Discover your favourite pipe
You don’t have to be a smoker, a joker, or anything else to love the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. Located in a 17th-century canal house, this gem has a fascinating collection of more than 2,000 tobacco smoking items and accessories, including intricate hand-carved pipes and antique cigarette wrappers. The museum is also a valuable resource for the scientific and academic communities thanks to its unique and extensive collection, which speaks highly of the offerings on display.
Wander through a 14th-century castle
Just south of Amsterdam, Castle Muiderslot stands near the banks of the Vecht River. Over 700 years of Dutch history are preserved within its walls and the castle has been featured in numerous TV shows and films. Learn fascinating stories about its past on a guided tour or send your kids on a special quest created just for little ones. When you’re done exploring, stop by the castle café, known as the Tavern, for lunch. And don’t worry – there’s more on the menu than mead and leg of mutton.
Laugh it up all night long
For over 25 years, Boom Chicago has been making audiences laugh with a combination of video, sketch and improv comedy performed in English. Their shows touch on everything from Dutch culture to American politics, and many big names got their start here, including Seth Meyers and Oscar-winner Jordan Peele. Head to their theatre on the historic Rozengracht and relax over a drink before the show. The performers ask for audience suggestions, so don’t be afraid to shout one out!
Meet some flamingos
Located in the beautiful Plantage neighbourhood, Artis Zoo has been welcoming visitors since 1838 and is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands. Escape the hustle of the city and marvel at the amazing animals who call this place home, including rare western lowland gorillas and a flock of pink flamingos who are usually found lounging by a pond. There’s also an aquarium filled with exotic fish and a planetarium where you can take a trip through the far reaches of space.
Drop by the Ajax dressing room
If you’re a sports fan, take a 75-minute tour of the massive Johan Cruijff ArenA, the home of Ajax, Amsterdam’s beloved football team. You’ll get to see parts of the arena that are normally reserved for officials and players, including the team’s dressing room, where you can even snap a selfie. There’s also a virtual reality experience and a chance to see the pitch up close before you explore the Ajax Gallery of Fame.