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Updated: Jan 3, 2020

Top 5 Things To Do In Amsterdam

It's no secret that Amsterdam is one of the most exciting places on this Earth to visit. With its rich history, artistic legacy, intricate canal system, and abundance of museums, you will find that there is so much to do and see in the time you are there to visit. To help you come up with somewhat of an itinerary for your vacation, we've decided to prepare a list of the Top 5 things to do while you're in Amsterdam.

1. Take a VIP canal cruise. As VIP canal cruises go, captain Reinhard Spronk’s historic saloon boat tours are really the business. He and his partner Miloe run the show, taking private groups (reservations necessary) on bespoke tours of Amsterdam’s legendary canals. Pick-up is from your waterside hotel or Cafe Van Puffelen, by their office. This is going to be the highlight of your European tour, combining an utterly beautiful vintage boat, the most sophisticated company in town, and (for a supplement) red roses, gourmet finger food, and bottomless champagne (Thanks, Conde Nast Traveler).

2. Take a walk through the wildflowers. Amsterdam takes great pride in its bulb flowers, especially tulips. Visit the amazingly vibrant bulb flower park in Lisse if you wish to see the tulips in all their glory. If you happen to miss the tulip season, don't worry. There are plenty of beautiful flowers that grow year-round at the park.

3. Visit one of the many spectacular art or history museums. Check out paintings by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, or other world-renowned artists or revisit history by walking into the Anne Frank House, where you can see the secret annex where Anne hid during World War II. Tickets for the Anne Frank House must be purchased at least two months in advance - we can get them for you.

4. Walk through De Wallen, the nation's red-light district. Although it's famous for some risky behavior, there is much more to the city. Try out one of the district's fine restaurants, small boutiques, or find more responsible entertainment at any of the places not lit up with red lights. For a faster way to venture through, rent a bicycle. You'll find that you can rent a bike nearly anywhere in the country.

5. Take a day trip out of the city. If you’re in town for more than a few days, then head out of the city to explore the diverse attractions of the surrounding area.  Just a short hop from Amsterdam lies a rich landscape of gorgeous countryside, beaches, castles, windmills and historic towns – all easily reachable from the city center. Just 20 minutes from Amsterdam Central by train, the picturesque city of Haarlem overflows with history and culture, plus a great selection of shops, cafes and restaurants.  In the surrounding countryside you’ll also find plenty of old castles, fortified towns and ruins, of which Muiden is one of the most spectacular examples. And if lying on a beach is more your thing, then the beautiful golden stretches at Bloemendaal aan Zee and Zandvoort aan Zee will be happy to oblige with golden sands, dunes and plenty of watersports. Find out more about the best day trips from Amsterdam. Reach out to us for private tours.

If you're ready to experience the culture and life in Amsterdam, contact Where2Next? Travel, LLC today so we can get your Netherlands travel experience started. Take our Travel Interest Survey.

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