge and treatment rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the runways are Zen with a minimalist edge. Treatments—foot... Read More

This hip museum celebrates a vanished Dutch past. Created in 1948 on the edge of what was once the Zuider Zee, or South See, and spread across 27 acres... Read More

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