Attractions in Amsterdam


Something every visitor should do is take a stroll through the beautiful downtown area. The atmospheric canals of Amsterdam are the truly a hallmark of the city. The canals, dating from the seventeenth-century, are officially listed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. But also the sight of the canal houses, historic buildings and beautiful bridges attract many tourists every year.

Compact historical city

In addition to the historic center, with its impressive buildings and a friendly atmosphere, there's many other attractions which puts Amsterdam on the map. Amsterdam offers dozens of attractions, sight seeings, world-class museums and over 7,000 national monuments. Most of them are within walking distance of each other. That's because the city center is very compact. This makes Amsterdam one of the few world cities where it's ideally suited for exploration on foot.

Throughout the city, attractions can be found for the whole family. During your city trip you simply won't have time to enjoy everything that Amsterdam has to offer. Therefore you'll find an overview below of the best attractions which you certainly may not miss during your stay.

Top 10 best attractions in Amsterdam



For 60 years now, Keukenhof has been the most beautiful place in the world, where spring bursts out in all of its colourful majesty. Here you can find inspiration and relaxation in a magnificent park environment. In addition to the millions of blooming flower bulbs and fantastic flower shows, Keukenhof has the largest sculpture ...

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    Stationsweg 166a, Lisse
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    2Stromma Cruise

    Stromma Cruise

    Amsterdam is all the more spectacular seen from the water. The #1 Canal Cruise in Amsterdam takes you to many of the city’s highlights within one hour. The Westerkerk, the Anne Frank House, the narrowest house in Amsterdam: you’ll be able to see all of them during this canal ...

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      Prins Hendrikkade 33a, Amsterdam
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      3Heineken Experience

      Heineken Experience

      The former Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam, a national monument and listed in the European Route of Industrial Heritage, offers some 3000 square metres of special exhibition space. Millions of hectolitres of Heineken beer were brewed here until 1988, when the Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoude took ...

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        Stadhouderskade 78, Amsterdam
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        4Museum of the Canals

        Museum of the Canals

        In Amsterdam you can visit a museum that is dedicated to the canals of Amsterdam from the 17th century, the Canal House Museum. Canal house and Canal-belt history The building in which the Canal house museum is located, makes part of the world ...

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          Herengracht 386, Amsterdam
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          5Royal Palace on Dam Square

          Royal Palace on Dam Square

          The Royal Palace on Dam Square in Amsterdam is one of three palaces still in use by the Dutch royal family. It is used for ...

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            Dam, Amsterdam
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            6Madame Tussauds

            Madame Tussauds

            Are you ready for Amsterdam’s most fun and interactive attraction? Then step into the amazing world of Madame Tussauds right in the centre of town. Enjoy surprising encounters with ...

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              Dam 20, Amsterdam
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              7VOC schip Amsterdam

              VOC schip Amsterdam

              The original 'Amsterdam' sailed the North Sea in 1749, en route to the Far East. In a heavy storm the rudder broke off and the ship stranded on the English south coast. On this replica you'll ...

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                Oosterdok 117, Amsterdam
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                8A'DAM Lookout

                A'DAM Lookout

                A'DAM Lookout is an observation deck with an unrivalled panoramic view of Amsterdam. You’ll see the city’s historical centre, its ...

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                  Overhoeksplein 5, Amsterdam
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                  9Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

                  Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

                  Experience the unique attractions on the 5 unbelievable floors at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! The attraction 2000 square meter big, divided across 19 unique ...

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                    Dam 21, Amsterdam
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                    10Body Worlds

                    Body Worlds

                    Body Worlds Amsterdam will take you on a fascinating journey through the human body. The exhibition displays real plastinated bodies, giving you a unique peek ...

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                      Damrak 66, Amsterdam
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