Skip to main content

Top things to do in Amsterdam

Attractions, tours, and activities in Amsterdam

Recommended museums in Amsterdam

Where to find art and culture in Amsterdam

Amsterdam: the city's best neighborhoods

Find a great area to stay in Amsterdam

About Amsterdam

Including tips for the best time to visit Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has been a rich cultural hub for centuries thanks to travelers and traders. Located in North Holland, the city is famous for its iconic canal system, distinctive row houses, and eclectic range of museums, including the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Rijksmuseum.

Great public transit options include buses and streetcars, but bicycles are the quintessential mode of transportation in Amsterdam. The 250 miles of bike paths and 8,000 bike parking spaces make exploring the city on two wheels easy and fun.

The city's medieval center, or "Centrum," showcases many points of interest synonymous with Amsterdam tourism, including canals, traditional architecture, and the famous nightlife of the Red Light District. If you're visiting during tulip season, stop by Keukenhof's botanical garden in mid-April for its vibrant collection of blooming flowers.

A variety of accommodations can be found across the city, from high-end hotels to cozy homestays and hostels. Schiphol—Amsterdam’s main airport—is just 9 miles southwest of the city and is connected by regular train services from the city center to the main terminal.

Tonight

From $61 per night

This weekend

From $157 per night

Next weekend

From $246 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.08
Language Dutch
Average weekend price $184 per night
Average weekday price $166 per night
Average stay 2 nights

Points of interest in Amsterdam

Stay near the top sightseeing spots in Amsterdam

Amsterdam reviews

What other travelers say about Amsterdam

8.0

Amsterdam is great, make sure you book a decent hotel.

February 23, 2024

Amsterdam is great, make sure you book a decent hotel. It can be wet, so pack a Gortex. Cycling is likely the most efficient way to get around the city if you are visiting a lot of places in the centre. It's also possible to stay a little bit out the centre maybe around vondelpark, you get more value for your money in terms of where you are staying. Much bigger rooms and space. Avoid the Melrose hotel in Amsterdam

Anonymous
10

Great place to visit - a very people friendly city.

February 22, 2024

Great place to visit - a very people friendly city. Great for shopping - which is what my teenager wanted to do. Great for me - some excellent museums, cultural experiences, history etc. So cheap and easy to get around on public transport. Would visit again. Highlights - walking tour of the Jewish quarter, Bodyworlds, Van Gogh Museum.

Jill
Jill United Kingdom
10

My time here was brief, just 2 days in total.

February 21, 2024

My time here was brief, just 2 days in total. I enjoyed my visits to the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum and the Rijskmueseum. I found the Heineken Experience to just be OK, and something I would probably skip in the future. The city is very easy to walk around, the people were very friendly and everyone spoke English, so for me, that was a bonus as it made it easy to communicate.

Whitney
Whitney United States of America
10

Amsterdam has lots of attractions for all ages and mostly...

February 19, 2024

Amsterdam has lots of attractions for all ages and mostly every place is walkable, if not, the public transportation is very efficient. A lot of museums to visit throughout Amsterdam. People are friendly, the night life is very popular and many places to eat. Must try Dutch Pancake Masters, the offer a variety of pancakes along with their original small dutch pancakes.

NGmejia
NGmejia United States of America
10

Loved visiting Van Gogh museum and Anne Frank house.

February 17, 2024

Loved visiting Van Gogh museum and Anne Frank house. Enjoyed a canal cruise and just walking around the city and Vondelpark. Quick trip to Tony Chocolate where you can make your own bars. Very safe city and great Dutch food and good bars. Definitely try The Pantry for a great meal and The Pancake Bakery near Anne Franks house for the best pancakes.

Tim
Tim United Kingdom
10

I was surprised by how many great food places there are.

February 17, 2024

I was surprised by how many great food places there are. So many to choose from. Loved Oh My Bun and trying the Dutch pancakes! Mama pancakes was lovely for brunch, fresh orange juice and a good strong coffee.

Anonymous United Kingdom

Popular places to stay in Amsterdam

Stay in some of the best accommodations Amsterdam has to offer

Other attractions and activities in Amsterdam

More things to do and see in Amsterdam