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Things to do

Plan your extended stay in Europe's most vibrant city! Rich in culture, Amsterdam has plenty of restaurants, museums, and parks for you to make the most out of your visit.

Cruise through the canals

Cruise through the canals

The UNESCO-protected canal belt of Amsterdam was built in the 17th century to keep the sea at bay and is currently the ideal vision of Amsterdam. It's a breathtaking sight, especially after sundown when the bridges are illuminated by street lights and the entire area takes on a magical aura.

Taking a guided boat tour down the canals is a terrific way to explore the nature of the city. This is where you'll discover interesting facts, for instance, why the tilting residences along the canals are known as 'dancing houses.'

There are a variety of canal cruises available, ranging from hop-on, hop-off sightseeing trips to candlelit night cruises with food and drinks. Get a free canal cruise with the I Amsterdam City Card, or book a canal cruise online with the Canal Cruise Ticket.

Visit Museumplein

Visit Museumplein

The Museumplein is Amsterdam's cultural throbbing heart and houses the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Royal Concertgebouw.

The lush and aesthetically stunning 19th-century area of Oud-Zuid is an art lover's heaven, having recently been refurbished to a world-class standard.

The open square between the buildings makes the city alive with a wide range of activities throughout the day, including open-air exhibitions, markets, and a large paddling pool for cooling off during hot days.

In the winter, the square is transformed into a large outdoor ice rink. You can get free entry to the museums with the I Amsterdam City Card.

Stroll through the Jordaan

Stroll through the Jordaan

Wandering around the Jordaan, which is often referred to as Amsterdam's most attractive area, feels like stepping back in time.

Originally a working-class neighborhood, the Jordaan's small alleys and charming buildings are considered one of Amsterdam's most popular areas, with independent art galleries, antique shops, courtyard gardens, and ambient bars and restaurants.

Lose the map and get lost in the maze of little alleys known as the 9 Streets, which stretch eastwards from the Prinsengracht canal, and dive into one of Amsterdam's most gratifying shopping experiences.

Explore the outskirts of the city

Explore the outskirts of the city

If you plan to stay in the city for a longer period, be sure to take a day excursion to see the various sites in the surrounding neighborhoods. Within a short distance from Amsterdam is a rich environment of beautiful countryside, beaches, windmills, and historic towns, all easily accessible from the city center.

The charming city of Haarlem is just 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam Central, and is rich in history and culture, offering a diverse range of shops, cafes, and restaurants.

If you prefer to relax at the beach, the lovely stretches of Bloemendaal aan Zee and Zandvoort aan Zee will be delighted to accommodate you with golden sands, dunes, and a variety of fun activities.

Looking for vistas of windmills, rolling grassland, and winding canals that are picture-perfect? Set your sights on the Zaanse Schans, a pastoral haven so picturesque that it will fit every visual platform ever created.

  • Restaurants


    Thinking of organising an informal meeting, going for an after-work meal with colleagues or just want to impress your friends? Amsterdam has you covered!

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  • See and do


    Would you like to experience more of the city's cultural life? Amsterdam offers a wide range of opportunities, varying from museums to nightclubs.

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  • Getting around Amsterdam


    How to get around the capital? Amsterdam has an impressive network of public transport, including metros, buses, trams, ferries, and trains.

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