Amsterdam Top 10 Sights, Tours & Attractions

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Amsterdam Top 10 Sights, Tours and Attractions. A quick list of picks for 10 best things to see and do in Amsterdam. If you only have a limited time, this list of sights, tours, activities, and attractions, will not disappoint!

1) Take an Amsterdam Canal Cruise

A canal tour boat in Amsterdam

Take a tour of Amsterdam’s world famous canals in a canal boat. Amsterdam is famous for its canals and there are a number of companies that offer tours of the city in Dutch canal boats. Get a different perspective on the city, and enjoy a tour that is unique to the Netherlands!  A number of companies operate tours of the city ranging from a 45 minute round trip, longer excursions by canal boat, lunch and dinner cruises and even a hop on hop off canal bus service. – Amsterdam Canal Cruises

2) Rent A Bike

Bikes in AmsterdamSee Amsterdam by bike on a Dutch push bike. Amsterdam is one of the worlds most bicycle friendly cities, with bike lanes and even traffic lights for cyclists. Even if you haven’t been on a bike in years, the flat terrain and excellent bicycle infrastructure will allow any visitor to have a wonderful day on 2 wheels!  Although it might look daunting when you forst arrive, once you are on your bike you will wizz right along with the rest of the Amsterdammers.  Having a bike makes Amsterdam absolutely tiny and extremely accessible, so we recommend you rent one for your entire stay.  It is really the best way to get around the city. – Amsterdam Bike Rentals

3) Visit the Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House in AmsterdamVisit the Anne frank House, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe, where the Frank family hid from the nazis during World War II. This museum is visited by millions of people each year and serves as a stark reminder to the horrors of the holocaust.  Best visited in the morning to avoid the crowds, the usually long line moves fast.  – Anne Frank House Museum

4) Visit The Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh museum from the Museumplein.Experience the art and life of Vincent Van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum. Housed in a modern building on Museumplein, witness a large collection of the works of Holland’s most famous artist. Learn about his life and enjoy his own personal collection of Japanese woodcuts. – Van Gogh Museum

5) Walk Through Vondelpark

A bridge in Vondelpark, AmsterdamWalk through one of the world’s great parks. If you have time, spend an afternoon sitting on the grass people watching. This “central park” of Amsterdam is the jewel of the city’s green spaces. If the weather is nice it is sure to be full of locals sunbathing, cycling, skating, jogging, and socializing. – Vondelpark

6) See the Floating Flower Market

A flower vendor's stall in Amsterdam's floating flower market.See millions of flowers at Amsterdam’s floating flower market. A perfect place to buy souvenirs and gifts, the flower market has millions of cut and potted flowers, as well as bulbs, pots, and other gardening essentials.  The market is a little touristy, but it is still really cool, and locals do go there as well.  See why Holland is famous for flowers!

7) Visit the Begijnhof

Old houses in the Begijnhof, Amsterdam.Find a hidden refuge from the chaos of the center in the Begijnhof. This medieval courtyard was founded in the 1300s and is home to a chapel and a number of historic Dutch houses.  As soon as you step inside, you are transported to another world of peace and tranquility, right in the center of one of the busiest cities in the world. – Begijnhof

8) Check out the ARTIS Amsterdam Zoo

Giraffes in the Amsterdam Royal ZooHave a look at the plants and animals at the Amsterdam Zoo! With a number of restaurants and cafes, a planetarium, playgrounds, not to mention exotic plants and animals, the ARTIS is a great place for families and kids.  The zoo is the biggest in the Netherlands and one of the most beautiful in Europe – Artis Royal Zoo

9) Attend a Festival

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Winter can be long and cold in Amsterdam. So, the Locals relish every drop of sunshine, and are great at making the most of the summer weather by putting on Festivals nearly every weekend. from June through September. There is a festival for every interest; Music, Dancing, Crafts, Books, Food, or even Costumes. A summer Festival is fun and AWESOME for people watching. Festivals in Amsterdam and Holland

10) Picnic in Amsterdamse Bos

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This incredible Forest inside of Amsterdam is truly a feature NOT TO BE MISSED. It is a Manmade and designed ,Forest that was started in the 1920’s  to provide employment through the financial crisis. Now it has grown into the most beautiful forest, with running paths, walking paths, water activities, open fields, cafes, and playgrounds throughout. Three times larger than New York’s Central Park, there is nothing more lovely than a picnic in Amsterdamse Bos on a sunny day. – Amsterdamse Bos

 

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