Amsterdam offers a perfect mix of culture, fun and history. While you could easily spend a week or more exploring the numerous sites and restaurants that fill the city, you can also experience the best of Amsterdam in just a few days. No matter how long you plan to spend in the city, we recommend finding your way to these six spots.
Pro-tip: purchase an Iamsterdam City Card—which for a single payment gives you free access and discounts to some of the city’s best attractions.
1) Vincent Van Gogh Museum
This world-famous museum will allow you to see the famous and beloved works of Van Gogh.
2) Canal Cruise
Amsterdam is known for its beautiful canals. What better way to see them than by boat? There are convenient pick up points for the numerous boats located throughout the city and you can walk on and off as you please.
3) The Amsterdam Cheese Museum
If you love cheese, then look no further. The Amsterdam Cheese Museum is not your traditional museum, but a gourmet cheese store with an interactive history of cheese on its lower level (complete with old-time costumes and a photo booth).
4) Sunset at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (Amsterdam Centraal Station)
Be sure to visit the best rooftop in the city for a great view of sunset. This is a perfect location to visit if you're in the mood to get dressed up and splurge on dinner and drinks.
5) Keukenhof Tulip Garden
If you’re willing to take a ride about an hour outside the city, Keukenhof is your go-to destination. With too many tulips to count, you will be in floral heaven. However, the garden is only open during the official tulip season, so be sure to do your research.
6) The Heineken Experience
Yes, this is as good as it sounds. Learn about the company's history and beer making process all while enjoying a cup (or two) of Heineken's finest beer.