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Whether you want to visit Amsterdam from A to Z or only have time for a canal boat tour, find ideas here to make your visit a memorable one. Find walking and biking tours of Amsterdam, suggested Amsterdam itineraries, the must-see Amsterdam museums and much more.
  1. Amsterdam Neighborhoods (6)
  2. Amsterdam Outdoors (7)
  3. Amsterdam for Special Interests (6)
  4. Canal Cruises (3)
  5. Historic Places of Worship (9)
  6. Museums & Attractions A - Z (79)
  7. Travel Itineraries (4)
  8. Tulips & Flowers (7)

Top 10 Things to Do in Amsterdam
The best of Amsterdam travel: the top 10 attractions that no visitor should miss.

50 More Things to Do in Amsterdam (and Beyond)
50 more attractions and activities for visitors to add to their Netherlands itinerary.

De Wallen, Amsterdam's Red-Light District
De Wallen, Amsterdam's red-light district, has far more to offer than debauchery - from museums and monuments, to shops and boutiques, to first-rate restaurants.

Amsterdam's Famous Squares
From the iconic Dam Square - site of the Dutch National Monument - to Museumplein, where the city keeps its top museums, these squares combine picturesque beauty with phenomenal attractions.

Guide to Amsterdam Art Museums
Guide to art museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from major museums like the Rijksmuseum to lesser-known art institutions.

Amsterdam Museums & Attractions Closed on Mondays
Don't miss a must-see attraction just because it's a Monday; find out here which museums are closed on certain days of the week.

Visitors' Guide to Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt Square)
What to see and do on Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt Square) - from music venues and clubs, to bars, to cafes and restaurants, to entertainment and other attractions, all on or near the popular Amsterdam square.

Dutch Artists Not to Miss in the Netherlands
Amsterdam, and the entire Netherlands, is a prime destination for art history buffs; find the best places to view Dutch artists from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

Amsterdam Museums for Everybody
The city of Amsterdam has museums devoted to art, history, science, fashion, architecture, popular vices and more.

Diamonds in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has been a city of diamonds since the 16th century. Learn more about its historic diamond industry, free diamond factory tours and the Amsterdam Diamant Museum.

Amsterdam Canal House Museums
Once private residences, these canal house museums now invite the public inside their walls.

Amsterdam for Children & Families
Amsterdam has loads of attractions and activities perfect for kids; here is a selection of even more favorites.

What Are the Illustrated Stone Tablets on Some Amsterdam Façades?
What are the illustrated stone tablets on some Amsterdam façades? Learn about Amsterdam's historic façade stones.

Personal Recommendations from Your Guide to Amsterdam Travel
A list of my own personal favorite museums and attractions, restaurants and cafes, and shops in Amsterdam.

What Is the Amsterdamse School?
The Amsterdamse School was an architectural movement that revolutionized early 20th-century Amsterdam.

Amsterdam for Free
Use this list to find free things to do in Amsterdam. There are plenty of free Amsterdam attractions and experiences that can add value to your visit!

Amsterdam for Rainy Days
This list of things to do in Amsterdam on a rainy day proves there's plenty to enjoy in the city during wet weather.

Amsterdam with Kids
People who assume Amsterdam isn't an appropriate place for children don't know the city very well. There are plenty of fun and educational things to do with kids in Amsterdam -- find them here!

Romantic Amsterdam - Amsterdam for Couples
Use this visual guide to find the most romantic things do do in Amsterdam.

Best Small Canals in Amsterdam
Some of my favorite spots in Amsterdam exist along its "small" canals. Here, find my favorite of Amsterdam's small canals -- and the charming bridges, buildings and sights that will make them yours, too.

Top Three Amsterdam Museums
These homes to historic and artistic wonders are the most treasured museums in Amsterdam, and all visitors should try to make it to at least one or two them.

Amsterdam Museums for World War II History
Occupied by Nazi Germany from 1940 to 1945, the Netherlands was on the forefront of World War II. As such, these Amsterdam museums chronicle the ways in which the city and the country dealt with the war, its atrocities and its end.

50 Things to Do in Amsterdam
Pad your Amsterdam itinerary with some of these 50 attractions and activities.

Unique and Unusual Museums and Attractions in Amsterdam
So you've explored the Rijksmuseum and the works of Van Gogh and now you're looking for something a little more off-the-wall. These unique and unusual Amsterdam museums won't disappoint.

Best Amsterdam Museums to See in Less than an Hour
Short on time or just don't like being inside one museum for hours on end? Visit one of these impressive Amsterdam museums that only take an hour or less to enjoy.

Amsterdam Museums Open on Christmas and New Year's Day
Check this list to find out which Amsterdam museums will be open on the Christmas and New Year holidays.

I amsterdam Card - The Amsterdam Visitor Discount Card
If you're planning to visit at least two or three of Amsterdam's major museums and attractions, you might want to consider buying the "I amsterdam" card. Learn more here.

Tour Amsterdam's Red Light District with a Former Sex Worker
I'd recommend this tour for those who wish to learn about the history of the Amsterdam Red Light District and the prostitution industry here. You'll even get the chance to step inside a Red Light window.

Mediamatic - Amsterdam Media Arts Center
Media arts center Mediamatic puts on popular interactive exhibits, workshops and other events that straddle the boundary between art and science.

In Pictures: Amsterdam for Free
A pictorial feature on the best free tourist attractions in Amsterdam.

48 Hours in Amsterdam
Pressed for time? Take a whirlwind 48-hour tour of Amsterdam's best attractions.

Dam Square
Often one of the first places visitors to Amsterdam encounter, Dam Square is loaded with top tourist attractions for an ideal introduction to the capital.

De Appel Arts Center
De Appel ("The Apple") is a contemporary arts institute located near Amsterdam's Museumplein.

Amsterdam Dungeon
Horror stories from Dutch and world history are reenacted live at the Amsterdam Dungeon.

National Monument
The National Monument on Dam Square is the nation's chief World War II memorial.

Westerkerk (Western Church)
The Westerkerk (Western Church) is one of the most prominent landmarks on the Amsterdam city skyline, and a fantastic church to visit for its splendid interior and views from the tower.

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam - Wax Museum on Dam Square
The multi-national wax museum Madame Tussauds has a branch on Amsterdam's Dam Square, populated with Dutch and international celebrities; it also boasts one of the most enviable views of Dam Square.

Ideas for Bachelorette Parties in Amsterdam
Planning to celebrate a bachelorette party (or "hen do," as the Brits say) in Amsterdam? Here are a few unique ideas to take your girls' weekend beyond the basic tourist bars.

Beurs van Berlage
The Beurs van Berlage, which started life as a commodity market, now serves as a conference venue with public events to attract visitors of all persuasions.

The Homomonument
The Homomonument is a memorial and declaration of solidarity that commemorates homosexual victims of war.

Magere Brug ('Skinny Bridge')
The Magere Brug ('Skinny Bridge') is the most famous of the more than 1700 bridges in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Reasons to Love the Nine Streets Area of Amsterdam
In the Central Canal Belt of Amsterdam lies a three-block by three-block water-woven district known to locals as De Negen Straatjes. These "Nine Streets" are filled with quirky shops, trendy boutiques, cozy cafés and cool restaurants, making it one of the city's best areas to wander all day.

Amsterdam for Cannabis Smokers
These businesses don't have to be licensed cannabis coffeeshops to provide entertainment, food and hospitality to stoners in Amsterdam.

Heineken Experience in Amsterdam
Find visitor information about the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam, housed in the former Heineken Brewery.

St. Nicolaas Boat Club Canal Cruise in Amsterdam
Discover why this is my favorite way to see Amsterdam. The St. Nicolaas Boat Club offers FREE open-top cruises on Amsterdam's canals in restored steel-hull "garden flat" boats, once used by Dutch farmers.

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