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 Museum in Enkhuizen

Zuiderzeemuseum

This captivating museum consists of two sections, 300m apart: open-air Buitenmuseum, with more than 130 rebuilt and relocated dwellings and workshops, and indoor Binnenmuseum, devoted to farming, fishing and shippin…
Top Choice Museum in Rotterdam

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Among Europe's finest museums, the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen has a permanent collection spanning all eras of Dutch and European art, including superb old masters. Among the highlights are The Marriage Feast at C…
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 Park in Texel

Texel Dunes National Park

The patchwork of dune-scape running along the western coast of the island is a prime reason for visiting Texel. Salt fens and heath alternate with velvety, grass-covered dunes; plants endemic to the habitat include …
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 Wildlife Reserve in Texel

Ecomare

Initially created as a refuge for sick seals retrieved from the Waddenzee, Ecomare has expanded into an impressive nature centre devoted to the preservation and understanding of Texel's wildlife. It has displays on …
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…