Take a city trip to Amsterdam and you’ll find much more than charming canals and unique architecture, this endlessly fascinating city has a rich variety of must-see sights and unique things to do.
With an abundant selection of world-class galleries and leafy parks, alongside its one-of-a-kind atmosphere, it’s safe to say there’s nowhere quite like the Dutch capital. When in Amsterdam, take a canal cruise through the city's legendary waterways, browse the many boutiques and savor Dutch delicacies, before you drop into a traditional brown café at night. Amsterdam's attractions, events and sightseeing options will provide you with endless options for an unforgettable weekend away.
What to see in Amsterdam:
1. Get your cultural fix at a museum:
Looking for a museum in the Amsterdam area? You won’t be disappointed thanks to the multitude of tempting options spread around the city. Museumplein is where you’ll find the city’s very finest, however, with the acclaimed Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum all in close proximity. This lively square is also home to a diverse market and occasional open-air exhibitions, so make sure to save some time to explore these other highlights of Amsterdam.
2. Sample some Dutch specialties:
From raw herring and bitterballen, to sweet treats such as stroopwafels and poffertjes, you’ll find plenty of delicious bites at the markets in Amsterdam. One excellent place to discover a wide variety is the Albert Cuyp Market, which is open Monday-Saturday in the hip neighborhood of De Pijp. Alternatively head to Foodhallen, a repurposed tram depot where you can go on a true culinary journey thanks to its wide variety of food stalls. One of the essential activities in Amsterdam.
3. The Nine Streets Amsterdam:
Known as ‘De Negen Straatjes’ in Dutch, this picturesque collection of streets is the perfect place for shopping in Amsterdam. Whether it’s an independent art gallery, designer boutique or antique book shop, you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy in this must-see area of the city. Shop till you drop and then kick back in one of the many cozy cafes or restaurants.
4. A blast of color at Bloemenmarkt:
This floating flower market in Amsterdam is not to be missed thanks to its rich variety of brightly colored flowers. A delight for the senses, especially during tulip season from March to May, this multicolored strip of the city is waiting for you and your camera. If you missed tulip season in Amsterdam, make sure to buy some bulbs so you can plant your own miniature tulip field at home.
5. Escape the bustle of the city:
Grab yourself some cheese and pastries and head to the lush greenery of Amsterdam’s Vondelpark for a picnic; it’s the perfect place to relax after a busy day of sightseeing in the city. Loved by Amsterdammers and tourists alike, this famous park is home to plenty of lakes, open spaces and even a spot for open-air theatre or live music performances from June to September.
When to go:
Amsterdam is a great place to visit all year round. Whether you want to be there for tulip season in spring or see how the city sparkles during the festive season, it’s truly a city for any season. In fall, the streets carry a charming atmosphere as the leaves in Vondelpark turn golden, while in summer the whole city is alive with plenty of options for open-air drinking, dining and partying.
How to get around:
One option is to do it the Dutch way and get around by bike. Amsterdam is one of the most cycle-friendly cities in the world which makes it easy and quick to get from one spot to the other. The excellent public transport service includes frequently running buses, trams, trains, metros and even complimentary ferries. Consider getting yourself an I amsterdam City Card, which allows you to travel around the city via any kind of public transport, in addition to giving you access to some the major tourist highlights without the need of an Amsterdam guide.