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Things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is indeed a big bustling city with plenty at hand for long-stayers, but the compact capitol centre makes a terrific host for visitors with just one or two days to spend, too. Even with only a day or two, there are plenty of things to see and do in Amsterdam.

Museums in Amsterdam

Museums in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has over fifty museums among them The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and the Stedelijk Museums are the most popular choices.

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Rijksmuseum (The State Museum)

After ten years of renovation, the Rijiksmeseum has recently opened its door for the visitors. The museum has an unparalleled collection of paintings and objects of material culture, prints and classic photography.

Address:
Museumstraat 1 | 1071 XX | Amsterdam

Opening Hours:
Every day from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.

Entrance Fee:
Adults: € 14,00
Aged 18 and under: Free

Van Gogh Museum

Vincent van Gogh is one of the greatest painters in human history and the Museum is the richest collection of Vincent van Gogh. It consists of more than 200 paintings, drawings, letters and about the times van Gogh lived and worked.

Address:
Paulus Potterstraat 7 | 1071 | CX Amsterdam

Opening Hours:
Daily 10 A.M. – 6 P.M

Entrance Fee:
Adults: €14
Children up to 16 and iAmsterdam card holders: Free

Anne Frank House

One of the most popular visiting places in Amsterdam. The museum is the secret area where Anne hid from the Nazis and wrote her famous diary. The museum tends to be more quiet during the evening. Therefore, visitors are advised to consider visiting the museum late in the afternoon/early in the evening.

Address:
Prinsengracht 263-267 | 1016 | GV Amsterdam

Opening Hours:
September 15 to March 14: from 9:00 till 7:00pm.
March 15 to September 14: from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm (till 10pm on Saturdays)
July and August: from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Last admittance: 30 minutes prior to closing.

Entrance Fee:
Adults 18 years and older: €8,50
10-17 years old: €4
Up to 10 years old: Free

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Science Museum Nemo

This technology museum of Amsterdam has been created mostly for kids and it is the fourth most visited museum in the Netherlands. On the fifth floor or upper deck has a cafeteria, a children’s play area and a great view of the city surroundings. In the museum people can do science experiments, DNA experiments and much more.

Address:
Oosterdok 2 | 1011 | VX Amsterdam

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 10-17 hours

Entrance Fee:
Adults: €13,50
Children 0-3 Year and I amsterdam City Card: Free

Stedelijk Museum

The museum has one of the world’s richest collections of contemporary art. In its collection there are 90 thousands modern paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphics, design objects and video artefacts.

Address:
Museumplein 10 | 1071 | DJ Amsterdam

Opening Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Entrance Fee:
Adults: €15
Youth 13-18 years old: €7.50
Children under 12 years old: Free

The Heineken Experience

The industrial facility was built as the first Heineken brewery in 1867, serving as the company’s primary brewing facility until 1988. This days the building is a popular place for the visitors to experience the Heineken brewery and taste the famous Dutch pilsner.

Address:
Stadhouderskade 78 | 1072 AE | Amsterdam

Opening Hours:
Open daily 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Last ticket sales at 5:30 p.m.

Entrance Fee:
Adults: € 16 (includes two drinks)

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The Amsterdam Museum

Previously known as Amsterdam’s Historisch Museum, The Amsterdam Museum is a museum about the history of Amsterdam. It is located in the old city orphanage, between Kalverstraat and Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal.

Address:
Kalverstraat 92 | 1012 PH | Amsterdam

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun Closed

Entrance Fee:
Adult: €10
Children from 5-18 years old: €5

Rembrandt House Museum

The museum is the beautiful house where Rembrandt worked and lived for 20 years. The Rembrandt House owns an almost complete collection of Rembrandt’s world-famous etchings. There are daily demonstrations of how etchings and how paintings were made in the seventeenth century.

Address:
Jodenbreestraat 4‎ | 1011 NK | Amsterdam

Opening Hour:
Every day from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M.

Entrance Fee:
Adults: € 12,50
Children under 6: Free
Children 6-17: € 4.00

Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum

The museum offers visitors information about the historical and modern uses of cannabis for medicinal, religious and cultural purposes. The museum also focuses on how hemp can be used for agricultural and industrial purposes, even including clothing accessories and cosmetic products made from hemp fibre in their gift shop.

Address:
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148 | 1012 DV | Amsterdam

Opening Hours:
Every day from 10:00 to 23:00

Entrance Fee:
Adult: 9€
Children: Free

Night Life in Amsterdam

Night Life in Amsterdam

REMBRAND-SQUARE-18-495x400For party people, there are plenty of clubs in Amsterdam that offer wild, fun or classy nights out. Whether you’re looking to dance the night away, drink or meet someone, the nightclubs in Amsterdam have got you covered. Well known and popular clubs are centred in the following areas:

Rembrandtplein

Rembrandtplein is lined with pubs, restaurants and cafes and it’s a popular centre for quality night clubs. Around the borders of the square there are traditional Dutch pubs which play real Dutch music, the chic and classy Club Rain and Escape, both of which are great choices to dance the night away and show of your latest designer fashions. More casual clubbers might find Studio 80 and its dedicated genre music nights of interest, while the cheap and cheerful Club Smokey across the square plays the hits. Those looking for Amsterdam gay clubs will find the nearby Reguliersdwarsstraat the place to be, while Amstel on the other side of the square plays host to an ever diminishing number of gay clubs and cafés.

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The Leidseplein or Leidse-square is one of Amsterdam’s most popular centres for nightlife and shopping. Much of Amsterdam’s nightlife centres around Leidseplein and the streets nearby. Famous music venues such as Melkwegand Paradiso can be found here, while Irish pubs, brown cafés and smaller nightclubs line the square and the streets radiating off it. Sugar Factory sitting directly opposite Melkweg, offers a more youthful and energetic take on the jazz scene. Jimmy Woo, just off Leidseplein at Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18, is the often called most stylish club to visit in the city. Its reputation as a place where the beautiful people go to party is well deserved and the odd celebrity can be seen strutting their stuff here at VIP events and after-parties.

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Bitterzoet, a short walk away at Spuistraat 2, also hosts a number of music nights, with either DJs or live bands performing a mixture of funk, soul, house and even modern jazz music. Dansen bij Jansen, close to Spui at Handboogstraat 11, is the most popular club for Amsterdam students.

 

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Casa Rosso, Moulin Rouge and Banana Bar are the most infamous live sex theatres in the Amsterdam Red Light District. The venues here are larger and cleaner than for many other sex shows. The atmosphere of Casa Rosso is much friendlier to women than in other sex shows, including the Banana Bar, and you will often find groups of girls or couples among the audience.

Cafe Casablanca can be found just outside the Red Light District at Zeedijk 24 and has been a fixture of Amsterdam’s jazz scene since 1945. The cruise club Fuxx at Warmoesstraat 96 has replaced the legendary club Cockring and also offers regular nights with a focus on fetish parties.

 

Shopping in Amsterdam

Shopping in Amsterdam

In general, shops are open till 6pm and closed on Sundays. Thursday is the late night shopping day and most shops are open until 9pm. Some supermarkets stay open until 8 or 10 pm. However, on Sundays, you can shop in the city center, Kalverstraat, Damrak, Leidsestraat, and near the Noorderkerk.

Shopping Streets / Areas

Nieuwdijk-Kalverstraat

A very well known and most crowded shopping area is Nieuwedijk-Kalverstraat, about 1 km long full of shops. Begin your shopping experience from the Nieuwedijk close to Central Station and follow it till the end of Kalverstraat. Both streets are basically dedicated to clothing, sportswear, music, perfume and gift shops, fast food restaurant and ice cream salon.

P. C. Hoofstraat

P.C. Hooftstraat (Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat) London’s Bond Street in Amsterdam; infamous for luxury shopping. On this road you will find the haute couture boutiques: Cartier, Gucci, Edgar Vos, Tommy Hillfinger and the very impressive Oger shop are all located here.

Utrechtsestraat

Utrechtsestraat is another picturesque shopping street. You’ll find huge American apparel here. Both sides of the streets are full of clothing shops, electronics, music, restaurants and coffee corners, bars, pastry shop etc.

Leidestraat

There’s more mainstream shopping also at the Leidsestraat. Shops are ranging from shoes, fashion and clothing, books, sunglasses and many more. It is a perfect spot for Sunday shopping. All the shops will be open until 18:00, guaranteed.

Haarlemmerstraat

Haarlemmerstraat was selected as one of the cosiest shopping street in the Netherlands. This busy shopping is close to the Central Station and hosts a variety of shops and cafes.

Coffee Shops in Amsterdam

Coffee Shops in Amsterdam

If you are not familiar with the vibe of Amsterdam you may get confused with coffee shop. If you wish to grab coffee then head to a café not to a coffee shop. A coffee shop is the place where they sell legal cannabis. There are many coffee shops in Amsterdam, and they differ as wildly in style, approach and atmosphere as any other type of establishment. Foreigners are still allowed to buy weed.Coffee-Shop-1024x350

The regulations

Depending on their influence on human health the Dutch have divided drugs into the groups of soft drugs and hard drugs. Hard drugs as cocaine, LSD, morphine, heroin are forbidden in the Netherlands as in any other country.

Soft drugs as cannabis in all its forms (marijuana, hashish, hash oil) and hallucinogenic mushrooms (so called magic mushrooms or paddos – from Dutch: paddestoel – mushroom) are legal under condition of so called “personal use”. However the sell of most of magic mushrooms (also known as hallucinogenic mushrooms or paddos), has been forbidden since November 1, 2008

Under Dutch drug law, coffee shops are allowed to sell a maximum of five grams of cannabis per person aged 18 years or older, providing identification.

Coffee shops are not allowed to sell alcohol. No coffee shops permit the use of hard drugs and you will find yourself ejected quite quickly should you try to test this.

Coffee shops are not allowed to advertise

Technically is it not allowed to smoke weed on the street or in open and public space. If you are caught by a police man you will be warned.

The Custom

Most coffee shops have a weed menu, from which customers can make a selection. You will then be presented with a plastic bag with your marijuana or hash inside and are free to leave with it or smoke it on the premises. Many coffee shops also have a sealed ‘smoking area’ in order to allow customers to smoke joints containing Customers are welcome to smoke their own weed in coffee shops too, though in this case you will be expected to purchase a drink or something as a courtesy.

Below is a sample of some of the more popular, unique or influential coffee shops to be found in Amsterdam.

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Grasshopper
A spacious touristy coffee shop just off Damrak towards red lights, with a terrace in summer, plus a bar and restaurant upstairs.
Address :
Oudebrugsteeg 16

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Generally recognised as the first coffeeshop in Amsterdam. Being in the heart of the Red Light District, the view is interesting too.
Address:
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 90

Bulldog – Leidseplein
Probably the best known coffeeshop in Amsterdam. It’s a big place right on the Leidseplein square in a building that was once a police station.
Address:
Leidseplein 17

The Rookies
A unique coffee shop located just off Leidseplein. the Rookies has a woody cafe-bar feel to it. It’s a fairly large room with plenty of tables and chairs.
Address:
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 145-147

Sightseeing and Excursions

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Discover all the great things to do and see in Amsterdam. Brochures are available at our reception. Please do not hesitate to contact our receptionist for information.  For many excursion and sightseeing, you can also buy the ticket at the reception.

More information on Amsterdam sightseeing is also available on the website of sightseeing company Tours & Tickets