15 Things to Do in Amsterdam at Night: 2020 Updated List

Things to see in Amsterdam at Night

Canal Cruising, Sightseeing Dinner Train, Enjoy at Heineken Experience, Stroll in Red Light District, Visit Club Prime Nightclub , Go to Van Gogh Museum Night, Fun at Club Amsterdam, Spend Time at Amsterdam Light Festival, See a Concert at Concertgebouw and many more.

With the many beautiful canals to go cruising in , vibrant concert halls to listen to live music and excellent restaurants to feast your senses, fun things to do in Amsterdam in the night are simply endless! There are several museums like the Heineken museum and the Eye Film museum that are open till late in the night, where you can go after sundown and enjoy relative peace and quiet.

For the people who like to stay outdoors in the evening, Amsterdam does not disappoint with its fabulous Light Festival, the world-famous Red Light District.There are several other unique things to do in Amsterdam in the evening, that you might not find anywhere else in the world.

When here, you can visit the world's only prostitution museum, known as the Red Light Secrets, see the largest collection of works by Van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum or hop on a dinner train and enjoy luxurious food as you travel through the breathtakingly beautiful landscape of the Netherlands during sundown. 

Here is the list of best things to do in Amsterdam at night:

01

Canal Cruising

Canal Cruising
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There is no better way to experience the architectural marvel of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Amsterdam Canal District, than by getting on the water in a cruise boat. The canals built during the Dutch Golden Age, in the 17th century, form concentric belts around the old part of the city and offer excellent views.

One of the best things to do in Amsterdam in the night as the music starts to flow and the streets start to glitter is enjoy a leisurely cruise down the canals. The hour-long cruises pass along old merchant houses, medieval churches and under some magnificent bridges that make for a memorable tour. 

Location:
 Prins Hendrikkade 25, 1012 TM Amsterdam, Netherlands

Price: 
Rs. 950 per adult 

Timings:
 Summer (23 Mar-30 Oct): 9:00 am-10:00 pm, daily
               Winter (31 Oct-22 Mar): 9:30 am-9:00 pm, daily
               From 29 Nov 2018-20 Jan 2019: There is no cruise after 4:30 pm
                *Cruises depart every 20-30 minute
02

Enjoy at Heineken Experience

Enjoy at Heineken Experience
The opportunity to have a chilled beer in one of the best-known breweries in the world is what makes the Heineken Experience a top thing to do in Amsterdam in the night. Established in the year 1867, the brewery was in function right until the year 1988, after which it shut function.

A few years later, in the year 2001, it was reopened as a museum and has since been a favourite haunt of beer-lovers in the city. You can opt for a guided tour through the museum, where you can learn more about the history of beer making. You will also get to watch old Heineken commercials and indulge in a tasting session.
Location: Stadhouderskade Street number 78

Price:
 
Rs. 1,274 per person

Timings: 
Monday - Thursday: 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
               Friday - Sunday: 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
              Jul - August: 10:30 am - 9:00 pm, daily
              Special Opening Hours
              24 and 31 Dec: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
03

Stroll in Red Light District

Stroll in Red Light District
Arguably, the most famous thing to do in Amsterdam in the evening is taking a stroll along the Red Light District. The area, locally known as De Wallen, has an interesting network of interconnected, medieval alleyways lying southeast of the Centraal Station.

Here, you will find colourfully lit canals Oudezijds Voorburgwal and Oudezijds Achterburgwal, skimpily clad sex workers in brothel windows and some interesting museums, namely the Erotic Museum and the Red Light Secrets among others. Additionally, you can sit around at the many cafes, Greenhouse and Baba being two of the most popular ones, and enjoy coffee with space cakes!

Location:
 De Wallen, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Timings: 
All-day, except 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
04

Go to Van Gogh Museum

Go to Van Gogh Museum
If you are a Van Gogh fanatic or simply love and admire paintings, then paying a visit to this place must be on your Amsterdam itinerary. What makes the place more interesting is the fact that you can arrange a tour of the museum after dark.

The museum houses the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s works, in the world! Apart from these, the museum is home to an impressive collection of Japanese prints, French prints, paintings inspired by Van Gogh, amongst others. You can enjoy a guided tour to learn more about the artist’s life and his paintings, making it a tour to remember.

Location: 
Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Price: 
Rs. 1,600 per adult
05

Red Light Secrets Museum

Red Light Secrets Museum
The Red Light Secrets Museum has been dedicated to the lives of prostitutes who have populated the Red Light district for centuries and not surprisingly, is the only museum in the world dedicated to prostitution.

Here, you get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a peek into the lives of people pursuing the world's oldest profession, prostitution. You can have a look at their rooms, sit behind the famous windows and hear stories about these women. The museum has been set up in one of Amsterdam's oldest brothels which still retains its earlier character and setting. 

Location: 
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 60h, 1012 DP Amsterdam, Netherlands

Price:
 Rs. 825 per person

Timings:
 Friday - Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM 
                Thursday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
06

Clubing at Club Prime

Clubing at Club Prime
Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s old town, Club Prime is considered the place to be if you want to dance to vibrant, happy beats! Everything from its location, ambience and choice of music, make it a popular haunt amongst locals and tourists alike.

If you are a party animal or want to get a taste of the nightlife in Amsterdam, paying a visit to this club is amongst the top things to do in Amsterdam in the night. 

Location:
 Rembrandtplein 22, 1017 CV Amsterdam, Netherlands

Timings:
 Friday - Saturday: 6:00 PM - 5:00 AM
                Sunday - Thursday: 6:00 PM - 3:00 AM
07

Have Fun at Club Amsterdamned

Have Fun at Club Amsterdamned
When in Amsterdam, party like the Amsterdammers and spend an evening dancing to the beats of music at Club Amsterdamned. This party venue has been entertaining guests for over two decades and you can enjoy some of the best booze in the city at the bar as you dance the night away.

The crowds are young and vibrant, the location is excellent and the atmosphere is laid back and relaxed, making it one of the best places to go partying in the city. Apart from drinks and music, you can also enjoy scrumptious dinner at the Cafe Amsterdamned, making a visit to the thing to do in Amsterdam at night.

Location: 
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 77, 1017 PW Amsterdam, Netherlands

Timings: 
Friday - Saturday: 6:00 PM - 5:00 AM
               Sunday - Thursday: 6:00 PM - 4:00 AM
08

Enjoy Amsterdam Light Festival

Enjoy Amsterdam Light Festival
Just when the sun begins to set, the lights come on, all over the old town centre of Amsterdam, transforming it into one of the most romantic cities in the world. These light installations scattered all over the place are a part of the Amsterdam Light Festival which is aimed towards creating a visual experience for the locals and tourists alike.

The displays include 178 LED-lit bottles displayed in the Town Hall depicting the 178 nationalities of people living in Amsterdam amongst several others.

Location: 
Central Amsterdam

Price:
 Rs. 1,820 per adult 

Timings:
 Daily - 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM 
09

Visit the Eye Film Museum

Visit the Eye Film Museum
The Eye Filmmuseum is an archive and a museum in Amsterdam, dedicated entirely to film. The place has an overwhelming collection of 37,000 film titles, 60,000 posters, 700,000 photographs and 20,000 books. You can spend your day looking around at the various exhibits which contain artefacts from the beginnings of the Film Industry in the Netherlands, going right back to 1895.

While you are at the museum, you can spend your time watching some of the most loved contemporary and classic films of Dutch and world cinema. If you identify as a movie buff, visiting the museum might be one of the most memorable things you do in Amsterdam.

Location:
 IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam, Netherlands

Price:
 
Film tickets start from Rs. 900 per person

Timings: 
Sun - Thurs: 10 AM - 10 PM
                Fri - Sat: 10 AM - 11 PM
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10

Enjoy the Live Music at Paradiso

Enjoy the Live Music at Paradiso
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When looking for things to do in Amsterdam in the evening, you have to make a stop at this former church building that has been converted into an alternative music venue. Paradiso has been in operation since 1968 and what started as a collective of creatives has turned into a well-known music venue which hosts everyone from world-famous international bands to local artists and indie talent.

The place has two halls, one with the capacity to hold 1,500 people and the other smaller one, with the capacity of 250. Whether you are into pop music and crowded halls or indie music and more intimate places, here you will get a taste of both, along with excellent acoustics.  

Location: 
Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG Amsterdam, Netherlands
11

See a Concert at Concertgebouw

See a Concert at Concertgebouw
From smaller venues based in old churches to bigger concert halls, Amsterdam has everything and Concertgebouw can be easily counted amongst the elite in the latter category. If you are looking for a thrilling thing to do in Amsterdam at night, then it doesn't get better than Concertgebouw.

The place has been entertaining people from all over the world for the past 125 years and enjoys the status of a royal building. The place is home to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra which is considered amongst the finest in the world.

The place has hosted musical talents from across the world, including Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Bernard Haitink, Yehudi Menuhin, Jessye Norman, Vladimir Horowitz, Cecilia Bartoli, Louis Armstrong, Sting, and many more.

Location: 
Concertgebouwplein 10, 1071 LN Amsterdam, Netherlands
12

Go at the Top of The A'DAM Tower

Go at the Top of The A'DAM Tower
The A'DAM Tower is a 22-storey building that sits across Amsterdam's waterfront, the IJ river. The buildings are inhabited by Sony Music, Shelter, A'DAM Music School, Gibson and Sir Adam, making visiting the building a cultural experience.

Since the skyscraper overlooks the Amsterdam town center, it offers excellent views of the twisting canals, the cobbled streets and the historic buildings. The place also has some amazing restaurants that afford breathtaking views of the city as the sun goes down and the lights start to come on. You can eat at the Madam restaurant and bar or go to the Moon restaurant.

Location:
Overhoeksplein 1, 1031 KS Amsterdam, Netherlands

Price:
 Entry costs Rs. 1,071

Timings: 
Daily; 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
13

Fun at Melkweg

Fun at Melkweg
If you are anywhere around the Leidseplein, the prime nightlife square of Amsterdam, you have to make a stop at Melkweg. It is one of the premier cultural centres and music venues based in Amsterdam.

The place gets its name from the milk factory which was housed in the building until 1969 before it was reopened as the venue. When here, you can visit the several halls that are used to hold art exhibits, project films, conduct theatre plays and large concert halls. The place has hosted musical greats like Prince, Arctic Monkeys and Nirvana amongst several others. 

Location:
 Lijnbaansgracht 234A, 1017 PH Amsterdam, Netherlands

Timings: 
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
14

Biking in Amsterdam

Biking in Amsterdam
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Amsterdam is a bikers’ paradise. If you are wondering about the perfect time to go biking, then taking to the roads is one of the best things to do in Amsterdam in the evening. The extensive canal-system that dominates the landscape of the city turns to its most beautiful version around this time of the day.

The best thing about cycling in Amsterdam is that you will find dedicated cycling lanes in almost every part of the city. This means that you can cycle along the canals and catch some of the most spectacular sunsets as you venture through the alleys of the city. You can also join guided bike tours that will take you to the most well-known monuments, eateries and also the lesser-known spots of interest, without your having to walk for miles!
15

Take a Dinner Train

Take a Dinner Train
Experience luxury like never before when you board the Dinner Train from the Amsterdam Central Station. This train takes you through the green heart of the Netherlands, offering excellent quality food, served over a 4-course meal! The train starts in Amsterdam and takes you to Hague before starting the return journey.

This three-hour-long culinary journey involves fine dining at its best and right from the minute you step foot onto the train, you are greeted with freshly made tea and coffee which is followed by snacks, dinner and dessert, all when you are moving through lusciously green countryside. The train offers a variety of menus, allowing you to choose from vegetarian, fish and meat menus. 

Location: 
Amsterdam Central Station

Price: 
6,500 per person 

Timings: 
Daily, 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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31 January 2020
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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.
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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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  1. What is Amsterdam best known for?

    Amsterdam is known for its idyllic architecture. It has canals that form concentric bands around the old town centre, making for an interesting feature as you walk around. The place also has several beautiful hut-shaped houses, coffee houses and the infamous Red Light District with glass windows showing prostitutes.
  2. What should I avoid in Amsterdam?

    - Don’t hire bikes if you do not know how to ride them
    - Do not walk on the cycle paths
    - Make sure you have the OV-chip cards before getting on any public transport like buses, trains and trams
    - Avoid buying drugs from street dealers
    - Avoid consuming cannabis in unlicensed areas
    - Avoid carrying only cash as there is a high chance that places would not accept cash
  3. Is it safe in Amsterdam at night?

    Yes, Amsterdam ranks quite high when it comes to the safety quotient. Having said that, if you are travelling in Amsterdam during the late hours of night, it is advisable to stay away from narrow streets and have someone along with you if possible.
  4. How many days are enough in Amsterdam?

    Three days are more than enough for Amsterdam. You can spend your days enjoying the museums, churches and historical buildings. As the night sets in, you can get a taste of the nightlife and attend concerts, book a rooftop restaurant or go cruising down the canals.

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