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Welcome to Amsterdam

The Netherlands brims with beauty and adventure, from its picturesque windmills and wondrous fields of tulips to its hip, art-centric capital city of Amsterdam. The most populated region of the Netherlands, historic Amsterdam is renowned for its quaint streets and scenic canals. Take in Amsterdam’s rich tradition of art by touring iconic museums such as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum; tours offer skip-the-line access to these popular sights. The Anne Frank House is another must-see, attracting visitors from around the globe. A walking tour—or if you want to be like the Dutch, a bike tour—is a great way to get into the culture. For a little romance, enjoy a candlelit cruise at night with Dutch wine and cheese, and watch the city sparkle. Make time to tour the happening Red Light District’s bars and coffeeshops, and sample bitterballen (fried meatballs) and classic pickled herring, along with some of the country’s famed beers. Take a day trip or two to the Dutch countryside to admire Zaanse Schans, with its iconic windmills and clogs; or traditional villages such as Volendam and Marken. Keukenhof Gardens offers the pièce de résistance: a burst of colors from its vast array of flowers and millions of tulips. All in all, Amsterdam’s uniqueness makes it an unparalleled destination in Europe.

Top 10 attractions in Amsterdam

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Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huis)

Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huis)

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The bestselling book “Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl” brought to life one of the greatest horrors of the 20th century in a compelling, personal way. In the true story, a young Jewish girl, her family, and some friends are forced into hiding in Amsterdam to escape the Nazis during World War II. The house that served as the Frank family’s hiding place for two years survived the war and is now a moving museum, with the primary site being the achterhuis (rear house), also known as the secret annex. Here the Franks sat in silence during the day and ate food that was secretly brought to them before being mysteriously betrayed and sent to Nazi concentration camps. Otto Frank, the only Frank who survived the war, published Anne’s now-famous diary in 1947.More
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Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

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Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of works by the legendary Dutch artist, is a must-see for art and art history lovers. The museum boasts a collection of Vincent van Gogh’s personal effects, plus 200 paintings and 500 drawings by the master and his contemporaries—including Gauguin, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Bernard—plus Van Gogh’s famous works The Potato Eaters and Wheatfield with Crows.More
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Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

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Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is the largest and most visited art museum in the Netherlands. Its collection, which ranks among the world’s finest, includes nearly 8,000 pieces spread over 80 galleries. Some of the Rijksmuseum’s most revered works are 15th- to 19th-century paintings by Flemish and Dutch masters, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals. In addition to the astounding eight centuries of Dutch art and history, the museum has extensive outdoor gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant.More
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Amsterdam Red Light District (De Wallen)

Amsterdam Red Light District (De Wallen)

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Most famous for its streetside brothels, Amsterdam's Red Light District (De Wallen) also houses scenic canals, bustling restaurants, bars, and plenty of shopping opportunities. While this controversial neighborhood may not be for everyone, its winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleys evoke Amsterdam’s rich history and laid-back culture.More
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Heineken Experience

Heineken Experience

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A visit to the old brewery at the Heineken Experience is a must-see for beer lovers in Amsterdam. During the 90-minute self-guided tour, you'll learn the history of the Heineken beer family, find out how the brand's logo has evolved over time, learn about the complete brewing process from beginnings to bottles—and, of course, taste the goods for yourself.More
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Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof Gardens

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With 7 million flower bulbs planted every year across 79 acres (32 hectares), Keukenhof Gardens is a colorful sea of 800 varieties of tulips and other spring flowers, attracting visitors from around the globe who want to see the Netherlands' iconic tulip fields. More than 9 miles (15 kilometers) of footpaths provide space to stroll around the park, take photos of flowers in bloom, and enjoy this Holland tradition.More
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Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

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The scenic Dutch village of Zaanse Schans is most famous for its windmills, once used to power everything from paint-making to paper production; today, it’s set up like an open-air museum, with five working windmills. Wander the village, view the preserved architecture, and watch the locals at work—in their traditional wooden shoes and Dutch garb, naturally. Green wooden houses, a historic shipyard, and a pewter factory are among the highlights.More
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NEMO Science Museum

NEMO Science Museum

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The largest science museum in the Netherlands, NEMO features four stories of interactive exhibits and hands-on experiments and is housed in one of the city’s most interesting buildings. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the NEMO building looks like a green, copper-clad ship rising out of Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands.More
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Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

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The Amsterdam outpost of the Madame Tussauds wax museum empire is filled with eerily accurate look-alikes, from Dutch royalty to internationally known figures from film, music, sports, and politics. Displays change regularly to keep things topical, though some classic figures, such as Marilyn Monroe and E.T., are constant fixtures.More
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Venustempel Sex Museum

Venustempel Sex Museum

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Located on the outskirts of Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District, the Venustempel Sex Museum is the world’s oldest sex museum, dating back to 1985. Housed in a striking 17th-century building, it chronicles the evolution of human sexuality throughout the ages through an extensive collection of items relating to sex and eroticism.More

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5 Must-See Amsterdam Museums

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How to Get Off the Beaten Path in Amsterdam

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How to Spend 3 Days in Amsterdam

Top Parks and Gardens in Amsterdam

Top Parks and Gardens in Amsterdam

Top activities in Amsterdam

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Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

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Wonderful!
Leon_R, Jan 2022
Half day private tour: Amsterdam introduction in one day
He was friendly, informative and spoke amazing English.
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A guide and his dog
Annemarie_W, Dec 2021
Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour
Sean also gave us suggestions on where to visit outside of Amsterdam.
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Wonderful day! Thank you...
Lee_Y, Dec 2021
Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour Including Cheese Tasting and Clog Demonstration
We loved the experience and the opportunity to see Amsterdam from a different perspective.
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Eileen is amazing!
Zoe_W, Nov 2021
Amsterdam's Jordaan District Small-Group Food Walking Tour
Great way to see the city, taste some great food, and enjoy the niche districts of Amsterdam!
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Amazing walking tour
Helen_G, Nov 2021
Absolutely Amsterdam: Tip-Based Walking Tour With Super Local Guide (2,5 Hours)
A great way to see & learn about Amsterdam.
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I wish I could give it more stars!
Michael_M, Oct 2021
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
This is a terrific way to see Amsterdam.
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The way to see Amsterdam!
Eugene_W, Oct 2021
1,5 hours Amsterdam Rickshaw Tour
A guided rickshaw tour is the way to see Amsterdam.
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Great experience!
PieterBas_J, Oct 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
As a fellow Dutchman I was proud to show my English family the beautiful city of Amsterdam!
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Seeing countryside
Elaine_F, Oct 2021
Private Countryside tour to Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Wonderful day to see outside of of Amsterdam
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Great way to explore the city
Irina_O, Oct 2021
Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a Local
This private bike tour is a great way to see the various areas of Amsterdam and get a feel for the city.
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Great day trip! Highly...
Colten_V, Oct 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam
Highly recommended for anyone wanting to see and experience some of the history Amsterdam has to offer!
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Great option for a private tour of Amsterdam
Anna_R, Oct 2021
Amsterdam Canals Small-Group Boat Tour with Captain Jack
The private tour was well worth it, not only was Amsterdam a beautiful place to visit, Jack was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and had some great recommendations for us during our stay.
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Ciara_C, Oct 2021
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Apart from the tour, he gave helpful tips about which shops to avoid to save money and the best areas to visit in Amsterdam.
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Giethoorn - Heaven on earth
Lisha_T, Sep 2021
Giethoorn Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam With Boat Cruise
I really enjoyed all his tips on what to do and where to go in Amsterdam.
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Super pizza dinner cruise
Bernadeta_J, Sep 2021
Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise Including Pizza and Drinks
Such a great way to discover Amsterdam, we loved the cruise and pizza was tasty 🍺 🍕 Perfect for families with kids!
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Cool!
Vicente_H, Sep 2021
Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour Including Cheese Tasting and Clog Demonstration
The tour was lovely and a great way to see more than just Amsterdam.
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Best tour!
Courtney_D, Sep 2021
Best Canal Cruise Amsterdam
The best way to see Amsterdam, highly recommend!
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We loved Laura G!
Annabelle_C, Aug 2021
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
The entire tour was so worth the value and we got to see the countryside beauty of the Netherlands.
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Fun time!
Brooke_F, Aug 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury Canal Boat - Live Guide - from AnneFrank House
Great way to see the sights of Amsterdam.
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Stan is the best
Aiden_e, Aug 2021
Private bike tour through Amsterdam
There is NO better way to see Amsterdam as a local!
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