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Amsterdam sights and attractions

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

Go sightseeing in Amsterdam

With more than 800 years of history to discover, Amsterdam is a city that's rich in visitor sights. From ancient churches to magnificent museums, secret courtyards to quaint cobbled streets, and, of course, the city's world-famous canal houseswaterways and bridges, there's an overwhelming amount of things to see and do in Amsterdam. So pack your camera, pick up a map and get ready for an adventure!  

Art, culture and adventures in Amsterdam 

From the Old Masters at the Rijksmuseum through the intense and beautiful expressionist paintings of Van Gogh at the eponymous museum to modern and contemporary art and design at the Stedelijk, Amsterdam’s world-class art museums have enough to offer to fill weeks. But Amsterdam is home to plenty of other museums, too: the famous Anne Frank House and the Rembrandt House, for example, and the striking, modern building housing the EYE Filmmuseum. And there is so much more to do yet! Soak up the city’s combination of fascinating history and trendy hotspots by wandering around the canals and the River Amstel (make sure not to miss the famous ‘skinny bridge’ to the east of the centre), the Jordaan and the 9 Straatjes, or get active: jump on a bike in summer or go ice-skating in winter

Dutch essentials 

Of course, a visit to Amsterdam is not complete without the classics: Tulips, windmills and cheese! If you are in the Netherlands in the spring, a trip to the flower strip and the Keukenhof and its breath-taking tulip displays comes highly recommended. If you would like to check out more of the nature surrounding Amsterdam, take a look at the Amsterdam area section. After all this ethereal beauty, Amsterdam’s culinary delights must not be forgotten, either. How about sampling some of the famous Dutch cheese or visiting a cheese market? After that, you might be ready for a tour of the Netherlands most famous brewery: Heineken. And if you fancy another drink, you could visit the Brouwerij ’t IJ: a brewery located in a windmill. Now that’s what we call multitasking when sightseeing! 

Things to see in Amsterdam

List of attractions

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Places of interest

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Day trips from Amsterdam

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I amsterdam letters

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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...

I amsterdam City Card

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Unesco sites

Amsterdam’s 17th-century Canal Ring was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010, raising the total number of listed sites in the Netherlands t...


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