What to do in Amsterdam

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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.

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What to do in Amsterdam

Free Things to Do in Amsterdam

They say the best things in life are free. Be sure to explore the following around Amsterdam:

The Amsterdam VOC ship - Packed with thought-provoking displays and objects, this place is heaven for inquiring minds.

De Appel - If you'd love to learn more about the area's thriving arts and culture scene, make sure you stop by.

Poezenboot - Attention animal lovers — here's your chance to hang out with some unconventional new friends.

Rasphuis Gate - If you're intrigued by history, this is one attraction you ought to visit.

Dam Square - Find out for yourself why locals and travelers alike enjoy the vibe of this place.

Singel - Draw a deep breath — nothing beats being close to the water for some peace and calm.

National Monument - If you'd like to explore a few of the more important or unique places in the community, it's worth visiting this place.

New Church - Do a little quiet reflection and discover a few things about this site's spiritual importance.

Amsterdamse Bos - Contemplate the contrast between busy city life and nature's wonders at this spectacular place.

Begijnhof - If you're into digging about the garden, this place will fascinate your inner green thumb.

Things to Do in Amsterdam with Kids

There's fun for the whole family wherever you wander in Amsterdam. Here are some family friendly experiences you can try together that promise to make your vacation unforgettable:


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