In this post, I will take you through the 10 must visit places in Amsterdam. When we moved to the Netherlands in 2021, we lived in Amsterdam for 1 month, before moving south to Eindhoven.
Since then I have spent many weekends there, showing friends and family who visited around the Dutch capital. So here are my suggestions and tips I have learned along the way.
- Walibi Holland
- Adam Lookout
- Heineken Factory
- Boat tour
- Glow in the Dark Mini Golf
- Red Light District
- Anne Frank House
- Cycle around the Parks
- Visit the many Museums
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1. Walibi Holland
Number 1 of the top 10 places to visit in Amsterdam is Walibi Holland. When I visited, I felt like a child at Christmas. Walibi Holland Amusement Park is heaven for the thrill seekers out there. It offers a variety of thrilling rollercoasters and some tamer rides as well. I have been once and would definitely go back again.
I would advise getting there as early as possible and queuing up for the best rides first (such as lost gravity) when the queues are shorter.
To get to Walibi Holland from Amsterdam, you will need to get the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Amersfoort Central. Then you will need to change and get another train from Amersfoort Central to Harderwijk. The two train journeys will take roughly 1 hour 15 minutes.
If you are going in a group of 3 or more at off-peak hours, it will be cheaper to buy a group ticket. To read more about the off-peak hours or to buy a group ticket, click here. If it is just 1 or 2 people that are going, tickets can be bought at the train station or online here.
At Harderwijk train station, visitors can take the Walibi Express bus that will take you straight to Walibi Holland. The bus trip takes about 25 minutes. Tickets can be purchased on board.
If you visit Amsterdam between the months of March and May, I would say the Keukenhof is a must visit. The Keukenhof is an incredible display of flowers that covers 32 hectares (79 acres). It is a feast for the eyes! The gardens gather massive crowds each year. I have been twice and both the men and women enjoyed it!
The easiest way to get there, if you do not have a car, is to get the combo ticket that includes direct bus journey Amsterdam centre plus the entry ticket to the gardens. For more routes from Amsterdam you can check the details here.
3. A’DAM Lookout
If you want to get a view over Amsterdam on Europe’s highest swing, then go to the A’Dam lookout. I would highly recommend – you can get a 360 degree view of Amsterdam. It costs €14.50 and you can get your tickets here. There is also other options to get the VR experience as well which costs extra.
4. Heineken Experience
As Amsterdam is the home of Heineken, the Heineken Experience is interesting to do. You get some of the history of Heineken and are taken on an experience through the factory. They show how the Heineken is made and what it contains and more.
You get a small drink along the way. Then you get another 2 free drinks at the end of the tour at the bar, where there is music playing. The drinks you get nearly cover the price of the ticket. The tickets are €21 and you can buy them here.
5. Boat Tour
Another must do while in Amsterdam is a boat trip along the city’s canals. It is a good idea to do at the start of the trip as you can see what the city has to offer and get an idea of its location.
One of the cheaper options can be bought here. This is a one hour boat tour on an enclosed boat with an audio guide. Or if you prefer an open boat and commentary from the skipper, this is a good option here.
I did both and I preferred the open boat, you can see more, there is much less people on board and it is a more personal experience.
6. Glow in the Dark Mini Golf
This mini golf is really good fun. You can buy a drink at the bar and take it around the course with you. There are 18 holes and it takes about 45 minutes. I would highly recommend this, especially if there is a group. Throw on a bet between the group to make it even more exciting. You can buy a ticket here.
7. Take a walk down the Red Light District
Let’s face it, the majority of people will want to see the Red Light District when they are in Amsterdam, even if they won’t admit it. So go and take a walk down….
Between 11pm and 3am is when this area is at it’s liveliest. But be careful if you are going at this hour, make sure there is a group of you together. Also be wary of pick-pocketers, keep your hand on your bag. As well as that, there will probably be people trying to sell you drugs, so just stay clear. Apart from all that, it is an experience like no other. Enjoy the walk through the unique red light district of Amsterdam.
8. Anne Frank House
If you read the Diary of Anne Frank and have an interest in World War 2, then you should pay a visit to Anne Frank’s house. It is nice to see the place in reality that you have read about and be reminded of what the family lived through by listening to the audio guide. Tickets cost €14 for an adult and can be bought here.
9. Cycle around Vondelpark and Rembrandt Park
Another nice thing to do in Amsterdam in the summer is to rent bikes and cycle through Vondelpark and Rembrandt park. If you go on the weekend between June and September, you can stop by the open air theatre in Vondelpark and see what is on!
There can be music, comedy, youth theatre, dance or classical music that can take to the stage. Bring a few drinks and snacks and enjoy the atmosphere. It is all free! Or if you chose, there is also a restaurant, where you stop for a drink and a bite to eat.
Rembrandt Park is quite close to Vondelpark so you should cycle through there too. There is a petting zoo there and you will see plenty of dogs and ducks as well. If you go in the winter, there is a chance that the lakes will have froze over so you can even go ice skating on the lakes.
10. Visit the many Museums
If you are interested in art or science, then check out some of the museums Amsterdam has to offer. It has a large selection to choose from – Madame Tussauds, Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum, Nemo Science museum, Ripleys believe it or not, body worlds, the list goes on… If this is up your alley you can check out tickets here.
I hope you got some inspiration for your trip and you get a chance to explore the 10 must visit places in Amsterdam. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below.
Thanks for reading,