Amsterdam is one of the top tourist destinations in all of Europe. What makes it so appealing is that it has it all. You can soak in history at one of its many museums, visit beautiful nature areas, and enjoy food and drink at the many excellent restaurants and bars. There is a lot to do in this city, so we hope you have to time to see it all. Stick to our list of things to do in Amsterdam, and you’re sure to have the time of your life.
Relax In Vondelpark
This 116-acre green space is a favorite to both travelers and tourists. It is a great place to walk around, rent a bike, have a picnic, or just sit and people-watch. It has a number of delicious cafes nearby so don’t feel obligated to pack a lunch. This is an excellent place for those of you that are traveling with children. One thing to note is that the park isn’t as friendly after dark, so plan your visit to be a day trip only.
Appreciate The Van Gogh Museum
Vincent Van Gogh was such a talented artist that there is an entire museum dedicated to him. If you’re an art person, or just someone who is curious about the famous artist, this museum is a must-see spot. One thing travelers recommend is buying your tickets in advance. Getting them at the ticket stand often means long waits.
Tour The Anne Frank House
If you want your trip to Amsterdam to be all fun and games, skip this one. If not, you don’t want to miss the Anne Frank House. This is where the famous Anne Frank wrote her journal that would later go on to be one of the most read books of all time. The house is essentially a small museum that is devoted to Anne Frank. It has historic documents, old photos, and various belongings from her and her family. Plan to come early for this attraction, as the lines can get long during prime hours.
Kill Time In Leidseplein
Leidseplein (also called Leiden Square) is a great place to spend an afternoon when you’re not looking at the big-name landmarks. It is known for its entertainment: Featuring movie theaters, concert venues, nightclubs, coffee shops, and casinos. Night or day, this is a fantastic place to relax and blow off some steam. Some call this a tamer alternative to the more famous, but more taboo red light district.
Walk Through De Negen Straatjes
“De Negen Straatjes” translates to “Nine Little Streets.” This cute attraction is just that: An especially please neighborhood with nine streets to walk up and down. It is a place to enjoy the architecture and day-to-day culture of Amsterdam without having to deal with large crowds. Given that it is not a mainstream attraction, this is a great spot to have a quieter day. The streets are filled with fun little shops that you’ll want to get a souvenir from, so bring a bit of money. After you’re done shopping, take a seat and enjoy watching the beautiful canal next door.
Visit The Artis Royal Zoo
Another kid-friendly attraction is The Artis Royal Zoo. This diverse zoo is home to over 750 species including elephants, giraffes, monkeys, and many more. It is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and one of the oldest in all of Europe. This diverse facility also features a planetarium, aquarium, and insectarium. Its size and quality make this zoo worthy of an all-day adventure.
Visit The Red Light District
Though what goes on in Amsterdam’s famous red light district is risque, visiting it is not. Just walking through it is a spectacle that most travelers enjoy. You can get some drinks in the area, eat dinner, or even take a guided night tour through the neighborhood.
Amsterdam is jam-packed with things to do for all types of travelers. Lovers of history can visit museums, art junkies can get the premier Van Gogh experience, and everyone else can enjoy the many other activities that the city offers. When you take your trip to Amsterdam, stick to our list, and you can’t go wrong.