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Things to See & Do in Amsterdam


Amsterdam is a compact city and most of its main sights, attractions and points of interest can be reached easily on foot.

Take time to explore the historic centre of Amsterdam - picturesque canals, grand 17th century merchant houses, world-class museums, countless little side-streets with hip boutiques and independent shops. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of a laid-back city.

Amsterdam has a lively cultural scene with festivals, theatres, concerts and cinemas - check out our What's On in Amsterdam section. You should also head out of the centre - spend a lazy afternoon in one of Amsterdam's parks or try out one of our self guided walks.

things to do and see in amsterdam

Amsterdam Map - tips on directions and getting your bearings in the city.

 Amsterdam Sights and Places:
 Dam Square
 Guide and map to Amsterdam's principal square.
 Squares in Amsterdam
 Overview of the main squares found in Amsterdam centre.
 Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge)
 Amsterdam's most well known bridge.
A visit to NDSM wharf, Amsterdam
 Former shipping yard now home to artists, exhibitions and festivals.
 A short walk from Amstel Station to De Pijp
 A lovely walk taking in the views along the river Amstel.
 Walk from Amsterdam Central to Java / KNSM island
 Modern architecture on the waterfront close to central station.
'Rondvaart' Canal Cruises
 Take a glass-topped boat tour of Amsterdam's historic canals.
Canal Travel in Amsterdam
 Options include hiring a boat, renting a pedalo, water taxi or gondola.

amsterdam walks

Looking for a good view? See our Amsterdam Panoramas section.


 Cinemas in Amsterdam
 Amsterdam has a rich variety of cinema locations.
 Theatres and Concert Venues in Amsterdam
 A look at theatres, music halls and concert venues around the city.
 amsterdam venues


 Parks and Gardens in Amsterdam:
 Amsterdam's main public park and the city's green heart.
 Parks in Amsterdam
 A look at some of the many public parks around the city.
 De Hortus Botanical Gardens
 A wonderful place in Amsterdam to connect with nature.
 The Begijnhof
 Hidden courtyard garden oasis right in the centre of Amsterdam.
 amsterdam gardens parks