Amsterdam is a city full of hidden gems and surprises and unless you visit it, you can not find them. We will try to cover a top 10 best things to do while you visit Amsterdam

10. Canal/bridge photography

Canals, Bridge Amsterdam

You can’t say you have been to Amsterdam unless you have a photo to prove it. On a canal bridge with a bicycle on the background and you are set

9. Eat the famous Belgian Fries
Thick French fries, which are not French, but also not Dutch, they are called Belgian but it’s a Dutch traditional food. Confusing, right? This is less important. The best thing about those fries is that you can have a portion with over 30 types of sauces to dip in.
Or maybe you would like to try the fries with the Dutch version of the sauce, a combo of peanut sauce and onions.

8. Have a walk on Red Light District

Red Light District Amsterdam
Red Light District Amsterdam

For some people this might be a taboo but you can’t visit Amsterdam and not pass by Red Light District called also De Wallen. Here you can find gorgeous lady’s and ladyboys sitting behind a window and selling sexual fantasies.

7. Enjoy Heineken Experience

Heineken Experience Museum Amsterdam
Heineken Experience Museum Amsterdam

A 4D experience inside the Heineken Brewery where the most famous beer of the world is made. You will get two beers for free while touring

6. Take a boat cruise on one of the many Amsterdam canals

Canal Cruise Amsterdam
Canal Cruise Amsterdam

With a starting point from Central Station, many boat cruise companies will float you on the main central water canals. You can choose from basic 1 hour cruise, pancake cruise, dinner cruise and so on

5. Eat a herring like the Dutch

Herring with pickles and onions
Herring with pickles and onions

Once a week the Dutch has as an immunity boost a raw herring with onion and pickles

4. Visit Van Gogh Museum


One of the most visited museums from all over the world, Van Gogh museum will not leave you dissatisfied if art is one of your passions. At the museum you will find a gathering of the best paintings of Vincent Van Gogh

3. Go the Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans

This are not in Amsterdam, but they take power of the main attractions to visit. Located next to Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans are historical windmills next to distinctive green wooden house

2. Peep show?
If you are not easily offended and you are over 18 years old, just for fun, go in Red Light District to a live peep show. Viewer discretion it’s advised

1. Have a bite from one of the food stalls in an old tram depot

De Hallen Amsterdam
De Hallen Amsterdam

Handmade products by Dutch sellers, art, over 30 stalls of different kitchens where you can spend your cryptos; this is called De Hallen and worth a visit.

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TOP 10 things to do when you visit amsterdam
TOP 10 things to do when you visit amsterdam

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  1. I have done most of those but I did not eat Belgian fries. I also did not eat an herring. Have I missed out?

    • admin Reply

      It’s always a next time. The fries are just delicious. About the herring, depends now, if you like raw fish then you should try it

  2. This is really cool because you list them in a short and easy list. Just imaging those fries makes me hungry! I love bike riding so some of these sites are a must for me 🙂

  3. I have never been to Amsterdam, but this is one of my bucket list. Among all the top 10 lists, I would definitely want to try numbers 10, 8, 4 and 1.

  4. Simply love your blog. It tells so much in so little words and makes Amsterdam reach the top. Thank you for all the interesting stuff you post!

  5. This is amazing. I had never seen the Zaanse Schans before. I am an addict of all things green and they are just simply amazing. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. I need to go to Amsterdam!
    A friend of mine is going to the Netherlands for an Erasmus – hopefully that will be the opportunity to visit its capital.

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