1. Visit Rijksmuseum- Rijksmuseum is a national museum that showcases the arts and history of Amsterdam. Works by famed artists like Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn are exhibited here.
2. Know more about Anne Frank House- See where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary detailing the Nazi occupation. Anne Frank House displays personal documents and objects of the Frank family.
3. Visit Van Gogh Museum- Van Gogh Museum is where you should be to see the works of one of The Netherland’s most famous artists, Vincent Van Gogh. It also houses works by other renowned artists like Claude Monet and Eduoard Manet.
4. Visit Efteling – fairytale-themed amusement park- About an hour away from Amsterdam is Efteling, a land of wonder with roller coasters, a fantasy palace and a forest filled with your favourite fairytale characters. Spending the day here is one of the best things to do in Amsterdam.
5. Take the Heineken Experience- Go on an interactive tour of one of the largest breweries in the world at Heineken Experience, a former brewery. Tickets cover beers too.
6. Take an amazing experience at Vondelpark- Around 10 million visitors flock to Vondelpark and it’s easy to see why. The vibrant urban park has an open-air theatre, a cast iron music dome, a playground for children and bronze sculptures of Joost van den Vondel.
7. Discover a secret courtyard in the heart of the city (The Begijnhof)- Once a begijnhof (almshouse) for a sisterhood, The Begijnhof today is the site of two churches. It’s built around a green courtyard that’s a tranquil space in the midst of the bustling city.
8. Try herring from a herring cart- Herring is a common food in The Netherlands and you’ll find many herring carts in Amsterdam too. Hollandse nieuwe or new herring is the best and munching on it is one of the top things to do in Amsterdam.
9. Take a canal cruise- Amsterdam’s famous canals stretch for over 100 km. As you cruise the waters, you’ll come across numerous islands, bridges and monuments.
10. Rent a bike to hop Amsterdam- Amsterdam is packed with attractions and the best way to see them all is by renting a bike. In fact, this is how most locals move around. There are many dedicated bicycle paths to connect you to the places.
11. Artificial beach Blijburg aan Zee- Bask under the sun at Blijburg aan Zee, an artificial beach with a very laid-back vibe. Campfire evenings, live music, and great food – it has it all.
12. Fun pillow fights taking place on the Dam Square- Who said pillow fights are confined to bedrooms? Dam Square comes alive on International Pillow Fight Day where dozens of ‘fighters’ battle it out. This year, it takes place on April 7th, 2018.
13. Swing 100 meter above at A'DAM Toren's Lookout platform- A’DAM Lookout offers a panoramic view of Amsterdam but the real thrill is Over The Edge, Europe’s highest swing. See if you dare to swing over the ledge and back!
14. Try some potato fries at Vleminckx- There are potato fries and there are potato fries. In Vleminckx, you’ll find the best potato fries there are in Amsterdam. The 19th-century hole-in-the-wall has people lining up every day to savour the speciality.
15. Visit NEMO Science Museum- Discover the mysteries of the universe at NEMO Science Museum. Defend the Earth in an interactive game, touch a real meteorite and bring ideas to life in the workshop.
16. Visit Artis Royal Zoo- Exploring The Netherlands’ oldest zoo is one of the best things to do in Amsterdam. It has a wealth of attractions ranging from an aquarium to a botanical garden, a micropia, a planetarium as well as a zoological museum.
17. Take a tour of Madame Tussauds- Take a tour of Madame Tussauds and stand next to A-list celebs, sports idols and superheroes. IamArt, an interactive experience, lets you be a part of the artwork of renowned artists.
18. Smell the tulips at Flower Market- Floating markets aren’t confined to Asia; you can find one in Amsterdam that sells flowers of all varieties. Stop to pick up tulips and other flowers like geraniums and narcissus.
19. Visit Royal Palace of Amsterdam- The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is a stunning work of art in the classical style. It was built as a town hall but King Louis Bonaparte later transformed it into a palace.
20. Take a selfie with ‘I Amsterdam’ sign- Head towards Rijksmuseum in the south of Amsterdam and you’ll happen upon the famous ‘I Amsterdam’ sign, which provides the perfect photo op for Insta-worthy posts. The sign isn’t just a large backdrop, but, it symbolizes the diversity of the city.
21. Shop at The Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjes)- The canal belt of Amsterdam is home to a collection of charming stores and eateries you won’t be able to get enough of. Antique shops, vintage stores, boutiques, cafes and restaurants offer numerous opportunities for shopping and dining.
22. Visit De Pijp Albert Cuypmarkt Market (largest in the Netherlands)- Street markets have an appeal that’s all their own and Albert Cuyp is no different. It holds the title of being the biggest daytime market in the country. You can find fresh produce, jewellery, textiles and eateries here.
23. Go beer tasting under a windmill at Oostelijke Eilanden (Eastern Islands) neighbourhood- Sipping beer under a windmill – can it get any more charming? Brouwerij 't IJ stocks a selection of different beers that are all certified organic. Book a brewery tour and sample some of their specials.