Unforgettable Things to Do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the most eclectic cities in the world. Art enthusiasts, hippies and green thumbs mesh with businessmen, historians, and architects. Whatever you’re seeking — whether its world-renowned museums, endless shopping, a foodie haven, green space or a crazy nightlife — you’ll find it here in the capital of the Netherlands. These 40 sites and activities are some of our favorites to enjoy in Amsterdam, but we guarantee you’ll come home with an interesting list all your own.

#1. Visit the World’s Only Floating Flower Market

Often regarded simply as the “Flower Market Amsterdam,” the Bloemenmarkt is the only floating flower market in the world (the flowers are sold from stalls on house boats). Whether you have a green thumb or not, the Bloemenmarkt’s fragrances, colors and variety of flowers is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Best time to visit: The Bloemenmarkt is open year round and is gorgeous in all seasons, but if you have a lot of holiday spirit, you’ll love when the greens and Christmas trees come out in winter.


#2. Tour the Van Gogh Museum

Although Vincent Van Gogh’s fame didn’t come until after his death, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam South will make you appreciate all of the aspects of his life. The museum serves as a tribute Van Gogh’s life and work with an incredible collection of paintings, etchings, prints and correspondence.
Best time to visit: The Van Gogh Museum is an extremely popular Amsterdam attraction, so consider visiting on Friday evening when it stays open until 10 p.m., and crowds are fewer. Purchase your tickets ahead of time to forgo lengthy ticket lines.

Van Gogh Museum

#3. Explore Amsterdam on Bicycle

Bikes are one of the most common ways to get around in Amsterdam, so you’ll fit right in with the locals when you rent one from one of the many rental companies in town. Be sure to pick up a bicycle map from the VVV tourist information center to help you get around without too many U-turns.
Best time to ride: Avoid bicycling during the busy rush hour times, because many Amsterdammers use bikes to get to and from work.

Amsterdam on Bicycle

#4. Shop and Dine in De Pijp

Amsterdam’s “Quartier Latin,” or De Pijp, is known for its breathtaking 19th-century architecture, unique shops and cafes just one mile south of the city’s center. The Albert Cuyp Market, one of Amsterdam’s famous street markets, is also located in the trendy De Pijp area.
Best time to visit: This area is always happening, but if you’d like to shop the Alberty Cuyp Market, be sure to visit Monday through Saturday.

Dine in De Pijp

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