Amsterdam has many things to offer, and not just in the tourist areas. We’ve narrowed down our selection to make it easy for you to discover the many wonders of Amsterdam. You may get a handy visitor card that grants you free admission to Amsterdam’s most famous restaurants like Mercat, amazing attractions and free use of public transport throughout your stay.
Windmills and Beaches
Plan a day trip if you stay in the city for more than a few hours to see the many attractions around the area. A rich and varied landscape of beautiful countryside, windmills, historic towns, and beaches is just a short distance from Amsterdam. The charming city of Haarlem is just 20 minutes away from Amsterdam Central. It’s home to history, culture, and a wide variety of shops, cafes, and restaurants. If you prefer to lie on the beach, Bloemendaal aan Zee are happy to oblige.
They have golden sands and dunes, as well as a variety of watersports. You are looking for picturesque views of windmills and rolling grassland, as well as winding canals. The Zaanse Schans is a pastoral paradise so photogenic that it’s why Instagram was created.
The Jordaan is often referred to as Amsterdam’s most charming neighborhood. It feels like you are stepping back in the past when you walk into it. The Jordaan was initially a working-class neighborhood. Today, it is one of Amsterdam’s most sought-after quarters. It boasts quaint buildings and narrow streets and antique shops, courtyard gardens, bars, and restaurants. You can lose yourself in the maze of lanes stretching eastwards from Prinsengracht Canal, also known as the 9 Streets. This is one of Amsterdam’s most enjoyable shopping experiences.
This sprawling complex of old industrial buildings is located at Westerpark. It was once the city’s municipal gasoline works. Westergas has been transformed into a vibrant cultural hub. It is home to many tempting bars, restaurants, and coffee roasters, as well as a microbrewery and art-house cinema. You can find traditional food markets, mini-festivals, and other events here.
Cruise Past Canals
Amsterdam’s UNESCO-protected canal belt was created in the 17th century to keep the ocean at bay. It is the perfect postcard-perfect view of Amsterdam. The area is stunningly beautiful, especially at night when fairy lights illuminate the bridges. It gives off a magical feeling. A guided boat tour along the canals is an excellent way of getting under the city’s skin. You’ll also learn fascinating facts, such as why the tilting houses along the canals are called ‘dancing homes.’
Many different canal cruises are available, including hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tours and candlelit night time cruises with food or wine. Book a canal cruise online or get a free I Amsterdam City Card canal cruise.