Let’s say you have never been to Amsterdam and you wish to know what is there to do before you decide to pay a visit. Amsterdam is known for its rich history, tradition, culture, relaxed way of life, freedom and access to fun. It doesn’t matter if you come to Amsterdam with kids, friends, as a couple or even on an Amsterdam bachelor party, you will have a good time guaranteed! If visiting Amsterdam is on your bucket-list, here’s a list of fun activities you might consider when you come over:
Amsterdam Canal Boat
Did you know that Amsterdam has more canals than Venice? Hop on a boat and discover every pore of this fantastic city. There is so much beauty that can be seen from a boat point of view only. You could join a public cruise with a tourist guide or book a private Amsterdam boat tour. Join a party boat, or dinner cruise and enjoy the historic canal belt with a glass of wine.
Trying traditional Amsterdam food
The Dutch cuisine is world-famous and if you are visiting Amsterdam, going to a traditional Dutch restaurant is a must! There are so many locals serving traditional Amsterdam food, such as Moeders, Haesje Claes, De Blauwe Hollander, De Silveren Spiegel, and many other. The serve dishes like: bitterballen, snert, thick Dutch fries, raw herring, kibbeling, stamppot… You should try the sweet realm of Amsterdam as well! Stroopwafels, poffertjes, Dutch licorice, tompouce, waffles, pancakes, donuts, churros – you should come here on an empty stomach.
Going to a music festival
Amsterdam celebrates its people’s love for music through many different music festivals throughout the year. People can enjoy different types of music at all times. There are various commercial music festivals every month and you can hear the best free music at Vondelpark. In summer, there is an open-air theater called “Openlichttheater,” and it features shows, workshops, cabaret, and other special events.
Visit a coffee shop
There are just so many coffee shops in Amsterdam you could choose from and an endless number of online lists which guide you through the best coffee shops in Amsterdam. Coffee shop culture is very prominent in this city and a part of so many people’s lifestyles. Amsterdam’s history with cannabis is very long and even more interesting, you can also book a cannabis educational tour where you can get well informed about all things cannabis.
Ride a bike through Amsterdam’s streets
One of the most popular things about Amsterdam is that this city is known as the Bicycle capital of the world and it well deserves this title. A big percentage of the population choses this type of transportation which makes this town flooded with bikes. Cycling has been the transportation of choice for the longest time for the people of Amsterdam, and most people recommend it for tourists as well. There are so many places you can reach with a bike that a car wouldn’t be able to get to. Cycling is probably the best way for tourists to explore the beautiful corners of the city of Amsterdam.
Visiting some of the Amsterdam museums
There are many museums in this city and the most famous ones are: The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, Madame Tussauds and many more! At Rijksmuseum for example, you can see over 400 masterpieces by great artists such as Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Vermeer and Rembrandt. Here you will find beautiful doll houses, a wealth of silverware, and much more. The Rijksmuseum offers access to one of the most famous Dutch Golden Age paintings: “The Night Watch” with its impressive size. This dramatic static paint will come alive with the use of light and shadow.
Hunting Street Art
Amsterdam has many beautiful art pieces hidden in public places and tiny streets. You can decide to look for them or join an alternative street art tour. Many of the street art can be found at NDSM-wharf in the North of the city or in the area of Spuistraat.
Swing on Europe’s highest swing
This might be super fun for you if you are an adrenaline freak and are not afraid of heights. You can hop on Europe’s highest swing at almost 100 meters height, over the edge. This way you will be able to enjoy the best view over all of Amsterdam. The swing is located on top of the A’DAM Tower, where you can enjoy a 360° sky deck.
Go to a local Amsterdam beach
Tourists worldwide come to visit Amsterdam as one of the most attractive cities in the Netherlands! However, the surrounding areas are gorgeous too! And one of the most beautiful and popular places in the Netherlands, Zandvoort Beach, is located very close to the city of Amsterdam, in the Southwest of the province of North-Holland, precisely 20 minutes away if you take the train.
If you are a passionate beer lover and you like Heineken, you have ti visits the Amsterdam Heineken Experience! Discover what lies behind the doors of the former Heineken brewery and learn everything there is to know about the world’s favorite beer.
There are just so many things to do in Amsterdam, and the list doesn’t stop here. You can have an amazing Escape Room experience, Explore Albert Cuypmarkt, visit the Icebar, go on a Windmill Tour, Spend a day in Haarlem, play Mini Golf in the Dark, join a Red Light District Tour or even check out a live sex show.