15 Unusual Places to Visit in Amsterdam: 2020 Updated

Offbeat Places to Visit in Amsterdam

Travel at Museum of Bags and Purses, Woonboot Museum, Visit Het Schip, Shop at The Nine Streets, Micropia Museum, Cat Museum, See the Pianola Museum, Visit Museum of Torture, Move Across Python Bridge, Explore Eye Film Museum and many more.

People considering Amsterdam suitable only for rides in canal and cycling, today, we bring to you the other side of Amsterdam. Known as the spiciest city in Europe,  Amsterdam is a mingle of ancient architecture with many proactive locations.

The most Unusual places to visit in Amsterdam are its museums. Could you ever imagine that you can actually visit a museum dedicated to  “Houseboats”? Yes, tourists here are thrilled to visit many unusual museums having atypical collections. To your surprise, Amsterdam also has a museum dedicated to Cats, and is filled with cat paintings. 

Other than museums, there are other unusual attractions as well. One of the Craziest things to do in Amsterdam is to swing at Europe’s highest swing point at A’dam Lookout. Also, here you can take a walk across a bridge as curvy as a python snake. If you love to travel to places that are rare, Amsterdam will provide you with plenty of options. Above all, we can ensure you that a trip to Amsterdam will be filled with many surprises.

Here is the list of best unusual places to visit in Amsterdam:

01

Python Bridge

Python Bridge
Python bridge is a very interesting looking bright red footbridge that spans over the canal between Sporenburg and Borneo Island in eastern docklands. The bridge is officially known as High Bridge(Hoge Brug) and one of the Craziest things to do in Amsterdam is to walk on this eccentric snake-like footbridge.

Location-
Pythonburg, Amsterdam

Entry Fee- 
Free

Timings-
 Open 24 hours
02

Eye Film Museum

Eye Film Museum
Eye Film Museum is a modern museum related to the film world and is known as the “house of films”. The place has a collection of 37,000 film titles, 60,000 posters,700,00 photographs and 20,000 books from the beginning of the film industry in the Netherlands, which was in 1895.

Location-
 IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT, Amsterdam

Entry Fee-
For film screening - Adults above 11 years - 11 Euros per person.
                                                  Children below 11 years - 7.5 euros per person. 
                         For Exhibition - Adults above 17 years - 11 Euros per person.
                                                  Children below 17 years - Free

Timings-
 The box office is open every day from 10 am and closes at 10 pm(Sun - Thurs)
                & 11 pm (Fri & Sat) 
                The eye bar-restaurant opens daily at 10 am and closes at 1 am (Sun - Thurs)
                 & 2 am (Fri & Sat)
                The exhibition starts daily from 10 am to 7 pm
                The eye shop is opened daily from 11 am to 9 pm
                Eye Study is open from Tuesday to Friday from 12 am to 5 pm.

Note- The place is closed on King’s Day (27 April) but remains open on Christmas and Boxing Day.
03

Woonboot Museum

Woonboot Museum
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The Houseboat Museum (Woonboot Museum) is a traditionally furnished Houseboat which gives the visitors a glimpse of how the life of canals used to be in ancient times in Amsterdam. A 1914 freighter, Hendrika Maria, houses the museum and has displays and models to depict the life of the time before modernization.

Location- 
Moored at Prinsengracht, just outside the Jordan area

Entry Fee- Adult 4.5 euros
                   Children between the age of 5 to 15 - 3.5 euros
                   Children below 5 years - free. 
                   A group of 10+ people will get a discounted rate of 3.5 euros per person.

Timings- Open from 10 am to 5 pm on all days except Monday. In July and August, the place is open on Mondays as well. 
04

Het Schip

Het Schip
Museum Het Schip is a building that looks familiar to the architecture of a ship from which it derives its name. The tour of the museum covers 19th-century slum dwelling, a beautiful post office with its stained glass and clock in the wall- designed by Michel de Klerk, and a working-class apartment with pieces of furniture from 1920.

Location- 
Oostzaanstraat, WG, Amsterdam

Entry Fee- 
The ticket includes entrance to all exhibitions as well as a guided tour. 
                   Regular admission fee -1500 euros
                   Children between the age of 5 to 12 - 500 euros
                   Children below 5 years- Free entry.

Timings-
 From 11 am to 5 pm every day from Tuesday to Sunday. 
05

The Nine Streets

The Nine Streets
Nine picturesque small alleys of Amsterdam constitute The Nine Streets. These passages are full of boutiques, restaurants and art galleries, which makes this place a shopper’s paradise.

One of the Craziest things to do in Amsterdam is to go on a shopping spree and lose oneself in one of the nine streets here. Vintage lovers will also be attracted to vintage stores present in some of the streets.

Location- 
Wolvenstraat, EM, Amsterdam

Timings- 
Open 24 hours from Sunday to Saturday
06

Blijburg Beach

Blijburg Beach
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Blijburg Beach is the best known urban beach in Amsterdam. Although this is not a real sea beach, visitors come here to spend some leisure time sunbathing and swimming. Moreover, it also has a bar/lounge that offers a variety of food and drinks.

Location-
Centrum Island, IJburg, Pampuslaan, Amsterdam

Entry Fee-
 Free

Timings-
 Open daily from 8:30 am and closes at 11 pm (Sun - Thurs) and at 1 am (Fri & Sat)
07

NDSM Wharf

NDSM Wharf
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NDSM is the former shipping wharf area in northwest Amsterdam. Across the river IJ, this historic centrum of Amsterdam is currently used as a pace for artists to exhibit their work.

Few exhibitions and festivals are also held here. The place also houses some offices and student hostels. There is a free ferry at this place which visitors can enjoy.

Location- 
NDSM Plein 28, WB Amsterdam

Timings- 
Open 24 hours
08

Pianola Museum

Pianola Museum
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One of the Unusual places to visit in Amsterdam is the Pianola Museum. It is a 17th-century museum housing a collection of automatic pianos and related objects, all of which are still in working order.

The place has 30,000 music rolls which can still be played in one of these instruments. One of the Craziest things to do in Amsterdam is to try and play these instruments at the very museum.

Location- Westerstraat, MN, Jordan, Amsterdam

Price-
Adult 9 euros | Children - 5 euros

Timings-
Friday & Saturday from 1 pm to 5 pm, Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm.
09

Museum of Torture

Museum of Torture
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The Museum of Torture provides exhibits of punishments and verdicts in the middle age. The Engravings in the museum illustrates around 40 instruments of punishments from different parts of Europe. Each engraving has an illustration of having historical information about the punishment in eight different languages.

Location- 
Singel, Amsterdam. Opposite the Flower market near Kalverstraat and shopping centre Kalvertoren

Entry Fee- 
Adult - 7.5 euros | Children up to 12 years- 4 euros 
                   For a group of 12 people, there is a discounted price of 5 euros per person. 
                   For a guided tour, 60 euros are charged per group of 6-15 people.

Timings-
Daily from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
10

A’Dam Lookout

A’Dam Lookout
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Visitors looking for a panoramic view of Amsterdam must visit the observation deck of the A’Dam lookout, one of the Unusual places to visit in Amsterdam. Apart from the 360-degree sky deck, the place gives an option to the visitors to swing from Europe’s highest swing point which is the Craziest things to do in Amsterdam.

The deck also has a Restaurant and Rooftop Bar for the visitors to enjoy the view while eating and drinking

Location-
 Overhoeksplein 5, KS, Amsterdam

Entry Fee- 
Adult - 12.5 euros
                  Children between the age of 4 to 12 - 6.5 euros

Timings-
Every day from 10 am to 10 pm. Visitors are admitted up to 9 pm
11

Cat Museum

Cat Museum
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The KattenKabinet (“Cat Cabinet”), as the name suggests has been dedicated to cats. This is one of the Unusual places to visit in Amsterdam. The place has work of art depicting cats in their various moods and acts in forms of posters, sculptures, photographs, lithographs, playbills, paintings, and drawings.

Location-
Herengracht, BT Amsterdam

Price-
Adults and children above 12 years - 7 euros
           Children below the age of 12 - free
           Students - 4 euros 
           Group having 10+ people - 4 euros per head.

Timings-
Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturdays & Sundays from 12 pm to 5 pm.
12

The Electric Ladyland

Electric Ladyland is the first museum of fluorescent art that houses a fluorescent environment where visitors experience a new concept of “Participatory Art”. This means the visitors become a part of the art during their guided tour.

The museum also has fluorescent minerals from all over the world which suddenly bursts into colors when exposed to different lightwaves.

Location-
Tweede Leliedwarsstraat, TB, Amsterdam

Price-
Adults and children above 12 years - 5 euros
           Children below 12 years - free.

Timings-
Wednesday to Saturday between 2 pm to 6 pm with prior appointment only
13

Micropia Museum

One of the Unusual places to visit in Amsterdam is Micropia, a museum in Amsterdam features every possible kind of microbes. A one of its kind, visitors interested in the science of microbes and young students will find this place to be very informative.

For other visitors also, information about microbes is useful as, although invisible, microbes form a part of everyone’s daily life.

Location-
Artisplein, Plantage Kerklaan

Price-
Adults & Children above 10 years - 16 euros
           Children between the age of 3 to 9 years - 14 euros
           Students - 7.5 euros

Timings-
Sunday to Wednesday (9 am to 6 pm), Thursday to Saturday (9 am to 8 pm) 
14

Museum of Bags and Purses

The Museum, one of the Unusual places to visit in Amsterdam, is devoted to the history of bags, purses and their related accessories. One of the only three such museums in the world, the place currently has over 5000 items on display dating back to the 16th century.

Visiting this museum, people come to know about the interesting history of the daily use item and also get the opportunity to see some of the most expensive purses ever made.

Location-
Herengracht, Grachtengordel, the ring of canals at the center of Amsterdam

Entry fee-
 Adult - 12 euros
                 Children between 7 to 18 years - 7 euros
                 Below 7 years - Free

Timings-
 From 10 am to 5 pm 
15

Ons Lieve Heer Op Solder

Ons Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic Museum) gives a glimpse of the 17th-century canal house, church, and museum from the Dutch Golden Age. The name of the place comes from the fact that the house has an entire church within its attic.

Apart from the church, visitors find it enjoyable while going from one furnished room to another, passing through the living room, bedrooms, kitchens and so on.

Location-
 Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38, GD Amsterdam

Entry Fee-
 Adult 12.5 euros
                  Children between 5 to 17 years - 6 euros
                  Children below 5 years- free

Timings- 
From Monday to Saturday - 10 am to 6 pm | Sunday from 1 pm to 6 pm. 
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  1. What is Amsterdam famous for?

    The city of Amsterdam is famous for its intricate canals and impressive architecture.The thriving waterways have houseboats, canal houses and canal-side terraces on both sides giving it picturesque and classic look.

     The city is also famous for its various museums each of which are one of its kind - be it the Eye Musuem on films, Pianola Museum for musical instruments, Museum of Torture for various punishments, Museum of Bag& Purse for various bags etc.

     There is also the famous A’Dam Lookout from where one can take the world’s highest swing. There is also the red light area of the city which has become famous.
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    According to The Economist Safe City Index 2019, Amsterdam is the safest city in the whole of Europe. While most of the city is safe even when one travels at midnight, the Red Light District area should be avoided. Also, tourists must be careful about pick-pockets while traveling on a crowded train or trams.
  3. What is the best time to visit Amsterdam?

    The best time to visit Amsterdam is either late spring or early fall. People visiting the places in the city during April, May, September or early October can enjoy good weather and less crowds.
  4. How expensive is Amsterdam?

    Amsterdam is an expensive city, to begin with, but visitors can moderate expenses in several ways. The cost of traveling can be minimized by staying at a hostel or a budget hotel. Also, purchase of a card that covers all museum entry fees is another way of ensuring a budgeted yet fun trip.

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