Amsterdam is an amazing destination year-round, but there are some important things you should keep in mind before planning a visit!
As it’s impossible to predict the weather accurately in advance, be prepared for all eventualities. Additionally, pre-booking skip-the-line tickets is always recommended in order to avoid long queues at attractions and restaurants. Accessibility is simple as Cathay Pacific now offers Taipei to Amsterdam flights.
Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam boasts the world’s largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh and features his priceless works like Sunflowers and Almond Blossom which attract visitors from around the globe. However, to maximize your visit it is essential that you plan ahead and know how best to enjoy yourself when visiting this popular museum.
For an easier experience, book tickets online as far ahead as possible and arrive at your allotted time slot at the museum to avoid crowds. Or consider purchasing a Museumkaart which grants access to multiple Amsterdam museums including Van Gogh Museum.
Experience Van Gogh’s iconic masterpieces with an expert guide during your visit, learning about his masterful brush strokes and techniques as well as their emotive backstories. For an optimal tour experience, it is best to arrive early morning or late afternoon so as to avoid crowds of tourists.
Museumplein in central Amsterdam is where you’ll find this museum; walk or take the tram for easy access. Plus, its proximity to other top attractions makes it even easier.
Be sure to visit their calendar of events prior to making plans to visit. In particular, double-check that any paintings of interest are on view – for instance “Tree Roots” can now be found at Musee d’Orsay in Paris!
The museum’s hours vary daily; generally speaking it’s open 10am-5pm during weekdays and 9am-3pm on weekends. Plan on spending between 1.5-2.5 hours visiting. Wear comfortable clothing as you may spend some time standing or walking during your visit; bring a water bottle along too.
The Jordaan neighborhood in Amsterdam is renowned for its picturesque streets and spectacular canals decorated with flowers. Additionally, the Jordaan is home to high-end boutiques, legendary cafes/restaurants, as well as some of Amsterdam’s renowned art galleries; an absolute must visit! For travelers wishing to immerse themselves into Dutch life.
One of the top things to do in Jordaan is visiting one of its numerous markets, like Biological Noordermarkt or Lindengracht market, where you can purchase local cheese, bread and baked goods as well as fresh produce and flowers. Saturday is an especially good day for visiting these markets!
Jordaan also boasts an array of bars and pubs. While most popular clubs in the city center feature popular rock/metal music, these locations often provide less mainstream entertainment such as obscure rock/metal. You may also come across bars with more traditional vibes.
Jordaan offers more than bars and pubs; it also boasts several museums like Anne Frank House and Fluorescent Light Museum (Electrical Lady Land). These locations provide visitors with an opportunity to gain more insight into its culture and history.
Start your day right by visiting the Jordaan early in the morning to avoid crowds and explore its beauty without being bothered by too many tourists and museums as soon as they open.
Make sure to bring plenty of cash when visiting the Netherlands, as most stores and restaurants don’t accept credit cards. A travel credit card with low overseas fees could also save you money when exchanging currency rates.
The square is surrounded by a range of restaurants, bars and nightclubs – some are clear tourist traps serving subpar food at exorbitant prices, while there may be excellent alternatives too. When selecting your restaurant be wary as there may be numerous unsavory establishments catering specifically to tourists in the vicinity – take care when making your selection!
Rembrandtplein is Amsterdam’s nightlife hotspot, boasting many bars to suit every taste imaginable from casual pubs to sophisticated cocktail lounges and clubs geared more toward “seeing and being seen”, such as Club Rain.
Cafe Schiller (Rembrandtplein 24a) is one of the best-known cafes in Amsterdam and its surroundings, known for housing literary elite. Not only can this spot offer coffee or drinks during the afternoon hours; visitors should also consider visiting for dinner served via their menu.
If you want a pre-theater drink, head over to De Keersmaat. Their bar is open until midnight. From there, walk over to Rembrandtplein; taking this scenic stroll is sure to get those calories out before an evening out!
If walking is not your cup of tea, take one of two trams instead: tram 9 travels directly to Rembrandtplein with its stop named Rembrandtplein or take tram 14 which stops at several different locations along its route – including Rembrandtplein itself!
Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s largest park and an attraction for both locals and visitors, draws large crowds every day. Comparable to New York City’s Central Park, Vondelpark features bicycle paths, walking paths, ponds, playgrounds, open-air concerts and cafes – as well as various art pieces by world-renowned sculptor Picasso! It also hosts various open-air concerts which attract large numbers of spectators each summer.
Vondelpark is an ideal spot to unwind or do a bit of shopping, while also popular among joggers and cyclists thanks to its flat terrain. Close by is also one of Europe’s premier theaters: Concertgebouw; additionally Anne Frank House tickets should be booked ahead as they sell out quickly.
History buffs will appreciate a visit to the Resistance Museum, which chronicles Dutch Resistance during World War II. Admission is free but donations are always welcomed – this museum can be found within Amsterdam Historical Museum building on Oudezijds Vondelpark.
Amsterdam’s best seasons for visiting are spring and summer, when temperatures are typically warm yet dry – perfect conditions for enjoying canal cruises or visiting museums like Van Gogh’s. By contrast, winter can be cold and rainy, leading to many museums being closed; to maximize sightseeing efforts consider buying an I Amsterdam city card which gives access to most major attractions (excluding Van Gogh House/Anne Frank House), free canal cruises/bike rental. It’s worth investing!
Red Light District
The Red Light District, commonly referred to locally as De Wallen, is well known for its sex shops and strip clubs. But beyond their sexual attractions lies a much richer experience; De Wallen dates back to 14th century traders and sailors who visited it to ease boredom during long voyages.
Today, De Wallen is one of Amsterdam’s main tourist attractions – especially for hen and stag parties – as well as being an everyday neighborhood for its inhabitants. Therefore it is essential that when visiting De Wallen you follow a few basic rules, such as refraining from staring directly into window brothels without following proper protocol – for instance not gawking at window prostitutes as this may make their escorts feel uncomfortable and may make for an unpleasant visit overall.
Smoking in public or throwing away cigarette butts on the sidewalk is forbidden, as their harmful tar can endanger wildlife as well as being costly and laborious to clean up.
Respect the privacy of local residents by not talking loudly or disrupting their sleep or dinnertime. Take note: it is illegal to photograph sex workers working from windows; you can take photos of streets and buildings instead.
Plan ahead by booking tours and museum tickets early. Popular spots like Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum often have limited ticketing times that must be reserved in advance; you should also consider making dinner reservations for popular restaurants as soon as possible, since space in small cities like Amsterdam fills quickly.