Things to Do in Amsterdam

There are many things to do in Amsterdam, besides the darker pleasures of the Red Light District. Amsterdam offers museums featuring the artworks of Van Gogh and Rembrandt, the Anne Frank House, and canal boat rides, among many other things. Below are places to visit and things to do in Amsterdam.

Anne Frank House

Location: Prinsengracht 263-265, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cost: Adults €9; 10-17s €4.50; under 10 free

Hours: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm
From March 29th to September 1st: 9 am to 9 pm
May 4th: 9 am to 7 pm
December 31st: 9 am to 5 pm
January 1st and December 25th: 12 noon to 7 pm
Last admittance: 30 minutes prior to closing
Closed on Yom Kippur

This is the house Anne Frank lived in with her family when the Netherlands was occupied by Nazi troops. You get a sense of what it was like for her and the conditions she endured. Visit the official website of the Anne Frank House.

Artis Zoo

Location: Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1-18 CZ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cost: Adults €20,50; children 3 to 9 €17,00

Hours: 9 am-6 pm, closes at 5 pm in winter

This zoo has a wonderful collection of animals: lions, tigers, elephants, and other beautiful creatures. Visit the official website of the Artis Zoo.

Lioness at Artis Zoo looking at fish.

Canal Boat Tours

Location: Various locations

Cost: Typically €10-20 per person, although more luxurious cruises with gourmet meals can be over €100 per person

Hours: Various hours

Many companies compete in Amsterdam to provide a canal boat tour for tourists through the city’s main canals. Typically you will be offered food and a drink as part of the tour. You will find kiosks selling boat tours near major tourist attractions.

Amsterdam canal boat tour.

De Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam

Location: Plantage Middenlaan 2 A, 1018 DD Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cost: Adults €8.50; student card €5; children 5 to 14 €4.50

Hours: M-F 9 am-5 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm; open daily until 9 pm during July-August

This botanical garden has a large collection of plants in a giant greenhouse, and also features nice butterfly greenhouses. Hugo de Vries, a founding geneticist, was once the director of this garden. Visit the official website of De Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam.

Heineken Experience Brewery

Location: Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cost: €18

Hours: Daily from 11 am to 7 pm

This is the original Heineken brewery. It is now a museum, giving a history of Heineken and the process of making beer. You get free beer as part of the experience. Visit the official website of the Heineken Experience.

Holland Casino Amsterdam

Location: Max Euweplein 62, 1017 MB Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: 1:30 pm to 3:00 am

For those who’d like to gamble in Amsterdam, this is a nice casino right by Hard Rock and Vondelpark. Visit the official website of the Holland Casino.

Madame Tussauds

Location: Dam 20, 1012 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cost: Adults €22,50; children 5 to 15 €18,50; children under 5 free

Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 am-6:30 pm

This museum features wax statues of big-name celebrities such as J.Lo, Justin Timberlake, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie. It features prominently at Dam Square. Visit the official website of Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

Rijksmuseum

Location: Museumplein, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cost: Adults €17.50; under 18 free

Hours: Every day from 9 am to 6 pm, on Fridays from 9 am to 8:30
Closed: January 1st
November 20th the museum closes at 6 pm, December 25th the museum closes at 6 pm

This museum features the works of Rembrandt and Vermeer, among others’ works, and has a nice bronze collection. Among the things to do in Amsterdam this is an absolute must for art- and culture-lovers. Check out the official website of the Rijksmuseum.

Sex Museum

Location: Damrak 18, 1012 LH Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cost: Ages 16 and up €4

This small museum is located next to the Red Light District and is a short walk from Central Station. It has a nice collection of sex artifacts and pictures from different places and eras. Visit the official website of the Sex Museum.

Torture Museum

Location: Singel 449, 1012 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cost: Prices: Adults €7,50; children 11 and under €4

Hours: Daily 10:00 am-11:00 pm
Closed: December 25th

The Torture Museum offers an educational and gloomy experience on the various methods and devices of torture and execution over the last few centuries, from the head crusher, Inquisition chair, to the guillotine, and much more! Visit the official website of the Torture Museum.

Van Gogh Museum painting of church.
Country Churchyard and Old Church Tower by Van Gogh

Van Gogh Museum

Location: Museumplein, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cost: Adults €17; children under 18 free

Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am to 10 pm

This museum has a substantial collection of the work of Van Gogh, and is a mere walk from the Rijksmuseum. Thus, you can see these 2 museums in 1 day. Visit the official website of the Van Gogh Museum.

Vondelpark

Location: Vondelpark 1, 1071 Amsterdam, Netherlands

This is a very large, scenic park with plenty of greenery and lakes. It’s a great place to take a stroll and take pictures.