Attractions

Top Choice Square in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Begijnhof

This enclosed former convent dates from the early 14th century. It’s a surreal oasis of peace, with tiny houses and postage-stamp gardens around a well-kept courtyard. The Beguines were a Catholic order of unmarried…
Top Choice Museum in Jordaan & the West

Amsterdam Tulip Museum

Don't be dissuaded – or distracted – by the gift shop overflowing with floral souvenirs at the front of this small museum. And yes, it is small, but the Amsterdam Tulip Museum offers a nifty overview of the history …
Top Choice Palace in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Royal Palace

Opened as a town hall in 1655, this building became a palace in the 19th century. The interiors gleam, especially the marble work – at its best in a floor inlaid with maps of the world in the great burgerzaal (citiz…
Cultural Centre in Vondelpark and the South

De Hallen

Disused red-brick 1902-built tram sheds were stunningly converted in 2014 to create the vast, skylit De Hallen, a cultural complex incorporating a food hall, steak restaurant, library, design shops such as Local Goo…
Top Choice Museum in Vondelpark and the South

Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is the Netherlands' premier art trove, splashing Rembrandts, Vermeers and 7500 other masterpieces over 1.5km of galleries. To avoid the biggest crowds, come after 3pm. Or prebook tickets online, whic…
Top Choice Museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Verzetsmuseum

This museum shows, in no uncertain terms, how much courage it takes to actively resist an adversary so ruthless that you can't trust neighbours, friends, even family. Exhibits give an insight into the difficulties f…
Top Choice Museum in Western Canal Ring

Anne Frank Huis

The Anne Frank Huis draws almost one million visitors annually (prepurchase tickets online to minimise the queues). With its reconstruction of Anne’s melancholy bedroom and her actual diary – sitting alone in its gl…
Museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

NEMO

Perched atop the entrance to the IJ Tunnel is the science and technology museum, NEMO. The dramatic, green-copper building rises from the waterfront like a ship setting sail. Its hands-on exhibits (with English expl…
Park in Vondelpark and the South

Amsterdamse Bos

Amsterdamse Bos is a vast tract of lakes, woods and meadows criss-crossed by paths. It's filled with activities and is especially great for children. You can rent bicycles, visit the goat farm, kayak the waterways, …
Top Choice Museum in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Amsterdam Museum

Amsterdam's history museum is a spiffy place to learn about what makes the city tick. Start with the multimedia DNA exhibit, which breaks down Amsterdam's 1000-year history into seven whiz-bang time periods. Afterwa…