Must do’s during your trip in Amsterdam

A city trip to Amsterdam is like exploring a vibrant, historical treasure trove, filled with cultural gems and unique experiences. This city, famous for its picturesque canals, historical buildings, and liberal culture, offers a range of activities that are both enriching and entertaining.

Whether you are interested in art, history, gastronomy, or just want to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, Amsterdam has something for everyone. Here are 10 ‘must-do’s’ for your city trip to this fascinating city.

Typical houses in Amsterdam next to a canal

10 fun activities in Amsterdam

1. Canal Cruise

A visit to Amsterdam is not complete without a cruise through the iconic canals in Amsterdam. These tours offer a unique perspective of the city from the water. You will sail past historic canal houses, under picturesque bridges, and learn more about the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are various types of canal cruises available, ranging from romantic evening cruises to thematic tours focusing on the architecture or history of the city.

2. Visit the Anne Frank House

Located on the Prinsengracht, the Anne Frank House is a must-visit for anyone interested in the history of World War II. This house, where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary while in hiding, is now a museum. It offers a gripping view of life during the occupation. You can see the secret annex, admire personal items of the Frank family, and read excerpts from the diary.

3. Explore the Van Gogh Museum

Situated in the Museumplein, the Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings in the world. The museum tells the story of Van Gogh’s life and development as an artist and displays masterpieces like ‘The Sunflowers’ and ‘The Potato Eaters’. The museum also offers temporary exhibitions that delve deeper into certain periods of his life or his influence on other artists.

4. Walk Through the Jordaan

The Jordaan is one of the most charming and popular neighborhoods in Amsterdam. Once a working-class area, it is now a mix of beautiful canals, narrow streets, trendy shops, and unique dining establishments. The Jordaan is also home to the famous Westerkerk and numerous art galleries and markets, such as the Noordermarkt where you can find organic products and antiques.

5. Discover the Nine Streets

The Nine Streets are located in the heart of Amsterdam’s canal ring and form a picturesque and vibrant shopping area. These nine streets cross the main canals and offer a variety of boutiques, vintage shops, art galleries, and cozy cafes. It is the perfect place to find unique souvenirs, discover local designers, and enjoy a cup of coffee while soaking in the unique atmosphere of Amsterdam.

6. Visit the Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is one of the most iconic museums in the Netherlands and is located at Museumplein. The museum has a vast collection that covers Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages to the present day. Highlights include works by Rembrandt, including his famous painting ‘The Night Watch’, and other masterpieces by Dutch masters such as Vermeer and Hals. The museum building itself is also an architectural masterpiece, with a beautiful courtyard and an impressive entrance.

7. Taste Local Delicacies at Albert Cuyp Market

This famous street market, located in the lively De Pijp neighborhood, is the perfect place to experience Dutch culture and cuisine. You will find a wide range of products, from fresh fruits and vegetables to clothing and household goods. Don’t forget to try some local specialties such as stroopwafels, herring, or poffertjes. The market is also surrounded by numerous cafes and small restaurants where you can take a break and watch the world go by.

8. Relax in Vondelpark

Vondelpark is the most famous park in Amsterdam and a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. With its expansive green fields, picturesque ponds, and elegant bridges, the park is perfect for a walk, bike ride, picnic, or just to relax and enjoy nature. In the summer, there are often free concerts and open-air performances, making the park a lively meeting place.

9. Visit the Heineken Experience

Located in the former Heineken brewery, the Heineken Experience offers an interactive tour through the world of Heineken. Visitors can learn more about the company’s history, the brewing process, and of course, taste the beer itself. The tour is both educational and entertaining, with interactive exhibits and a chance to tap your own beer.

10. Walk Across the Dam and Visit the Royal Palace

The Dam is the historic heart of Amsterdam and one of the most famous squares in the city. Here you’ll find the imposing Royal Palace, originally built as a city hall in the 17th century. The palace is open to the public and offers a fascinating look at Amsterdam’s rich history. Next to the palace are also the National Monument and the Nieuwe Kerk, which often hosts high-quality exhibitions and events.

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