We recently returned from our very first trip to Amsterdam. A city that only seems to grow with popularity each and every day. I decided to put together a list of my top 4 favourite things to do in Amsterdam. All of these things are well within budget and should go along way to creating the perfect trip to the city.
As always I’d love to know whether or not you’ve been to Amsterdam? What sights you see as a ‘must do’? let me know in the comments below.
Van Gough Museum
The Van Gough museum unsurprisingly features some of Van Gogh’s best work’s of art alongside a excellent biography of his life. The museum also features paintings by other famous artists of the period including Monet, Matisse and Manet.
This museum is without a doubt one of the most popular things to do in Amsterdam. However, you should be able to avoid large crowds by coming on a late afternoon or on a Friday evening when the museum stays open until 10pm.
Tickets can be purchased online and will reduce your wait time on arrival. It’s €17 for adults with under 18’s entering free (with a paying adult).
The Heineken Experience
The Heineken Experience is held at the old Heineken Brewery. The experience includes; a virtual reality ride, as well as an opportunity to learn about the history of the famed beer company.
The museum is open 365 days a year. From 10.30am until 7.30pm on Monday’s through to Thursdays and 9pm on Friday’s through to Sunday’s. The self guided tour is expected to take 1.5 hours. The entrance to the museum therefore closes two hours prior to the closing time.
Tickets can be purchased online. They cost €16 for adults and €12.50 for children aged between 12 and 17. Children 11 and under are free. An adult ticket includes two complimentary Heinekens. Children under the age of 18 are only admitted with an adult.
Anne Frank Museum
The Anne Frank house draws nearly one million visitors every year. This awe-inspiring attraction includes Anne Frank’s actual diary, a reconstruction of her bedroom and the Secret Annexe.
Being an attraction on every tourists to-do list I’d recommend visiting either very early morning or late in the day to avoid the crowds.
Tickets are available to purchase up to two months in advance online. They cost €9 for adults, €4.50 for 10 – 17 year olds, and those 9 and under are free. There’s also an online ticket surcharge of €0.50. It’s worth baring in mind that the attraction is only open to those who have booked online and in advance from 9am until 3.30pm.
You’re more than welcome to purchase a ticket on the date by attending from 3.30pm until closing time.
The Red Light District
No list of things to do in Amsterdam is complete without mentioning the Red Light district.
I really don’t think any words can do the red light district justice. Instead I made this video highlighting the many sights of the Amsterdam nightlife as a whole…
As always I’ve included this handy map which pin points every place I’ve spoken about in this article. It should help you to plan your travel itinerary accordingly.