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Bars & Clubs

Enjoy the free spirit in the awesome city of Amsterdam. Day or night, there is always something to do. Whether you like to go shopping, partying or go to a concert, there is always a venue that attends to your needs. Amsterdam is home to some of the best music venues in the Netherlands. Many artists and bands have performed in venues like Paradiso, the Melkweg, the Ziggo Dome and the Heineken Music Hall, such as: Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the Rolling Stones and so on. Besides music, fashion shows are held here as well. Next to these amazing venues there is also a great nightlife scene in Amsterdam. Tons of bars and clubs welcome you to dance until sunrise.

Museums

The Netherlands has a very rich cultural history and is the birthplace of some world-renowned painters such as Rembrandt, van Gogh and Vermeer. Many of their art pieces are on display in famous museums like the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. All three of which are located on the Museum square, or ‘Museumplein’. Amsterdam has over 70 museums, so wander through those museums and have a glance at those fabulous masterpieces, because you can’t miss out on this significant part of Dutch history!

Events

Amsterdam is host to some large events, most of which are held annually. If you have the chance, you should visit the world famous Amsterdam Gay Pride in July. It attracts over thousands of people yearly. It is a huge festival that celebrates gay rights. The highlight at this event is the Canal Pride, where many colourfully decorated boats float the canals of Amsterdam. Besides the Gay Pride, you can’t miss a typical Dutch event like Kingsday, on April 27th! Each year the Dutch celebrate the king’s birthday with some huge festivities. The whole city (and the Netherlands) turns orange with decorations.

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Amsterdam is perfect for a city trip. Take the bus, tram or train, or ride a bicycle and get to know the Dutch capital. Many sights, museums, shops and festivals add to the joy you’ll have when visiting this city! Hotels are available in all price ranges.

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Time zone
No difference
Visa
Not required
Vaccinations
None required
High season
July – August
Currency
Euro (EUR)

Amsterdam is well-known for:

  • Rent a bike and travel around the city
  • Historic museums
  • Experience traditional Dutch culture
  • Hostels and hotels available in all sizes and prices

Keep in mind:

  • Don’t overlook the trams and the cyclysts

Alternatives nearby

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Visit a concert a the Ziggo Dome
Bars & Clubs

Enjoy the free spirit in the awesome city of Amsterdam. Day or night, there is always something to do. Whether you like to go shopping, partying or go to a concert, there is always a venue that attends to your needs. Amsterdam is home to some of the best music venues in the Netherlands. Many artists and bands have performed in venues like Paradiso, the Melkweg, the Ziggo Dome and the Heineken Music Hall, such as: Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the Rolling Stones and so on. Besides music, fashion shows are held here as well. Next to these amazing venues there is also a great nightlife scene in Amsterdam. Tons of bars and clubs welcome you to dance until sunrise.

The famous Rijksmuseum
Museums

The Netherlands has a very rich cultural history and is the birthplace of some world-renowned painters such as Rembrandt, van Gogh and Vermeer. Many of their art pieces are on display in famous museums like the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. All three of which are located on the Museum square, or ‘Museumplein’. Amsterdam has over 70 museums, so wander through those museums and have a glance at those fabulous masterpieces, because you can’t miss out on this significant part of Dutch history!

Gay Parade Amsterdam
Events

Amsterdam is host to some large events, most of which are held annually. If you have the chance, you should visit the world famous Amsterdam Gay Pride in July. It attracts over thousands of people yearly. It is a huge festival that celebrates gay rights. The highlight at this event is the Canal Pride, where many colourfully decorated boats float the canals of Amsterdam. Besides the Gay Pride, you can’t miss a typical Dutch event like Kingsday, on April 27th! Each year the Dutch celebrate the king’s birthday with some huge festivities. The whole city (and the Netherlands) turns orange with decorations.

Anne Frank house
Historical

Besides all the museums that display artwork from centuries ago, there is the Anne Frank House. It tells the story of Anne Frank and her Jewish family that hid from the Nazi’s in World War II. In her, now famous, diary she talks about her life in hiding and what it was like to live in the Secret Annex. The Anne Frank House with the Secret Annex has become one of Amsterdam’s most visited museums.

Go shopping in the Kalverstraat
Shopping

You can enjoy a nice day full of shopping in Amsterdam’s most famous streets: P.C. Hooftstraat, Kalverstraat and the Leidsestraat. Walk through the idyllic small streets and notice the historic buildings as you pass them. There are several shopping areas in Amsterdam, for instance the 9 Streets in the Jordaan, or ‘9 Straatjes’. Here you’ll find the loveliest tiny boutiques and many other vintage items. Being one of Amsterdam’s most well-known neighbourhoods, the Jordaan is a place to visit. It is surrounded by the lovely canals which give the neighbourhood a charming view. It is filled with monumental buildings and has a broad cultural history. 

Get on a bike and explore the city
Biking

Once you’re in Amsterdam you might notice that public transport is very commonly used, as trams and buses ride often. However, the city is also great to discover on foot or by bicycle. If you don’t know how to ride a bicycle, maybe Amsterdam isn’t the right place to learn it. But if you are able to ride a bike it is an easy means of travel. Act like the Dutch and take your bike to the Vondelpark. Here you can enjoy a nice book, have a picnic or just lay in the sun.

The Albert Cuyp market
Markets

Fancy some good food? You should visit the Foodhallen Amsterdam. It is an indoor food market where you can get a variety of foods and have an amazing culinary experience. Another one of Amsterdam’s great markets is the Albert Cuyp Market. Being the largest and one of the most popular markets in the Netherlands, this is a must see. Your day will be filled with entertainment, good food and lots of merchandise. 

Artis Zoo
Zoo

Wildlife is hard to find in Amsterdam, except if you pay a visit to Artis Royal Zoo. Founded in 1838, it is the Netherlands’ oldest zoo. It is also home to an aquarium and a planetarium. Over 750 different animals like zebras, elephants and several species of monkeys are happy to greet you on a visit here. Right next door to Artis is Micropia, a museum completely dedicated to showing the invisible: microbes. A very interactive museum that will teach you all you need to know about microorganisms.

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Header image: One of the many canals in Amsterdam by Shutterstock