Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is also one of the most popular destinations for those visiting Europe. Of surreal beauty and with stories known around the world, the city surprises and offers a range of things to do – from cultural options to lots of fun.

Check out 35 suggestions of amazing tours to do in Amsterdam and die of love for the city!

What to do in Amsterdam in 1 day

If you have little time and are going to spend only one day in Amsterdam, check out the six mandatory places you need to visit in the city – of course Anne Frank’s House is included in this itinerary.

1. Rijksmuseum

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The Rijksmuseum is the most important museum in Holland and is located in the Museum Square. There, too, is the famous I AmSterdam plaque. The museum has a huge collection of art and history that even includes an Asian collection.

  • Address: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: every day from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Admission fee: 19 euros for adults and free admission for those under 18.

2. Van Gogh Museum

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Right next to Rijksmuseum is the Van Gogh Museum. It is dedicated and inspired by painter Vincent Van Gogh and contains the largest collection of paintings by this artist in the world – over 200 works from different phases!

  • Address: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, from 9am to 5pm; Friday and Saturday, from 9am to 9pm; and Sunday, from 9am to 7pm.
  • Admission fee: EUR 19 for adults and free admission for children up to 17 years old.

3. Anne Frank’s House

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Going to Amsterdam and not knowing Anne Frank’s House is not going to Amsterdam. Here you can visit the building where young Anne Frank and her family remained hidden for years during the Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. Also, the space is an autobiographical museum founded by Otto Frank, Anne’s father.

  • Address: Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: Sunday to Friday, from 9am to 7pm; Saturday, from 9am to 10pm.
  • Admission fee: free admission for children up to 9 years, 5 euros for children up to 17 years and 10 euros for adults.

4. Jordaan (Amsterdam Channels)

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Anne Frank’s house is located in the Jordaan neighborhood, one of the coolest and most important neighborhoods in Amsterdam. The place shelters several canals – a registered trademark of the city – and has a whole small town atmosphere with its architectural style and street commerce.

  • Address: Jordaan – Amsterdam.

5. Vondelpark

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The Vondelpakr is the most important park in Amsterdam and bears this name in honor of the writer Joost van den Vondel and is perfect for walking, cycling or having a picnic. Don’t forget to stop at Blauwe Theehuis – a ring shaped park pavilion that functions as a cafe and restaurant.

  • Address: Vondelpark – Amsterdam.

6. Dam Square and Royal Palace

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Dam Square is the most important square in the city and, in it, stands out the National Monument – an obelisk 22 meters high in honor of Dutch soldiers who lose their lives fighting in World War II. In front of Dam Square is also located the Royal Palace, one of the four official palaces in the Netherlands. Also in this place is the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), but we will talk about it further on.

  • Address: Dam, 1012 JS and Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, 1012 RJ – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: Dam Square is open every day, 24 hours a day; while the Royal Palace is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Entrance fees: Dam Square is free of charge; the Royal Palace costs ?10 for adults, ?9 for students and is free for under 18s.

What to do in Amsterdam at night

Amsterdam offers numerous nightly attractions. The famous Red Light District – a neighborhood where prostitution is legalized – can be visited at night. Also, bars and restaurants are usually a good bet to enjoy along with friends and family.

7. Red Light District

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The Red Light District – or in Portuguese, Bairro da Luz Vermelha – is a neighborhood of Amsterdam known worldwide as a legalized prostitution zone. Besides strip-tease bars, erotic cinemas and sex shops, it is also possible to find red windows where women show up for visitors.

  • Address: Red Light District – Amsterdam.

8. Leidseplein

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Leidseplein is one of Amsterdam’s squares and one of the liveliest places in the city. With bars, restaurants, cinemas and others, it is a great night option for entertainment and fun. However, it is also worth knowing the place in daylight.

  • Address: 1017 EN – Amsterdam.

9. ‘T Smalle

T Smalle, in fact, is a coffee shop that stays open all day, until dawn, so you can choose whether you want to meet it day or night. In its menu, you can also find a wide variety of drinks, wines and beers. Enjoy!

  • Address: Egelantiersgracht 12, 1015 RL – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, from 10am to 01am; Friday and Saturday, from 10am to 02am.
  • Entry fee: you pay what you consume.

10. Amsterdam Roest

Get to know a kind of superb industrial pub! In Amsterdam Roest, you can try handmade beers, homemade hamburgers, tasty wines, typical foods and much more.

  • Address: Jacob Bontiusplaats 1, 1018 LL – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: Friday, from 5pm to 3am; Saturday, from 12pm to 4am.
  • Entry fee: you pay what you consume.

11. Proeflokaal A. van Wees

Proeflokaal A. van Wees is a beautifully located restaurant with a typical Amsterdam climate and still serves good quality food and beverages. The prices here are a little higher than expected, but the experience is worth it.

  • Address: Herengracht 319, 1016 AV – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday, from 11am to 00am; Thursday, from 11am to 01am; and Friday and Saturday, from 11am to 02am.
  • Entry fee: you pay what you consume.

12. Hannekes Boom

Another restaurant suggestion for you to know! The atmosphere here is simple, but the cost-benefit is high. Hannekes Boom offers many different beverage options and a very tasty food.

  • Address: Dijksgracht 4, 1019 BS – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: from Sunday to Thursday, from 11am to 01am; and from Friday and Saturday, from 11am to 03am.
  • Entry fee: you pay what you consume.

What to do in Amsterdam in winter

If you are in Amsterdam for some very cold day, be sure to enjoy it anyway! Here, you can discover some options of tours in closed places – like museums, cultural centers, stores and more – perfect to escape the lower temperatures.

13. Nieuwe Kerk

Nieuwe Kerk – in Portuguese, Igreja Nova – is a very important religious temple in Amsterdam. Situated on Dam Square, next to the Royal Palace, it can enter your one-day tour as well. The architectural style of the building is Gothic.

  • Address: De Dam, 1012 NL – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: every day, from 10am to 5pm.
  • Entrance fee: depends on the events and exhibitions chosen for exhibition on the day of your visit.

14. Museum of Jewish History of Amsterdam

The Museum of Jewish History in Amsterdam – the Jood Historisch Museum – is located in the Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam and is dedicated to culture, religion and, of course, the history of the Jewish people. It is worth knowing!

  • Address: Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, 1011 PL – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: every day, from 11am to 5pm.
  • Entrance fee: EUR 17 for adults; EUR 8.50 for children from 13 to 17 years; EUR 4.25 for children from 6 to 12 years; and free entrance for children under 5 years.

15. Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam

Facing the Museum of Jewish History is the Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam. It is a building built by the Jews in the 17th century. Today, after the Second World War massacre, the number of people in the congregation is not high, but the Synagogue remains open to the public.

  • Address: Mr. Visserplein 3, 1011 RD – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: from April to October, from Sunday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm; from November to March, from Sunday to Thursday, from 10am to 4pm, and from Friday, from 10am to 2pm.
  • Entrance fee: EUR 6.50 for adults, EUR 4 for children aged 13 to 17 and free for children under 12.

16. Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam

If you have time, take the opportunity to visit OBA – the public library of Amsterdam. The building impresses architecture lovers and inspires literature, science and knowledge lovers. You can just take a walk to know it or spend hours admiring the library collection.

  • Address: Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 8am to 10pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 10pm.
  • Entrance fee: free of charge.

17. Stedelijk Museum

This is another of Amsterdam’s amazing museums on the list! At Stedelijk Museum, the collection is all about modern and contemporary art. Furthermore, it is very close to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.

  • Address: Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: Sunday from 10am to 10pm; and Saturday to Thursday from 10am to 6pm.
  • Admission fee: free admission up to 18 years old; students pay $10 and adults pay $18.50.

18. NEMO Science Museum

Nemo Science Museum is a science and technology museum located in the center of Amsterdam in a building that is shaped like a ship and impresses with its grandeur. The museum is also located next to the city’s Central Station and can be an easy stop on your route.

  • Address: Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5:30 pm.
  • Entrance fee: children up to 4 years old do not pay and adults pay Euro 17,50.

19. Cheese Museum in Amsterdam

The Cheese Museum, in fact, is not really a museum, it is a store that sells various cheeses. The Netherlands is a country known for its cheese making and here you have the opportunity to taste different types and flavors. Enjoy!

  • Address: Prinsengracht 112, 1015 EA – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: every day from 9 am to 7 pm.
  • Entrance fee: free entrance, you only pay what you decide to buy.

20. Hermitage Amsterdam

The Hermitage is a museum located in St. Petersburg, Russia, and is also one of the largest art museums in the world. It has a branch in Amsterdam, where you can feel a taste of all the European and Oriental culture and history that the building houses.

  • Address: Amstel 51, 1018 EJ – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: every day from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Entrance fee: if you want to visit only one exhibition, you need to consult the specific prices, but if you want to have the possibility to visit everything that the museum has to offer, the entrance fee is 25 euros for people from 12 years old.

What to do in Amsterdam for two

If you are traveling with your partner and want to make the tour a little more romantic, check out the low suggestions of amazing activities to do for two:

21. Houseboat Museum

Vincent van Loon transformed his ship into a floating house in the 60’s and, realizing people’s interest in his residence, decided to create the Floating House Museum in 1997. Nowadays, the place is maintained as if people still lived there.

  • Address: Prinsengracht 296K, 1016 HW – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm.
  • Entrance fee: EUR 4.50 for adults, EUR 3.50 for children from 5 to 15 years and for groups of more than 10 people.

22. Amsterdamse Bos

The Amsterdamse Bos is a green area park ideal for biking, relaxing and enjoying the natural beauties. In the park, there are also bars and restaurants to enjoy during your ride.

  • Address: Amsterdamse Bos – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: every day from 12h to 17h.
  • Entrance fee: free of charge.

23. Begijnhof

Begijnhof is a set of very elegant houses founded in 1346 by the beguinas – a Catholic brotherhood of women who were dedicated to the care of the poor and sick. In this place you can find the oldest house in Amsterdam, still made of wood. And also Engelse Kerk, a 15th century church that became the Cpaela de Begijnhof.

  • Address: 1012 AB – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: every day, from 9am to 5pm.
  • Entrance fee: free of charge.

24. Keukenhof

Also known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is the largest flower garden in the world. According to the park’s official website, seven million flowers are planted in the gardens every year. It’s a perfect walk for two!

  • Address: Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM – Lisse.
  • Opening hours: open from March 21 to May 19 in 2019, from 8 am to 7:30 pm.
  • Entry fee: $ 17 for adults and $ 8 for children aged 4 to 17.

25. Pathé Tuschinski

Pathé Tuschinski – in Portuguese Tuschinski Theater – is a theater from Amsterdam. Currently, it is often used for film premieres and screenings. The main auditorium was designed to be the stage for plays.

  • Address: Reguliersbreestraat 26-34, 1017 CN – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: it is necessary to check film and event screening times.
  • Entry fee: prices vary depending on the play, event or film you will be watching.

26. Bloemenmarkt

The Bloemenmarkt is the most famous flower market in Amsterdam. The sales kiosks – which are about 15 – are on barges moored on the banks of the Singel Canal and this makes Bloemenmarket the only floating flower market in the world!

  • Address: Singel, 1012 DH – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm; Sunday from 11am to 5.30pm.
  • Entry fee: you only pay what you decide to buy.

27. Rembrandtplein and Rembrandt House

Rembrandt van Rijn was a very important 17th century painter who lived in Amsterdam between 1963 and 1658. In 911, his house was converted into the Rembrandt House Museum and a square in the surroundings was named after him – the Rembrandtplein. The two attractions are close to each other and deserve your visit.

  • Address: 1017 CT and Jodenbreestraat 4, 1011 NK – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: the square is open 24 hours a day, while the house is open every day from 10am to 6pm.
  • Entrance fee: the square is free of charge and the house costs Euro 14 for adults.

What to do in Amsterdam with friends

Are you in the company of your friends? So, there’s nothing better than looking for fun in the busiest neighborhoods of Amsterdam! Enjoy!

28. From Pijp

De Pijp is a very bohemian neighborhood of Amsterdam – with street artists, bars, pubs, restaurants and much more, it’s hard not to be enchanted by the region. It is also in this neighborhood that the Heineken Experience is located, one of the most sought after tours by tourists.

  • Address: 1072 PB – Amsterdam.

29. Heineken Experience

Heineken Experience is a kind of interactive tour through the history of Heineken – an important and famous Dutch brewery – in a former company factory. It also offers a tasting at the end of the tour, which is perfect to be enjoyed together with friends.

  • Address: Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 10:30am to 7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 10:30am to 9pm
  • Entry fee: EUR 18 for adults.

30. Amsterdam Arena

Are you a soccer fan? Then you can’t miss the Johan Cruijff Arena, also called Amsterdam Arena, which is the home of the AFC Ajax soccer team and the Amsterdam Admirals soccer team. The venue is open for visitation and offers a half-hour tour every day – the first one leaves at 10am and the last one at 4:30pm.

  • Address: Arena Boulevard 1, 1100 DL – Amsterdam.
  • Opening hours: every day, from 10am to 5pm.
  • Entrance fee: EUR 15 for adults and EUR 10 for children from 5 to 12 years.

31. 9 Straatjes

The 9 Straatjes – or 9 little streets, in literal translation – are a set of streets full of stores, snack bars, restaurants and cafeterias. This region is quite busy, but still keeps all the warm and inspiring personality of Amsterdam. You can’t miss it!

  • Address: Wolvenstraat 9, 1016 EM – Amsterdam.

32. Amsterdam Noord

Amsterdam Noord is a district of the city of Amsterdam that has, alone, a population of 90 thousand inhabitants. It is separated from the city center by a body of water, called IJ, and to get there you have to take a ferry. The most interesting thing about Amsterdam Noord is, without a doubt, its innovative architecture and also its bars and night clubs.

  • Address: Amsterdam-Noord – Amsterdam.

33. Kalverstraat

Kalverstraat is in the heart of Amsterdam and is always full of people. The place is a real shopping center and offers the most diverse types of stores and items to buy – department stores, clothing stores, fast food chains, cafes, restaurants and museums entertain visitors.

  • Address: Kalverstraat – Amsterdam.

34. Nieuwmarkt

Nieuwmarkt is an important square in Amsterdam. Located just a few minutes from the Central Station, it offers a huge range of bars, restaurants, breweries and much more. It is the perfect place to take your friends and have fun! There is also a little food market that is open daily.

  • Address: 1012 CR – Amsterdam.

35. Zaanse Schans

If you have time left, consider visiting Zaanse Schans, a popular neighborhood in the city of Zaandam, which is only 20 minutes away from Amsterdam. The place is a typical Dutch village with a lot of cheese production and also with several mills – original constructions from the industrial period.

Address: Zaanse Schans – Zaandam.