Amsterdam – a city, where everything is possible and that never sleeps. But the Dutch capital has a lot more to offer than just coffeeshops and a great nightlife! in this article we have listed the top 10 attractions in amsterdam for you.
#1 Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is located in the famous Prinsengracht 263 to 265 and is a must-do for everyone who is interested in the II World War. The Anne Frank House will give you a very unique and special insight of a Jewish family that had to hide from the Nazis due to their religion and live under very basic conditions for several years. We recommend you to set off to the Anne Frank House early in the morning, as it is a much liked tourist attraction and especially during the summer months there are long queues of people waiting to buy a ticket. The Anne Frank Museum is situated in the right part of the house, directly beneath the famous house in the back.
The history of the house dates back to the early 17th century when it was build by Dirk van Delft. It became known when the companies Opekta and Pectacon moved in under the direction of Anne Frank’s father Otto Frank on 01. December 1940. Otto Frank and his family were Jewish as to why they were forced to hide in the house in the back in 1942. In total 8 Jewish people were hiding in the building until they have been told on, arrested and deported on 04. August 1944. Anne Frank kept a diary throughout the whole time of their stay in the house in the back, which got famous after her death in 1945. A must-see for everyone!
Friday to Wednesday: 09.00 to 22.00, Thursday: 09.00 to 19.00
#2 Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is our number 2 out of the top 10 attractions in Amsterdam. No matter whether you are a tourist who is interested in doing all sort of cultural things or a party crasher – everyone, who is visiting Amsterdam should definitely stop by this museum. For everybody who is not that familiar with Van Gogh yet: don’t worry, this is what we are here for. Van Gogh was a famous artist in 1890 who died when he was only 37 years old. Neverhteless, he left the world a stately amount of paintings and drawings, approximately 2.000 to be precise – a respectable number for a man of his age! From 01 May 2013 one can admire many of his artworks in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The museum holds the biggest collection of Van Gogh paintings and drawings worldwide! Step in and get amazed by the talent of the young artist. He will put you into a different period of time 200 years ago. The Van Gogh Museum – definitely one of the top 10 attractions in Amsterdam!
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 09.00 to 18.00
#3 Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (“museum of the empire“) is a must for everyone who is interested in cultural activities or would like to become someone who is. It is the Dutch national museum and is situated in Oud-Zuid Amsterdam at the Museumplein. Only a few meters next to the museum you can find the famous Iamsterdam construct, which is most likely the most popular photo stop of the whole country. A large area of grassland right behind the sign can perfectly serve as a cheap recreation area for a small break from a long day of walking.
The Rijksmuseum is not only the most popular museum next to the Van Gogh Museum, but also shows a variety of extraordinary and partly a bit odd artworks, artifacts and paintings from The Netherlands, but also from several Asian countries.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 09.00 to 17.00
#4 The Vondelpark
Also the Vondelpark is one of the main tourist attractions of the city, but still we believe it should definitely show up in the list of the top 10 attractions in Amsterdam, simply because it is so beautiful!
The Vondelpark is approximately 47 hectares big and is the most popular and second biggest park of Amsterdam. It is located between the two parts of the city Oud-Zuid and Oud-West. The park is loved by runners, cyclists, families or simply everybody who likes nature and enjoys to be outside and take a walk from time to time. Next to an open air theatre you can find a playground as well as several cafés and restaurants here, where you can have a little snack or a cold beer while being active all day long. The best way to reach this park is by using the tram lines 170 or 172, which both depart from central station.
#5 Red-light district
A stay in Amsterdam without visiting the red-light district is like a Gin without Tonic – it simply belongs together. Most likely you have heard a lot already about the infamous red-light scene of the Dutch capital before even coming here – and most likely most of it is true (if not even everything). Here, you will find everything from sex shops and sex museums to live sex shows. But be careful: taking pictures of the ladies in the show windows is strictly forbidden!
If you feel uncomfortable by strolling through this district all by yourself, you can book one of the many tours that take you through the red-light scene. The tours are bookable via the internet or tourist information points. Tip: Next to the obvious and infamous things, pay attention to the buildings, as you just stepped into one of the quarters with the oldest and most beutiful buildings of the city!
The Jordaan is a part of Amsterdam’s city centre and extends to the streets Prinsengracht, Brouwersgracht, Singelgracht and Leidsegracht as well as many other alleys and side-streets. This quarter is a sight itself. You are in Amsterdam! So what are you waiting for? Rent a bike and discover the most known and popular city of the Netherlands. With a bike you can quickly get from point A to B, are independent from public transport timetables and can arrange your day however you like to! If you feel like having a little lunch break or simply a cool (or warm, depending on the season you are travelling in) drink, you can stop by in one of the many cafés and restaurants that are located along the channels. We recommend you to visit the less touristy and typical Dutch pubs that you recognise by the locals that are sitting here having a drink and a talk.
#7 Heineken Experience
Also the Heineken Experience is known as one of the most popular attractions in Amsterdam. Here, every beer-lover and those who intend to become one will get to their money’s worth. If you are not shy at crowds, you should definitely plan a visit here to see with your own eyes how the famous Heineken beer is brewed and finally ends up in the well-known green bottle. Next to sample-tastings you can purchase various souvenirs such as t-shirts, cups and more at the Heineken Experience. Everything here centres around the topic “Heineken” of course.
The Heineken Experience is situated in the Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE in Amsterdam, close to the van-Randwijk-memorial and the Rijksmuseum. Simply enter the address into your navigation system or grab a free city map at one of the tourist information points and hop on your bicycle. The tours here are guided via an audio guide and take about 1,5 hours.
Monday to Thursday: 10.30 to 19.30 (Last entry and ticket sales at 17.30)
Friday to Sunday: 10.30 to 21.00 (Last entry and ticket sales at 19.00)
July & August
Monday to Sunday: 10.30 to 21.00 (Last entry and ticket sales at 19.00)
The Dam is the main central square of Amsterdam. It is located directly between the beginning of the city centre and Amsterdam central station. The Dam is the most popular city square of The Netherlands and even nowadays it still exhibits traces of the traditional architecture in the middle age. Many buildings that are situated around the square have a big meaning for the city. The place got its name from the dam of the river Amstel which was built here in the 13th century. In case that you are arriving by train, the Dam square will be the first thing you see once you step out of the central station. Take a moment, get a general idea and a first impression from the atmosphere here and breathe in!
#9 The museum Het Rembrandt
In case you haven’t had enough art yet, you should definitely stop by at the Renbrandthuis museum in Amsterdam. This museum opened its doors to curious tourists in the year 1911 and is devoted – as the name already states – to the artist Rembrandt. It shows the etching which made the artist famous back then as well as a diversity of paintings that originate from the same time. If you are interested in history, you will be amazed by a reconstruction of the interior decoration of the house similar to how it looked like in Rembrandt’s lifetime.
The museum can be found in the Jodenbreestraat 4, 1011 NK Amsterdam, only a few minutes away from Nieuwmarkt. The easiest way to get here is also by bike, since busses and cars are often stuck in the dense traffic. With a bike you can easily move around via the well-established bicycle lanes throughout the city.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10.00 to 18.00
#10 The Public House of Art
A visit here is something very special. Already at the entrance you can spot a sign that says “This is not a gallery”. In the Public House of Art, a few artists came together and present there artwork here together. Yet we are not talking about “normal” art pieces here, no. Each artist presents his or her very own interpretation of art, which can be quite thought-provoking. Whoever enters this place will be fascinated immediately. Many quotes on the walls will make you think about life, nature and yourself and the objects of art that seem to be randomly assembled in the Public House of Art seem to be taken from real life and still they are so abstract and special.
The Public House of Art is located in the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 39, 1017 DC Amsterdam. In general, there are quite a few cozy little cafés and for example an old antique shop in this street, each of them has a very own and special charme what makes them definitely worth a visit.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00 to 19.00, Sunday & Monday: 12.00 to 19.00
We hope, this article has helped you to decide which attractions you should definitely visit while being in Amsterdam! If you have any suggestions regarding the top 10 attractions in Amsterdam or if you are missing an attraction that you think should definitely be listed here, please let us kknow by sending us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or simply drop us a message on Facebook!