25 Places to Visit in Amsterdam, Tourist Places & Attractions

Tourist Places in Amsterdam

RijksmuseumAnne Frank HouseVan Gogh MuseumBegijnhofVondelparkHeineken BreweryRed Light DistrictEye Film MuseumRozentheaterCanal BeltKeukenhofEfteling ParkDam SquareJordaanAmsterdam DungeonLeidseplein SquareTorensluis BridgeBloemen MarketRembrandt House Museum, Oude Kerk and many more.

Famed as the “Venice of the North” for its whimsical canal system, the list of stunningly beautiful places to visit in Amsterdam take this capital city to the bucket list of every traveller. The city is particularly famous for its century-old churches like West Church, the Old Church and Portuguese Synagogue that still look magnificent winning the test of times. 

The medieval castles in the city add a rustic touch to this picturesque city and the numerous historic museums dotting the lanes of the city portray the city’s rich heritage and culture. The floating Bloemenmarkt in Amsterdam is one amongst other charismatic tourist places in Amsterdam  that will leave any nature lover spellbound with its exotic collection of flowers and plants.

Apart from castles, churches, and museums, Amsterdam also has the most intriguing sightseeing place - the Red Light District that gets electrically vibrant at night.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Amsterdam:

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The Cobra Museum in Amsterdam is a museum of modern art that houses a collection of fundamental artworks from the artists that belonged to the avant-garde Cobra art movement. The museums allow visitors to witness fascinating exhibitions from its unique collection and several other temporary modern and contemporary art exhibitions. You will witness the works of Cobra artists like Asger Jorn, Constant, Corneille, Karel Appel, and Pierre Alechinsky.

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The Van Gogh Museum is a must-see attraction for art lovers as it boasts the largest collection of works of the legendary Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh in the entire world. On your visit to the museum in Amsterdam, you will get a chance to explore 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 750 letters of Vincent Van Gogh.

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Also known as the Tropical Museum, Tropenmuseum is home to a vast collection of about 175000 objects belonging to the Dutch colonies since its opening in 1864. It is one of the largest museums in Amsterdam that showcases eight different exhibitions. This museum has been constructed to offer insight into the everyday life and diverse cultures of people from across the globe.

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Built in 1838, the ARTIS Royal Zoo was the first zoo in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This zoo provides shelter to more than 900 animal species, including zebras, ostriches, giraffes, springboks, and much more. Visitors can admire the beauty of the historical city park with its centuries-old trees and wealth of plants, a planetarium, and the butterfly pavilion.

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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is a retreat for art and history lovers as it houses the most celebrated collections of modern and contemporary art. Ranging from Cezanne and Rodin sculptures to the iconic Andy Warhol prints and impressionist paintings, the museum features a vast and eclectic collection by Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Picasso, Gerrit Rietveld, Piet Mondrian, and Ernest Ludwig Kirchner.

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The Royal Palace is one of the most important historical sites in Amsterdam which is now renowned as the Dutch palace. Famous for its British architecture and rich history, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam is in close proximity to other historical landmarks like the Dam Square and the Nieuwe Kerk. In the 17th century, it was also renowned to be the ‘eighth wonder of the world’.

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The Rembrandt museum is entirely dedicated to the works of Rembrandt, a renowned Dutch painter who was popular among the locals. It is also documented that Rembrandt himself used to work and live in this historic building from 1639 to 1658. One can also visit the gallery which is dedicated to modern artists who were inspired by the works of Rembrandt.

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The Begijnhofkapel (Beguinage Chapel) is a 17th-century church constructed as a secret place for meditation and prayer during the Reformation period. It contains a big picture with nine panes and stained-glass windows that convey the story of The Miracle of Amsterdam and awe visitors. It is one of the city's most valuable treasures, with significant religious and historical importance.

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Seated in Amsterdam's historical center, Dam Square is a bustling gathering place for both locals and tourists. It is jam-packed with museums, the Royal Palace, food carts, restaurants, and retail establishments. An entertainment hub, hosting daily events like comedy performances, fire shows, live music, dance acts, and a variety of other events, it is always full of enthusiasm.

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The city's oldest building, Oude Kerk is a center for art, culture, and heritage. Its fascinating past is woven with significant events that transformed this ancient Roman Catholic Church into a Calvinist Church. The church's stunning architecture is complemented by a rich collection of antique items, such as paintings and the four organs, which together serve as the church's primary draw for tourists.

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Jordaan

Jordaan is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Amsterdam because it represents the dutch way of life in the best possible manner. It is home to high-end boutiques, beautiful streets, magnificent canals, legendary restaurants and some of the most well renowned artist studios as well. The streets are decorated in a very stylistic and aesthetic manner, which are further complemented by the adjacent canals.

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Situated in the city center of Amsterdam, Vondelpark is an English-style green arena that allows you to take a break from the urban life of the city and witness the luscious greenery. Spreading across an area of 111 acres, this park features a film museum, an open-air theater, a riding school, and a lake. The lining of different kinds of cafes, restaurants, and museums also makes it a year-round tourist destination.  

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The Heineken Experience is an ancient brewery that attracts beer lovers from different parts of the city. It is a remarkable experience of taking a tour of the brewery, in which you get a chance to learn about the history of the Heineken beer family. The visitors will understand the evolution of the logo over time, witness the complete process of brewing, and explore the Heineken collection.

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The Red Light District is one of the famous streets in Amsterdam that is renowned for its streetside brothel. This neighbourhood is home to picturesque canals, buzzing restaurants, bars, and innumerable shopping opportunities. Although this controversial area is not meant for everyone, its twisting and turning cobblestone streets and narrow alleys showcase the rich history and laid back culture of the people in Amsterdam.

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Enter the magical world of films at the Eye Film Museum, the internationally renowned hub of Dutch film heritage. Visit the national film museum of the Netherlands to indulge in screenings of classics and modern films, both local and global and covering diverse genres. Eye Film Museum boasts a massive collection of cinematic memorabilia, intriguing exhibitions, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

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Rozentheater ranks among Amsterdam’s best family entertainment spaces and is a cultural hotspot hosting a diverse range of entertainment shows. Dating back to 1913, the iconic cinema theatre hosts stand-up comedy shows, dance performances, and magic shows, and offers escape room experiences and an old-world bar. Experience world-class facilities and the best of live entertainment at the three spacious theatres of Rozentheater.

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Lined with lovely 17th-century buildings, cozy cafes, and stunning bridges, the canal belt offers some of the most picture-perfect sceneries you can relish and capture in Amsterdam. A boat cruise is the best way to have immersive experiences around the canal belt, allowing you to enjoy the city from a vantage point.

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This is Holland is an immersive attraction that allows the guests to experience the entire view of the Netherlands without going away from the capital. Through this attraction, the guests can indulge in a nine minute 5D flight experience that makes use of multi-sensory technology to simulate a flight across Holland. This way, you get a chance to learn about the origins, culture, and geography of the country with ease.

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The Efteling Theme Park is the largest amusement park in the Netherlands that provides a beautiful world of captivating stories and enthralling adventures. The park is divided into different realms that took inspiration from ancient mythology, legends, and fairy tales. The highlight of the Efteling is Joris en de Draak, in which the guests follow the footprints of the dragon and complete the ride with a parallel-moving roller coaster ride.

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Moco Museum or Modern Contemporary Museum is an independent museum located in Amsterdam’s Museum District at Villa Alsberg townhouse on Museumplein. The unique museum is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary, modern and street art and has on display works of artists from Amsterdam, Spain, the Netherlands and Barcelona. Appreciate the works of artists such as Banksy, KAWS, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, JR, and others while visiting this museum.

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Visit the Diamant Museum to learn more about how diamonds are made, their history, and the craftsmanship needed to transform them into stunning pieces. The museum’s vast selection of magnificent crowns, jewelry, and other classic diamond beauties will leave you mesmerized. Activities like diamond heist and treasure hunt also help make the visit more exciting and memorable. 

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The brainchild of a Merlin Entertainments company, the Amsterdam dungeon is a unique way of gathering information about the dark history of the Netherlands. There are several rides and performances that are interaction based. Their main aim is to shed some light on the archival scenes of the Plague, the medieval torture and the Rembrandt workshop. 

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Witness the magical lively spirit of Amsterdam come alive at Leidseplein, the iconic nightlife, entertainment, and shopping hub of the city. Situated on the southern end of Amsterdam’s central canal ring, Leidseplein square is an unmissable tourist destination where one can find street performers, pubs, cafes, theatres, as well as the biggest international brands entertaining people from across the globe.

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The Toren­sluis (Tower Lock), an arch bridge over the Singel dating back to the 17th century, is the oldest preserved bridge in Amsterdam. It is also Amsterdam’s widest and a favorite location for shutterbugs for its surrounding scenery and the statue of famed writer Multatuli. It is a great location to relax with friends, take a stroll in the evening, or have a drink.

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The world’s only floating flower market awaits at Bloemen market, Amsterdam. Renowned as one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations, the market floats around on houseboats on the Singel River. Witness a riot of colors and fragrances as you spot numerous varieties of flowers, garden, and house plants, plant food, pots, seeds, gardening equipment, and much more at Amsterdam’s Bloemenmarkt.

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People Also Ask About Amsterdam

  1. What are the best places to visit in Amsterdam with kids?

    1. Anne Frank House: Converted to a museum to honor the hardships that Anne Frank and her family had to go through during the Second World War, this museum was actually their hiding place. The original diary of Anne Frank and their belongings are on display here. You can also Book: Anne Frank Walking Tour in Amsterdam

    2. Dam Square: One of the most iconic destinations of Amsterdam that is always lively owing to various forms of entertainment that can be seen here. You can take your kids to this square and enjoy the culture of Amsterdam to the fullest.

    3. Torensluis Bridge: You can be assured that your kids will just love the panoramic view that this bridge offers. 

    4. Oude Kerk: With intriguing artworks and impressive décor, Oude Kerk is the perfect place for you to take your kid to. The occasional art exhibitions and music concerts will keep your kid engaged while you marvel at the architectural beauty of the church. 
  2. What are the romantic places to visit in Amsterdam?

    1. Begijnhof: Cited as one of the ancient hofjes in the whole of Amsterdam. This includes private residences, historic buildings, churches, and a courtyard where you and your partner can roam hand in hand, taking in the view.  

    2. Canal Belt: Being labeled as a UNESCO World Heritage Site has increased the popularity of the canal belt among the couples. You can see the various historical buildings with your partner and make some new memories. 

    3. Vondelpark: Catering to people of varied tastes with adventure activities as well as an abundance of nature and wildlife, this park is the perfect place for you to know your partner on a deeper level. 

    4. Keukenhof: Credited for being the biggest flower garden across the globe and affectionately named as the garden of Europe, this garden houses several floral species, including tulips and orchids in fascinating shades. You can woo your partner with the romantic sight of the garden. Click Here to Book: Keukenhof Tickets with Bus Transfers
  3. Which are the best places to visit in Amsterdam in November?

    1. Van Gogh Museum: When visiting Amsterdam you cannot afford to miss out on this iconic museum named after the famous painter Van Gogh. You can witness more than 200 paintings of Van Gogh, his letters which are appreciated by thousands of people visiting the place. Click Here to Book: Van Gogh Museum Tickets Amsterdam

    This place gives absolute solace to the art lovers who find beauty is the art and cannot help but fall in love with the wonderful paintings by the famous artist. 

    2. Amsterdam Canal Cruise: To take a tour of the iconic city of Amsterdam filled with trees, flowers and peace all around you must definitely visit the Amsterdam Canal Cruise. You can hire a cruise and go along the canals to take a beautiful ride of the city lines with small houses, cafe shops and many more. Click Here to Book: Amsterdam Canal Cruise

    It is quite fun to ride these cruises in the rainy or winter season when you can witness the snow and stop by some coffee shop to sip some hot chocolates too. 


    3. Amsterdam IcebarAnother amusing place to visit in Amsterdam is the Amsterdam Icebar which is flocked by a large number of tourists visiting the place. It is well known for its unique design that is a bar completely filled with artificial ice yet giving a mild cold temperature. You can enjoy your time here drinking their speciality beers or take pictures in the ice and snowmans enhancing the beauty of the place. 

    4. Muiden Castle: To take a look around the castles which you have only heard in the fairytales, take a trip to the most beautiful Muiden Castle which is located around lots of greenery and natural surroundings adding to its beauty. You can go inside and tour the insides and know a lot about its history too. This castle looks extremely beautiful in the winters with its snow clad peaks and is an absolute delight to watch out for. 

    5. Efteling Park: One of the most fun filled and enjoyable places to visit in Amsterdam is Efteling park that is a fantasy themed amusement park. You can take rides in the park that are designed according to the fairy tales. You will also witness the famous folktales of the place according to which the games and other parts of the park are designed. Click Here to Book: Efteling Park Tickets in Amsterdam
  4. What is the best time to visit Amsterdam?

    The most ideal time to visit Amsterdam is the fall season, between the months of September and November. During this time of the year the weather of Amsterdam is mild and pleasant and the crowd is less.
  5. What should I avoid in Amsterdam?

    - Avoid using cannabis in public.
    - Avoid smoking in trains and train stations.
    - Avoid walking along the bicycle lanes.
    - Avoid riding a Tram, bus or train without a valid ticket.
    - Avoid taking pictures of the Red Light District's windows.
  6. Why is Amsterdam the best place to visit?

    Over 40 intriguing museums, stunning entertainment venues, and numerous impressive theaters, make Amsterdam a great place to visit in Europe. The well-preserved historic buildings, charming wooden bridges, and picturesque canals also lure many tourists to Amsterdam.
  7. Is Amsterdam an expensive city?

    Yes, Amsterdam is an expensive city to visit in Europe. However, you can plan a budget trip to Amsterdam, if you choose to stay in a hostel or dormitory, take public transports for sightseeing like bus, train, or tram, and eat majorly at food courts.
  8. How much is a trip to Amsterdam for 2?

    The cost of a trip to Amsterdam for two people for a week will sum up to around €1,861 (1,62,223.49 Indian Rupee). However, this may vary depending majorly upon the place you stay and eat at.
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