Activities in Amsterdam to do on your city break

Amsterdam makes a wonderful destination for a long weekend or short trip, as it has a great range of attractions and activities to keep everyone happy.

Activities in Amsterdam

If you’re on a city break to Amsterdam, a tour of the city can take you quickly around some of the most famous attractions.

Visitors to the city should make time to take a boat ride on the Amsterdam Canal Ring. Built during the 17th century when the city was in its Golden Age. The Amsterdam Canal Ring was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2010. There are lots of tours along the incredible canal networks that take you past historic houses and landmark attractions in the area. The Amsterdam 100 Highlights Cruise is a great way to relax while you see important Amsterdam attractions. The cruise departs twice an hour from the pier opposite Amsterdam Central Station, and tickets booked online get a 10% discount.

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Amsterdam is famous for being not only a city of canals but of cyclists, and so a bike tour can be a great way to see the city. Yellow Bike Amsterdam have been offering guided bike tours since 1990. You can choose from different lengths and routes of bike tours on the Yellow Bike website, or cheaply rent a bike for 24 hours and explore the city on your own.

If you visit Amsterdam during their winter months, then you’ll witness Amsterdam lit up for Christmas and their yearly Light Festival! You’ll also have a chance to visit Amsterdam’s Christmas market; easily found by searching for the 20-meter high Christmas tree. Looking for more Winter fun? Then check out the Museumplein ice rink. This large ice rink is not only in a beautiful location, but is surrounded by stalls for warming refreshments.

Need somewhere convenient to stay? The Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam City West are both located close to public transport, making it quick and easy to get around.

Amsterdam is home to several galleries and museums, housing impressive collections of objects and art. Fans of the Post-Impressionism masters are in for a real treat at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. This unique museum houses the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings, as well as work by his contemporaries.

The Van Gogh Museum is located in the sophisticated 19th century Museum quarter – Museumplein. Here, you can also visit 2 other unmissable Amsterdam attractions: the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art.

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The Rijksmuseum (State Museum) opened in 1800, and houses master works of art and sculpture, such as work by Vermeer, van Dyck and Rembrandt. The nearby Stedelijk Museum has an exceptional collection of international modern art and design, including work by Warhol, Matisse and Picasso.

Visit the Anne Frank House and learn more about the tragic life of this young Jewish girl in WWII. For two years she and her family hid from the Nazis in a secret annex within a house in Amsterdam. It was there that she wrote her famous diary, before the family were betrayed and deported to a concentration camp, where she later died. Over 1 million people visited the Anne Frank House in 2013 and learned more about this inspirational writer.

Amsterdam Markets

Amsterdam offers a great range of markets and shops for visitors to browse through. Many of the markets are open 6 days a week, and have a variety of clothes, antiques, books, gifts, food and flowers to browse through. The most popular flea market in Amsterdam is on the Waterlooplein in the city center. Here you can find all sorts of items, from curios and vintage clothing to military uniforms and bicycle parts.

Fans of rare books should head to the Amsterdam Book Market at the Spui (Boekenmarkt Op Het Spui), which takes place every Friday. Booksellers from around the Netherlands come to sell their old, rare, second hand and out-of-print books at this market in Amsterdam.

Typical Dutch Houses reflections at night on the water of the canal

Amsterdam has many more markets, boutiques and stores which are perfect for people who want to browse for gifts for themselves or mementos of their visit. Once you’ve done some shopping in this beautiful city and seen Amsterdam attractions, make sure you take a rest and sample a warm cup of glühwein.

People skate on the frozen Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam