Amsterdam is a bustling, sprawling and vibrant city with a whole host of fantastic things to do wherever you’re staying in the Netherlands capital.
If you’re heading to Amsterdam for the first time, here are NH Hotels’ top tips for things to do in Amsterdam, to appeal to visitors from all walks of life.
Things to do in Old Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s Old Center is the city’s most popular area among tourists, as well as Amsterdam’s cultural heart. This area is home to a plethora of truly fascinating and unique museums – so even if you didn’t think browsing museums was your thing, you might find something to appeal in Amsterdam’s Houseboat museum, while kids can enjoy that rare mix of education and entertainment inside the green hull of Amsterdam’s Science Centre NEMO.
Visitors can also find some of Amsterdam’s oldest pubs in the Old Center, and if you stay with us at the historic Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, you’ll find yourself in very close proximity to some of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions – including Anne Frank’s house, the Van Gogh Museum and de Wallen, aka the Red Light District.
Things to do in Outer Amsterdam
Like any city, Amsterdam has expanded over time and many of its best loved attractions can be found in the outer districts, where it’s easy enough to get around on foot, bicycle or public transport.
South Amsterdam is home to the famous Museum Quarter, which houses some of the world’s finest museums including the Rijksmuseum of art and history, and the newly opened Diamond Museum where visitors can learn about the history of Amsterdam’s diamond trade.
But a holiday in Amsterdam isn’t all about staying indoors – when you’re in South Amsterdam you can enjoy the large Vondelpark, which is always thronging with revellers in the summer months and is a great place to meet Amsterdam locals or sip beers in the sun.
Stay at the nearby Amsterdam Centre hotel to get the most out of your visit to Amsterdam this year, soaking up the cultural vibes of the Netherlands capital.