DestinationsNetherlandsTravel Guide10 Interesting Things to Do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, is blessed with pure beauty by having not only romantic flower gardens—blooming from the end of March, but also the system of green canals and parks. That's why Amsterdam is always one of the prettiest places to visit in Europe.
Helena PeiAugust 13, 201915 min

After discovering The Best Food in The Netherlands, the list of 10+ interesting things is what you should note down for having more fun in Amsterdam. Let’s check it out!

1. Check out Street Art

Amsterdam is a creative city and Amsterdam street art culture is alive and kicking! Although there are certain areas in Amsterdam that have more street art than others such as the area of Wijdesteeg & Spuistraat and NDSM wharf, just wander around and keep your eyes open for small interesting items like the stickers on various posts and poles, bike decorations and tiny public libraries. Most of cool works are found in random places around the city.

2. Go to local festivals

Throughout the year, the range of festivals in Amsterdam is broad, powerful and diverse, attracting both Dutch and international festival goers. And every week, Amsterdammers will gather to celebrate art, culture, music and food at events both big and small around the city.

3. Swing on Europe’s highest swing

Feel your heart-rate quickens with incredible Over The Edge – the highest swing on top of the A’DAM Tower in Europe which is 330 feet high. It’s both scary and fantastic at the same time, you can clearly enjoy an unparalleled view of the city while the adrenaline courses through your veins.

4. Rijksmuseum

This is one of the most popular places to visit in Amsterdam for art fanatics, the Rijksmuseum is the principal national museum in Holland. It holds over a million artworks which span the course of the Middle Ages all the way to present day. If you are an art lover this is a must-see.

5. Van Gogh Museum

Step into this beautiful world and explore the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent Van Gogh and you will undoubtedly be moved by the experience. All works are accompanied by quotes from Van Gogh’s own letters and diaries, so it feels like being guided to the museum by Vincent himself. This is gonna be the highlight of your amazing trip.

6. Anne Frank House

It cannot fully be a trip to the city without a visit to ‘Anne Frank House’. Anne Frank is one of Amsterdam’s most well-known former residents, she was a young Jewish girl who lived at the time of World War II. She left a diary that describes the hardships her community went through while hiding from the Nazis. This museum is exhibiting the persecution of the Jews during the war, and contains building where Anne’s family remained in hiding.

7. Free music shows at Vondelpark

Located in the heart of Amsterdam, Vondelpark is the most popular city park offers a quick escape from the city’s hustle and noises. Take a walk or a cycle for free in Vondelpark or just relax on the grass and enjoy all the free shows by the lake. There are also cafes around the park that you can just bring your own picnic.

8. Windmill Tour

Windmills have always been an important part of Dutch culture, forming a unique element in Holland’s landscape. It will be great to take a tour and have a up-close look at the windmills and enjoy the unforgettable Dutch countryside.

9. Heineken Experience

The Heineken Experience is one of Amsterdam’s most authentic and famous attractions. It’s an interesting place that includes exciting activities for visitors: an interactive self-guided walk through the factory, a Heineken tasting session. Besides, you can also know some fun information about the company’s history and the Heineken logo and much more!

10. Go to local beaches

Your trip will get even better if you plan to go to one of the local beaches of the Netherlands. You can go fishing, swimming, snorkeling, have good local food, and shop.

11. Red Light District Tour

Contrary to what a lot of people might think, the Amsterdam Red Light District has a very friendly atmosphere and isn’t as dangerous as it used to be. It’s quite interesting to come and visit this place and learn more about the world’s oldest profession.



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