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Plan your sightseeing holiday in Amsterdam – Travel Tips

Plan your sightseeing holiday in Amsterdam before you arrive to make sure you don’t miss anything out!

The charming city of Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and offers a wide choice of sightseeing holidays.

Amsterdam’s museums, canals and nightlife are world famous, with many of the main attractions in the centre of town.

Sightseeing Holiday in Amsterdam

A large number of Dutch masters fill the Rijksmuseum, the country’s premier art museum. The Van Gogh Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of the Dutch artist’s work, while the Stedelijk Museum showcases modern art (Monet, Matisse) through to edgy contemporary installations.

Explore the Western Canal Ring during your Amsterdam sightseeing holiday, poignant history comes to life at the Anne Frank House, where the Frank family hid from the Nazis in a secret annex for over two years, and Anne wrote her immortal diary (displayed here in a glass case). Other powerful museums covering WWII include Nieuwmarkt’s Joods Historisch Museum (Jewish Historical Museum) and the Verzetsmuseum (Dutch Resistance Museum) in the Plantage neighbourhood.

The city’s seafaring heritage is celebrated at the Eastern Islands’ Het Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum), just across from the green-copper, boat-shaped NEMO science centre, a kid favourite, with panoramic views from its deck-like roof. Learn about the Netherlands’ famous blooms at the Amsterdam Tulip Museum in the Jordaan neighbourhood.

Visit the light-hearted Sexmuseum Amsterdam or the Red Light District’s Erotic Museum. No art lover should miss the Netherlands’ premier art museum, the Rijksmuseum, home to thousands of masterpieces.

Overlooking lively Dam square, where the city was founded, is the Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace), the official residence of King Willem-Alexander and his family (although they usually reside in Den Haag), which hosts regular tours.

The biggest event on Amsterdam’s calendar is Koningsdag (King’s Day) on 27 April. If you’re in town on this date expect to get caught up in the giant, orange-clad street party.

For an aerial perspective, you can scale the heights of three of the city’s most beautiful churches: the Zuiderkerk (Southern Church); Oude Kerk(Old Church), Amsterdam’s oldest building (circa 1306); and Westerkerk (Western Church), with panoramic canal views.

No sightseeing holiday in Amsterdam would be complete without a visit to the 14th-century Begijnhofcourtyard of almshouses; the perfect place for respite from the city crowds.

Other urban idylls include De Pijp’s Sarphatipark, and, on the site of the city’s former western gasworks, Westerpark, adjoining the post-industrial Westergasfabriek cultural complex.

Historic structures shelter thousands of species at the 1638-established Hortus Botanicus gardens.

Vondelpark is the city’s playground and a great spot to experience a bit of local life in Amsterdam.

Discover how home-grown Heineken is made at the entertaining Heineken Experience.

For an amazing introduction to Amsterdam, visit its UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals. Options include trips with commentary, such as the Blue Boat Company cruise, to the hop-on, hop-off Canal Bus, or go your own way with an electric rental boat such as Canal Motorboats or pedal-powered Canal Bike paddle-boat.