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Top 10 Things to do in Amsterdam

By Laura Burke 

Amsterdam is a beautiful city which merges Dutch history and a unique urban flair that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. This is an artistic city bursting with rich museums and art galleries to explore. Amsterdam is famous for canals, bike rides and chocolate waffles. It’s a city which is much more tolerant to practices illegal in other countries and this just adds to the welcoming charm. We’ve narrowed down the top 10 things for you to see and do during your next visit to Amsterdam. 

 

1. Anne Frank House

Anne Frank’s House is one of Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attractions and is a must see during your trip. Get a guided tour of the building that Anne Frank and her family lived in secret during World War 2. Quotations from her famous diary, historical documents, photographs, film images and family belongings are on display along with her original diary. Experience a virtual journey of her life during these years. Queues are often massive and tickets are sold out months in advance, we would recommend booking before you go to guarantee access to this unique tour.  

 

2. Spend an afternoon in a Coffee Shop

The capital of cannabis culture, marijuana was decriminalised in the Netherlands in 1976 and the recreational use of the drug has become one of the main reasons Amsterdam is so popular with visitors. There are over 250 coffee shops in the city where visitors can cosy up and smoke while indulging in sweet treats and hot beverages. If you’re looking for somewhere quirky to smoke up, Dampkring has unforgettable décor and moulded walls and sculpted ceilings in caramel and auburn tones - giving this coffee shop a unique feel. One of the more famous Café’s is the Greenhouse which sits next to the Grand Hotel and is no stranger to celebrities, winning the Cannabis Cup over 30 times - a must do during your Amsterdam holiday. 

 

3. The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is one of the most famous museums in the world, the home of more than 8000 works of art; the building is an extravagant and enormous landmark in the city centre. After entering the museum head to the Gallery of Honour to find some of the most famed pieces such as ‘The Night Watch’ by Rembrandt and the ‘Milkmaid’ by Vermeer. This museum is an afternoon well spent - a cultural delight in the heart of Amsterdam. 

 

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4. Heineken Experience

At the site of the old Heineken brewery is the Heineken Experience, a combination of a beer museum and Heineken themed amusement park. It even includes a 4D ride which shows you what it’s like to be a bottle of Heineken. See people bathing in Heineken and explore the old machinery used to make the beer for decades and learn about the brands history during this self-guided tour. This is a fun way to enjoy a pint while learning all you don’t know about the world-famous Dutch beer.

 

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5. Canal Dinner Cruise

The canals that run through Amsterdam date back to the 17th century and are a historic part of the cities unique landscape. There are so many companies offering meals on board the canal boats which take you on a cruise through the city while you dine. Choose from 4 course meals or pizza dinners, with so many options available, this is ideal if you’re going away with a partner and want a unique night out. 

 

6. Visit the Red Light District

Amsterdam is famous for its Red Light District, a neighbourhood like no other - prudes beware! We aren’t suggesting you go and make use of its services, but walking through this area is certainly interesting to see and has to be done during an Amsterdam holiday. Half naked women wave at men from behind ceiling to floor glass tinted with red lights and there’s a different sex shop on every corner. With peep shows and private booths to view sex shows as well as interactive viewings and pornography cinemas, the Red Light District is also known for its lively nightlife and has a great party and LGBT scene. Guided tours are available around the area for those wanting to learn more about the history of the area. 

 

7. Rent a Bike and explore

Amsterdam is a city to be explored on two wheels, where people travel to work, the shops and to a date by bike. The cyclist only roads in Amsterdam are amazing, and exploring it on a bike means you get to see much more than you would by foot. There are so many bike rental shops around the city and it’s the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon, Amsterdam also has a number of companies which specialise in bike tours and give city and countryside tours of Amsterdam teaching you about its history as you ride.

 

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8. Beers in a Windmill

There are eight remaining windmills in Amsterdam and the de Gooyer in the Oostelijke Eilanden neighbourhood is also an award winning artisan microbrewery. This windmill turned brewery includes a large outdoor drinking terrace and gives 30 minute guided tasting tours. The brewery specialises in organic standard and seasonal ales, including a 9% ale named Columbus, which is sure to leave you feeling merry.

 

9. Artis Zoo

There are eight remaining windmills in Amsterdam and the de Gooyer in the Oostelijke Eilanden neighbourhood is also an award winning artisan microbrewery. This windmill turned brewery includes a large outdoor drinking terrace and gives 30 minute guided tasting tours. The brewery specialises in organic standard and seasonal ales, including a 9% ale named Columbus, which is sure to leave you feeling merry.

 

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10. Waterlooplein Flea Market

Waterloo Square is the oldest flea market in the Netherlands, establishe one hundred and thirty one years ago it is open 6 days away and is home to nearly 300 stalls. Here you can shop for just about anything from antiques to books, art, clothing, music and bric a brack, there are also plenty of food stalls to grab lunch or a light snack from, serving everything from chips and burgers to Lebanese and Italian cuisine. You’re sure to find something unusual to bring home as a souvenir from this market. 

 

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There’re so many things to see and do during a city break to Amsterdam, these are just some of our favourites! So whether you’re going with your friends, your other half or with your family, you’re sure to love every moment spent in this quirky city. Book city breaks to Amsterdam and other amazing European destinations now with Budget Travel, call us now to book on 01 435 0024.






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