Things to Do in Amsterdam, The Netherlands + Our Tips [Travel Guide]

Hi everyone, this is Eric and Lisa. And we’re here in Amsterdam. In case you didn’t know, that’s the capital of the Netherlands. This busy Dutch city is known for its picturesque yet functional waterways, its liberal culture and its many, many bicycles. We’ve been to Amsterdam numerous times now. There’s a lot to do and see in Amsterdam – whether you’re visiting for the first time or you’re back to discover more. In this video, we’ll share with you some of the top things to do in Amsterdam as well as places and attractions that we checked out. Be sure to stick around until the end when we talk about a few things for planning your trip – like where to stay, how to get around, and more. Since Amsterdam is known for waterways, a great place to start your adventure is on a classic tour of the canals. The good news is that there are a number of different canal cruises you can choose from. We went with a classic tour company for a simple, hour-long cruise… and it was really enjoyable. No matter which company you choose, a cruise is a great way to see the city from a unique perspective. Once you’re back on land, there are lots of great areas of Amsterdam for you to explore. You can for the historic city centre at Dam Square with the Royal Palace and the National Monument close by. The New Church and other sights aren’t far either. Another area in the centre is the Red Light District. It’s located in Amsterdam’s oldest neighbourhood – and is an interesting area to explore during the day and at night. There are even top sights like Amsterdam’s oldest church. This is probably a good time to mention that there’s a difference between “Cafes” and “Coffee Shops” in Amsterdam. Back to the canals – you should wander the famous Canal Belt that surrounds the old city centre. If you do that, you might end up in Jordaan. That’s one of the city’s most popular neighbourhoods. Close by, you can also find an area called “The 9 Streets” which is full of boutique shops and cafes. We’d recommend just walking the canals because you never know what you might come across – like bridges for great photo spots. Just be sure to keep an eye out for bikes when you’re taking photos. Behind me, you can see the Heineken Experience which is an attraction housed in the original Heineken Brewery in the heart of Amsterdam. We actually went inside and – yes it’s a little touristy but it was honestly a lot of fun. They keep you interested the whole time, it’s pretty engaging, and you get beer – so what’s there not to like. Other places to visit in Amsterdam are the many markets the city has to offer. The most popular and touristy one is probably the floating flower market, which is located in the south-end of the city centre. It’s a place for buying flowers, bulbs to take home and classic souvenirs. Another market you can check out is the Albert Cuyp market. This massive street market runs along Albert Cuypstraat, named after the famous painter. You’ll everything here from clothes to food and pottery. If you’re hungry, the you should head to the Foodhallen located inside De Hallen cultural complex. The food hall is made up of lots of different food trucks and that’s where we had our lunch one day. It was tasty – and you can even grab a drink and just relax. I’m trying to do a talking snippet but it’s noon – so there’s bells. Behind me, you can see one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions – the Anne Frank House. I’ve actually been inside and I would definitely say it’s worth checking out because you learn a lot of history about the area, about World War II, and… yeah. Keep in mind, it is very popular so book your tickets in advance because there is only so many available for walk-up. If you’re looking to relax for a bit, Amsterdam has numerous parks to wander through and interesting museums to check out. One of the most popular parks is Vondelpark, located in the southwest-end of the city centre. It’s a popular spot to walk and bike through – rain or shine. As you might know, there’s lots of museums in Amsterdam. We just walked by the Tulip Museum and the Cheese Museum… and we even found a museum just dedicated to cat art. The other area to explore museums is the Museum Quarter. When you’re visiting Amsterdam, one of the places you need to check out is the Museum Quarter – filled with museums. There’s the famous Rijksmuseum, there’s the Van Gogh museum, there’s a Museum of Modern art and there’s a concert hall behind us. So there’s lots of different places to check out all in one area. Amsterdam is loaded with other attractions and areas to explore as well. We wandered down the banks of the Amstel river heading away from the city centre to take in the views. This is where you can cross the popular “Skinny Bridge”. Be sure to come back at night when it’s all lit up. Over in the eastend, you’ll find a green district known for the Botanical Garden, the famous Artis Zoo, the Tropenmuseum, and much more. You can also find one of the country’s most recognizable symbols over here. Behind me, you can see the largest windmill in all of Amsterdam. Unfortunately, you can’t go inside – but there’s a nice brewery right next to it. Of course, we didn’t get to see all the attractions in the city. There’s other popular ones like the Nemo Science Museum, the Adam lookout tower, and many more. Before you head off to Amsterdam, there are a few things you should keep in mind for your visit. Honestly, we would avoid visiting in the summer since the city can get very busy. That might take away from your experience. We’ve always enjoyed visiting during the shoulder seasons – or even in the winter during Christmas time. It’s easy to get to Amsterdam. Planes fly into Schiphol airport and it’s a quick and easy train from the airport to the city centre. If you’re coming by train, you’ll likely arrive at Amsterdam Central Station located at the north-end of the city centre. From there, you can hop on transit or walk around to explore. There are lots of different way to get around the city. You can basically walk everywhere in the city centre. If you want to venture farther, you can make use of the trams, metros, buses and even boats to get around. Sometimes trams have a transit guide on board where you can ask questions if you have any. Of course, you can also rent a bike – just be sure to know what you’re doing and follow the signals. You might consider an Amsterdam transit pass or card that is valid for the days you’re visiting the city. We’ll link some options down below. These might help you save money in some cases – but you’ll have to do the math. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Amsterdam, you certainly have more than enough places to choose from. There are lots of different accommodations to suit all styles and budgets. There are even houseboats which you can stay at. We’ll link our Amsterdam accommodation guide below. Just remember to book ahead of time because the city is very popular. Also, please remember that Amsterdam is a city where people live and work. So please treat it and its people with respect when you’re visiting. Let us know if you have any tips for visiting Amsterdam in the comments below. And if you liked this video, be sure to give it a thumbs up! So, until next time! Happy Waddlin’!

One Reply to “Things to Do in Amsterdam, The Netherlands + Our Tips [Travel Guide]

  1. We hope you enjoyed this video! What's your favourite thing to do in Amsterdam? Let us know! We really liked just walking along the canals and taking in the bustling atmosphere of the city. Also, we're going to work on our Amsterdam blog posts over the next few weeks and will link them here once they are done! Sorry for the delay 🙂

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