7 Attractions To Check Off Your Amsterdam Travel Bucket List


Noor Atiqah Gafar •  Oct 19, 2016

As most of you would know, here at HHWT, we'd always encourage you to travel and to fall in love with the gorgeous world our Lord has created?

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Amsterdam, of course, is no exception to that! Rich in history and culture, there's so much to see and do. Be sure to check out these 7 attractions the next time you're in this wonderful city?

1. Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Boat Ride
Boat tour in Amsterdam

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Hop on a boat and get the lay of the city from the water. The cruise is about an hour ride around the protected canal ring and you’ll be able to jot down interesting places to visit on foot later along the way. Check out cruise operators like Holland International, Canal, Blue Boat and Rederij Kooij.

#HHWT Tip: Buy the tickets online ahead of time for a discount price. There’s also a hop-on hop-off service offered if you prefer to do some sightseeing too ?

2. Museum and Gallery tour

Museum and gallery tour

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Amsterdam has more than 400 museums to visit. Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum are among the top 3 picks. Head over to the Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter and you’ll be able to dash in and out of museums after museums.

#HHWT Tip: If art is your thing, get the Amsterdam Holland Pass which offers you huge savings and fast track entry to museums and attractions in Amsterdam.

Getting there: Tram 2 and 5 from Amsterdam Central Station

3. Photo Hotspot - I Amsterdam letters

I Amsterdam Letters
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These huge letters can be spotted near the Rijksmuseum. You’ve always seen it in pictures, now you can be in the picture too! Say cheese! ?✌?

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4. Anne Frank House Museum

Anne Frank House
Oh Anne..

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Remember reading that famous Anne Frank diary from World War II? Well, now you get to visit the place where the late Anne Frank lived in hiding with her family for more than 2 years. Oh, and the original diary is on display! It’s an eye-opening experience but be prepared to wait a bit as the queue can get pretty long.

#HHWT Tip: Try visiting either early in the morning or towards the end of the day to avoid the long line.

Ticket prices:

Adults: euro 9,-

Age 10-17: euro 4,50

Age 0-9: free

European Youth Card: euro 4,50

Online ticket: + € 0,50

Opening hours: Open daily from 9 am to 10 pm from April-October, 9 am to 7 pm (until 9 pm n Saturdays) from November-March

Getting there: 20 minutes walk from Amsterdam Central Station or take Trams 13, 14 and 17 and buses 170, 172 and 174 stop nearby, at the ‘Westermarkt’ stop.


5. Wax on Wax off - Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds
Albert Einstein in the wax...get it?

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Meet famous people all in one place at the amazing world of Madame Tussauds. Located on Dam Square in Amsterdam and quite close by to Anne Franks House. Go crazy snapping pictures with famous performers, royalty, film stars, artists...you name it! Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.

#HHWT Tip: Buy the tickets online and save a few euros. You also get into the fast-track queue.


Getting there: A 10-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station or take Tram 1, 2, 5, 17 and 20 and stop at Magna Plaza/Dam stop or Tram 4, 9, 16, 20, 24, 25 and stop at Bijenkorf/Dam stop

6. Street Market - Albert Cuypstraat

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Spend a day with the locals at Amsterdam’s biggest street market, Albert Cuypstraat. You’ll see stalls selling stuff like leather goods, clothes, flowers, organic produce, waffles and fresh stroopwaffles!

#HHWT Tip: If you’re planning to buy souvenirs, this place has plenty and the price is cheaper than other places in the rest of the city.

Opening hours: Open daily except Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Getting there: From Amsterdam Central Station, either take tram 16 or 24 and get off at Stadhouderskade or Albert Cuyp Straat. You can also walk from Dam Square down Rokin and Vijzelstraat, it's a 20-minute walk.

7. Country sightseeing - Zaanse Schans

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Venture just a little bit out of Amsterdam to see the Dutch country side. A short 15 to 20 minutes’ train ride from Amsterdam Central Station will get you to Zaanse Schans. It’s like a little town with beautiful houses and canals. There’s also big old-school windmills, a traditional wooden shoe workshop and a cheese factory! Plus, the view there is spectacular if you ask me.  You can also stir your own hot chocolate in a local chocolate shop there! Yummy!

Did we miss out on your favourite, must-visit attraction? Tell us all about it in the comments below??