15 Places to Visit in Amsterdam in May: 2020 (Updated List)
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Places to See in Amsterdam in May 

Travel at Amsterdam Canal Cruise, Visit Anne Frank House, Explore Rijksmuseum, Go to Van Gogh Museum, Walking at Vondelpark, Heineken experience, Artis Zoo, Fun Activities at Efteling Park, Waterlooplein Flea Market, See Royal Palace of Amsterdam and many more.

Places to visit in Amsterdam in May come with their own charm and attraction. Weather in May in Amsterdam is mild, warm and pleasant, making for a perfect time to be outdoors. Firstly, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam is a marvel for architecture and art lovers that they can’t miss visiting.

Those planning family trips will find plenty of kid-friendly spots like Artis Zoo, Vondelpark, and Efteling Park. Also, there are a plethora of  places to see in Amsterdam in May that will further enhance the vacation for history lovers. You can witness the real culture and rich history of this city by wandering through Van Gogh,  Rembrandt house museum, and Rijksmuseum that exhibit the unique artifacts and displays.

Besides, one can visit the red-light area, Amsterdam ice bar, or go for Amsterdam canal cruise to experience the nightlife of the city. So, from historical museums, fantastic nightlife to nature trails and cruising, Amsterdam has got everything to please all the visitors.

Here is the list of places to visit in Amsterdam in may: 

01

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Canal Cruise
The Amsterdam canal cruise is truly one of the best things to visit in Amsterdam in May. What better way than to view this great city! The UNESCO protected canal offers visitors some of the most unforgettable sights and sights of the whole city. 

As you travel in the canal, you are awestruck by the number of buildings and homes dotting it, not to mention, you will even view dancing houses on the way. You can also book your canal ride at night to enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner. 

Location: Stadhouderskade 550, 1072 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Entry Fee:
The canal cruise for 1 hour starts from €16 per person.

Timings:
10 am to 5:15 pm
02

Visit Rijksmuseum

Visit Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum is one of the most thronged places to visit in Amsterdam in May. The museum was built during 1809 to store antiques and artwork in more than 250 rooms here. You can also find a library where more than 35,000 books of medieval times are kept.

Apart from that, you get to have a glimpse of unique handicrafts, sculptures, and artifacts. You can hire a guide as well to discover more about ancient Amsterdam.

Location:
Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam

Entry Fee:
Tickets for adults are priced at €19 for adults, and kids below 18 years of age can enter free. 

Timings:
The museum opens from 9 am to 5 pm
03

Go to Van Gogh Museum

Go to Van Gogh Museum
With more than 1 million visitors a year, the Van Gogh museum should be on the list of places to visit in Amsterdam in May. It is one of the most important art galleries in the world which depicts all about Gogh’s extraordinary but tragic life. There are close to 200 paintings, 700 letters, and 500 drawings done by Van Gogh himself showcased here. 

Location:
Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entry Fee:
Tickets are available four months in advance € 19 (free for children under 18)

Timings:
The museum opens from 9 am to 5 pm
04

Red Light District

 Red Light District
Well, Amsterdam is known for several things that are a must-see. As weird as it sounds, the red light district is one of the top places to see in Amsterdam in May. The red light district is known for its hotels and bars. You can literally find tons of bars here where beer is locally brewed and sold.

However, as a visitor, you will want to beware that carrying alcohol with you in this area is illegal. You must not bring any alcohol with you at the same time, not have any cans or bottles of drinks with you. 

Location: De Wallen, Amsterdam

Entry Fee: For business, you will be charged around 50 euros for fifteen minutes per session. 

Timings: It is open the whole day, except from 6 am to 8 am.
05

Heineken Experience

Heineken Experience
If you love drinking beer and want to know more about its heritage and preparation, then the Heineken experience is amongst the best things to do in Amsterdam in May. As the whole visit will give you a rather memorable experience. 

As you know, Heineken is one of the most popular beer brands in the world. The brewery of the brand was founded in the 18th century itself, in Amsterdam. That being said, the place offers different packages, which you can try out depending on your time and budget.

Location: Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Entry Fee:
Adults are charged €18 and for children above 11 years €14.
                   You are provided with a 90 minutes self-guided tour.

Timings:
from 10:30 am – 7:30 pm 
06

Efteling Park

Efteling Park
Efteling is an amusement park in the city of Amsterdam. You can find a lot of theme rides and fun activities to do at this beautiful location. Most of the rides are based on legends and classic folktales.

Dark rides, carasoules, haunted house, pagode, game gallery, fairytale forest, adventure maze, dive coaster, cursed villa are some of the exciting activities to be named that will suffice your day. A visit to the park is one of the best things to do in Amsterdam in May that no tourist should miss.With so much to enjoy, both adults and kids love to visit here throughout the day.

Location:
Europalaan 1, 5171 KW Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Entry Fee:
The tickets cost €36.00 and the parking fees are €10.00.

Timings:
The park is open from 11 am to 7 pm. 
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Known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is a must-visit place on your trip of Netherlands. One of the world's largest flower gardens, Keukenhof features mesmerizing tulip plantations and many other types of flower gardens. There are more than 7 million blossoms this year, with a total of more than 800 varieties of tulips!
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Bus Departure Locations:
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08

Waterlooplein Flea Market

Waterlooplein Flea Market
The Waterlooplein flea market is the best place for bargain hunters in Amsterdam. If you are a shopaholic, then you would love to be here. You can find literally anything that you are looking for, such as antiques, books, gems, food & drinks, and bikes.

Therefore, this should be on the must-see places to visit in Amsterdam in May.You can come down to the market easily through several transport modes - either walking, riding on the canal, or by the subway. 

Location: Waterlooplein 2, 1011 NZ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entry Fee
: Free.

Timings:
The opening and closing hours are 9:30 am and 5:30 pm. 
09

Anne Frank House

Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is one of the most common places to visit in Amsterdam in May for any tourist. Anne Frank was a young girl of Jewish descent. During the WWII, she wrote a diary describing the difficulties that the Jews faced from the fascist Nazi regime. The building is the place where she and her family hid from the Nazis and has become almost like a museum.  

Location: Westermarkt 20, 1016 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entry Fee: 
Adults can enter paying €10
                   kids below 17 years are charged €5
                   children less than 9 years can register for free. 

Timings:
The opening and closing hours are from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
10

Walking at Vondelpark

Walking at Vondelpark
If you are looking for the vibrant places in the city, then the Vondelpark has to be on your list. The park is a popular tourist spot having more than 45 hectares of areas, which is actually a delight to the eyes. Vondelpark is filled with many cafés and restaurants to spend the whole day out there. 

No doubt, it is one of the best places to visit in Amsterdam in May for having a family picnic or a solo outing. You can indulge in several activities while in this park, such as cycling, skating, and painting. Or simply linger in a hammock around its lovely lake. One can also watch concerts and performances at its open air theater. 

Location:
Amsterdam

Entry Fee:
 Free. 

Timings:
It is open from 9 am to 11 pm
11

Royal Palace of Amsterdam

Royal Palace of Amsterdam
The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is one of the places to see in Amsterdam in May and is on every tourist’s list. Earlier used as a town hall, Today the state has presided, and Dutch royal functions are held at this palace.

Moreover, you will be bowled by the intricate architecture of this palace, especially the citizen's hall which is one of the hallmarks of the structure. Also home to the Dutch royalties, Pieter van Vollenhoven and Princess Margriet, the palace is open to the public and visitors can come throughout the year. 

Location:
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, 1012 RJ Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Entry Fee:
For 18+ only, the ticket costs €10.00, CJP Pass €9.00, and CKV €9.00.

Timings:
The palace is open for visitors from 10 am to 5 pm.
12

Rembrandt House Museum

Rembrandt House Museum
The Rembrandt house museum is one of the most popular places to see in Amsterdam in May. If you love art and heritage, then this place will surely blow your mind. Some of the exhibited artifacts at the museum are by the noted Dutch painter Rembrandt.

And the museum has also housed several other artworks by famous artists. Moreover, the visitors have also complimented the décor and interior of the museum that gives this place a classic look. While touring the museum, you are provided with a tour guide for about 150 minutes. 

Location:
Jodenbreestraat 4, 1011 NK Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entry Fee:
You can book the tickets online.
                   Adults tickets are priced at €14
                   For kids who are under 6 years, it is free

Timings:
open from 10 am till 6 pm 
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Artis Zoo

Artis Zoo
An ideal place for animal lovers and families with kids, a visit to the Artis zoo is one of the best things to do in Amsterdam in May. You will be delighted to know that the zoo is one of the oldest in Europe. While here, you can find a wide species of animals like lions, zebras, elephants, and much more.

Apart from the animals, the zoo also has Micropia and the planetarium.This zoo also has nature conservation programmes to save Jaguars, Polynesian Tree Snails, African Penguin, Asian Elephants, Griffon Vultures, Red Panda, and others. Hence, it is an ideal place for wildlife lovers.

Location:
Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Entry Fee;
It costs €24.00 for adults and €20.50. Entry is free for kids below 2 years. You can purchase the tickets either online or from the park entrance.

Timings:
from 9 am to 5 pm
14

Albert Cuyp Market

If you want to experience the rich food culture and the shopping habits of this country as well as Europe, then a visit to the Albert Cuyp market is a must. Shopping here is among the top things to do in Amsterdam in May.

Test your bargaining skill at the many shops at the stalls available here. You will be bedazzled with the plenty of fresh products, souvenirs, clothing, and accessories sold at the different stalls in this market. You can also find plenty of locals around who come down for shopping at this market, keeping the whole place zesty and alive. 

Location:
Albert Cuypstraat, 1073 BD Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entry Fee:
 Free

Timings:
The market is open from 9 am till 5 pm
15

Amsterdam Ice Bar

The Amsterdam ice bar is truly one of a kind destination. Imagine yourself inside a room, where everything is made up of ice and temperature continuously remains at - 10 degrees celsius. Yes, that is the ice bar for you, making it one of the places to see in Amsterdam in May. 

Amsterdam Ice bar is definitely a place where you can grab a drink or two with your friends to have a happening night out. 

Location: Amstel 194, 196, 1017 AG Amsterdam, Netherlands

Entry Fee: Either book online or purchase them at the entrance itself for €21.95.

Timings: open from 11:45 am till 1 am
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Best museum I have ever seen! We got a direct entry and had a great experience.
31 January 2020
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Amazing place! My children loved it. The rides were very good and we enjoyed a lot.
31 January 2020
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Best day out of our Amsterdam Tour. Everything was so good. The transfer was very comfortable.
31 January 2020
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So many varieties of flowers in such a beautiful valley. Keukenhof was an amazing place.
31 January 2020
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This is the first time I visited a place like this, and I loved it. I would have loved to visit the place when it was a red-light area.
05 May 2020
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Visiting Giethoorn was one in a kind experience and a memorable one too. The guide that accompanied us was very informative and friendly. I and my children personally liked the Boat tour in Giethoorn which came included in the package
05 May 2020
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The guide we had while availing the tour was very knowledgeable. he informed us all about the place. He was friendly enough to answer all our questions and the stories he had for all of us made the walking tour interesting. We shared a laugh or two as well.
05 May 2020
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A perfect Amsterdam Red Light District walking tour. everyone should look forward to availing while in amsterdam. We went past all the places including Oude Kerk which made the tour perfect one. Having small group size made the tour personalised.
05 May 2020
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A perfect Amsterdam Red Light District walking tour. everyone should look forward to availing while in amsterdam. We went past all the places including Oude Kerk which made the tour perfect one. Having small group size made the tour personalised.
31 January 2020
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Must visit places for every art lover.

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  1. How hot is Amsterdam in May?

    Like most European countries, the climate in Amsterdam is pleasant in the month of May. Ideal for tourists from tropical regions as in Asia. According to locals and many travelers, Amsterdam experiences 4 seasons in a single day. Most of the time, the weather is comfortable enough to tour around. The month of May sees an average temperature of 17 degrees Celsius. However, the evenings become slightly more relaxed, with the temperature at around 12 – 14 degrees Celsius.
  2. Is it safe to visit Amsterdam?

    Whether you plan to travel to Amsterdam alone or with your family, it is a safe city for every visitor. Travelers do not face any sort of harassment on the streets. Just to be on the safe side, please avoid dark areas at night and thinly populated regions. Most of the Dutch know how to speak in English. Apart from that, the locals are quite helpful and friendly. And you can also find cyclists going past you at night. If at all you get lost anywhere, you can pop inside one of the bars or restaurants, which are open until late at night. Not to mention, the public system too runs quite late at night.
  3. How many days do you need in Amsterdam?

    Ideally, you need 2-3 days if this is your first time visiting Amsterdam. In the said days, you can go around all the prominent attractions in the city. Some of the things to do in Amsterdam are to visit the museums, walk through the parks, and stroll alongside the canals. Moreover, there are tons of restaurants to choose from, through which you can relish a taste of the European cuisine. For those who love to go on long walks eyeing the beautiful environment, then Amsterdam is an ideal city for you. You can cover it by strolling around its charming streets, within a few days.
  4. Is Amsterdam cheap to visit?

    Amsterdam cannot be termed as a cheap city to visit and sightsee yet it is worth the visit. However, it is one of the most popular cities in Europe. You have so many small bridges, canals to pass by, and plenty of history to learn about the city as well as Europe. To give you a rough idea, a full-day meal for an adult should cost around €25. The sight-seeing can cost you close to €15. The public transport is excellent and costs per day €5. Your stay or accommodation should not be more than €30 per day. Thus, you can see yourself down by USD 100 (approx.) per adult in a day.

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