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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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Amstel River

Amstel River

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The Amstel is the great river that runs through Amsterdam and whose water was diverted into the city’s famous canals. The city was first built around the river, giving it the name Amstel Dam, and today the waterway is flows past modern buildings and charming houseboats before winding its way into the Dutch countryside.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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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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Hermitage Amsterdam

Hermitage Amsterdam

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An outpost of St. Petersburg’s famous Hermitage Museum, the Hermitage Amsterdam showcases revolving exhibitions of painting and historical artifacts, often with a Russian theme. The sprawling Amstelhof building dates back to the 17th century, stretches along the Amstel riverfront, and features an inner garden courtyard.More
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Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)

Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)

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The second of Amsterdam’s three major waterways, the Emperor’s Canal (Keizersgracht) is the widest in the city. Its quiet waters wind through otherwise bustling neighborhoods, and it is lined with picturesque old houses—some of which have had famous residents. A boat trip along the canal lends itself to some wonderful photo opportunities.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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Westerkerk (Western Church)

Westerkerk (Western Church)

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Amsterdam’s 17th-century Westerkerk (Western Church) is as known for its architecture, including a spire that measures some 280 feet (85 meters), as it is for its history. Rembrandt was buried here, and in her diaries Anne Frank wrote about the church’s clock chime—one of the few outside-world experiences she had while hiding from the Nazis.More
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Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug)

Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug)

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Amsterdam’s Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug) crosses the River Amstel in the city center. The wooden drawbridge features low arches and nighttime illumination. The bridge’s history reaches as far back as 1691, when the original structure was completed in a classic Dutch style that also influenced later renovations.More
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Jordaan

Jordaan

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Once a working-class neighborhood, Jordaan in central Amsterdam has become an upscale enclave favored by artists and designers. Grand 17th-century houses, art galleries, speciality shops, music venues, cafes, and restaurants line the leafy canals in this quintessential Amsterdam neighborhood, which attracts tourists and locals alike.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

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Super!
Libby_L, Jul 2021
Amsterdam's Countryside Half Day Bike Tour
Great way to see the Amsterdam Countryside!
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Great way to see Amsterdam!
Lisa_R, Jun 2021
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury Canal Boat - Live Guide - from AnneFrank House
Wonderful (dry) way to see Amsterdam!
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Nice tech features and relevant content
Mac_B, May 2021
Gamified Drugs Tour (Self-Guided, Amsterdam City Centre)
This is a nice way to see Amsterdam's red light district through a new lens.
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MIxology in Amsterdam
MarkE_W, Jul 2021
Amsterdam Cocktail Workshop
She told us about her native country, her experience living in Amsterdam and gave us recommendations on places to see outside of the city She was patient, personable, funny and very engaging.
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Great way to see the city from the canals!
Ann_R, Dec 2020
Amsterdam Pizza Cruise - 1,5 hr incl pizza and 2 drinks
It was a great way to see the city from the canals!
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Great day
Jack_Lewis, Sep 2020
Volendam, Marken, Edam and Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam
Great day out recommend to anyone who goes to Amsterdam the city is great of course but its definitely nice to see the surrounding country and learn about it all the locations they took us were great and the 2 tour guides and the driver were really nice and interesting to talk to it is a definite must!
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Magical
ALFIE_F, Aug 2020
The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
Best experience of a lifetime, Beautiful boat, super friendly captain, Quiet and peaceful way to to see the beauty of Amsterdam canals
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Greatest tour ever
Zachary_S, Aug 2020
Amsterdam Small-Group Canal Cruise Plus Snacks and Drinks Winter/Light
Highly recommend for a couple or group with older kids who want to see another side of amsterdam from the canals!
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The best canal boat tour!!
Amy, Jul 2020
Small-Group Classic Canal Cruise on Salonboat in Amsterdam
The boat was lovely, such a pleasant place to see all the places of interest in Amsterdam.
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Great tour!
Ginette_L, Jul 2020
Absolutely Amsterdam: Tip-Based Walking Tour With Super Local Guide (2,5 Hours)
Sebastian knows his city along with it’s history and attractions.
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Recommend
Weronika_D, Jul 2020
Blue Boat Company Amsterdam City Canal Cruise
Nice cruise trip, definitely worth to see Amsterdam this way.
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Highly recommended!!
Alex_L, Jul 2020
Half day private tour: Amsterdam introduction in one day
We were only in Amsterdam in one day and wanted to see as much as possible.
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Great trip
Kathleen_R, Mar 2020
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
This is an excellent trip to see outside Amsterdam and the pretty villages.
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Great start to our trip
Jo_F, Mar 2020
Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
Fantastic way to see Amsterdam, really informative, fun and relaxed.
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Highly recommend this tour
Katie_F, Mar 2020
Walking tour about the fascinating story of Anne Frank
We got to see different parts of Amsterdam that we would not of found on our on about the tour.
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Amazing ride
Juliana_M, Mar 2020
Amsterdam: Bike Rental
I’m really afraid of cycling (bad fall when I was young), but renting with MacBike actually helped me with that fear, although Amsterdam is a crazy cycling city.
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The best tour
NOORSYAFIQ_B, Mar 2020
Giethoorn Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam With Boat Cruise
Easy to communicate and highly recommended for whoever want to visit Giethoor and Amsterdam
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Great boat trip
James_B, Mar 2020
Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide
A great way to see Amsterdam and have some drinks.
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A must do!
Paul_D, Feb 2020
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
Fabulous trip with well informed and friendly guide, from the Windmills, cheese and clog making to the fishing island of Marken this trip is a must do on your bucket list of places to visit when in Amsterdam, you get a hell of a lot packed it on the tour and still get a little time to wonder on your own to experience the local cuisine and sights.
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Great experience
Jelle_v, Feb 2020
Brew Bus Amsterdam, Number 1 Craft Beer Tour
When you are in Amsterdam the brew bus is one of the things to do certainly.
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