Known as the ‘Venice of the North’, ‘The city of weed’ and ‘The country of clogs’, Amsterdam is a fascinating tourist spot to explore. The city boasts a rich history, vibrant culture and a beautiful canal network in addition to a range of activities for travelers. The alluring destination is an all weather tourist place and offers a lot of fun.

Top things to do in Amsterdam

  • Eat, Dance, Sunbath in Nature

    There are some incredible parks throughout Amsterdam that allow you to enjoy the great summer weather and get outdoors being surrounded by pure natural beauty. One of the best parks in Amsterdam is Vondelpark. It’s a big park including an Open Air Theatre that puts on free summer concerts and performances! The Westerpark is quite in the centre, but has only few tourists. What makes the Westerpark so cool is that it has much more going on than any other park. It has restaurants, a jazz cafe, a bakery, a petting zoo, some clubs and bars and also great events such as Komm schon Alter (Westerunie) with warm, deep house music – with melodic techno influences.

  • Hop on your Bike

    The most common passion of the people of Amsterdam is cycling. No wonder the city has more numbers of two-wheelers than its entire population. It’s an ideal way of touring the wonderland. Cycling is the best way to explore the streets, canals and other attractions of the city as it is safe and a joy-ride indeed.

  • Explore The Canal Cruise

    Amsterdam features world-famous canal houses, waterways and bridges and the canal cruises are a nice way to explore and admire the city. Floating along the canal in lit up surroundings or even in the day provides a magical effect. Now it is a UNESCO protected area which receives loads of visitors every year. There are plenty of different canal cruises which travellers can choose from. If you are looking for a heavier boat trip, then choose for the party boat ‘’Trossen Los’’ and enjoy a whole day dancing on the water.

  • Amsterdam Nightlife

    When it comes to nightlife in Amsterdam, there are venues, dance festivals and club nights to suit every taste! It’s legal to buy marijuana at coffeeshops in Amsterdam, and there are literally hundreds of them throughout the city. If by any chance your favorite artist is playing in the city centre, it will probably be in Paradiso. For all the party animal out there, there is one place you can’t miss and that’s Club NYX. The club consists of three dancefloors and each floor has it’s very own vibe, and different style of music. Nyx is an open minded club that welcomes everybody.

  • Festivals and Big Events

    If you are in Amsterdam between springtime and the beginning of autumn, you are in for a real treat of festivals. By April, spring has well and truly sprung in Amsterdam. The Keukenhof is in full bloom, film festivals thrill guests and the citywide King’s Day celebrations wrap up a vibrant month in Amsterdam. August in Amsterdam kicks off with flair as Amsterdam Gay Pride festivities fill the streets, clubs and canals. It’s also a great month for (outdoor) festivals and Loveland is one of the most popular! Loveland takes place every year in Sloterpark. With over 50 international DJs (electro, house, tech house, techno) spread over several stages, Loveland is a major event on the summer dance calendar. Probably the biggest attractive event for foreigners is the Amsterdam Dance Event held in mid-Oct. – Each year, the ADE attracts over 5000 conference and 350.000 festival visitors from over 75 countries.

  • And of course; see the red light district

    I’m sure you have heard about the Red Light District and well, everything you heard is probably true. Yes, there are lots of glowing red lights. Yes, there are women standing in windows trying to lure people in. And yes, what you think goes on there, goes on there.

Must try

Your essential checklist of the best Amsterdam attractions and unmissable experiences in the ‘Venice of the North’.

  • Hop on your bike
  • Get lost in the arty Jordaan
  • Take a canal cruise
  • Try herring from a herring cart
  • Take a photo with the “I Amsterdam” letters
  • Eat waffles
  • See the red light district
  • Visit the Fashion and Museum District
  • Relax at Vondelpark or Westerpark
  • See the coffeeshops and the Dam Square

Happy Tripping & Xploring!

Apart from all these activities, you can also buy tickets to some of the popular events happening in Amsterdam from

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