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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.

Things to Do in Amsterdam with Kids

There are plenty of awesome experiences in Amsterdam that the whole gang will get a buzz out of. Here are a few of the top family friendly experiences around.

Free Things to Do in Amsterdam

Vacationing in Amsterdam on a budget? The following can be seen for zip.

The Amsterdam VOC ship - Check if there are any special displays, exhibits or tours on at this interesting museum.

De Appel - Plan a visit and enjoy an insight into the cultural and artistic side of the area.

Poezenboot - Calling all animal lovers — here's your chance to make some lovable new friends.

Rasphuis Gate - If you plan to explore the area's history through its landmarks, stick this one on your sightseeing schedule.

Dam Square - This is a lively location where you can soak in the ambiance and feel the rhythm of the local way of life.

Singel - Get out of the fast lane and enjoy a bit of time out close to the water.

National Monument - Organize a visit and discover the importance of this place to the local community.

New Church - Mix a bit of spirituality into your escape by spending some time at this religious site.

Amsterdamse Bos - Bring along your camera and let Mother Nature spark a sense of wonder in you.

Begijnhof - Rejuvenate your mind and body by spending a bit of time in nature.

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.

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Red Light District

For at least 600 years, locals, sailors and travelers have come to this part of Amsterdam for adult entertainment in the many bars, brothels and eateries.

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Canal Ring

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

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Museum Quarter

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Museum Quarter. Check out top attractions like Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, and jump on the metro at Van Baerlestraat Stop or Museumplein Stop to see more of the city.

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Amsterdam West

Known for its fascinating museums and charming cafés, there's plenty to explore in Amsterdam West. You can visit top attractions like Vondelpark and Westergasfabriek Culture Park, and jump on the metro at Jan van Galenstraat Stop (19) or Hugo de Grootplein Stop to see more of the city.

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Amsterdam East

Enjoy the fantastic nightlife in Amsterdam East. Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Flevopark Stop or Insulindeweg Stop to see more of Amsterdam.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Amsterdam on a sunny day?

If you're seeking a little fun under the sun, you can't miss these outdoor activities:

What to do in Amsterdam on a rainy day?

There's no need to squelch your way through a damp day when there are plenty of great indoor activities to try:

What should I not miss in Amsterdam?

Put these things toward the top of your must-see list to make the most of your visit:

  • Anne Frank House
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Dam Square
  • Rijksmuseum

Are there cheap things to do in Amsterdam?

If you're on a tight budget, consider adding these cheap and cheerful experiences to your schedule:

What can you do in Amsterdam for free?

Your break in Amsterdam needn't break the bank with free things like these to enjoy:

  • Dam Square
  • Leidseplein
  • Rembrandt Square
  • Flower Market