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Welcome to Amsterdam

The Netherlands brims with beauty and adventure, from its picturesque windmills and wondrous fields of tulips to its hip, art-centric capital city of Amsterdam. The most populated region of the Netherlands, historic Amsterdam is renowned for its quaint streets and scenic canals. Take in Amsterdam’s rich tradition of art by touring iconic museums such as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum; tours offer skip-the-line access to these popular sights. The Anne Frank House is another must-see, attracting visitors from around the globe. A walking tour—or if you want to be like the Dutch, a bike tour—is a great way to get into the culture. For a little romance, enjoy a candlelit cruise at night with Dutch wine and cheese, and watch the city sparkle. Make time to tour the happening Red Light District’s bars and coffeeshops, and sample bitterballen (fried meatballs) and classic pickled herring, along with some of the country’s famed beers. Take a day trip or two to the Dutch countryside to admire Zaanse Schans, with its iconic windmills and clogs; or traditional villages such as Volendam and Marken. Keukenhof Gardens offers the pièce de résistance: a burst of colors from its vast array of flowers and millions of tulips. All in all, Amsterdam’s uniqueness makes it an unparalleled destination in Europe.

Top 10 attractions in Amsterdam

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Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huis)

Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huis)

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The bestselling book “Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl” brought to life one of the greatest horrors of the 20th century in a compelling, personal way. In the true story, a young Jewish girl, her family, and some friends are forced into hiding in Amsterdam to escape the Nazis during World War II. The house that served as the Frank family’s hiding place for two years survived the war and is now a moving museum, with the primary site being the achterhuis (rear house), also known as the secret annex. Here the Franks sat in silence during the day and ate food that was secretly brought to them before being mysteriously betrayed and sent to Nazi concentration camps. Otto Frank, the only Frank who survived the war, published Anne’s now-famous diary in 1947.More
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Amstel River

Amstel River

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The Amstel is the great river that runs through Amsterdam and whose water was diverted into the city’s famous canals. The city was first built around the river, giving it the name Amstel Dam, and today the waterway is flows past modern buildings and charming houseboats before winding its way into the Dutch countryside.More
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Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

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Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of works by the legendary Dutch artist, is a must-see for art and art history lovers. The museum boasts a collection of Vincent van Gogh’s personal effects, plus 200 paintings and 500 drawings by the master and his contemporaries—including Gauguin, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Bernard—plus Van Gogh’s famous works The Potato Eaters and Wheatfield with Crows.More
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Amsterdam Red Light District (De Wallen)

Amsterdam Red Light District (De Wallen)

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Most famous for its streetside brothels, Amsterdam's Red Light District (De Wallen) also houses scenic canals, bustling restaurants, bars, and plenty of shopping opportunities. While this controversial neighborhood may not be for everyone, its winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleys evoke Amsterdam’s rich history and laid-back culture.More
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Hermitage Amsterdam

Hermitage Amsterdam

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An outpost of St. Petersburg’s famous Hermitage Museum, the Hermitage Amsterdam showcases revolving exhibitions of painting and historical artifacts, often with a Russian theme. The sprawling Amstelhof building dates back to the 17th century, stretches along the Amstel riverfront, and features an inner garden courtyard.More
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Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)

Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)

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The second of Amsterdam’s three major waterways, the Emperor’s Canal (Keizersgracht) is the widest in the city. Its quiet waters wind through otherwise bustling neighborhoods, and it is lined with picturesque old houses—some of which have had famous residents. A boat trip along the canal lends itself to some wonderful photo opportunities.More
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Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

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Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is the largest and most visited art museum in the Netherlands. Its collection, which ranks among the world’s finest, includes nearly 8,000 pieces spread over 80 galleries. Some of the Rijksmuseum’s most revered works are 15th- to 19th-century paintings by Flemish and Dutch masters, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals. In addition to the astounding eight centuries of Dutch art and history, the museum has extensive outdoor gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant.More
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Westerkerk (Western Church)

Westerkerk (Western Church)

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Amsterdam’s 17th-century Westerkerk (Western Church) is as known for its architecture, including a spire that measures some 280 feet (85 meters), as it is for its history. Rembrandt was buried here, and in her diaries Anne Frank wrote about the church’s clock chime—one of the few outside-world experiences she had while hiding from the Nazis.More
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Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug)

Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug)

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Amsterdam’s Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug) crosses the River Amstel in the city center. The wooden drawbridge features low arches and nighttime illumination. The bridge’s history reaches as far back as 1691, when the original structure was completed in a classic Dutch style that also influenced later renovations.More
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Jordaan

Jordaan

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Once a working-class neighborhood, Jordaan in central Amsterdam has become an upscale enclave favored by artists and designers. Grand 17th-century houses, art galleries, speciality shops, music venues, cafes, and restaurants line the leafy canals in this quintessential Amsterdam neighborhood, which attracts tourists and locals alike.More

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Top activities in Amsterdam

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Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

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Wonderful day! Thank you...
Lee_Y, Dec 2021
Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour Including Cheese Tasting and Clog Demonstration
We loved the experience and the opportunity to see Amsterdam from a different perspective.
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Eileen is amazing!
Zoe_W, Nov 2021
Amsterdam's Jordaan District Small-Group Food Walking Tour
Great way to see the city, taste some great food, and enjoy the niche districts of Amsterdam!
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Amazing walking tour
Helen_G, Nov 2021
Absolutely Amsterdam: Tip-Based Walking Tour With Super Local Guide (2,5 Hours)
A great way to see & learn about Amsterdam.
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A day trip you mustn't miss!!!
Jos_R, Nov 2021
Volendam, Marken, Edam and Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam
Great places to visit.
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I wish I could give it more stars!
Michael_M, Oct 2021
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
This is a terrific way to see Amsterdam.
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The way to see Amsterdam!
Eugene_W, Oct 2021
1,5 hours Amsterdam Rickshaw Tour
A guided rickshaw tour is the way to see Amsterdam.
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Great experience!
PieterBas_J, Oct 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
As a fellow Dutchman I was proud to show my English family the beautiful city of Amsterdam!
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Seeing countryside
Elaine_F, Oct 2021
Private Countryside tour to Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Wonderful day to see outside of of Amsterdam
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Great way to explore the city
Irina_O, Oct 2021
Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a Local
This private bike tour is a great way to see the various areas of Amsterdam and get a feel for the city.
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Great day trip! Highly...
Colten_V, Oct 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam
Highly recommended for anyone wanting to see and experience some of the history Amsterdam has to offer!
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The tour guide was...
Ciara_C, Oct 2021
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Apart from the tour, he gave helpful tips about which shops to avoid to save money and the best areas to visit in Amsterdam.
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Great option for a private tour of Amsterdam
Anna_R, Oct 2021
Amsterdam Canals Small-Group Boat Tour with Captain Jack
The private tour was well worth it, not only was Amsterdam a beautiful place to visit, Jack was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and had some great recommendations for us during our stay.
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Giethoorn - Heaven on earth
Lisha_T, Sep 2021
Giethoorn Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam With Boat Cruise
I really enjoyed all his tips on what to do and where to go in Amsterdam.
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Super pizza dinner cruise
Bernadeta_J, Sep 2021
Amsterdam Pizza Cruise - 1,5 hr incl pizza and 2 drinks
Such a great way to discover Amsterdam, we loved the cruise and pizza was tasty 🍺 🍕 Perfect for families with kids!
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Cool!
Vicente_H, Sep 2021
Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour Including Cheese Tasting and Clog Demonstration
The tour was lovely and a great way to see more than just Amsterdam.
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Best tour!
Courtney_D, Sep 2021
Best Canal Cruise Amsterdam
The best way to see Amsterdam, highly recommend!
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We loved Laura G!
Annabelle_C, Aug 2021
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
The entire tour was so worth the value and we got to see the countryside beauty of the Netherlands.
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Fun time!
Brooke_F, Aug 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury Canal Boat - Live Guide - from AnneFrank House
Great way to see the sights of Amsterdam.
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Stan is the best
Aiden_e, Aug 2021
Private bike tour through Amsterdam
There is NO better way to see Amsterdam as a local!
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A must do if you visit Amsterdam
Jan_W, Aug 2021
Best Canal Cruise Amsterdam
Brian told us everything about Amsterdam, it's history, all the pretty places and good locations to visit.
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