Things to do in Amsterdam

Dutch version

There is plenty to do in Amsterdam and its vicinity. On the one hand it´s an impressively modern city, on the other hand you can still see the remainders of the 17th century trade city, with the canals, classic buildings and the well know Red Light District. Endless things to do and sights to see!

Let yourself be surprised by stepping beyond the shopping streets during your trip to Amsterdam. Explore the bridges of which there are more than a thousand, the almost 60 miles of canals, impressive parks and the many museums. Each worth spending more than a day exploring during your trip.

And when deciding what to do, make sure to consider the vicinity of the city as well. Like Haarlem, the capital of the province, and only a 15 minute drive by train.

Sightseeing Squares Parks Museums Nearby Haarlem Events

Things to do in Amsterdam - Sightseeing

Things to do in Amsterdam city centerThe Amsterdam city centre is a melting pot of architecture, entertainment, history and art. A daytrip into town, a weekend of exploring, actually you hardly even have to go beyond the limits of the city centre. There’s a lot to do.

Whether you prefer the shopping streets, the many squares or to take a guided tour through the Red Light District (‘de Wallen‘ in Dutch, referring to the embankments that were used to create the area) you’ll enjoy Amsterdam. That it’s worth a visit becomes evident from the millions of visitors the Dutch capital gets each year. Both foreign and Dutch.

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Things to do in Amsterdam - Squares

The Dutch word for square is plein. Hence Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein and Max Euweplein stand for Leidse Square, Rembrandt Square and Max Euwe Square. Each of these are populare areas for the visitors on a shopping trip but also in the nighttime they are popular spots to start clubbing. Other noteworthy squares are the Dam Square (plain Dam in Dutch) and Spui.

Besides tourist hot spots, these squares are also central to the National Memorial event and the celebration of the Amsterdam football team (Ajax). Each is easily reached whether you’re exploring the city on foot, by bike or by public transport. The many bars, restaurants, coffee shops and clubs are definitely worth visiting.

Leidseplein

Impossible to miss, the Leidseplein in Amsterdam On the Leidseplein in Amsterdam you're sure to have a good time during your visit. Surrounded by bars and restaurants you can prepare for your shopping adventure through the Leidsestraat or simply drop by to see a film at the Pathé cinema. Located centrally between [...] Continue reading about Leidseplein.

Museumplein

Visit the Museumplein surround by... museums indeed Though maybe not by name, with the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and the Royal Concertgebouw surrounding it, practically everybody knows the Museumplein. Despite it's luxury scenery it's also a location for large events like the winter ice ring, historically the Uitmarkt (start of [...] Continue reading about Museumplein.
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Things to do in Amsterdam - Parks

Just like every other major city, Amsterdam has a number of city parks where both inhabitants and tourists briefly escape from the busy daily life. We’ve listed a couple for your next visit to Amsterdam.

Vondelpark

Relax in the Vondelpark during your visit to Amsterdam The Vondel Park is like an oasis in the center of the city and is named after Joost van den Vondel, a Dutch poet and play writer. The Vondel Park is well looked after and has multiple ponds spread about the park. For both tourists [...] Continue reading about Vondelpark.
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Things to do in Amsterdam - Museums

Of the tens of museums that are found in Amsterdam, probably the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum are probably the most well known.

But don’t let this blind you from the other jewels that exist among the museums in the city. Like the photography museum Foam with frequent exhibitions by internationally renowned photographers.

Foam Museum

Foam Amsterdam for pictures that say more than a 1000 words Not known by all, as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum tent to get most of the attention, the Foam Museum definitely deserves to be in the spotlight. With over 200,000 visitors a year it's proven to be worth the trip. Explore the world [...] Continue reading about Foam Museum.
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Things to do in Amsterdam - Nearby

Except for Haarlem, there are plenty of other sights to visit and things to do in the vicinity of Amsterdam. Go spot airplanes at Schiphol, visit the beach in Zandvoort or admire the windmills at the Zaanse Schans, it’s up to you!

Schiphol Airport

Schiphol Airport near Amsterdam While you've possibly passed through Schiphol on your way in, there is more to do there than boarding and picking up your luggage. For instance there is Schiphol Plaza where you can enjoy your Starbucks coffee while seeing the busy passengers from and to the [...] Continue reading about Schiphol Airport.
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Things to do in Amsterdam - Haarlem

Haarlem is located at only 15 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station and is and ideal destination for either a day trip or a longer stay. Known for its fun shopping experience it’s also a great city to simply enjoy the terrace, discover the art and history in the Frans Hals Museum and hear the 16th century organ in the St. Bavo church on the central market square. A little more calm than Amsterdam, yet equally enjoyable!

Teylers Museum

Discover Teylers Museum in Haarlem From art to a scientific library, fossils, applied physics and a extensive coin collection you find in the Teylers Museum at the Spaarne in Haarlem. And did you know that the Teylers Museum is the oldest museum in the Netherlands? Despite it having been there [...] Continue reading about Teylers Museum.
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Things to do in Amsterdam - Events and activities

Planning a nice visit to Amsterdam? Here’s an overview of events and activities scheduled the coming month(s).

October

Wednesday, October 18 – Sunday, October 22

Thursday, October 19 – Sunday, October 29

Saturday, October 21 – Sunday, October 22

Friday, October 27 – Sunday, October 29

Saturday, October 28

November

Saturday, November 04 – Sunday, November 05

Saturday, November 04

Wednesday, November 15 – Sunday, November 26

Saturday, November 18 – Sunday, February 04

Sunday, November 19 – Sunday, November 26