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The must-sees of Amsterdam

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The Dutch capital has a lot to offer and something for everyone. Whether you come to visit Amsterdam with your family, a group of friends, or even as a couple, you won’t regret your decision to go there as this city is so attractive by its architectural charm and pleasant by its atmosphere.

How to get to Amsterdam?

If you come from Paris by car, it will take you a good 4 hours to get to Amsterdam, whereas by train you will only have to wait 2 hours to be in the capital of the Netherlands.

The airport of Amsterdam is very well served and allows you to quickly get to the city center, which can be a very good option for people who have more than 5 hours to drive to get there.

What to do in Amsterdam?

In this article, we will suggest 10 things to do in Amsterdam for a long weekend. This trip to Amsterdam should be unforgettable and full of good memories, that’s why you should plan your stay in the capital. Don’t hesitate to discover the 10 best bars in Amsterdam for more good addresses.

1. Van Gogh Museum

You’ll enjoy your visit to this popular and very well organized museum for visitors. Free lockers will be at your disposal. Count €3 per adult and a free ticket for under 18s. Note however that you have to reserve to be sure to get in. You will be given beautiful explanations throughout the visit.

Even if the art of this van Gogh is not to your taste, it is nevertheless interesting to discover his life and his adventures. His works are exhibited in a more or less chronological order.

You will discover at the van Gogh museum that the painter created his works in different genres depending on where he lived. We strongly recommend that you go to Museumplein 6, 1071.

2. The Heineken Experience

Needless to say, the Heineken Museum is a place that will appeal to any good beer lover, but not only!

History buffs will also be pleased with the one-hour tour of the history of the world-famous brand, but also the process of this unique beverage.

At the end of the tour, you will be offered a tasting of two Heineken beers. Note that the price is a bit high (21€) but it is worth it. Go to Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 for a real experience.

3. Madame Tussauds

This is another interesting Amsterdam museum to do with the family. You’ll see a lot of international celebrities. It takes a little over an hour to visit. The entrance fee is higher than the previous museums mentioned, with €25 per adult and €20 for those under 18. You will have a great time at Dam 20, 1012.

4. Xtracold Icebar

Activity to do with friends or in couple to spend a pleasant moment at -10°. Remember to dress warmly because the down jackets provided do not close. Good vodka cocktails are waiting for you in an interesting and nice concept.

The atmosphere is good, but you will have difficulty to stay there for a whole evening. The address is at Amstel 194, 196, 1017.

5. Johan Cruijff Arena

A nice visit to the most popular and best known soccer stadium in the countries with its famous club Ajax Amsterdam.

We recommend you to take the VIP version which will take you to places where few people go in order to discover a nice view of the stadium.

Soccer fans will enjoy this 2-hour tour for €45 per person. Meet at Johan Cruijff Boulevard 1, 1100.

6. The Luxury Canal City Cruise

The Luxury Canal City Cruise is a beautiful ride on a small boat. Children and adults alike will enjoy the view. You will surely have the opportunity to meet Tamsin and Christophe who are great guides with a smile and kindness to complete your visit.

It’s a great way to discover Amsterdam by boat and see the 17th century buildings along the famous canals. An excellent value for money for 20 € per person. Departure is at Westermarkt 20, 1016 GV.

7. Glow mini-golf

Glow miniGolf is a fun and original activity to do with your family or partner in Amsterdam. The activity takes place in the dark, but children will enjoy the simple but nice course.

A nice family evening to spend after a visit of the Dutch capital. The address is Aloha Amsterdam at De Ruijterkade 151.

8. The Upside Down

A very nice museum with beautiful wax creations, the settings are each time adapted to the characters with a nice staging that immerses us in an almost real world. A real pleasure to spend with family and friends. See you at Flow Amsterdam, 1079.

9. Anne Frank House

Both shocking and fascinating, this place full of history will plunge you almost a century earlier. Anne Frank’s story is told wonderfully and the building is extremely well preserved.

Please note that it is not possible to take pictures. We highly recommend adding this museum to your visit to Amsterdam by going to Westermarkt 20, 1016.

10. Amsterdam Dungeon

Let’s end with a great experience to have with friends. The Amsterdam Dungeon is sure to please with good actors who play their parts well while keeping you thrilled and entertained. The story is well told in a playful way. The address is Rokin 78, 1012 KW.

Where to eat in Amsterdam?

While visiting Amsterdam, you will also discover nice places to stop for a good meal to discover the Dutch culinary culture and feel totally immersed in the local population. For good addresses, we recommend you to read our article dedicated to the 10 best typical restaurants in Amsterdam.

Where to stay in Amsterdam?

Most tourists who visit Amsterdam like to stay for a weekend to discover the city as a whole and complete their experience there. That’s why we’ve written an article about it, and we suggest you check out the 10 best hotels in Amsterdam.

A special city in Holland, Amsterdam attracts countless tourists. Historical, cultural but also open, it is also known for its Red Light District as well as for its position on cannabis. We suggest you to discover our content on the best coffee shops in Amsterdam!