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Things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the 17th century capital of the Netherlands.

Its historic buildings, stunning museums, beautiful canals, and historical landmarks such as Anne Frank House make it a unique city.

This Dutch city built on reclaimed land gets around 20 million tourists every year.

If you are in Amsterdam for a longer period, it is better to purchase the I Amsterdam City Card.

Discover the top tourist attractions in this beautiful city with our list of the things to do in Amsterdam.

Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof Gardens
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Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands are open for visitors only for around 60 days every year.

At the seasonal Keukenhof gardens, visitors get to see more than 7 million flowers, including 800 different kinds of tulips.

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Canal Cruise boat in Amsterdam
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Taking an Amsterdam Canal Cruise is one of the most popular things to do in the Dutch capital.

During the canal cruise, tourists see famous merchant houses, century-old buildings in water, and hundreds of bridges and locks.

Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
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Rijksmuseum is 800 years of Dutch art and history in one place.

This Art Museum has around 8000 paintings, portraits, sculptures, weapons, clothes, dolls, etc displayed in its 80 galleries.

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
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Van Gogh Museum is dedicated to the 19th-century painter Vincent Van Gogh and is one of Amsterdam’s most visited museums.

During his peak Van Gogh worked on 900 paintings in 10 years – that’s one painting every four days.

Heineken Experience

Heineken Experience
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At the Heineken Experience, Amsterdam you have an interactive walk through the streets of the Heineken world.

Housed inside the historical Heineken brewery, this Museum takes you on an exciting journey with surprising behind-the-scenes.

Amsterdam Zoo

Amsterdam Zoo
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Amsterdam Zoo was founded in 1838 and is one of the oldest Zoos in the World.

Around 1.5 Million tourists visit the Amsterdam Zoo every year. It is popular with both kids and adults alike.

Anne Frank House

Anne Frank House
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Anne Frank House is today a Museum, but it once served as home to the struggling families during WWII.

The Museum lets you experience the times described in the diary of the young girl, Anne Frank.

Stedelijk Museum

Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
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Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum is the largest Dutch Museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art.

The Museum’s collection covers the last 150 years of art and includes masterpieces by world-renowned artists.

A’dam Lookout

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A’Dam Lookout is an observation deck that offers breathtaking panoramic views of Amsterdam.

Besides the observational deck, the attraction also has an adrenaline-pumping swing and a new exhibition showcasing the culture and history of Amsterdam.

Johan Cruyff Arena

Johan Cruyff Arena Stadium, Amsterdam
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The Johan Cruyff Arena Stadium is home to Ajax, Amsterdam’s favorite soccer club.

The stadium was inaugurated in 1996 as Amsterdam Arena, but in 2018, its name got changed to Johan Cruyff Arena to honor the city’s most famous soccer player.

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam
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At Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, you get to see centuries-old waxwork techniques and rub shoulders with world leaders, royal families, politicians, movie stars, sportspersons, and more.

It is a fantastic opportunity to take lots of photos with celebrities.

Body Worlds

Body Worlds in Amsterdam
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Body Worlds Amsterdam is a unique exhibition where visitors see real plastinated human bodies and learn about how our bodies work.

While learning about the human anatomy, you will also learn how happiness affects our body and vice versa.

Rembrandt House

Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam
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Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art, making Rembrandt House Museum a popular destination.

The Rembrandt Museum displays furniture and objects from his time, along with prints, sculptures, and a few paintings.

Ice Bar Amsterdam

Ice Bar Amsterdam
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XtraCold Ice Bar is maintained at -10°C (14°F), and visitors experience what it is like to be stranded on the North Pole and enjoy three complimentary drinks.

All visitors get a thermal coat and gloves to withstand the arctic temperatures.

Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam

Couple in Amsterdam
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The Dutch capital has stunning canal cruises, fascinating art museums, historic buildings, enviable bike culture, a lax attitude toward marijuana, etc. This is why young couples love to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam.