Guest post by Sydney Duleba
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is a city like no other. The best time to visit Amsterdam is in April, May, September, or November. You will avoid the crowds during high tourist season, but enjoy the lovely weather.
The city has such a down to earth atmosphere and the people are incredible. Amsterdam is known for its weaving canals throughout the city, the stunning gingerbread-like houses, and a whole lot more.
There are endless things to explore in this beautiful city. In this article, I’ll share with you the best things to do in Amsterdam!
This is a great way to get your trip to Amsterdam started. The best way to get a feel for the city is to experience a walking tour. If you are staying in a hostel, your hostel will most likely have free walking tours of the city daily.
If you’re staying somewhere other than a hostel, you can find a walking tour for cheap or even free. Talk to the front desk to find out what your accommodation offers.
This Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. It is located in the heart of the city. Admission for adults is 19 Euro and it’s free for children. This is a great way to spend an afternoon getting to know more about Amsterdam’s culture.
Taking a food tour is a MUST while in Amsterdam! The city has restaurants with food from all over the world. The food is truly incredible. There are proper tours you can book, however, I suggest checking out restaurants on your own time!
A few Dutch foods you must try while visiting are bitterballen, stroopwafel, dutch fries, dutch pancakes, and dutch cheese just to name a few. There is even a cheese museum in Amsterdam, you will find a variety of dutch cheeses and can even take a few home with you!
Here are some of my favorite restaurants:
- Thai & Co – for great Thai food
- The Avocado Show – everything on the menu is made from avocado
- Pluk – a great place for brunch
- The Seafood bar – excellent choice for seafood
This was one of my favorite things to do while in Amsterdam! Even if you don’t like beer, you should definitely visit. The Heineken Experience is seriously a true experience. It is comparable to an interactive museum with loads of history, and many other surprises!
You also get to drink a few Heinekens while on the tour, the end takes you to a fun, unique bar. Tickets are affordable, priced at 18 Euro for adults. If you buy online it will be much faster to enter once you arrive.
What’s a better way to explore the city than by bike? Bikes are one of the most popular forms of transportation in Amsterdam. So taking a bike tour is a great idea.
You can find various tours online, some that stick around the city center and others that venture out of the city. It all depends on what you want!
This was another favorite while visiting Amsterdam. The canals are beautiful, and taking a cruise gives you a different perspective on seeing the city!
I traveled with a tour company on my trip to Amsterdam, so the canal cruise was included. However, you will find an abundance of different options online depending on what you are looking for. I went on a sunset cruise with snacks and drinks. It was incredible, I highly recommend it.
The nightlife in Amsterdam is great. The Ice Bar is a fun experience, it is a regular bar, but the back is a bar completely made out of ice. They give you coats and drink tokens on arrival, it’s a unique experience! The ticket fee is about 21 Euro and includes a few drink tokens and the ice bar experience.
Red Light District
If you are into nightlife this is another place to check out! It’s a popular tourist spot from all around the world. You will see the neon red lights everywhere.
I Amsterdam Sign
The I Amsterdam sign is a fun photo opp. To get there you have to take a ferry but it’s free! The ferry ride is pretty cool. I recommend checking it out. Be aware that if you don’t go early there will be a crowd.
Wake Me Up When I’m Famous Wall Art
This wall art is a fun photo opp as well! I’m sure you have seen it on social media at some point. The address is Frans Halsstraat 64, 1072 BT Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Since this spot is so popular on Instagram we were expecting to wait before taking photos. However, it was not crowded at all. We were the only ones there for a while.
Anne Frank House
This is probably one of the most famous spots to visit in Amsterdam. Tickets sell out extremely fast, I suggest booking your tickets right when you decide to visit Amsterdam if this is something you want to do. Tickets can sell out months in advance.
Amsterdam Flower Field
The tulip field is a bit out of the city. If you go I recommend going early morning and making a half-day trip out of it. The tulip fields are stunning, something very cool to check out, and another great photography spot. We were hoping to visit, however, we could not fit it into our schedule.
Van Gogh Museum
If you like history and museums, this is another great place to check out! The Van Gogh Museum is a Dutch art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh. It is located in the museum square.
I hope this gave you some ideas for your next trip to Amsterdam! It is truly an incredible and unique city, I highly recommend adding it to your bucket list.
About the author
My name is Sydney Duleba. I’m from Austin, Texas and I am about to start my last year of college at the University of Alabama. I have always loved to travel and turned that passion into a blog in hopes to inspire people to visit that destination that they have always dreamed of visiting. Exploring exciting new cities is one of my favorite things to do and Amsterdam is one of the most unique cities I have ever been to. You can check more of my travels on Syd Abroad.
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