The Dutch capital is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Beautiful canals, world-class museums, parks, restaurants, famous coffeeshops, lively bars and clubs and many more await you in this diverse, vibrant city. With the help of our insider's guide, find out what to see and do in Amsterdam.
Rent a bike and explore the city
Bikes are the dominant transportation vehicles here, with more than 880,000 bicycles in the area. Amsterdam has been ranked as the most bicycle-friendly city in the world, so getting around the town is very easy with all the cycle routes. It is the best way to explore the city's streets and canals, and feel the magical charm of this whimsical town. Also, you'll get to explore a lot more sights on a bike than on foot.
Go museum-hopping in the Museum Quarter
Museumplein is home to some of the most famous museums in the world. Here you'll find some of the world's most important historic and artistic treasures, including the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art. Admire Van Gogh's famous sunflower paintings or Rembrandt's famous The Night Watch.
Chill out in Vondelpark
The largest park in the city is loved by both locals and tourists. Here you can find people in the park at all hours, relaxing on the grass, working out or just taking a nice walk. It has lots of cafes and terraces as well as lots of greenspace, ideal for picnics. It's the perfect place to escape the city's crowds and relax a bit!
Visit the infamous Red Light District
One of the main tourist attractions, the Red Light district, is a true kingdom of vice. Almost every tourist that comes to the city comes here, if only just to satisfy their curiosity. The scantily clad women in the windows can be a bit of a shock for those unaccustomed to them. But don't even think of taking pictures here as it's strictly forbidden! Expect lots of sex shops, sex museums and peep shows all around, But actually the district has more to offer, even if it may not be apparent at first. It has a lot of cultural attractions that aren't necessarily related to the sex industry, like for instance the oldest church in Amsterdam.
Take a canal cruise
A great way to see more of Amsterdam's city center and not get tired from all that walking is to go on a canal cruise. The canal belt is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and presents the picture-postcard vision of Amsterdam. You can choose from a variety of canal cruises, such as day tours, hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tours, and romantic nighttime cruises with dinner included.