It’s not hard to find the best activities in Amsterdam, a city bursting at the seams with world-class museums, theater, live music, quirky festivals and endless bars and restaurants. That’s because almost every activity is guaranteed to be great, no matter what time of year you visit!
From the city’s UNESCO world heritage listed canals to the enormous green spaces to enjoy, not to mention the best cycling network in the world. Spending time outside in Amsterdam is amazing no matter the weather. In the summer you can enjoy picnics by the canals or a walk through the luscious Vondelpark. Summer nights are best spent enjoying the many outdoor bars and terraces at every turn.
Amsterdam also has an abundance of museums and galleries to visit, and the city’s Red Light District is one of the most unique tourist attractions you’re likely to see. In the colder months you can visit Amsterdam’s Zoo, walk the canals which sometimes freeze over in the winter, and enjoy a bike tour of the city. Winter is a perfect excuse to cosy up in a canal-side café, visit the many museums or taste the best delicacies that Amsterdam has to offer.
Here’s a collection of the best activities in Amsterdam to suit every traveller.
SIGHTS & ATTRACTIONS
Amsterdam is bursting with wonderful museums, charming cobbled streets, secret courtyards and relaxing canals to explore. There are over 165 canals, 800 years of history and plenty of luscious green spaces to enjoy across Amsterdam. There’s also a raunchier side to the city with its Red Light District, buzzing nightlife and infamous ‘coffee shops’. With so much to see, you can enjoy a range of walking, cycling and canal cruises to help you discover everything that this city has to offer.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Home to an incredible range of museums, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to history and culture in Amsterdam. So much so, that there aren’t really many things you can’t learn about during your visit. Famous museums like Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and Anne Frank House are a given, but there’s more! You’ll also get to discover museums about cats, houseboats, archaeology, handbags and cheese.
FOOD & DRINK
Amsterdam has the ultimate mix of food for every possible taste. First, there are 16 Michelin star restaurants in this small city. That’s an incredible amount of world-class food. Second, there’s an endless stream of cool, trendy restaurant openings all year long with queues waiting out front day and night. Third, you’ll discover some truly authentic local eateries along the narrow, cobbled streets. Lastly, you’ll come across many street food trucks serving the most delicious traditional Dutch foods around. Raw herring, chips and mayo or stroopwafels are all popular choices. With so many options and never enough time, try a food walking tour to help you discover as much as possible!