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Top 10 Things to do in Amsterdam!

Amsterdam is the capital and also the largest city of our beautiful Holland. A city known for its coffee shops, canals and the Red Light District. But of course this is not all that Amsterdam has to offer! There is so much to see and to do in Amsterdam. Visit impressive concerts in extraordinary theaters, try exciting dishes in the best restaurants or watch spectacular exhibitions at world-famous museums.

There is a lot of beauty on the program every day in bustling Amsterdam. Are you looking for tips on the best sights, attractions or excursions? We have listed below the top 10 favorite activities in Amsterdam. Lots of fun!

1) Visit the canal belt.

Amsterdam is world famous for its canals; therefore, the canals were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010. With 165 canals and more than 1500 bridges, Amsterdam is a unique metropolis full of historic canal houses.

From the water you obviously have the best view of the special houses and warehouses.

Tip: KINboat offers various boat trips through the historic city center of Amsterdam.

KINboat cruises with small-scale open boats so you can always count on a unique and personal experience.

2) Visit a museum.

Whether you want to know more about the history of Amsterdam, you are interested in the work of an international graffiti artist, whether you want to know what it's like to live on a houseboat; With more than 100 museums in the city, there is always something fun to visit.

Tip: At the Museumkwartier you will find the Van Gogh museum, the Stedelijk museum, and the Rijksmuseum.

From the boarding location next to the Anne Frank museum you can take a boat trip through KINboat. Cruise through the historic center of the city and you will then pass the beautiful 17th-century merchant houses, old bridges, churches and houseboats that give the city its unique character.


3) Visit a flea market.

In the old Jewish neighborhood you will find the oldest flea market in Amsterdam; the Waterlooplein.

Whether you're looking for an old LP, a nice piece of jewelry or want to eat well; at one of the 300 stalls and various food trucks you will find what you are looking for!

Tip: The Waterlooplein is open from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00.

Markt - Market

4) Rent a bike.

"Do as the locals do!" In a city where there are more bicycles (900,000) than inhabitants (850,000) you are actually obliged to take a bike.

With 619 km cycle path (only accessible for bicycles) you are in your favorite location in no time. Be careful; cyclists in Amsterdam feel, not always right, king of the road.

Rent a bike

5) Visit a coffee shop.

Amsterdam has more than 200 coffeeshops and with around 5 million visitors a year, the coffeeshop is a popular location for tourists.

Contrary to what the name suggests, in a coffee shop you can buy and use legal hash and cannabis in addition to coffee (alcohol is not permitted).

If you want to enjoy a relaxed day in a pleasant environment then this is the place to be!

Tip: On the Oudezijds Voorburgwal 90 you will find the first Amsterdam coffee shop of the world famous coffee shop chain The Bulldog. 

If you do a "Cruise like a Local" tour via KINboat (boarding location Central Station) there is a big chance that you will cruise past The Bulldog, ask the skipper for the possibilities. 

6) Visit a park.

With 10 million visitors a year, the Vondelpark is a popular spot for locals and tourists.

Whether you're cycling, running or enjoying nature on a beautiful sunny day; it is all possible in this beautiful city park that likes to be measured with the Central Park in New York.

Besides an overwhelming nature there are several places to relax, or drink a nice cup of coffee or tea at t Blauwe Theehuis.

Vondelpark - Parc

7) Visit the I Amsterdam Sign.

The I Amsterdam Sign is a great photo opportunity and became a symbol of the city.

Climb the letters that are more than 2 meters high and take a photo of which they will be jealous at home.

You can find the letters on the museum square or airport Amsterdam Schiphol.

I Amsterdam - Museumplein

8) Visit the A'DAM Tower.

Take the lightning-fast elevator to the 22nd floor of A'DAM TOWER and visit the A'DAM LOOKOUT. From this point you have a beautiful 360-degree view over the historic city center of Amsterdam and the trendy Amsterdam-Noord.

If you are a real thrill seeker; there is even a swing that you swing over the edge at 100 meters.

Tip: From Central Station take the free ferry to Amsterdam-Noord.

Amsterdam Tower - Lookout

9) Visit the 7-bridges.

Right in the center of Amsterdam, on the Reguliersgracht, you will find a scene that you will not encounter anywhere else: the image of seven bridges on a straight line.

From the water you obviously have the best chance of a beautiful photo, while it is also recommended to do this in the dark, when all the lights on the bridge are on.

7 bridges - 7 bruggen

10) Visit the flower market (the bloemenmarkt).

At the Singel, between the Koningsplein and the Muntplein, you will find the famous flower market of Amsterdam.

The floating flower shops are a remnant of the time that all flowers and plants on this market were supplied daily via the water.

Here you will find the best souvenirs; from tulips and flower bulbs to clogs.

Tip: The flower market is open every day from 09:00 to 17:30. You will also find the "Local Information Office" of KINboat near the flower market. For all your questions you can go here (de Leidsegracht 60A).

Bloemenmarkt - Flowermarket


Did you like this blog and found it interesting? Do you want to stay informed of events, activities or sights and excursions in Amsterdam and its surroundings? Stay tuned of our blogs. Once a week, on Tuesday we will post a new Blog. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and keep an eye on our blog. The next blog will be about the top 10 historical museums in Amsterdam!