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What to do in Amsterdam?

From globally-renowned cultural attractions to renowned nightlife – the range of things to do in Amsterdam includes something for everyone. Explore this beautiful city by bike, tram or canal boat and discover the huge amount it has to offer.

Take in the capital’s idyllic canals and wonderful 17th century buildings on Amsterdam holidays. Art lovers are spoiled with world-class galleries, while famous attractions – including the wonderful Rijksmuseum – will delight culture seekers. Vondelpark offers a wonderful retreat - with six children’s playgrounds and an outdoor theatre it is ideal for families. Enjoy a shopping spree then rest your legs at an atmospheric pub. And by night, experience the city’s thriving club scene or legendary Red Light District.

Shopping in Amsterdam.

Shopping in Amsterdam

Shopaholics will be in their element at the six storey-high flagship Bijenkorf department store, on Dam Square. From there, make your way along the 1km-long Kalverstraat, a retail paradise lined with big-brand stores. Head to the exclusive P.C. Hooftstraat for luxury labels, or the trendy 9 Streets for unique boutiques. Experience the energy of Albert Cuypmarkt street market or visit Singel canal’s colourful Bloemenmarkt flower market.

Amsterdam attractions.

Amsterdam attractions

Marvel at over 200 treasured works of art by the celebrated Dutch artist and his contemporaries at the Van Gogh Museum – children will enjoy the treasure hunt, Vincent’s Travelling Case and interactive workshops. Admire even more masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum or visit the Anne Frank House and see her famous diary. Beer lovers will be in their element at the Heineken Experience, which is located in the trendy De Pijp area.

Eating out in Amsterdam.

Eating out in Amsterdam

Dine at a historic restaurant in Spuikwartier, or stop at one of the many broodjeswinkels (sandwich shops) to be found around Amsterdam’s bustling squares. Treat your taste buds to the syrupy sweetness of a crispy stroopwafel, and soak up the ambience over frothy beer at a traditional brown bar. Rembrandtplein square is the place to go for outdoor dining, while IZAKAYA at Sir Albert offers exquisite Japanese food.

Amsterdam nightlife.

Amsterdam nightlife

A stroll through Amsterdam’s ever-changing Red Light District reveals a beautiful canal-side setting with excellent bars and eateries that you might not expect to find in this notorious neighbourhood. Make your way to Leidseplein for cool clubs offering every kind of sound. Cafe Casablanca, which can be found just outside the Red Light District, has been a fixture of Amsterdam’s jazz scene since 1945 and enjoys a nostalgic feel. Alternatively, head into the cool Jordaan area for hip bars and cafés.

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Beyond the city

Families will love Amsterdam’s beautiful 116-acre park, Vondelpark. A haven for little ones, it features an outdoor theatre with free children’s shows in summer. Amsterdam beaches are also a popular day trip – follow the sun-seekers to Bloemendaal aan Zee and Zandvoort aan Zee to bask on the beautiful golden sands. Or head to the Efteling World of Wonders for a spectacular theme park experience – with rollercoasters, rides and more, this is a perfect place for kids.

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Beat the crowds at Museumplein.

Beat the crowds at Museumplein

See Vincent van Gogh’s masterpieces in this advantageous skip-the-line tour.

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Visit Amsterdam’s brilliant theme park.

Visit Amsterdam’s brilliant theme park

Explore the superb rollercoasters and wild rides of Efteling: World of Wonders.

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Tips from a Ventoura Local

Locals know their city best. We caught up with Joey, an Amsterdam local with a love for the city’s charismatic canals and waterside dining scene, to gather his tips for travellers who want to see the real Amsterdam. You can experience the city with Joey and his boat via the Ventoura app.

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