Amsterdam Attractions Guide


Amsterdam is a beautiful and historic capital; world-renowned as one of Europe's great cities thanks to it's UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals, charming architecture, bustling bicycle lanes, impressive museums, delicious food and more. Whether you plan to soak up the arts and culture, immerse yourself like a local or tour around Amsterdam's iconic districts, there's something for everyone in this compact city, from attractions and places of interest to sightseeing tours!

Getting around the city

For a fabulous introduction to Amsterdam, discovering the layout of the city and learning about the history, a Hop on-Hop off Bus and Hop on-Hop off boat tour is a great way to get around the city while seeing Amsterdam's top attractions. With 4 crossover stops where you can switch between bus or boat, you can get to see Amsterdam from a new perspective all from the comfort of your seat.

The history of Amsterdam

For visitors wanting to learn more about Amsterdam’s history, you’re in luck: boasting many wonderful historic buildings and museums, which explore the city’s rich past, Amsterdam is rich in historical and cultural hotspots. You won’t want to miss a visit to the National Maritime Museum, home to interactive exhibitions, historical artefacts and a replica of the East Indiaman Amsterdam ship, it offers a fascinating look into Amsterdam’s maritime history. For a more cultural look back in time, the heritage village of Zaanse Schans takes you back to Holland of the 1800s. Explore museums, traditional wooden houses, windmills and more while learning about the various industries that thrived in the region. Finally, a visit to the Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot is a must for anyone coming to the capital. A medieval castle built at the mouth of the Vecht river, Muiderslot is home to 700 years of Dutch history from knights to the Golden Age and modern times.

Discover Amsterdam's art history

Amsterdam is well-known for its historic artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Mondriaan, so it’s no surprise the city has a range of major art institutions that cannot be missed. Spend hours wandering the Rijksmuseum and discover 800 years of Dutch art and history, spanning the Middle Ages to modern day across four floors of paintings, drawings, photography, jewellery design and fashion. Fans of photography will be enthralled by the display of talent at the Foam Photography Museum, featuring beautiful works by local, contemporary photographers. No visit to Amsterdam would be complete without a visit to the iconic Rembrandt House, which he bought in 1639 for ƒ13,000 (around €6,000) – a fortune at the time. The house has been carefully restored with beautiful craftsmanship, antiquities, objets d’art and 17th-century furniture.

Sport in Amsterdam

Sports lovers can’t miss the tour of the iconic Johan Cruijff ArenA – home to the Dutch football team AFC Ajax. The largest stadium in the Netherlands with a capacity of over 54,000, it was opened in 1996 and was used during Euro 2000, held the 1998 UEFA Champions League Final and 2013 UEFA Europa League Final and will also host three group stage matches and one match in the 1/8 final of the Euro 2020.

The best view of Amsterdam

For the best views of the city, head up to A’DAM Lookout. An observation offering unrivalled panoramic views of Amsterdam it’s easy to see why it’s one of the city’s most popular attractions. Scan the city from its historic centre and bustling port to the beautiful Dutch polder landscape and UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals from the A’DAM Lookout’s 360° sky deck. Learn more about the city’s history and culture thanks to a state-of-the-art interactive exhibition outlining the story of Amsterdam’s past and present. 

Family friendly activities

Amsterdam may not automatically appear to be a top family-friendly destination but there’s plenty of family-friendly attractions and activities that will keep kids happy and entertained. Head to Madame Tussauds and get up close with amazing lifelike wax figures of today’s stars and famous faces from the past. Discover curiosities from ancient cultures. One for the older kids - descend into the darkness of the Amsterdam Dungeon and discover 500 years of horrible history. A visit to the ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo is a must for all families – strolls among the trees and get to know the range of animal residents from giraffes and zebras to ostriches, springboks, tropical fish and more!

Why visit Amsterdam?

Whether you’re visiting with friends or family, interested in history and culture or art and sports, there’s plenty to see and do in Amsterdam. With over 30 top Amsterdam attractions and tours included on the Amsterdam Pass, you can explore and experience all the best parts of the city, at no extra cost!

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