From kayaking the iconic canals to discovering its world-famous art tradition, exploring Amsterdam can feel like walking through a dream. Find the best things to do and make the most of your visit to the Dutch capital.
What to do and see in Amsterdam
Sure, everyone knows about the coffee shops — but what else is fun to do in Amsterdam? Holland’s capital city is a hub for happy cyclists, lazy beers by the canal, and art-lovers. As you start planning what to see, here are ten activities you can’t miss.
Planning Your Visit
How many days should you spend in Amsterdam?
There’s no right answer, but you can get a real feel for the city if you allocate three full days. That will give you enough time to hit the big sights, see the canals, and explore your way through some neighborhoods.
Getting around town
Amsterdam is an easy city to navigate. While the public transport is first class, most visitors find that the city is compact enough to be 100% walkable, save for the train to-and-from Schiphol Airport. Plus, you can easily rent a bicycle when the weather’s nice.
How expensive is Amsterdam?
While there are a couple big activities you will have to pay for (like the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum), Amsterdam is full of street markets and small independent galleries. And the city is so walkable that you won’t need to spend a lot on public transportation.
Good to know
Language: Dutch and lots of English
Currency: Euro (€)
Time Zone: UTC (+01:00)
Country Code: +31
Best time to visit
There’s never a promise of good weather in Amsterdam, but you can expect milder temperatures and longer days between April and September. April is especially lovely — those famous tulips will be blooming, and you can celebrate Holland’s biggest holiday of the year, King’s Day.