With world-class museums, quirky festivals, theatre, live music, laid-back bars and delightful restaurants, there's never a shortage of things to do in Amsterdam!

Things to see and do in Amsterdam

Whether you live here and want to know what's happening this weekend, or you're planning your visit to Amsterdam a few months in advance, this is your guide for things to do in Amsterdam. Browse the sections below for the best Amsterdam attractions and unmissable experiences, search the what's on guide for upcoming events, exhibitionsgigs and festivals in Amsterdam, or check out our suggested itineraries for ideas of what to do over one or two days in Amsterdam

Perfect days in Amsterdam – with art, food, culture and nightlife

Amsterdam has everything you need for spending a perfect day in the city. Start by having breakfast in one of Amsterdam’s beautiful cafés or brunch spots, then take in an art exhibition in a famous museum, stroll along the canals, stop for lunch… go shopping in some of the many fashion boutiques and design shops, have a drink in a laid-back brown café, go out for dinner to a cosy local place or a high-end restaurant, and then hit the bustling nightlife with its glamorous cocktail bars, trendy new nightspots and clubs with big-name DJs on the line-up. Or you could go for a canal cruise, check out some art galleries or smaller museums or explore up-and-coming neighbourhoods such as Noord and Oud-West. The options are near endless! 

Check out our quick guide to the top 20 things to do in Amsterdam!

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Museums & galleries

Amsterdam is home to a variety of world-famous museums. No trip to the city is complete without stopping by the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum or Stedel...

Canal cruising

The history of Amsterdam is intimately connected with water. Its 165 canals were created over the centuries to stimulate trade and transport and recla...

Attractions & sights

Amsterdam is filled with things to see and do, and lots of them can be reached on foot by strolling around the city centre.

Activities & excursions

Sign up for a tour or excursion to discover a side of Amsterdam you might never see on your own!

Bars and restaurants

Looking for a quick snack, a refreshing drink or a romantic three-course dinner? Amsterdam has all of that and more!


With everything from multi-storey department stores and exclusive boutiques to antiques and contemporary Dutch design, Amsterdam inspires even the mos...

Beauty & wellness

Amsterdam is a wonderful city to pamper yourself in. Whether you're in the mood for a quick workout, an entire day of relaxing treatments or several d...

Sports and activities

Whether you enjoy being part of the action or prefer to observe from the sidelines, Amsterdam has lots to offer active adventurers and sports enthusia...


Amsterdam is best known for its luxurious canal houses and charming gabled facades, but the city has enough architectural treasures to keep design lov...

Families & children

Amsterdam is a city packed full of fun, crazy, exciting and fascinating attractions for the entire family!

Top 20 things to do in Amsterdam

With its picturesque canal network, rich history and vibrant cultural scene, the capital of the Netherlands is one of the world’s most unique city des...

Parks & nature

For such a small city, Amsterdam is bursting with green. Discover where to spot wildlife, the best place for a picnic or get to know the city from the...


Looking for exhibition, theatre or concert tickets? Below is a list of ticket shops and sales options in Amsterdam.

I amsterdam Store

The I amsterdam Store at Amsterdam Central Station is the place to be for everyone who wants to know what’s happening in town and ...

I amsterdam City Card

Enjoy free, unlimited public transport, free entry to Amsterdam's best museums and attractions, and lots of great discounts and offers with the I amst...