Top things to do

Top Choice Market in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Waterlooplein Flea Market

Covering the square once known as Vlooienburg (Flea Town), the Waterlooplein Flea Market draws bargain hunters seeking everything from antique knick-knacks to vintage leather coats. The street market started in 1880…
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 Classical Music in Vondelpark & the Old South

Concertgebouw

Bernard Haitink, former conductor of the venerable Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, once remarked that the world-famous hall – built in 1888 with near-perfect acoustics – was the orchestra's best instrument. Free half…
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…
Top Choice Museum in Vondelpark & the Old 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…
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…
Top Choice Museum in Vondelpark & the Old South

Van Gogh Museum

It's a moving experience to visit this museum, which traces the artist's life via the world's largest Van Gogh collection, with many of his most famous masterworks, plus wonderful little known pieces. It's fascinati…