25 Top Attractions in Amsterdam
Planning on heading to Amsterdam? Well, we’ll show you a Dam good time when it comes to the top attractions in Amsterdam!
To help kickstart your awesome travelling experience, we’ve put together a handy list of epic Amsterdam attractions. It only seems fair to make the most of you time whilst you’re there, so this list will reduce any potential wasted time and get you stuck straight into action. The list includes everything from classic canal tours all the way to the raunchy red light district, with what we believe are the 25 top attractions in Amsterdam.
25 Top Attractions in Amsterdam
1. Red Light District
Top of the list, the Red Light District is probably one of Amsterdam’s most famed attractions. This district has everything from museums all the way to sex shops, so taking a walk down the streets will more than likely leave a lasting impression on you! Contrary to what many believe, this district is much more friendly than it used to be, so don’t miss out on the epic coffeeshops and bars there because of speculation. Just don’t take pictures of the girls!
2. Artis Zoo
Known for being one of Europe’s largest zoo’s, Artis Zoo is home to heaps of animals such as giraffes, elephants, large cats and penguins. You can easily spend most of your day here, with heaps of enclosures to visit and an impressive aquarium on site which includes the worlds one and only microbe museum. If you visit at the right time, mainly on Saturdays, you will be able to catch an interesting tour or performance to top off your day!
Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam | Website
3. Heineken Factory
Take a trip to the factory where the worlds most famous beer is created! Whilst at the Heineken factory you can take a self-guided tour around the building, discovering the processes which go into creating the popular beer along with the history, heritage and sponsorships behind it all. You’ll get to take part in a fun tasting session and sample some of the beer itself as you make your way around. It’s a fun and interactive way to spend the day in Amsterdam.
Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam | Website
4. Dam Square
Dam Square is a magnet to both locals and tourists all day every day. It’s home to heaps of food stalls, shops, restaurants, and bars along with a variety of historic sites such as the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Palace). Not to forget the famous monument in the centre which presents the Dutch soldiers of WW2. So, if you fancy tucking into some good grub, washing it down with some delicious drinks and taking part in a little retail therapy, Dam Square is definitely the place to do it. Check out the best bars in Amsterdam for your weekend here.
5. A'Dam Lookout
An observation deck towering at 100 metres above the ground, you can hop on board a swing and fly out over the edge of a building. You’ll get to see epic panoramic views of Amsterdam, as you spot the famous landmarks and iconic canals. A strong stomach is needed for this thrill seeking experience, after all, this is Europe’s highest swing… Pop into the rooftop bar for some proper Dutch courage before the adrenaline rush! Sounds up your street? Add the A’Dam lookout swing into your celebrations now!
Overhoeksplein 5, 1031 KS Amsterdam, Netherlands | Website
6. Amsterdam Dungeons
Take a journey into Amsterdam’s horrible history with this epic interactive theatrical show. Scream and laugh your way though the show as amazing actors, stages, special effects and scenes immerse you into a creepy world. There’s 11 interactive shows in total that cover over 500 years of Amsterdam’s history, with options to go to trial for a crime, take part in a unique history lesson and isolate yourself in the gallow fields. Whatever you choose, you’re bound to get a Dam goo fright!
The Amsterdam Dungeon, Rokin 78, 1012 KW Amsterdam | Website
7. Canal Tour
Amsterdam is probably most known for its picture perfect canals, so of course its no wonder as to why they’ve made it on our list of top tourist attractions in Amsterdam. Hop onto an epic private canal boat cruise and soak up the wonders of the city whilst cruising along the water. It’s a super fun way to explore the city, after all you may even spot some other awesome Amsterdam attractions along the way! Have a look through our list of the best clubs in Amsterdam.
8. Anne Frank House
Anne Frank is a famous wartime individual who went into hiding in Amsterdam with her family for more than two years as World War II took place. Here you can see exactly where Anne and her family hid in the annex (a room hidden by a moveable bookcase), pages from her iconic diary and learn about the persecution of Jews during the war. Delve deep into the events of her discovery and deportation to one of the Nazi’s many concentration camps.
Prinsengracht 267, 1016 GV Amsterdam | Website
9. Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum
If you’re after whacky attractions and weird artefacts you’ll find just that at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. This is the only place in Amsterdam where you can find shrunken human head – real ones too! It’s known for being Amsterdam’s weirdest experience, with heaps of remarkable oddities on display to boggle your minds, 19 themed galleries and over 500 exhibits! Test your balance through the space tunnel and test your vision with some trippy optical illusions.
Dam 21, 1012 JS Amsterdam | Website
10. Ice Bar
The Ice Bar is definitely one of the most unique bars in Amsterdam and one of the top tourist attractions. It’s the coolest place to catch a drink – literally! The bar is kept at the -10 degrees constantly with the walls, cups and bar being made entirely out of ice itself! You’ll feel like you’ve transported to the north pole as soon as you step inside with not an inch of anything but ice in sight! So, if you fancy a trip check out our easy going Ice Bar entry. Wrap up warm though, as it’s pretty Dam chilly!
Amstel 194, 196, 1017 AG Amsterdam | Website
11. Van Gough Museum
Submerge yourself into Van Gough’s artistic world by taking a trip to the Van Gough Museum. This venue has the worlds largest collection of artwork created by this famous artist; you won’t find anything else like it. There’s always heaps of new exhibits to see, featuring both Van Gough’s work and various other artists such as Edouard Vuillard. To learn more in depth information about the art and Van Gough himself, take a private tour around the museum with a knowledgeable member of staff.
Museumplein 6, Amsterdam | Website
12. Bike Tour
When you think of Amsterdam, bikes probably come to mind right? That’s no surprise as there are literally more bikes in Amsterdam than there are people – over 881,000 of them to be exact! Biking is the go to there, with a large majority of people opting to bike their way through the city rather than any other mode of transport. So, why not join in on the fun and book yourself into a fun bike tour of Amsterdam? Fancy having a pint or two whilst you explore the city? Our epic beer bike experience will be perfect for you.
13. The Rijksmuseum
Founded in 1809 to be the home to a huge collection of valuable art and antiques, The Rijksmuseum is an art lover’s paradise. There’s over 5,000 epic pieces of art spread across the museums 250 rooms and over seven million pieces of art in their collection overall. You’ll find all types of styles here, ranging from modern art all the way to medieval sculpture and traditional handicrafts. Opt for a guided tour to dive deeper into the art world or simply stroll around and admire at your own pace.
Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam | Website
We all know that marijuana is legal in Amsterdam and if you’re wondering where everyone is getting it from just head to a coffeeshop and see for yourself. Coffeeshops are in excess around the city so you won’t struggle to find them, with most of them located in the Red Light District. There are a couple dos and don’ts when it comes to visiting a coffeeshop, one of them being that you should always buy something if you’re planning on chilling inside! Why not put your faith into a handy guide and make your way around the iconic coffeeshops with an epic coffeeshop tour!
15. Escape Rooms
Escape rooms have quickly become one of the most popular things to do for fun across the entire world. If you fancy a challenge and an epic thrill, Amsterdam have heaps of awesome escape rooms venues filled with themed rooms for you to try. All you have to do is show up, listen to the brief and get locked in a room! Solve puzzles, riddles and crack codes to try and escape whilst in this well loved city.
By far the most famous park in the Netherlands, Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam and has around 10 million visitors every single year. This is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, although on a sunny day this park will be filled to the brim of people soaking up the rays, walking dogs and lazing about. So, make sure you’re one of the 10 million on your trip to Amsterdam, after all, there’s northing wrong will some laid back action. We also have a list of the best hotels in Amsterdam so that you can enjoy your weekend.
17. Madame Tussauds
Everyone knows of Madame Tussauds, a famous series of epic wax museums that entertain people on the daily. Luckily for you, there’s one right in the heart of Amsterdam for you to visit! You’ll find heaps of famous faces there from royalty all the way to musicians. Make your way around and pose for some funny photos with the famous figures such as George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Angelina Jolie and even some epic Marvel superhero characters!
Dam 20, 1012 KW Amsterdam | Website
With 8 iconic windmills in the heart of Amsterdam, you won’t have to travel far to see these iconic landmarks in all their glory. Challenge yourself to see them all and head out on an exploration! Or, hop on board a windmill tour and make a day out of it. If you’d rather have it all in once place and even get to go inside the windmills, the Zaanse Schans is an open air museum with an epic collection of historical windmills.
Schansend 7, 1509 AW ZAANDAM | Website
Taking a stroll through Jordaan, one of Amsterdam’s most famous neighbourhoods, should definitely be within your plans. This city centre district is home to heaps of stunning houses, indie shops and high quality restaurants, providing you with a proper Amsterdam experience as you walk through. You’ll find plenty canal bridges here perfect for some memorable photos! There’s smaller museums is this neighbourhood, along with churches, markets and pubs. What more could you ask for all in one place?
20. Tulip Fields
When you think of Dutch culture it’s more than likely that tulips come to mind. Taking a trip to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without visiting the iconic tulip fields (Bollenstreek). Here you will find miles of fields filled to the brim with colourful tulips planted in rows. It’s by far one of the most unique and popular attractions in Amsterdam, especially during spring time where the whole field overfills with vibrant and stunning natural colours!
21. Royal Palace
One of the Netherland’s most important monuments from the Golden Age, of course the Royal Palace made it on to our top attractions in Amsterdam list. Pop in and follow in the footsteps of royal individuals and bask in their luxurious surroundings. The interior is certainly grand and one of a kind, so you won’t find anything else like it. It’s located right at the Dam Square, making it the perfect venue to explore after a bite to eat.
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, 1012 RJ Amsterdam | Website
22. Ajax Stadium
Johan Cruijff ArenA is also known for being the home of AFC Ajax football club and the biggest sporting venue in the whole of the Netherlands. If you’re a football fan, visiting this epic stadium is a must. Catch a trip there when a match is on – if you can get tickets! Or, why not visit when the crowds are away and take a fun Ajax stadium tour? You’ll learn all about the team and visit the behind the scenes that not many people get to see.
ArenA Boulevard 1, 1101 AX Amsterdam | Website
23. Ton Ton Club
With three venues dotted around the city, you can easily make your way to an epic Ton Ton Club whilst in Amsterdam. Ton Ton is a perfect mix between a bar and an arcade, where you can indulge in some delicious drinks and play awesome arcade games to your hearts content. You’ll find games such as Mario Kart and Mortal Kombat here, with some classic pinball machines around the venue too. So, get ready to feel like a kid again as you get stuck into some retro board games!
Sint Annendwarsstraat 6, 1012 HC Amsterdam, Netherlands | Website
24. Pancake Houses
Everyone knows that pancake day is every day in Amsterdam! So, it would only be right to treat yourself to a cheeky pancake whilst visiting the city. There’s over 20 amazing pancake houses just in the city centre alone, making it super easy to grab one whilst on your explorations or sit in for a break. Stick to what you know with the traditional options or try something unique with sweet and savoury options available everywhere. Speaking of food, make sure you check out the best restaurants in Amsterdam during your weekend.
Fancy yourself as a bit of a foodie? Then head over to Foodhallen, Amsterdam’s best area for local cuisines, high quality food concepts and some Dam good grub. There’s 21 epic food stands in total, all serving up uniquely amazing dishes and delicious drinks from open to close. Tuck into some amazing fried chicken, hot dogs and tacos or try a cuisine you never have before such as Vietnamese or Mediterranean! Grab a cheeky cocktail at one of the many bars whilst you’re there or get some Dutch courage through some local craft beers.
Foodhallen Amsterdam, Bellamyplein 51, 1053AT Amsterdam | Website
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