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Things to Do and See in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam City Card

Explore Amsterdam with the I amsterdam City Card

This card give you access to all major Amsterdam highlights:

More than 70 museums
City-wide public transport
Free bicycle rental
Free canal cruise
Skip-the-lines
Discounts at restaurants, attractions, concerts
More…

Amsterdam is a city best explored with a good helping of serendipity, aided by some pre-trip planning. There is so much to do and see, both on and off the beaten path.

The museums are a big draw, of course. So are the canals. A walk along the Prinsengracht or Brouwersgracht, for instance, will create lifelong memories (not to mention countless Instagram-worthy photos). And a canal cruise indeed remains one of the best ways to discover the city. It remains not just the most popular tourist attraction in Amsterdam, but in the entire country of the Netherlands.

Then there is the nightlife — anything from pubs and restaurants, to theaters and discotheques.

Ask people who have been there what to see and do in Amsterdam. You’ll get more tips and suggestions than you’ll have time for. But realize there’s something new to discover around every corner. A unique shop, a special neighborhood bar, a restaurant favored by the locals, and so on.

Start browsing these articles if you need some inspiration on what to do and see in Amsterdam:

Rijksmuseum — Not just Rembrandt’s Night Watch

The Rijksmuseum reopens on June 1, 2020. Tickets are on sale now.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the premier art museum in the Netherlands. In 2019 it was the most visited museum in the country.

The Rijksmuseum is devoted to several national collections — and consists of Dutch art from the earliest moments to the 19th century. One of its most popular paintings is The Night Watch, by Rembrandt.

Van Gogh Museum — Plan Your Visit

The Van Gogh Museum reopens on June 1, 2020. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the museum’s official website.

Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world.

With 2.16 million visitors in 2018, it is second most-visited museum not just in Amsterdam — but in the entire country of the Netherlands.

We provide details about the collection, along with information about the current temporary exhibition: Jean-François Millet: Sowing the Seeds of Modern Art.

NOTE: No ticket sales at the door. You can only visit the museum after buying timed-entry tickets online. We show you how and where.

Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo – Dierentuin Artis

Founded in 1838, ARTIS is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, and one of the oldest zoos of mainland Europe.

Guidebooks rightly refer to it one of the most pleasant city zoos around. The whole place breathes a 19th-century garden atmosphere with winding paths, majestic trees, fascinating sculptures and monumental historical buildings.

As much as possible the over 900 species of animals live in landscaping that resembles their natural habitat.

Having been closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, ARTIS is reopening to the general public on May 23, 2020.

Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attraction: Canal cruise

Each year 5.5 million Amsterdam visitors take a canal cruise, making a boat tour of the canals the city’s most popular tourist attraction.

No visit to Amsterdam — also known as ‘Venice of the North’ — is complete without taking to the water, hands down the best way to see the city.

In fact, many people take more than one cruise: a daytime tour is a good introduction. A romantic candlelight cruise at night creates another lasting impression.

And then there are the many specialty tours: dinner cruises, cheese and wine tastings, combination boat tour and museum entrance… whatever floats your boat.

Westertoren

On August 10, 1943, Anne Frank — hiding in the Achterhuis — wrote, “We’ve all been a little confused this past week, because our dearly beloved Westertoren bells have been carted off to be melted down for the war, so we have no idea of the exact time, either night or day…” So, whatever happened to the bells of the Westertoren?