Amsterdam is the capital largest city of the Netherlands. It is and also known as the Venice of the North,. Originally it was a fishing village, but today it is one of the most important city in Europe. To make you win time when preparing your next trip to Amsterdam, we have picked our best tips and activites in the city. For a complete experience find below the must do and the top things to do in Amsterdam.
Top things to do in Amsterdam for a successful stay
Find below our selection:
Flower market Bloemenmarkt : the favorite of our things to do in Amsterdam
Located along the canals near the Rembrandt Square, in the old town. On this famous market, you can buy flowers, bulbs or plants, all kinds, all colors, all year. At Bloemenmarkt, you will find whatever the season roses or tulips. Even if you do not like flowers, this place is a part of the Amsterdam folklor. We recommend you to spend time here just for the atmosphere.
Located in the borough of Oud-Zuid, this is the concert hall where you will find the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. With over 800 concerts a year, it is one of the busiest concerts halls in the world. Each Wednesdays, you can attend a free concert at 12:30.
Anne Frank House
Open since May 3, 1960, The Anne Frank House is a museum dedicated to the young Jewish girl writer. During the Second World War, Anne Frank and her family hide there to escape the Nazi persecution. The museum is situated on the edges of Prinsengracht, one of the main canals of the city. We recommend that you reserve your ticket in advance to avoid the queue.
The secret gardens of Begijnhof
Buurtboerderij is a farm where you can buy fruits and organic vegetables. You can also enjoy organic juices, practice yoga. Younger or animal lovers can spend time with the farm animals.
Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum : A must do in Amsterdam
Amsterdam became a city through its port. It is very interesting to visit the Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum to understand the history of the city. This museum is the largest in the world devoted to navigation. It is located in the former warehouse of the Admiralty on the islet of Oosterdok, in the district of Oostelijke Eilanden. It consists of two parts. The first one is outdoors with boats copies accosted to the docks. The second interior is a museum where you can observe many objects (maps, compass…) and discover the maritime history of Amsterdam.
Van Gogh Museum
Founded in 1973, the Van Gogh Museum is devoted to the Dutch painter. It is located on Museumplein in Amsterdam, in the district of Oud-Zuid. The collection includes over 220 paintings, 500 drawings and 800 letters of the artist. You can particularly admire The Sunflowers (1889), Van Gogh’s bedroom in Arles (1888) or Sower (1881). You will also find works by other artists, such as Pablo Picaso, Paul Gaugin, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec or Paul Signac.
Where to park your car in Amsterdam?
Sometimes it is very difficult to park his car in big cities. In addition, the parking price is excessive. One of our advise, it’s to use Mobypark. It is an online platform for renting car parking spaces from individuals, hotels, businesses, etc. It allows drivers to find real-time parking and reserve it in advance. With Mobypark, booking a parking space near airports and in city centres is quick, easy and reliable. Furthermore, the parking rates are up to 60% cheaper than regular parking tariffs.
To easily visit a city we often recommend to find a reliable internet access before leaving. It is always easier, and more relaxing if you are not hunting for an internet access everywhere. We know that is is now a top priority for a lot of travelers. If you want to discover how to find a good wifi access in Netherlands, you can read our article How to get wifi in Netherlands. We definetly recommend the Pocket wifi for Netherlands which is the most reliable solution to get wifi everywhere.
We hope you will enjoy your stay in Netherlands! Don’t hesitate to share your best things to do in Amsterdam.