When we visited Amsterdam, we found there was a lot more to it than just the Red Light District and coffee shops, so we've put together this little video to show you exactly what!
We're looking at the most popular museums, markets, nibbles, and even some day trips a little further out from the main city.
If you are looking for a video solely about the Red Light District though, never fear! We have a video of our Red Light District walking tour here: https://youtu.be/2JWLJLyKRTI
We also have our Top 10 Tips about Amsterdam in 1 Minute: https://youtu.be/RiLYNiJilxM
And, finally, our *essential* guide to Amsterdam, which takes you through all the practical need-to-knows for your trip: https://youtu.be/MrU2dEpCUjE
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Welcome to Amsterdam. Ten top things to do in Amsterdam.
First up is the Rijksmuseum. There’s a vast array of exhibitions here but the museum is most famous for its collection of Rembrandt paintings. And it’s here that you can see his masterpiece, The Night Watch.
The Rijksmuseum is really popular and the queues can get really long. Book an e-ticket before you arrive to avoid queuing at the ticket desk.
A great thing to do when you first arrive is to take a canal tour. We booked with Gray Line, which you can find on Damrak, near Amsterdam Centraal. The tour lasts for an hour and takes you all around the city.
Live like a local and hire a bike for the day. We recommend Star Bikes; they provided us with a friendly service and the bikes cost just €9 for 24 hours.
Anne Frank’s House is on Prisengracht, in central Amsterdam.No cameras are allowed to be used inside as the museum believes that photography disturbs the emotional experience of the visit. And, as for tickets, from 9:30am - 3:30pm, entry is only available to those who have booked an online time slot. You can buy tickets on the gate, between 3:30pm and closing, but by then the queue will have gotten really big, so we recommend booking it online first.
The tulip fields at Keukenhof are only open for eight weeks a year, so if you’re in Amsterdam between late March and mid-May, they’re an absolute must-visit. It’s worth it just for the photos. Keukenhof has really gone out of its way to make it perfect for younger kids too. There’s loads for the whole family to do here. From parks and playgrounds to a petting zoo, Keukenhof caters for everyone.
Another idea for a day trip is to head to the Zaanse Schans windmills, there’s loads to do here. Take a walk or a bike ride along the canals. Have a look around the small cheese farm, see traditional clog-making or head inside the windmills themselves. We’re inside the Schans Molen, it’s the last remaining paint windmill in the world. To get in, it costs €4 for an adult and €2 for a child.
Next we’re heading back into the city centre, to the Vincent Van Gogh museum. Born in 1853, Van Gogh was one of the leaders in the post-impressionist movement. And it’s here in this museum that you’ll find the largest collection of his artworks, including the famous Sunflowers. The museum is open every day from 9am and closing times vary by season. The busiest times are in the middle of the day, between 11am and 3pm, so visit outside of these areas for the best experience. Just like other museums in Amsterdam, we recommend booking your tickets online ahead of your visit.
Tucked away down Pijlsteeg, just off Dam Square, is Wynand Fockink, a traditional jenever tasting tavern. You can try from over seventy different varieties and you’re encouraged to try the traditional way, hands-free, from a tulip-shaped glass.
Stroopwafels are Dutch waffles made from two layers of baked dough, with a layer of syrup in the middle. And the best place to try them is at the Albert Cuypmarkt. The market is mainly for locals but it’s a fascinating place to visit and its surrounding area of De Pijp is the best place in the city to go out for food.
And, finally, what visit to Amsterdam would be complete without a visit to the Red Light District? Known locally as De Wallen, it’s home to coffee shops, legalised prostitution, peep shows, sex shops and just about anything in between. Millions of tourists flock here every year and, even if you’re not into what the Red Light District has to offer, we still recommend doing what we did and booking yourself onto a walking tour. We booked with AmsterdamRedLightDistrictTour.com. They were friendly and informative, talking us through some crazy places, many of which we weren’t even allowed to film.