With its picturesque canal network, vibrant cultural scene, and rich history, the capital of Holland is one of the world’s most unique city destinations for tourists.
Amsterdam is known to be the most visited city around the globe. With its vibrant nightlife, laid back reputation, gorgeous canals, and dozens of museums, it has something for everyone. It is also a perfect place for individuals who want to explore surrounding cities and countries.
There are much variety of things to do in Amsterdam in any weather or season, with much of the most rewarding experiences to be found when you step out of the well-trodden tourists’ path of the city center. So if you are visiting for the weekend or a fortnight, here is your essential checklist of the best Amsterdam attractions and unmissable adventures.
The Amsterdam Pub Crawl
Leidseplein square is the busiest nightlife hotspot in Amsterdam, and so it is an ideal place for a bar crawl in Amsterdam. This Amsterdam pub crawl visits six venues in total, and the best part is you get free wine or beer or soft drink in each one, as well as a free shot in each of the first three bars. There are also 30 minutes of unlimited Vodka shots poured into your mouth. A must place to visit to taste the best quality of drinks like Vodkas.
Hit one of the over 1000 events all over Amsterdam
Whatever season you are planning to visit, there are always plenty of things to do in Amsterdam. Street markets, Exhibitions, fairs, and festivals, it is an eventful city all year round.
Starting from the month of May until September, not a weekend goes by without an outdoor festival and from food festivals, offering the best local and international dishes to music festivals, showcasing world-renowned artists.
In the month of October, the madness continues with the Amsterdam Dance Event. From all around the world, over 2.400 DJs and artists will be performing in Amsterdam’s finest and most unique locations. Find yourself dancing in an old church or the passage under the Rijksmuseum. If you are crazy about clubbing, this is an event that is not to be missed.
A late-night dive bar with the most loveable publicans you will ever meet. The ever-smiling Frits single-handedly operates the bar while his wife Tanja sits on the same barstool all day, chain-smoking, smiling at customers, and ordering neat vodkas. The neon-lit 50s style jukebox is packed with classic rock and soul, making for some interesting moves on the stripper’s pole – a remnant from the bar’s former life as a go-go bar.
Red Light District
The Red Light District, locals call it Wallen, is one of Amsterdam’s best-known attractions. Though very interesting indeed, there is much more to the area than bars, peep shows, brothels, and sex shops. The Red light district of Amsterdam is home to a very few of the oldest buildings and churches in town; The Old Church dates go back to 1200.
Best beer tasting under a windmill
There are eight remaining windmills in the capital, the easiest to visit being de Gooyer in the Oostelijke Eilanden neighborhood. And this is not just any windmill – for under the sails of this striking landmark is Brouwerij’t Ij; an award-winning artisan microbrewery with a large outdoor drinking terrace and almost thirty-minute guided tasting tours. The brewery makes a range of organic standard and seasonal ales that you will find in many Amsterdam bars, well for a fact, nothing tastes quite as good as beer brewed.
Take a Bike and Get Lost in the City
One of the first things you will notice when you visit Amsterdam is bicycles. They are everywhere! For a fact, there are more bicycles than actual residents in the city, making bike tours one of the top and fun things to do in Amsterdam.
Wander Through Jordaan
If you like picking up unique works of art and antiquing, the quaint neighborhood of Jordaan is reasonably right up your alley. The narrow streets are home to a variety of eclectic collection of art galleries, shops, and cafes.
Ice Skate at Leidseplein
Deciding to visit Amsterdam in the winter? You do not have to skip outdoor fun. Leidseplein features festive holiday days and ice skating around a bustling shopping area. People get too much fun from doing ice skating.
Check Out the Amsterdam Zoo
Situated in the center of Amsterdam, Artis is one of the oldest zoos in mainland Europe. In addition to exotic animals, there is a zoology and botany library, as well as 26 historic buildings to explore.