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Do you want to visit Amsterdam? The capital city of the Netherlands is unique in many ways. It’s no secret that Amsterdam is one of the most exciting places on this Earth to visit. With its rich history, artistic legacy, intricate canal system, and abundance of museums, you will find that there are so many things to do in Amsterdam.

To help you come up with somewhat of an itinerary for your vacation, we’ve decided to write out a list of the top 5 things to do while you’re in Amsterdam.

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Best Things to do in Amsterdam

1.  Take a canal ride

take a canal cruise in Amsterdam

Everything in Amsterdam seems more magical from a boat, whether you’re a first-time visitor or a repeat visitor. Besides providing a stunning backdrop to the city’s historical center, floating down Amsterdam’s canals is one of the most memorable ways to discover the city. Many tours depart in front of the Anne Frank House.


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2.  Walk through the wildflowers

tulips in Amsterdam

Amsterdam takes great pride in its bulb flowers, especially tulips. Visit the amazingly vibrant bulb flower park in Lisse if you wish to see the tulips in all their glory. If you happen to miss the tulip season, don’t worry. There are plenty of bulbed flowers that grow year-round at the park.

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens is the world’s largest and most beautiful tulip garden. Open from March to May only. We recommend getting your tickets early. Also, don’t visit on holidays or weekends.  

3.  Visit one of the many spectacular art museums or history museums

visit the museums in Amsterdam

Check out paintings by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, or other world-renowned artists, or revisit history by walking into the Anne Frank House, where you can see the secret annex where Anne hid during World War II.


4.  Walkthrough De Wallen, the nation’s red-light district

things to do in Amsterdam-try restaurants

Although it’s famous for some risky behavior, there is much more to the city. Try out one of the district’s fine restaurants, small boutiques, or find more responsible entertainment at any of the places not lit up with red lights. For a faster way to venture through, rent a bicycle. You’ll find that you can rent a bike nearly anywhere in the country.

5.  Take a bike tour

bike riding in Amsterdam

Exploring Amsterdam by a small group bike tour is the best way to see it. Explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods and architecture, cycle along the waterfront, and enjoy a local beer across the street from an iconic windmill. The city’s bike paths make it easy to discover its gems on your own, or with a guided bike tour.

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