No matter your age or interests, there is something for everyone in the picturesque city of Amsterdam. Whether you crave an art museum, a science exhibit, or a cruise around historic canals, you’ll find them all here. A well-planned trip to Amsterdam is sure to be the highlight of any European tour.
Here are our picks for the 10 experiences that no Amsterdam itinerary is complete without:
Amsterdam’s state museum displays the works of great Dutch masters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt, for a total of over one million historic art pieces. Even the beautiful building is itself a majestic work of art, with exhibits of art from centuries ago.
Anne Frank House
You can’t fail to be profoundly moved by a visit to the historic “annex” in which Anne Frank hid from the Nazis for two years and wrote her famous diary. An audio tour, along with quotes and original objects, will make you feel intimately acquainted with the young girl who chronicled the last years of her life so beautifully.
Van Gogh Museum
This monument to legendary artist Vincent Van Gogh is officially the most visited museum in the Netherlands. You can explore exhibits of some of his most famous works, including Wheatfield With Crows and The Potato Eaters.
The artsy Jordaan neighborhood is definitely worth taking some time to explore, or even scheduling a guided tour. There are tons of fun art galleries and specialty boutiques that you’ll adore.
No Amsterdam trip is complete without a visit to this famous landmark, which ranks right up there with the Eiffel Tower and the London Eye for memorable European viewpoints. If you’re in the mood for some thrill-seeking, try out Europe’s highest swing, hanging from the tower over 100 meters above the city.
Take a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of city life in this 120-acre green space. Picasso’s famous fish statue is here, as are live performances of music and dance in the open-air theater.
Check out the beautifully restored home of renowned Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. Not only can you view some of his original etchings, you can also explore the many fabulous and artistic memorabilia that he collected over the years.
ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo
This is one of the oldest urban zoos in the world, and hosts a thrilling diversity of plant and animal life. It’s also easy to get to, conveniently located in the city center.
Museum Ons Lieve Heer Op Solder
This museum, one of the oldest in Europe, gives us a window into lifestyles of a bygone era. You’ll love the living areas featuring antique furniture, as well as the historic church in the attic. It’s a wonderful immortalization of religious tolerance, as Catholics once used it as a secret worship place during times of persecution.
Private Boat Tours
A Rederij De Jordaan boat tour is an experience like no other, taking you along the canals of Amsterdam in a historic boat, carefully preserved, from the early part of the 20th century while your guides regale you with entertaining stories about the sights.
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