Volendamn, Marken, and Windmills – A day tour we went on visiting some historical sights around Amsterdam.
The Rijksmuseum Annex – Open while the Rijksmuseum was closed for a ten year resoration.
Artis 1 – the Amsterdam Royal Zoo. Again.
The Eye – The National Film and Sound Museum. We went to A Stanley Kubrik Exhibition. Fellini Exhibition.
Molen van Sloten – The only working windmill in the city limits of Amsterdam.
The Hermitage – The Amsterdam branch of the Russian Hermitage.
NEMO – The National Science Museum.
The Amsterdam Historic Museum – The museum of the story of Amsterdam. Again.
Diamond Museum – Lots of reproduction shiny stones, with a decent story of how diamonds are processed from beginning to end.
House of Bols – The story of Bols Liquor Distillery. Value for money, designed to get large numbers through.
The Resistance Museum – Starting in 1930s Amsterdam, this museum tells the story of WW2 in the Netherlands.
Het Concertgebouw – The Concert Hall which hosts free concerts each Wednesday afternoon.
De Oude Kerk – The oldest church in central Amsterdam. Home to the grave of Rembrandt’s wife.
De Tropenmuseum – An anthropological museum of people who live in the tropics. Again.
The Rijksmuseum – The National Museum of the Netherlands.
Zaanse Schans – A traditional Dutch village with windmills.
Pannenkoeken – Traditional Dutch pancakes and poffertjes.
Stedelijk Museum – The National Modern Art Museum of the Netherlands.
Canal Cruise – Take a tour around the UNESCO World Heritage listed canals of Amsterdam.
Our Lord in the Attic – A hidden church.
Het Grachtenhuis – The history of the canals. 400 years in 40 minutes.
The Houseboat Museum – How people live on a house boat!


The Bloemenmarkt – The place to purchase your tulip bulbs! (And many other souvenirs too!)
Amsterdamse Bos – The local woods. Again.
Vondel Park – The vibrant parkland heart of Amsterdam.
Rembrandtplein – One of many squares surrounded by Vibrant nightlife, home to a statue of the artist himself.
The Aepjen – One of only two remaining wooden houses in Amsterdam.
Rembrandt Park – Quieter and more natural in setting than Vondel Park.
Leidseplein Lizards – Life size bronze(?) lizards in Leidseplein.


De Keukenhof 2012 – A tulip Festival held each year in April/May. (2013)
Queens Day – A National Holiday, soon (2014) to be Kings day. (2013)
Liberation Day – Celebrating liberation from the Nazis.
Pride 2012 – LGBTQ Celebration along the canals.
Turn on the Lights – The beginning of the Festival of Lights, initiated by/at de Bijenkorf.
Sinterklaas – Dutch Santa, celebrated on the 5th December.
Christmas Canal Parade – When the canals are covered in fairy lights in honour of the Christmas Season.
Kermis – A fair with rides and games.

2 thoughts on “Things to do in Amsterdam

  1. A comprehensive and most helpful list of things to do in Amsterdam which will be so helpful for friends who are planning to visit – thank you so much

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