Amsterdam is one of the most visited cities in Europe, and the grounds are well known. From Keukenhof's iconic tulip gardens to incredible museums such as the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum, passing by the inevitable boat trips through the city canals, there is no shortage of attractions in Amsterdam. And this without counting on the inescapable Red Light District or the coffee shops for the more liberal.
Given the popularity of Amsterdam as a tourist destination, it is often necessary to face large visit the main attractions of Amsterdam (including the Van Gogh Museum). Fortunately, there is a way to mitigate this inconvenience. Whether making a screenplay in Amsterdam alternative, whether buying tickets in advance.
Get to know the best attractions of Amsterdam and learn how to visit the most emblematic museums and monuments no rows.
This text is part of a series produced with the support of GetYourGuide, with the aim of recommending the main tourist attractions in ten destinations around the world. In many of these museums, palaces, cathedrals and other monuments, the visit can benefit from the advance purchase of tickets.
What to see in Amsterdam
#1 Van Gogh Museum
Perhaps the most iconic tourist attraction in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of paintings by Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh. They are over 200's original paintings (and 500 drawings) by Van Gogh, himself one of the most striking figures of contemporary Western art. There is not much else to explain: it's getting to Amsterdam and visiting the museum!
Please note, however, that this is the most visited museum in the Netherlands; more than ever it is warranted to plan ahead.
The Rijksmuseum (National Museum) is by many considered to be the best museum in the Netherlands. It is housed in the iconic Amsterdam Museum Square; Rembrandt's works (including the Night Round, probably his best picture); Johannes Vermeer (including The milkmaid); and Frans Hals.
Along with the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum is one of the most visited attractions in Amsterdam.
#3 Heineken Experience
Even though I do not like it, the Heineken Experience is another of Amsterdam's main tourist attractions. It is a way of knowing the history of the most famous brand of Dutch beers; as well as "the fermentation process, the innovations and what is needed to serve a high quality beer." The visit takes place in an old Heineken brewery in the heart of Amsterdam.
#4 Boat trip on the canals of Amsterdam
During your visit to Amsterdam it will be inevitable to consider taking a boat trip through the city canals. And I'm the first to recommend that you have this experience. For the simple reason that, as with boat trips through the canals of Copenhagen or the gondola rides in Venice, experience lets you glimpse the city from a totally different angle. In other words, it's worth it! Especially lucky to find a sunny day - something in Amsterdam is anything but guaranteed!
#5 Royal Palace of Amsterdam
The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is regarded as "the most important historical and cultural structure of the Golden Age of the Netherlands". It is on Dam Square in the heart of Amsterdam; and, having more than three days in the Dutch capital, may be worth visiting.
#6 Anne Frank House
Anne Frank was a German girl of Jewish origin, a victim of the Holocaust. Held to a concentration camp in February 1945, where she would disappear, Anne Frank left a diary where, during the two years in which she lived hidden in an attic of a commercial establishment with her parents and sister, was recording her daily life .
It is precisely in this building that the House of Anne Frank was installed, a dedicated biographical museum. The book resulting from the diary would eventually become one of the most read and translated literary works in the world.
Please note that to visit the Anne Frank House you must buy the tickets on the official website in advance (tickets are not sold at the entrance). That said, in addition to the tickets, one way to better understand the history of such a remarkable personality is to resort to the help of a specialized guide. The Anne Frank House-Museum is another of Amsterdam's absolutely must-see attractions.
To make the walking tour with professional explanations about the life of Anne Frank, Just buy the ticket in advance. The tour takes approximately two hours through the Jewish Quarter and the historic center of Amsterdam. Note that this ticket does not give access to the Anne Frank House (see above).
For a more exclusive experience, consider making the GetYourGuide Originals Walking Tour. Originals are towers led by selected local guides, who allow changes in schedules if plans change and the money back if not completely satisfied.
#7 Rembrandt House Museum
Housed in a building built in 1606, the Rembrandt House-Museum is the place where he lived and painted one of the most important artists in the history of art: Rembrandt. The museum is therefore a reconstruction of Rembrandt's rooms and his atelier.
Despite the totally different themes, if you liked the Anne Frank House, it is only natural that you enjoy the Rembrandt House Museum.
Attractions in Amsterdam: useful tips
For other suggestions, see Daniel Duclos's tips on Things to Do in Amsterdam.
I Amsterdam City Card: Worth It Or Not Worth It?
Of course, it depends. If you plan to visit many of Amsterdam's top attractions, it is only natural to buy the I Amsterdam City Card compense. The pass exists in 28, 48 or 72 hours; and includes the entry without queue in more than 40 city museums. It allows free use of the public transport network. Knowing What to see in Amsterdam, is a matter of doing the math. The cost of the I Amsterdam City Card starts at 60 €.
Buy your tickets in advance
Due to the high number of tourists visiting Amsterdam, it can be difficult to quickly get into some of Amsterdam's most popular attractions. I recommend that, wherever possible, choose tickets to avoid queues - especially in major museums.
They are naturally more expensive than regular tickets, but they are worth every extra penny (no one wants to spend two hours waiting to enter the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum!). Buy tickets on-line for the main attractions of Amsterdam, before traveling, there are several advantages to buying on the spot. To know:
- In most cases, you can avoid the long lines of museums, monuments and other attractions of Amsterdam;
- The additional cost is ridiculous (no one wants to wait an hour or two to enter a museum!);
- O voucher is sent by e-mail and, in most cases, you do not even need to print (just show in the smartphone).
For me, the only downside of buying tickets to museums and attractions in advance is the loss of some flexibility during your stay in Amsterdam. This is in case the visits to the attractions are scheduled.
Be that as it may, this is the price to pay for the comfort of not having to buy tickets on time; and especially avoid the queues. In these cases (which require scheduling), the ideal is perhaps to mark the visits for the beginning of the day, leaving the rest free to discover the city at your own pace.
All in all, I highly recommend the early purchase of Amsterdam attractions - especially if you want to visit the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum museums. I do this regularly in my travels!
Amsterdam is one of the European cities with the best air connections so you will have no trouble finding flights. See my tips for finding cheap flights and enjoy.
Where to stay
As Amsterdam is a very expensive destination when it comes to accommodation, I recommend reading the text where to stay in Amsterdam, where I speak of the best neighborhoods to stay in the Dutch capital according to your tastes and available budget. Alternatively, search all available hotels using the link below.
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