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Best Things To Do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam offers a lot more than vice, like the world-class Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum and shopping on Nine Streets. Families might enjoy a visit to the Vondelpark and the science center NEMO, a family bike ride or an introduction to Amsterdam's love of pancakes. But of course the party scene of coffee houses, gay bars, nightclubs and more is not to be missed.

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#1
De Pijp Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Concierge.com calls this neighborhood Amsterdam's "Quartier Latin" for its 19th-century architecture and its collision of different cultures. Ethnic ... read more»

#2
Vondelpark Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Located southwest of the city center, Vondelpark is the favorite leafy retreat of just about everyone. According to Fodor's ... read more»

#3
Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis)
Historic Homes/Mansions, Monuments and Memorials, Museums | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Experts and travelers alike say the Anne Frank House is a must-see attraction. Inside the building, where not so long ... read more»

#4
Van Gogh Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Van Gogh Museum holds a collection of paintings, prints, etchings and correspondence by the famed (though the fame came ... read more»

#5
The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum (the Resistance Museum), located right by the Artis Zoo, has been called by some the city's best-kept ... read more»

#6
Leidseplein Free attraction
Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The center of Amsterdam's entertainment scene, you'll find nightclubs, movie theaters, concert venues, casinos and of course some ... read more»

#7
Artis Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Visitors traveling with children in tow might want to make some space in their itinerary for the zoo. The gorillas ... read more»

#8
Albert Cuypmarkt Free attraction
Shopping | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Named for a Dutch artist, the Albert Cuypmarkt is a large street market (the largest in the Netherlands) that carries ... read more»

#9
Nine Little Streets (De Negen Straatjes) Free attraction
Shopping, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: De Negen Straatjes or the Nine Little Streets are exactly that — nine streets that run between the Prinsengracht and Singel ... read more»

#10
Concertgebouw
Entertainment and Nightlife | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Constructed in 1888, the Concertgebouw (literally Concert Building) hosts something like 800 shows and about 850,000 visitors per year ... read more»

#11
Red Light District Free attraction
Entertainment and Nightlife, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Red Light District seems almost synonymous with Amsterdam. As WCities.com says, "it is proof of Amsterdam's liberality ... read more»

#12
Heineken Experience
Tours, Wineries/Breweries | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Heineken Experience, which takes place in the old Heineken Brouwerij (Heineken Brewery), is a must-do for fans of the ... read more»

#13
Science Center NEMO
Museums | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Anyone that says Amsterdam isn't for kids hasn't visited NEMO, the Science and Technology Center, housed inside the ... read more»

#14
State Museum (Rijksmuseum)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Counted as one Amsterdam's top museums (along with the Van Gogh and Anne Frank museums), the Rijksmuseum (or State ... read more»

#15
Zandvoort Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: You probably knew about Amsterdam's canals but what about its beach? Just about 15 miles west of the city ... read more»

#16
Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Rembrandt van Rijn (yep, Rembrandt is his first, not last name) once lived and worked in this restored home. So ... read more»

#17
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Many nights, the Music Building on the IJ (Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ) can be found trumpeting contemporary classical scores from ... read more»

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