50 Places to Visit in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM!

Netherlands’s capital and most populous city that’s known for much more than its coffee shops and infamous red light district. It’s here in Holland’s liberal metropolitan area that you’ll find a place filled with artistic heritage, picturesque canals and an abundance of museums amongst so much more.

Having visited several times, I’ve found myself getting up to something new each time I visit and even now there’s still a lot more I need to do!

If you’re planning on visiting and are looking for things to do then keep reading…

MUSEUMS

1. Anne Frank Museum

A house and biographical museum dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. I highly recommend visiting this – it was very moving and informative. Book in advance to avoid long queues on the day.

Price: €10pp

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2. Moco Museum

The Moco Museum is an independent museum located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, dedicated to exhibiting modern and contemporary art.

Price:  €11pp

3. Red Light Secrets Museum

Quirky museum offering exhibits on the history of Amsterdam’s sex-work industry.

Price:  €12.50pp

4. Rembrandt Museum

The Rembrandt House Museum is a historic house and art museum in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Price:  €14pp

5. The National Maritime Museum

The collection of The National Maritime Museum is one of the largest and most notable maritime collections in the world with approximately 400,000 objects.

Price:  €15.50pp

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6. Nemo Science Museum

NEMO Science Museum is a popular science and technology museum located in one of Amsterdam’s most renowned buildings.

Price:  €17.50pp

7. Heineken Experience

Experience an interactive tour through beer giant’s history in former brewery, with a tasting room finale.

Price:  €18pp

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8. Foam

Foam or Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam is a photography museum located at the Keizersgracht

Price:  €18pp

9. Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum is a Dutch art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in the Museum Square in Amsterdam South

Price:  €19pp

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10. Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history

Price:  €20pp

11. Stedelijk Museum

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, known as the Stedelijk, is a museum for modern art, contemporary art, and design

Price:  €25pp

Image: Wikipedia

12. Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Amsterdam is the Dutch branch of the world-famous Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Price:  €25pp

13. EYE Filmmuseum

Huge collection of Dutch & foreign movies & film posters in contemporary, waterside culture centre.

Price:  €11pp

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14. Amsterdam Walking Tour

A 3 hour walking tour through the city’s most popular attractions. The tour has no fixed price but the guide relies on a contribution/tip at the end.

15. Red Light District

The infamous red light district, located in the oldest part of Amsterdam, is home to a number of sex shops, sex show and sex workers.

Image: CNN

16. Vondelpark

The largest city park in Amsterdam and a very popular spot for both locals and tourists. This park has a selection of restaurant, a museum and even an open air theatre.

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17. Dam Square

Dam Square lies in the historical centre of Amsterdam and is surrounded by numerous shops and restaurants. The National Monument is also located here.

18. De TonTon Club

An ‘adult’s playground’ filled with arcade games, board games, great music and a bar.

Price: tokens from €1 per game

19. Cycling

Discover the gorgeous city by renting a bike and doing a self-guided tour or join a bike tour!

Price: rent a bike from €6.50pp

Image: Culture Trip

20. Pathé Tuschinski

One of the world’s most unique theatre/cinema venues. This art deco style building was built in the early 1920s and you can watch the latest movies here.

Price: from €9.50pp

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21. A’DAM Lookout

A 360° panorama rooftop observation deck with an exhibition bar and Europe’s highest swing!

Price: from €13pp

Image: A’DAM Lookout

22. Canal Cruise

Choose from the different cruise options and explore the beauty of the city from the water!

Price: from €16pp

23. Artis Royal Zoo

Visit Netherlands oldest zoo and experience nature right in the city centre.

Price: from €24pp

24. Escape Room 

Choose from 2 different games and use puzzles and riddles to escape from a series of rooms created by Amsterdam’s best escape game company.

Price: from €37

SHOPPING

From huge shopping malls to busy streets lined with shops to friendly local markets here are some of the most popular places to shop at in Amsterdam city centre.

25. Kalverstraat

26. Leidsestraat

27. De Bijenkorf

28. Magna Plaza

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29. Negen Straatjes

30. P.C. Hooftstraat

31. Albert Cuyp Market

COFFEE SHOPS

Not to be confused with cafes or tea rooms, coffee shops are basically local legal dispensaries for marijuana. They are relaxing places to smoke, chill and/or eat. There are a number of great coffee shops dotted around the city so here are some that you might like to visit.

32. Barney’s Coffeeshop

33. Dampkring

34. Boerejongens

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35. Green House Centrum

36. The Bulldog the First

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37. 420 Café

38. Blackstar Coffeeshop

39. Prix d’Ami

40. Paradox Coffeeshop

Image: Culture Trip

41. Bluebird

Please note that you can’t buy more than 5 grams of marijuana a day in a coffee shop.

NIGHTLIFE

In a city as vibrant, diverse and hip as Amsterdam, you’ll find there’s something for everyone. Here’s a list of some of the most popular clubs for you to check out.

42. Melkweg

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43. Paradiso

44. Escape

45. Club Up

46. Club NL

Image: Entree Magazine

47. Club NYX

48. WesterUnie

49. The Box

50. Air Amsterdam

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Visit the club’s events/agenda page to check what’s happening on the dates you’ll be visiting.
i amsterdam City Card

If you’re wondering how to get around then have a look at the i amsterdam City Card. This  gives you access to museums, attractions, a cruise and free use of public transport for 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours depending on the duration of the card you choose. The card is only valid for GVB bus, tram and metro lines in Amsterdam. NS train services are not included. Click here for more information on how to buy the card.

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