Things to do

Amsterdam is filled with sights and attractions for all ages. Regardless of your interests or budget, you'll find more than enough to fill your days when you visit this city.

Amsterdam is filled with things to do and see all year round.  Visit internationally renowned museums, explore the markets and quirky boutiques or simply unwind with a visit to one of the many parks. Amsterdam's nightlife is equally varied with clubs, bars, concert venues and fine-dining options.


Admire masterpieces by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Vermeer and more in one of Amsterdam’s world-famous museums like the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk MuseumHermitage Amsterdam or Anne Frank House. There are also a surprising number of smaller museums displaying unique and unusual collections.


Canal cruises are understandably one of Amsterdam's main attractions. After you're done enjoying a view from the water, check out one or more of Amsterdam's other attractions, like touring a diamond factory, visiting the Heineken Experience or getting your wits scared out of you at the Amsterdam Dungeon.

Theatres and concert halls

Amsterdam takes culture seriously and ballet, opera, theatre productions, classical and modern concerts are performed year round by critically-acclaimed Dutch and international performers. The Royal Concertgebouw is renowned for its spectacular acoustics and equally famous resident orchestra. The Muziektheater is home to De Nederlandse Opera (Dutch Opera) and the Dutch National Ballet. Other extraordinary locations for theatre, music and dance include the StadsschouwburgMuziekgebouw aan ’t IJ and Bimhuis. Get your tickets at the Ticketshop Leidseplein or the Lastminute Ticketshop.


Amsterdam is ready to entertain with nightlife to suit any taste. Start the evening in a traditional brown café, modern grand café or sophisticated wine bar. The city's many bars and cafés mean you never need to look far for a nice drink. Choose from a variety of restaurants and then dance the night away at one of Amsterdam's nightclubs.


With everything from multi-level department stores to one-of-a-kind boutiques, antiques to contemporary Dutch design, Amsterdam inspires even the most discerning shopper. Whether you're looking for souvenirs or the perfect designer handbag, save some time in your agenda to go shopping in Amsterdam.