5 things you don’t want to miss in Amsterdam

Amsterdam – that’s narrow and crooked houses, cobbled streets, bikes, flower markets, and weed. Amsterdam is the heart of the Netherlands, and one of the most beautiful and popular cities in Europe. When visiting Amsterdam, make sure not to miss out on these 7 must-sees.


1. Rijksmuseum
Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX
The Rijksmuseum is without a doubt Amsterdam’s most famous museum. Even if you don’t like art, it is worth a visit, not just because of its incredible architecture. Here you can admire paintings by artists like Rembrandt. 
Tip: If you are under 18, the entry is free.

2. Anne Frankhuis
Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV
The Anne Frank House is a definite must: it is the actual house Anne Frank lived and hid in while writing her diary. You can also find an ongoing exhibition about the persecution of the Jews and the development of fascism here.
Tip: Come here as early as possible because the queues are usually very long.

3. Albert Cuypmarkt
Albert Cuypstraat, 1073 BD
The Cuypmarket is the most visited street market in Amsterdam. Here you can find anything from fruits, vegetables, and typical Dutch sweets, to clothes and flowers – all relatively cheap.
Tip: Haggle!

4. Jordaan
Rozengracht 76I, 1016 NE
The Jordaan District is one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful districts. Even though you can’t find spots for sightseeing here, it is famous for its incredible looking buildings, and its alternative and delicious restaurants.
Tip: Visit the Boerenmarkt for fresh vegetables and fruits.

5. Red Light District
De Wallen
This doesn’t need much explanation. Amsterdam is famous for its sex scene and a big part of that is its Red Light District. Here you can find women of all ages and ethnicities, and sometimes even some men.
Tip: Never take a picture of the sex workers; they will get mad. Also, look out for pocket thieves.

6. Koninklijk Paleis
Dam, 1012 HG
This is Amsterdam’s Royal Palace. Unless you want to take a tour through its “insides”, there is not much to see – except for its incredible architecture of course. 

7. Flower Market
Singel, 1012 DH
Make sure to visit this flower market, because it is the biggest in the Netherlands. Not only can you find beautiful, fresh flowers here everyday, but also other small plants like bushes or tiny trees. Because over time it evolved to a tourist attraction, you can now also buy souvenirs and other small presents here.


11 thoughts on “5 things you don’t want to miss in Amsterdam

  1. Visited The Netherlands in the Fall of 2016….flew in to Amsterdam and took a train to Den Haag (The Hague) where we spent five nights. Love Den Haag, the architecture there was great as well. Also went to Delft. Will definitely go back to The Netherlands. Loved it.

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  2. Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities in the world! It’s so beautiful and I love all the canals and narrow streets! Have you been to the A’dam lookout? It gives you some fantastic views over the city! Ive written a blog post about my visit to Amsterdam and the canal boat tours you can take whilst you’re there if you wanted to take a look! http://themapprojectsite.wordpress.com


  3. I was in Amsterdam for 4.5 days last fall. I saw everything you mention except #3.. I really enjoyed this city even if we had more clouds than sun. My last 3 posts are about my trip in Amsterdam.

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  4. Yup… these are definitely popular sights. Though the architecture is gorgeous at the Rijksmuseum, I prefer the art collection at the Van Gogh museum right across the square from the Rijksmuseum. But, you can’t go too wrong museums in Holland.

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