25 Best Things to do in Amsterdam: Top Places to visit

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Amsterdam guide / Amsterdam sights / things to do in Amsterdam


Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, with over 800,000 inhabitants. It will enchant you with its atmosphere. There is a feeling of peace, tranquility and peace. Also, the people here are very friendly and polite.

That’s not the only reason why millions of tourists head here every year, and Amsterdam regularly tops the list of the most visited cities in Europe (in 2019, it ranked 5th after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome).

Amsterdam is known for its liberal politics, legal marijuana and prostitution. On the other hand, it’s a city full of history, beautiful buildings, romantic canals and details that make you want to keep looking around.

Amsterdam, with its canals, is like Venice, but colder and windier. According to many studies, it is considered one of the best cities to live in.

In the 16th-17th centuries, the Dutch Golden Age took place in Amsterdam and throughout the Netherlands. At that time, the local army, art, commerce and science were among the top in Europe.

Amsterdam sights / Amsterdam guide

Best Things to do in Amsterdam – map

HOW TO USE THIS MAP: Above you will find a detailed map of the best things to do in Amsterdam. Click at the top left of the map to see separate layers with highlighted locations. You can hide and show the different layers or click on the icons on the map to see the names of the places I mention in the guide about Amsterdam in the Netherlands. If you want to save the map, star it. For a larger version, click on the icon in the upper right corner.

Amsterdam sights and what to see and visit: tips for trips and the most beautiful places

I used to think Amsterdam offered mainly canal walks and fields of tulips. It’s not like that.

Amsterdam is one of those cities that everyone can enjoy. Young and old, art lovers and those looking for fun.

Where else can you see the best collection of Van Gogh, try to steer a sailing ship from the 17th century or swing on a swing in the tallest building in town?

Find out what to see in Amsterdam and tips for the most beautiful places in our list below:

Canals and boating

Amsterdam sights / Amsterdam guide

A Canal Cruise is one of the best ways to experience Amsterdam. It will give you a completely different view of the city (similar to Paris or London).

The city has 165 canals, 71 km long, and over 1,700 bridges. That’s 4 times more bridges than Venice.

From the boat you will have a great view of the Rijksmuseum and other historical buildings or the Nemo Science Museum in the shape of a boat.

Amsterdam cruise

You can choose between a classic cruise or an evening romantic cruise. Prices start at €15 for a 1-1.5 hour cruise.


Amsterdam sights / Amsterdam guide / Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is the largest art museum in the Netherlands, where you can also learn a lot about the country’s history. It is housed in a beautiful building from the 19th century and houses one of the largest collections of Dutch artists from the Golden Age (Rembrandt, Hals, Steen, Vermeer).

In addition, you will be treated to historic ships, a collection of porcelain, miniature Dutch wealthy households from the 17th century and an insight into the history of the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Everything is set in beautiful premises on 3 floors and there is also a garden. The tour is extensive and you can easily spend several hours here (at a faster pace count on 2 hours). If you were to visit only one museum in Amsterdam, it has to be the Rijksmuseum.

  • Price: 23,50 €, children under 18 free
  • Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets in advance.
  • Opening hours: 9:00-17:00
  • Address: Museumstraat 1

Jordaan district

Amsterdam Jordaan

The most beautiful neighbourhood in Amterdam? Definitely the Jordaan district west of the station. This is also linked to the fact that it is the most expensive. You’ll find great restaurants, cafes, shops and you can stroll around and enjoy the beautiful Dutch architecture along the canals.

Rembrandt House

The house where the Dutch painter Rembrandt lived for 20 years in the 17th century. If you are an admirer of the famous artist, here you can learn all about his life and work.

  • Admission: 17,50 €, students 10 €, children 6-17 years 6 €; Click here for tickets
  • Opening hours: 10:00-18:00, closed Mon
  • Address: Jodenbreestraat 4

Dam Square

Dam Square

Dam Square is a large central square and an important place where Amsterdam was founded in 1270. The square was built at the mouth of the Amstel River, where the dam was built, which translates into Dutch as Dam. This gave rise not only to the name Dam Square, but also to the name of the city of Amsterdam by combining the names of the river and the dam.

In the middle of Dam Square stands the National Memorial to the victims of the 2nd. World War II. Notable buildings on Dam Square include the Royal Palace and the Nieuwe Kerk Church.

Royal Palace

Amsterdam Royal Palace

The Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) is one of the 3 official palaces of the royal family, but it is not the main residence (which is the palace in The Hague). Yet it is considered the most important building of the Dutch Golden Age.

The palace was built in 17th century as a town hall. In 1808 it became the Royal Palace when Napoleon installed his brother as head of the Netherlands. Inside you will see beautiful period rooms and extensive paintings.

  • Admission: 12,50 €, students 9 €, children under 18 free; audio guide included; Tickets available here
  • Opening hours: 10:00-17:00, closed Mon and Wed, but may be closed on other days
  • Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147

Nieuwe Kerk

Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam

Moving to the right of the Royal Palace. Nieuwe Kerk (translated as New Church) is a church in Gothic and late Gothic style from the 15th century, where the kings and queens of the Netherlands have been officially inaugurated for centuries.

The last time was in 2013 when the current King of the Netherlands, Willem Alexander of Orange, married his current wife Maxima in 2002.

Today the church is used for exhibitions and, thanks to its excellent acoustics, as a concert hall. In 2022, the World Press Photo Exhibition was held here.

  • Admission: from €15.50, students €10, children under 11 free; prices vary by exhibition; Tickets available here
  • Opening hours: 10:00-17:00
  • Address: De Dam Square

Madame Tussauds Museum

Madame Tussauds Amterdam

The popular Madame Tussauds wax museum is also present in Amterdam. And it’s something to look at. You will see Prince Harry and Meghan, Marvel characters, former US President Barack Obama, singer Beyonce, Dutch kickboxer Rico Verhoeven and many others. The museum is located right on Dam Square.

  • Admission: over 16 years 23 €, children 3-15 years 19 €; if you book on the day of the visit, tickets are 3 € more expensive; time slot reservation required; Click here for tickets
  • Opening hours: 10:00-18:00 (some days up to 20:00 – please specify when booking)
  • Address: Dam 20

Anne Frank Museum

The Anne Frank Museum tells the poignant story of a young girl, Anne, and her family who hid for 2 years in the back of the building during the occupation in 1942. During this time Anne kept a diary where she wrote down all her thoughts.

In 1944 they were found and taken to a concentration camp. Only her father survived, and in 1947 he published the diary to show the world one of the truest images of the Holocaust.

The Anne Frank Museum is one of the most visited places in Amsterdam. Especially in high season, the queues are really long and you need to book a ticket in advance.

  • Admission: 16 €, children 10-17 years 7 €, children under 10 years 1 €; reservation required; BUY TICKETS
  • Opening hours: Mon-Thu 9:00-18:00, Fri-Sat 9:00-20:00
  • Address: 20 Westermarkt

Van Gogh Museum

Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum is housed in a modern, partly glass building. You’ll be treated to the largest collection of Van Gogh in the world, including his personal collection of letters. One room is even dedicated to paintings with his own portraits.

  • Admission: €22, children under 17 free; reservations are required for children, tickets can sell out days in advance; Click here for tickets
  • Opening hours: mon-thurs 9:00-17:00, fri 9:00-21:00, sat-sun 9:00-18:00
  • Address: museumplein 6

Stedelijk Museum

Museum Stedelijk Amsterdam

The Stedelijk Museum is another museum in the museum district, next to the Van Gogh Museum. It is dedicated to modern art and design from around the world. The headquarters of the Stedelijk Museum creates a perfect contrast by combining a historic building with a modern, bathtub-shaped extension.

The museum is well organised, with multimedia rooms and special exhibitions to complement the permanent collection.

  • Admission: 22,50 €, under 18 free; BUY TICKETS
  • Opening hours: 10:00-18:00
  • Address: museumplein 10

Moco Museum

Next to the Stedelijk Museum, the Moco Museum is another modern art museum just a few steps away from the previous museums. You can find works by Dali or street art artists Haring and Banksy.

  • Admission: 19,95 €, children 10-17 years 16,95 €; BUY TICKETS
  • Opening hours: mon-fri 9:00-20:00; sat-sun 9:00-21:00
  • Address: Honthorststraat 20

Red Lantern Quarter

De Wallen Amsterdam / Red Light District Amsterdam / Red Light District Amsterdam

The Netherlands is known for its liberal attitude towards prostitution. There are 3 areas in Amsterdam where you will see the so-called. Window brothels, where women offer their services in windows with red lights around them (beware, no photos allowed).

These are the Ruysdaelkade, Singelgebied and De Wallen, which is the most famous.

De Wallen (The Red Light District) is located in the historic centre of the city and is home to many restaurants, bars, sex shops, coffeeshops, the Museum of Prostitution and more. The district itself is beautiful, though quite touristy.

Oude Kerk

stained glass windows in Oude Kerk

The majestic Oude Kerk (Old Church) was built in the 13th century, making it one of the oldest buildings in Amsterdam. The church is located in the Red Light District. Thanks to the excellent acoustics, concerts are held here.

  • Admission: 13,50 €, children 13-18 years 7 €, children 6-12 years 3,50 €; BUY TICKETS
  • Opening hours: mon-sat 10:00-18:00, sun 13:00-17:30
  • Address: 23 Oudekerksplein

National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) will keep the whole family occupied for 3-4 hours. There is so much to do and discover.

You will see a richly decorated royal vessel (rowing sloop), learn more about the history of whaling and how it became an endangered species in the exhibition The Story of the Whale, understand the importance of the connection between the port and the city, how 17th century sailors prepared for their voyage, see models of yachts, manuscripts, ship ornaments.

Next to the museum is a replica of the VOC Amsterdam, where you can enter, try steering, relax in a hammock, shoot a cannon or use virtual reality to go back to 17th century. It’s definitely worth the price of admission.

  • Admission: 17,50 €; children 4-17 years 8,50 €; Click here for tickets
  • Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00
  • Address: Kattenburgerplein 1

Heineken Experience

Heineken beer has been brewing in Amsterdam since the 19th century and is one of the top brewers in the industry today (it was number three in the world market in 2015).

The original brewery in the city centre is now a museum where you can learn more about the Heineken brand and production, try your hand at creating your own bottle and enjoy a tasting.

If you’re looking for something fun to do in Amsterdam, you’ll love it here. 18+ entry.

  • Admission: 21 €; BUY TICKETS
  • Opening hours: SUN-THU 10:30-19:30, FRI-SAT 10:30-21:00
  • Address: Stadhouderskade 78

Negen Straatjes

Where to go shopping and catch something interesting? Try the magic alleyways Negen Straatjes in the centre of Amsterdam with lots of interesting shops.

Another popular shopping street is Haarlemstraat a short walk from the station. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars, so it’s lively in the evenings.

Albert Cuypmarkt

Amsterdam market

Albert Cuypmarkt is a huge street market where you can buy everything from clothes and clogs to food. There are also plenty of places to eat. Cafes, bars, pancake houses, bakeries and restaurants with local and international cuisine (Surinamese, Korean, Turkish, Japanese or Vietnamese).

  • Opening hours: mon-sat 9:00-17:00
  • Address: Albert Cuypstraat


Amsterdam Flower Market

The Bloemenmarkt is a flower market with thousands of types of flowers on river boats that has been operating since the 19th century. There are also several cheese shops along the market where you can buy typical Dutch cheeses (gouda, eidam with various flavours).

  • Opening hours: mon-sat 9:00-17:30, sun 11:00-17:30
  • Address: Singel

NEMO Science Museum

Science Museum Nemo Amsterdam

The NEMO Science Museum is housed in a huge whale-shaped building. It is one of the best museums to visit in Amsterdam if you are travelling with children. If you have a playful soul, you’ll like it here too.

The museum is divided into 5 floors and each section is dedicated to a different part – a section about humans, how the universe works, machines and the laboratory and other areas full of interactive elements and games where you can spend a few hours in peace.

On the roof of the NEMO Museum there is a terrace that looks more like a small square. You will find refreshments and great views of the surrounding area. The terrace is free of charge.

  • Admission: over 4 years 17,50 €, students with student card 8,75 €; reservation required; BUY TICKETS
  • Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10:00-17:30, open on Mondays only on holidays and public holidays
  • Address: Oosterdok 2


Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam, covering 47 hectares, where locals love to spend their free time. You can take a stroll, rent a bike, have a picnic, watch a show in the outdoor theatre or have a snack in the café. The rose garden, a sculpture by Picasso and the lake with a fountain in the middle are worth seeing.

Other beautiful parks in Amsterdam include Oosterpark, with a lake in the middle and a birdwatching area, and Westerpark to the west of the city centre.

This is Holland

This is Holland is where you experience and literally soak up the real Holland in the most fun way.

Take a 5D flight to fly over the canals and the most beautiful places in Amsterdam, enjoy the tulip fields and even smell their fragrance or see the iconic windmills from a bird’s eye view.

You will feel like you are actually flying in a helicopter. Before your flight, learn more about the history of the Netherlands in an interesting and entertaining way.

  • Admission: €23.01, children 4-12 years €19.47; reservation required; Click here for tickets
  • Opening hours: 10:00-18:00
  • Address: Overhoeksplein 51

ARTIS Zoopark

The ARTIS Zoopark was established in Amterdam in the 19th century. It’s a beautiful, smaller zoo. An oasis of green where you can go when you want to take a break from the city or when visiting Amsterdam with children. There is also the Micropia Museum, which will immerse you in the world of microbes in an interactive and entertaining way.

  • Admission: 25 € (including Micropia 30 €), children 3-12 years 21 €; BUY TICKETS
  • Opening hours: 9:00-18:00
  • Address: Plantage Kerklaan 38-40

A´DAM viewpoint

Do you like adrenaline? Check out the swing in the tallest building in town at A’DAM Lookout next to This is Holland.

There is a revolving restaurant and at 22. floor panoramic view of the historic centre, islands and canals. Here you can also swing from the swing over the edge of the viewing platform.

In addition, an elevator with sound and light effects takes you up in just 20 seconds, you can experience a virtual reality roller coaster ride over the city or have your photo taken over Amsterdam with various effects.

  • Admission: from €14.50, children 4-12 years from €8.50 (prices when booking online, €2 more on site); prices vary according to the package you choose; BUY TICKETS
  • Opening hours: 10:00-22:00
  • Address: Overhoeksplein 5

Courtyard Begijnhof

Would you like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist city? The Begijnhof courtyard is just the place to soak up the peace and escape the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam. It is a charming courtyard surrounded by old houses from the 15th century with a chapel and a small park in the middle.

There used to be a religious women’s community here and some still live here. Although admission is free, entry is regulated with residents in mind.

  • Opening hours: Tue-Fri 13:00-16:00
  • Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 373

What to visit in the Amsterdam area?

Tulip fields Keukenhof

Tulips are the national flower of the Netherlands. Every spring, from March to mid-May, the tulip fields open to visitors, where you can see the long meadows full of colour and fragrance. It’s a wonderful experience.

The Keukenhof Tulip Fields can be found an hour south-west of Amsterdam near the town of Lisse.

  • Admission: 19 €, children 4-17 years 9 €. Online booking required – get tickets here
  • Admission including transport: €33 (buses depart from This is Holland, where you also exchange your booking for tickets)
  • Opening hours: 8:00-19:30
  • Address: Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse

Windmills Zaanse Schans

Windmills are a symbol of the Netherlands. The windmill museum in Zaanse Schans is located north of Amterdam and is an ideal excursion for families. Just walk around freely and enjoy.

what to see in the Amsterdam / Zaanse Schans area
what to see in the Amsterdam / Zaanse Schans area

As well as the mills, you can visit the cheese factory, the clog factory, the bakery museum, the Willy Wonka biscuit and chocolate museum, the weavers’ house and more. There is already an entrance fee – you can pay on the spot for individual museums or buy Zaanse Schans Card which will get you everywhere.

You can also visit the mills from Amsterdam as part of an organised trip with organised transport .

  • Admission to attractions and museums with the Zaanse Schans Card: €23.50, children 3-17 years €16; BUY TICKETS
  • Opening hours: area is free to enter, museums open 10:00-17:00
  • Address: Kalverringdijk Schansend, Kraaienest, Zaandam,

Where to stay in Amsterdam

  • Leonardo Hotel: a 4-star hotel on the edge of Rembrandt Park with a rooftop terrace, bar and spectacular views of Amsterdam.
  • Hotel Holiday Inn: A modern hotel with excellent transport links – located a short walk from Sloterdijk Station, with a 10-minute train ride to the airport and the city centre’s main train station.
  • Hostel Via Amsterdam: accommodation with a lively and friendly atmosphere, where you have a choice of separate rooms with private bathrooms or a bed in shared rooms.
  • Hotel Levell: This hotel is located in the southeast of Amsterdam, making it a good choice for those arriving by car. The city centre is a 20-minute metro ride away (the stop is 200 metres from the hotel).
  • XO Hotels Blue Square: clean, elegant hotel outside the centre with good accessibility and at an excellent price.

Check out our full range of accommodation in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam airport

Schiphol International Airport is located south-west of Amsterdam. The airport is well signposted and often praised as the best airport in Europe, despite being the 3rd best. the busiest airport in Europe. You can easily find where the train is and where to go.

Schiphol Airport Amsterdam

How to get from Schiphol Airport to the city centre?

The easiest way to get to central Amsterdam from Schiphol Airport is by taking the yellow and blue double-decker train. Trains run every few minutes and the journey takes less than a quarter of an hour.

The train passage leads directly from the airport and the train station is located directly under the airport, which can be reached by escalator. The train will take you to Amsterdam Centraal Station in the northern part of the city centre. Tickets can be bought from the yellow and blue machines for €5.90 or online at for 4,90 €.

Public transport and metro in Amterdam

From the airport, we take the train to Amsterdam Centraal Station. Beautiful historic building. Directly from the station, you can go into the centre of Amsterdam, which is easily accessible on foot.

If you’re going further afield, there are 4 metro lines and 11 tram lines stopping outside the station. This makes it easy to get around the city where you need to go.

Amsterdam Centraal Station

You can take the metro, buses and trams around Amsterdam. Metro stations are marked with a large blue and white M. Trams are blue and stops are marked with a blue TRAM sign.

A single ticket costs €3.40 or you can buy tickets with unlimited use of the metro, buses and trams :

  • Ticket for 1 day (24 hours) for 9 €
  • Ticket for 2 days (48 hours) for 15 €
  • Ticket for 3 days (72 hours) for 21 €
  • Ticket for 4 days (96 hours) for 26,50 €
  • Ticket for 5 days (120 hours) for 33 €
  • Ticket for 6 days (144 hours) for 37,50 €
  • Ticket for 7 days (168 hours) for 41 €

Tickets are valid in hours, i.e. if you take your first ride at 2pm and you have a 24-hour ticket, it will be valid until 2pm the next day.

Tickets can also be bought at AKO newsagents or the Iamamsterdam centre at the airport, or at the station from GVB outlets (but not all types of tickets are always available). Single tickets and 24-hour tickets are also sold by tram drivers, but you can only pay by card.

Another option is I Amsterdam City Card which not only includes unlimited use of transport around the city, but also access to museums and canal cruises. We’ll talk more about it later in the guide.

Amsterdam trams

Are you staying in Amsterdam-Noord or planning to visit places like This is Holland or A’DAM Lookout? Right at the station you can board the free ferry together with other pedestrians, cyclists or scooter riders.

It comes out every few minutes and you’re at your destination in no time either. It’s also a great way to see the city from a different angle.

Amsterdam by car

Amsterdam is easily accessible by car from the Czech Republic. From Prague you can reach the city in less than 8 hours (without stops). The route follows the main routes mainly through Germany – Dresden, Leipzig, Hannover and in the Netherlands along the A1 motorway to Amsterdam. German and Dutch motorways do not charge a toll or toll for cars under 12 tonnes.

The A10 bypass runs around Amsterdam, from which you can reach the city centre via 8 exits, signposted S101-S118. It’s a good idea to find out which S-route to take in advance to get where you need to go as quickly as possible (for example, to your accommodation).

The historic centre is especially suitable for bicycles and scooters. It is better to find accommodation on the outskirts of the city and take public transport from there.

Parking in Amsterdam

Parking in Amsterdam is charged. Only the blue marked parking areas are free of charge, but they are only for short-term parking. I recommend finding accommodation with free or included parking so you don’t have to deal with extra parking costs.

Parking prices vary depending on where you park. Find out more about the tariff zones on this map for parking in Amsterdam. Rates are per hour and most often around €7.50 in the centre.

If you want to save on parking fees, you can park in the Amsterdam-Noord section (rates around €1.50) and take the free ferry to the city centre from there.

Prices for parking

On the map you can see the P+R zones, which are located near the motorway on the edge of the city and have excellent public transport connections to Amsterdam. Parking here costs only €1 per day (before 10:00 for €8 for the first day) and €1 for each day thereafter. The maximum parking time is 96 hours.

As a condition, you must buy an OV card (chip card for travelling around Amsterdam) or a paper P+R ticket from the blue machine on site within one hour. This also applies to the return journey – you must pay for parking and leave within one hour of leaving public transport.

The paper ticket is valid for 1 hour and costs from €5.50 for 1 person to €8.50 for 5 people. Detailed information can be found here. Considering the hourly rates for parking, this is the cheapest way to travel by car to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam bikes

Almost everyone in Amsterdam rides a bike. There are over 800,000 people living in Amsterdam and over 900,000 bicycles. Bicycles have their markings at traffic lights and there are bike lanes everywhere. Maybe that’s why the Dutch are so slim, vital and good-tempered.

The roads are narrow and there are not many cars in the centre. Scooters are another popular means of transport.

Amsterdam bikes
bikes in front of the station

You can take your bike to the park, and if you feel confident about your ride, head into town or along the canals. Just watch out for the canals, because up to 15,000 bikes are caught here every year. Moreover, cyclists always have the right of way in Amsterdam, so be careful when walking around the city.

Bike rental shops are scattered around the city, and there are instructions on how to rent bikes. It’s easy. Hire for an hour costs around €3 and for the whole day from €10.

What to taste in Amsterdam?

Dutch cuisine is not something that attracts crowds of visitors. You won’t get the Tuscan or Parisian flavours, but you’ll still find your favourites.

Typical specialties include Bitterballen meatballs, which are perfectly matched with Heineken beer. Or try the Stamppot, mashed potatoes with carrots or other seasonal vegetables with roasted sausage and bacon slices.

A popular street food is Kroketten, croquettes made of meat, potatoes and cheese. They are served, for example, in a bun.


Do you like fries? In Amsterdam, you’ll love the Patatas, which look like thick fries. The patat is served in a cone (be warned, even a medium size is quite a hefty portion) and you can choose a variety of sauces to top your fries with.

For dessert, you can try the delicious Stroopwafels , or two waffles combined with syrup. They sell them everywhere. Or Poffertjes, small pancakes made of yeast dough sprinkled with icing sugar and topped with butter, or. with syrup.

The Netherlands is one of the largest producers of cheese in the world (mainly gouda and eidam). People in the Netherlands eat an average of 14 kilograms of cheese a year. There are several shops across Amsterdam where you can buy fresh cheese in a variety of flavours.

Where to go for an evening drink? Leidseplein Square is considered the centre of Amsterdam’s nightlife. It is lined with bars and restaurants.

Prices in Amsterdam

Prices in Amsterdam are relatively high compared to other countries in Europe. A meal in a cheap restaurant will set you back an average of €18. For a three-course dinner for two in a mid-range restaurant, you’ll pay an average of €80.

Prices for selected food in Amsterdam are as follows:

  • Milk 1 l – 1,11 €
  • Bread 500 g – 1,47 €
  • Chicken meat 1 kg – 9,21 €
  • Rice 1 kg – 1,82 €
  • Potatoes 1 kg – 1,46 €
  • Water 1,5 l – 0,79 €
  • Domestic beer 0,5 l – 1,28 €

When to visit Amsterdam?

If the Keukenhof Tulip Fields are on your list of things to do in Amsterdam, plan your visit for late March to mid-May, when the fields open to the public.

Amsterdam’s high season runs from June to September, when it is at its warmest and sunniest. From November to March, the weather is windy and rainy, but on the other hand, the number of tourists is the lowest and the prices for flights and accommodation are the lowest. Moreover, in autumn, Amsterdam is bathed in beautiful warm colours.


I Amsterdam City Card

I Amsterdam City Card is a tourist card that includes a number of benefits:

  • Unlimited travel around Amsterdam (metro, buses, trams, ferries)
  • Free entry to more than 70 museums and attractions in the city, including the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Nemo Science Museum, ARTIS Royal Zoo, Zaanse Schans Windmills, Moco Museum, A´DAM Lookout and Rembrandt House.
  • Discount to a number of other places in Amsterdam, such as the Heineken Experience.
  • Free one-hour canal cruise
  • Free bike rental for 24 hours

Price I Amsterdam City Card

Is the Amsterdam City Card worth it?

One thing is for sure – Amsterdam is expensive and the card can bring you significant savings. It depends on what you want to see and visit in Amsterdam and how much you want to use public transport. As an example, take the I Amsterdam City Card for 3 days (72 hours) for €110 – the itinerary could look like this:

  • Rijksmuseum (23,50 €)
  • Van Gogh Museum (22 €)
  • Nieuwe Kerk (15,50 €)
  • Oude Kerk (12,50 €)
  • Rembrandt’s House (17,50 €)
  • A´DAM viewpoint (14,50 €)
  • This is Holland (23,01 €)

Even with a relaxed itinerary, you’d only save €20 on admission to museums and attractions, but there’s more included:

  • Unlimited transport for 48 hours (without card 14,50 €)
  • Canal cruise (without card minimum 14 €)
  • Bike rental (without card minimum 10 €)

I Amsterdam City Card can be purchased easily online . After purchase, all the necessary information will be sent to your email immediately.

Another option to save in Amsterdam is a tourist card Amsterdam Pass which offers other benefits. You can find the necessary information and card comparisons in separate article .

Amsterdam practical information

Currency: euro

Paying: up to 80% of payments in the Netherlands are made by card. Check in advance what fees your bank charges and what the exchange rates are so you don’t lose out.

Electrical socket: in the Netherlands, type C and F sockets are used. If you have a two-pin adapter plug (for example, a phone charger), you don’t need a reducer. On the other hand, you will need a reducer for ground-pin sockets (type E), as the sockets in the Netherlands are without a ground pin.

Language: The official languages are Dutch and Frisian. Most of the time, however, you can speak good English, German and French without any problems. The locals are also very friendly, so they will try to accommodate you if there is a language barrier.

Safety: Amsterdam is a very safe place, despite their benevolent attitude towards drugs and prostitution. According to the Safe Cities Index it is ranked 4th. the safest city in the world.

These were the best things to do in Amsterdam. Do you have a question? We’ll be happy to answer it in the comments below. Have a safe journey!

More information about Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM ITINERARY: Plan your trip with our 3-day itinerary for Amsterdam.

AMSTERDAM WITH CHILDREN: In a separate article, we share tips on what to do in Amsterdam with children.

HOW TO SAVE IN AMSTERDAM: Amsterdam Pass is one of the ways to save money on sightseeing in Amsterdam.

Article Summary: The most beautiful places and sights to visit in Amsterdam

What not to miss in Amsterdam?

Walking along the canals is the best thing to do in Amsterdam. There are 165 canals in Amsterdam and some of them are lined with beautiful gingerbread houses. You can take a boat ride and enjoy the city from a different perspective. Check out this article for the most beautiful streets and neighbourhoods not to miss in Amsterdam.

What to see in Amsterdam?

The Anne Frank House is the most powerful place you can visit in Amsterdam. A humbling and emotional experience. For museums, don’t miss the Rijksmuseum or the very popular Van Gogh Museum. Stroll through Dam Square with the Royal Palace and Nieuwe Kerk or the famous Red Light District.

What to see around Amsterdam?

In spring, the tulip fields at Keukenhof are bursting with colour. Amsterdam is famous for its picturesque windmills – for example, the Zaanse Schans Windmill Museum, where you can visit the Cheese Factory, the Clog Factory, the Bakery Museum, the Willy Wonka Biscuit and Chocolate Museum, the Weavers’ House and more.

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