You may have seen Amsterdam in photographs and would agree that the city is indeed AMAZING. Maybe you’ve booked that plane ticket as well but have no idea how to start planning? Fret not, we have a number of places you can start off with! Are you ready? Well, let’s go!
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1. Visit the eye-opening Anne Frank House
Credit: Anne Frank House
Have always been a history enthusiast? Remember the famous story about Anne Frank who hid with her family during World War II? Well, here’s your chance to visit that same exact place! Look-out for the original diary on display too! End off your visit by checking out the bookstore where you can get a copy of the diary.
#HHWT Tip: Get your tickets in advance for Anne Frank House online as the queues are ALWAYS long and if you don’t reach there on time, you might not get in. This is especially so in winter, when the house closes at 7pm instead of 10pm.
Opening hours: Open daily from 9 am to 10 pm from April-October, 9 am to 7 pm (until 9 pm on Saturdays) from November-March
2. Be awed at the largest research library in Rijksmuseum
One of the most popular museums in Netherlands, Rijksmuseum is dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. Explore the many masterpieces by some of the great artists. Don’t forget to out their research library, a heaven to all bookworms!
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm daily
3. Shop at the popular Albert Cuyp Market
There are so many things to do at Amsterdam’s biggest street market you can actually spend your whole day here! Also known as Albert Cuypstraat, you get to see stalls selling leather goods, clothes, flowers, organic produce, waffles and fresh stroopwaffles!
Check out our 9D8N Itinerary For Your Amsterdam And Paris Adventure to see how Elaine and Suzana spent their day there!
#HHWT Tip: We would recommend this place if you’re planning to buy souvenirs. The price is cheaper here and they have a better variety to choose from!
Opening hours: Open daily except Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.
4. Time for a touristy shot at ‘I amsterdam’!
Spot the many ‘I Amsterdam’s you can find around town! One location that these huge letters can be spotted is near the Rijksmuseum. If you’re also around Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Amsterdam Museum, you can try your chance there too!
It’ll be a challenge to take pictures with the many tourists camera-bombing you every minute, but hey, I’m sure it’s worth the shot!
#HHWT Tip: For a better chance of a good shot with lesser people, check out the one behind Van Gogh Museum
5. Take a short trip to Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans is a little town with amazing views. Picture windmills, cheese factory and clogs, lots of them! On a nice day out, stroll past those beautiful houses and canals. There’s always plenty of space to cycle around town and soak in the atmosphere!
There are lots of places to visit around town too such as the clogs museum, cheese factory, chocolate factory and you can even climb up to the second level of De Kat’s windmill for that stunning view!
6. Van Gogh Museum
With the largest Van Gogh collection in the world, the Van Gogh museum is an absolute must-visit.
Read about Van Gogh’s life, check out his letters, view his famous works – Sunflowers and Almond Blossoms, his self-portraits and countless other paintings. Do note that no photography is allowed in the museum, but there are selfie walls where you can snap a photo!
#HHWT Tip: Purchase the I amsterdam card to skip the queues! It offers you discounted price, so definitely something worth considering!
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm daily, close at 10pm on Fridays
7. Busk in the floral atmosphere at Flower Market
There are quite a number of street markets in Amsterdam and the flower market is definitely one of your must-go places. Just look at the array of bright colours! Take your time to smell the different flowers and if you ask us, definitely instagram-worthy 😝
#HHWT Tip: Though these pretty flowers would be very tempting to buy (especially when they’re on sale!), remember that not all of them would be able to survive the hot tropical weather! The tulip bulbs are one example.
If you have the time to spare, Amsterdam also offers a number of other street markets for patronizing! To name a few, they have Farmer’s Market (selling natural made food like cheese, bread, honey and cakes), Nieuwmarkt (selling candles and cosmetics) and Pekmarkt (known for a range of vintage products).
Waterlooplein Flea Market, another well-known market sells new and second-hand clothes, old books and even electronics. Well, it’s time to bring out the bargain queen in you!
Credit: Floris van Halm on flickr
For further information on all available markets and their opening hours, you can check them out here!
8. Hop on a boat for the Canal Cruise
See Amsterdam from a different point of view. This cruise is about an hour ride around the canal ring. Take note on all the interesting places so you can visit them later. The cruise operators come with a free audio guide, so seat back and enjoy the view along the way!
#HHWT Tip: For a discounted price, plan in advance and buy the tickets online.
9. Royal Palace
Credit: Rhys A. on flickr
Simply take a picture outside the Royal Palace! It’s intricate architectural design is enough to awe us all. It is no surprise that this is one of Amsterdam’s most popular attraction too! Explore the palace and learn about its history. Don’t forget to look out for the many exhibitions that they have all year round!
10. Dam Square
Home to the largest departmental store in the city, Dam Square is the right place for all you shopaholics out there. There are quite a number of international brands you can check out too. Don’t forget to take a picture of the Dam Square Monument while you’re there!
So there you have it! 10 amazing places you can explore in Amsterdam. Have you been there? Share with us your experiences in the comments below and if you think we have missed out on your favourites!