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 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!

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 Stedelijk Museum, but the city also has a multitude of treasures outside of the Museum District.

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 reclaim land to expand the city. They continue define the city’s landscape and in 2010 Amsterdam's canal ring was recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Attractions & sights

Amsterdam is filled with attractions and sights, and most of them can be reached on foot strolling around the city centre. For family entertainment, there is Artis, Madame Tussauds, Science Centre NEMO and more.

Activities & excursions

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

Eating & drinking

Looking for a quick snack, a refreshing drink or a romantic three-course dinner? Amsterdam has all of that and more! From grand cafés and historical watering holes to Michelin stars and the best in seasonal produce, read on for tips on where to have a memorable meal or drink in Amsterdam.

Shopping

With everything from multistorey department stores and exclusive boutiques to antiques and contemporary Dutch design, Amsterdam inspires even the most discerning shopper.

Beauty & wellness

  • beauty / wellness
  • romantic
  • relaxing

Active

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

Architecture

  • architecture
  • history

Families & children

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

Nature

  • outdoor
  • nature
  • spring
  • flowers
  • city park
  • summer
  • active

Tickets

Looking for exhibition, excursion or concert tickets? Below is a list of ticket shops and outlets in Amsterdam. Save 50% off tickets at the Last Minute Ticket Shop! The Last Minute Ticket Shop is located in the Stadschouwburg Theatre, Amsterdam Public Library (OBA) and Dutch National Opera and Ballet.