Top sightseeing tours in Amsterdam

Famous for its cannabis cafes, tulips, windmills and its red light district, Amsterdam attracts millions of visitors each year from all over the world. Top sightseeing tours in Amsterdam include tours of the tulip fields, historical tours, gastronomic tours and canal tours.

If you are planning an Amsterdam activity tour, take a look at these little known facts about Holland’s capital city to help you make up your mind which sightseeing tour in Amsterdam to choose.

  • Amsterdam is built on over 11 million wooden poles and boasts over 100 km of canals
  • There are less people in Amsterdam (799,000) than bicycles (881,000) – the high number of bicycle thefts could account for this
  • A pharmacy in the Red Light District opened in 1696 and is the oldest store in the city. Situated on the Geldersekade, one of Amsterdam’s oldest canals, the region around the pharmacy was once home to hawkers, fishermen, ship owners, sailors and busy prostitutes
  • 25,000 bicycles end up in Amsterdam’s canals each year and only around 8,000 are recovered
  • The city is home to over 1,515 bars and coffee shops. The latter being alcohol-free establishments where soft drugs are sold and consumed. The stock of soft drugs held on the premises may not exceed 500 grams
  • If someone in Amsterdam dies without family, friends or acquaintances a poet will write a poem for this person and read it at the funeral
  • Approximately 20,000,000 tourists and day-trippers visit Amsterdam each year – 20 times more than the population of the city
  • Schipol Airport sits 4 metres below sea level
  • Amsterdam is home to 1,281 bridges with Magere Brug, also known as the ‘Skinny Bridge’ being the most famous
  • There are over 2,500 houseboats in Amsterdam. Some are available for rent and others are occupied by residents
  • Since 1945, over 8,000 Dutch families have adopted and maintained the graves of fallen American WW2 soldiers who were buried in Limburg to keep their memories alive
  • With more waterways than Venice (165 in total) the 17th century canal ring area of the city became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010

Top sightseeing tours in Amsterdam

The Begjinhof Area is one of the oldest in the entire city. It is something like a garden courtyard surrounded by very old houses, including No. 34, which has the honor of being the oldest house in the entire city. Once the home of a sect of nuns, the area is now open to visitors without restriction and many enjoy touring here. There is no entry fee, although many find it better to explore on guided excursions.

Many visitors are surprised to learn that the Red Light District has some of the most spectacular traditional Dutch architecture in the city. It is one of the oldest sections as well. Although families may wish to skip this area simply because it is not preferred for minors even during the daytime, visitors who pass through here in daylight often find their trip enjoyable and very educational.

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