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Must See Amsterdam Attractions

Amsterdam Attractions

Many people think the only reason why anyone visits the city of Amsterdam as a tourist is because they are a student on spring break, but the city offers way more than just a good party scene for young people. With more museums per capita than the majority of major European cities, Amsterdam is very rich in culture and history and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Holland as well as in the rest of Europe.

Amsterdam's best museums are located in the Museumplein district, but there are many fine smaller museums located in various places throughout the city. One of the must see museums in Amsterdam is the Van Gogh Museum, which is conveniently located in the edge of the Museumplein district. Other things to do in Amsterdam include attending outdoor concerts during the summer months in local parks, shopping at one of the city's many open-air markets, and enjoying world-class theater and musical performances at various venues located throughout the city. Because Amsterdam is a large city, guests are advised to procure a good map before starting out on their explorations.

If you are going to be paying a visit to Amsterdam soon, you should contact us here at Expedia for the most recent information on money-saving deals and specials you can obtain to leave you with more cash in your wallet to enjoy top Amsterdam excursions. One thing that may surprise you when you first begin to explore the city is the abundance of canals the city features. Amsterdam has so many canals that it is frequently referred to as the “Venice of the North".

Attractions in Amsterdam include the city's famous Red Light district. This area is one of the most popular visitor spots in the city, but guests should keep in mind there is much more to Amsterdam than this district. Because of the sheer abundance of Amsterdam activities available to guests, it can sometime be a challenge for those unfamiliar with the city to formulate an itinerary, which is why the professional staff here at Expedia can make your vacation go much more smoothly. We can provide you with cost-saving specials on Amsterdam tours and good deals on lodging and transportation.

Things to Do in Amsterdam with Kids

There are loads of incredible experiences in Amsterdam that the entire gang will get a buzz out of. Here are a few of the best family friendly experiences in the area.

Free things to do in Amsterdam

There's no need to max out your credit card in Amsterdam. The following won't even cost a cent.

The Amsterdam VOC ship - Jam-packed with artifacts and displays, this gallery is a wonderland for inquisitive minds.

De Appel - This is a must-do for culture vultures eager to add an artistic flourish to their trip.

Poezenboot - Discover for yourself why animal lovers enjoy visiting this place.

Rasphuis Gate - If you're thinking of exploring the history of the area through its landmarks, pencil this one in your must-see list.

Dam Square - Spend some time in this buzzing place and imagine what life would be like as a local.

Singel - Simply being close to the water is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

National Monument - Speak to a local resident and learn why many sightseers call in at this place.

New Church - Gain an insight into the local beliefs at this place of worship.

Amsterdamse Bos - Let the natural surroundings ease your soul.

Begijnhof - Whether you know your cacti from carnations, it's not hard to find beauty in this marvelous display.

Explore the Neighborhoods of Amsterdam

Amsterdam City Centre

Madame Tussauds and Dam Square are a few top attractions in Amsterdam City Centre. Hop around the city on the metro at Nieuwmarkt Station or Waterlooplein Station and check out the area's fascinating museums, charming cafés, and popular shops.


Amsterdam West

The interesting museums and cozy cafés are top of the list for many visitors to Amsterdam West. A stop by Vondelpark or Westergasfabriek Culture Park might round out your trip.


Canal Ring

Visit these semi-circular canals built in the 17th century to see why Amsterdam got the nickname “The Venice of the North.”



You'll enjoy the breweries and churches in Jordaan. You might want to make time for a stop at The 9 Streets or Electric Ladyland.


Museum Quarter

The fascinating museums and popular shops are a few things travelers love about Museum Quarter. Check out Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Vijzelgracht Station to get around town.


Amsterdam South

Spend some time visiting places like Vondelpark while getting to know Amsterdam South, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Amsterdam Zuid Tram Station or Boelelaan - Vrije Universiteit Station to see more of the area.


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