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Amsterdam travel tips for first timers

You still haven?t been to Amsterdam? Change that as soon as possible. Amsterdam is one of those cities that you have to visit at least once. And it will not disappoint. Before going, here are some things to take into account for your first time trip to Amsterdam.

When to go to Amsterdam?

With 920,000 inhabitants versus 21 million overnight visitors (2019), it is safe to say that I can get a bit busy. Pick your potion: opt for better chances of dry days and get more crowds, or the other way around.

  • Shoulder seasons (April-May, September-October): Pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and lower prices make these periods ideal.
  • Summer (June-August): Expect sunshine, lively events, and peak crowds (and prices).
  • Winter (November-March): Cozy cafes, festive markets, and fewer tourists, but colder temperatures and shorter days. Admire the lights during the Christmas period, and special events like Amsterdam Light Festival. Expect more rain.
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Where to stay?

  • City Center: Immerse yourself in the action, but be prepared for noise and higher costs.
  • Jordaan or Plantage: Quaint neighborhoods with charming canals and unique shops.
  • De Pijp or Oud-Zuid: Trendy areas with trendy accommodations and vibrant nightlife.
  • Cool experiences: consider canal boats, unique but limited space and privacy.

Read this blog to learn about the different neighborhoods, and what there is to do there.

Getting around

Choose your favourite way of moving around; biking, walking, e-scooters, tram, bus or metro. Amsterdammers prefer their bike. Practice riding in a calmer area before you dive into the city madness. Read more tips about cycling in the bike capital of the world here.

  • E-scooter: if you have a driver?s licence, make an account on Felyx or Check. Do it in advance, because they have to verify your licence. You can find them all over town. Make sure you are aware of the rules of driving in Amsterdam.
  • Public transportation: the provider in Amsterdam is GVB. You can get a ticket inside the tram or at the metro stations, or check in with your bank card. For convenience, purchase a 24-hour ticket, where you have unlimited checking in and out.
  • Taxis: travel by car way using Uber, Bolt or regular city taxis.

What to visit in Amsterdam?

You have come to the right place. There are some essentials that every tourist has to visit when they come to Amsterdam.

  • Anne Frank museum: the house where Anne Frank and her family were hiding during the second world war. This is where she was writing in her diary during that period. Get your tickets on time, because it can be booked up for months.
  • Canals: take a cruise on the waterways that make Amsterdam the city it is. Enjoy a relaxing tour that gives you better understanding of the city.
  • Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum: two art museums, in close proximity to each other that cannot be missed. Learn about the biggest Dutch masters. At these places it is also recommended booking your tickets in advance.
  • Red Light District: a sight to see once, and then maybe you never return again or you want to party there every night.
  • Heineken Experience: did you know this beer was created here?
  • Vondelpark: the prettiest park of the city. When the sun shines, this place is full of people hanging out on the grass fields or jogging, walking, skating, biking around.
  • Albert Cuyp Market: shop and taste flavours from all over the world. Nothing like some market atmosphere!
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Coffeeshop culture

The coffeeshops in Amsterdam are little different from the ones with your selection of hot drinks. In here, you can buy and smoke cannabis and hashish. You have to show legitimate identification proofing you are over 18 years old to enter. These cannabis cafes area place to hang out where you can eat, drink and smoke.

Is weed legal in the Netherlands?

It is not, it is only allowed, or tolerated. The possession of soft drugs for your own use is not an issue. Selling (any type of) drugs, is an offence. You can legally carry 5 grams of weed with you. If you are caught with more than this amount, it will be considered dealing.

Why are they called coffee shops? Selling substances is a little less obvious if the name doesn?t suggest the real purpose of the store. Before there rules were what they are now, the owners had to be more secretive.

Do you want to learn more about this interesting plant? Visit the Hash & Marihuana museum.

Scams in Amsterdam ? amster-scam

While Amsterdam is a safe destination, there are some tricks to be mindful of. Like in any big city, pickpockets can be quick to grab some of your euros. Be aware in busy and touristy areas and keep your surroundings.

  • Money transfer and ATMs: Avoid ?independent? ATMs, for example Euronet and Travelex. They have high fees and will take way more money than an ATM from a normal bank would. Stay on the lookout for ?Geldmaat?, the yellow ATMs. These are controlled by the big banks and can be trusted.
  • Cheap bikes: The most typical Dutch scam if we have ever seen one! It might seem tempting to buy a bike from someone on the street for a very low price, but it is not worth the risk. The bikes that are sold on the streets are obviously stolen. Since this is one of the oldest crimes, the police is very strict about it. Buying a stolen bike is a criminal offence.
  • Street dealers: Street dealers are making money by selling low quality drugs, laced with other products. In previous years there have been some dangerous mixing in the drugs sold on the streets. The government was warning tourists about the dangers of white heroin being sold as cocaine. So just stay away from drugs, kids.

Day trips from Amsterdam

Explore beyond the rings and visit some quaint old Dutch towns. Choose for a catered package where you follow along, enjoy the views and learn about the Dutch culture. Or, you can create your own trip using the public transport system.

  • Countryside and windmills: visit the most picturesque Dutch villages.
  • Rotterdam, Delft and the Hague: tour to new cities, from modernity to classic.
  • Utrecht: board the intercity train, departing every 10 minutes, and within 30 minutes you will arrive in the student city Utrecht. That feels like a smaller Amsterdam (but don?t say that to the Utrechters).

Why go to Amsterdam?

We can write an infinite amount of blogs about why you should visit this city. The house boats, canals and merchant houses are some of the views that you will never get tired of. There are lots of nice cafes and interesting food to try (read more here). The people are friendly, the parties wild. So, what?s keeping you?

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Hidden gems in Amsterdam

You are not like other tourists! You want to experience authentic Amsterdam. Dam square? You don?t need to see that. Rijksmuseum? So cliché. No, you are here to walk off the beaten track. Beyond the well-trodden paths of tourists lie hidden gems, secret spots, and unique experiences waiting to be discovered by you! Let us assist in finding the true hidden gems of Amsterdam.

Visit these places soon, before the TikTok-ers find their way there too! In this blog, we’ll delve into the lesser-known side of Amsterdam, unveiling the city’s best-kept secrets and highlighting some crazy and unique activities that will make your Amsterdam adventure truly unforgettable and so much more underground and interesting.

Biking to unexplored gems in and outside Amsterdam

Of course you have to ride a bike when you are in the city of a million bicycle spokes. Navigating through the center is an experience alone, but you are there with the other tourists. For bike rides to tranquil areas make your way outside of the center, into adventure.

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel:

This cute village is loved for the churches and monuments. Enjoy scenic views along the Amstel river while you make your way to this village. A countryside experience, just a 30 minute bike ride from the center!

Weesp:

Officially part of Amsterdam since 2022. You will hardly find any tourists in this neighborhood. Explore this historic city with amazing waterways, monuments and windmills. Truly worth your visit if you are looking for a relaxed, more country-side feel.

Guided Tour outside of the center:

Join a bike tour that takes you away from the touristy streets and into the local neighborhoods. Take a Fatbike Amsterdam Tour and let the guides take around to find the hidden gems of Amsterdam. While simultaneously, looking cool on the scooter-style fat bikes.

Secret Book market in the Red Light District

The small cobblestones streets in the Red Light District provide plenty of adventure. A sight to see at least once, with the famous windows, coffeeshops and the erotic theatre Casa Rosso ? so much to do. And therefore, it accumulates a lot of tourists to the area.

There is one spot, an oasis of inside this hectic center, that mass-tourism didn?t discover yet. Enter the Oudemanhuisport. A courtyard that belong to the buildings of the University of Amsterdam. Walk around to browse the stalls where you can buy second  hand books.

Do you love reading? Explore the five story large bookshop Scheltema at Rokin. There?s also a book market on Spui every Friday.

Location: Oudemanhuispoort

Hidden art gallery: What Is Happening Here?

There has never been a location more properly named than this one. On one of the party streets, this huge gallery takes you from the hustle into another dimension. It is completely free to enter, as they run on donations. Dare to enter this secret experience and explore art that engages all your senses.

Not just the art, but also the building is impressive. The location used to be a old bank, where the queen had her own vault. Walk around, get lost in the vaults and witness art as never before. If you are lucky, you can even join a hidden party in the basement.

Location: Regulierdwarsstraat 73

Festival without the crowds: Our House

Are you the new headliner for Tomorrowland? Or just interested in learning more about this genre of music and its history? Step inside Our House Museum of Electronic Music. As educational as it is fun. With amazing light shows and unmatched acoustics. Enjoy a museum that feels like a festival, but without the crowds!

Location: Amstelstraat 24-26

Art house movie theatres

Maybe catching a movie was not on your list of things to do when you?re in a different city, but seeing amazing architecture is, right? These movie theaters fit right in. You do not even have to sit down for a screening, just having a drink or bite is a whole experience in these monumental or interesting buildings!

  • Lab111: one of the most unique venues you will find, as it is inside a former laboratory. Explore the different rooms, eat a fresh pizza and drink amazing cocktails. Even the toilets are fun!
    Location: Arie Biemondstraat 111
  • The Movies: At one of the coolest streets in the city enter this theater where they play movies. I wish they made that clear in the name, but that?s just me. It is Amsterdam?s oldest movie theatre and dates all the way back to 1912. Enjoy the Art Deco interior and have look at the monumental venue.
    Location: Haarlemmerdijk 159 – 163
  • Rialto: For arthouse movies with a special aim towards non-western cinema, Rialto on the Ceintuurbaan in the Pijp is a pearl of a location. Founded in 1920 by a film enthusiast, the classic charm has never left the building.
    Location: Ceintuurbaan 338
  • Kriterion: established in 1945 by a group of students as a self-supporting student organization. The original purpose was to provide employment for students who had lost their jobs during World War II. Over the years, Kriterion has evolved into a cultural and social hub, hosting not only film screenings but also various events, debates, and activities.
    Location: Roetersstraat 170

Unique attractions in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is rich in not just hidden gems but also one of a kind attractions. Some of them already found the limelight of tourism, but still worth your time if you are looking for a unique experience.

Red Light Secrets Museum

Truly Amsterdam and one of a kind. This small museum tells you all about the history of the famous Red Light District and what it is like to work there now. You can even sit behind a red lit window yourself! Walk through the rooms and listen to the story of Angela, a former prostitute. Or as she calls it: a sex therapist.

Location: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 60h

Electric Ladyland

Have you ever been? Brighten up your trip by entering the Electric Ladyland. A place full of color as it is dedicated to the world of fluorescent art. Psychedelic vibes and immersive creations draw you in from the moment you step into the building.

Location: Tweede Leliedwarsstraat 5

Ripley’s Believe it or Not

Ripley?s is certainly one of those unusual places in Amsterdam that you will not soon forget. With real shrunken heads, the world?s longest fingernails and art made on rice kernels, it is safe to say that this place is unlike anything else. Not so much a secret of Amsterdam but not a cliché.

Location: Dam 21

Kattenkabinet – Cat Cabinet

Calling all cat lovers: this is your new favourite museum! Admire artworks and artifacts of cats, felines and only that inside a historic canal house. Explore the relationships between cats and humans throughout the years, as reflected in the artworks in the museum.

Location: Herengracht 497

Sup the Amstel River and the city canals

Experience the quintessential canals! Try stand up paddle boarding on the Amstel river and – if you feel comfortable – make your way to the city centre. See the city from your paddel board. Encouter party boats, canal cruises and people chilling all along the canals. 

You can book this fun way to explore Amsterdam via Canal Sup or other paddle board rental places.

Discover these hidden gems and unique attractions in Amsterdam and make the most out of your trip!

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What neighbourhoods to visit in Amsterdam?

A guide to the must-visit areas of Amsterdam.

Get to know the city, one neighbourhood at the time! In this city where you can walk from area to area, the different cultures are still present in every new hood. Explore the different flavours in the city.

Amsterdam is made up of 518 neighbourhoods, inside 110 districts, that are made up of 25 areas and 9 city districts. We are focusing on the ?area?s?, but we will just call them neighbourhoods.

Grachtengordel

The canal belt that circles the city is comprised of two neighbourhoods: Grachtengordel- West en -Zuid. One of the most iconic areas of Amsterdam, crowned with being a UNESCO World Heritage site. This wonderful area has a network of canals, bridges and the charming 17th-century canal houses. It contains the three most famous canals; Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht.

The Grachtengordel was built in the golden ages, when Amsterdam was a major trading center. The canals were used for transportation and commerce. The canal houses were built for the wealthy merchants and artisans. It has always been an affluent place of prestige and luxurious living.

We would recommend enjoying the canals and this area in general by taking a canal cruise. Learn about the area while enjoying the views from the water.

Boutique stores and cafes can be found at the nine streets. Walk around and see what catches your fancy. Every now and then a café finds its way through the TikTok algorithm which creates a big hype. Don?t be surprised to see long lines in these streets at for example Fabel Friet and Chun Café.

For a fun night out visit Rembrandtplein with many bars, coffeeshops and clubs. This is also where you can embark on a once in a lifetime adventure at the Amsterdam Icebar.

Although the Grachtengordel is very populair amongst tourists, there are still some hidden spots! Disscover local retailers and quaint cafes all along the wining streets.

Must visits:

  • Cruise the canals
    Sit back and admire the Canal Belt.
  • The Amsterdam Icebar
    Can you brave the cold? This unforgettable experience lifts your Amsterdam trip to a new level.
  • Escape Club
    The biggest club in the city on the vibrant Rembrantplein.
  • Willet Holthuysen
    See what those beautiful merchant houses looked like from the inside back in the Golden Ages.
  • Foam
    Renowed photgraphy museum.
  • Anne Frank House
    Visit the actual house where Anne Frank and her family were hiding from the Nazi occupations. Perhabs the most famous museum in the country, therefor; always busy. Timeslots are booked up months in advance.

De Pijp (Rivierenbuurt de Pijp, Zuid)

At the south city of the city centre, just outside of the canal ring, walk into the pipe ? De Pijp. De Pijp is a diverse and lively neighbourhood with a multicultural atmosphere. Famous for the Albert Cuyp Market, where you can sample international cuisines and shop for unique trinkets. Enjoy this melting pot of cultures. The area is also home to the Heineken Experience, numerous parks, and a vibrant nightlife scene, making it a favorite among locals and tourists alike.

What once was a working-class neighbourhood is now one of the most sought-after areas in the city. This trendy area has an abundance of hipsters. It is the perfect spot for your Sunday brunch. There are many local restaurants and cafés to choose from. Vegetarian people and vegans will have no trouble jumping into a random place, since the whole area is super veg-friendly. De Pijp is the hot spot for all foodies alike!

This is also one of the best places to admire the artistic movement of the Amsterdam School. An architectural style famous in the. characterized using bricks and decorative facades in brick or natural stone.

(image: AmsterdamSights)

Must visits:

  • Heineken Experience
    The tastiest way to learn about the Netherlands favourite beer brand.
  • Albert Cuyp Market
    Eat your way around the most well-known market in the city, open every day except Sundays.
  • Marie Heinekenplein
    Home of the Vegan Junk Food bar among others.
  • Sarphatipark
    People, dog and duck watching. This cute park is loved by the locals.
  • Rialto
    100-year-old cinema with arthouse movies.

De Wallen, red light district (Centrum-west)

Go on an exploration on the naughtiest area of Amsterdam. This is a place where most tourist will go at least once. But don?t look at de Wallen as just an attraction. Sure, it has the red-lit windows with sexworkers, coffeeshops and bars and lots of tourists, but there is much more to this area.

Visit the area during the day when it is a little less busy, to be able to take in the cute narrow cobblestone streets, the bridges and the canals. Walk through Chinatown and hop into some of the eccentric stores. Besides the naughty shops, there are some truly interesting stores to be discovered.

Must visits:

  • Red light Secrets Museum
    Discover what the industry is really like and how the city of Amsterdam regulates safe prostitution.
  • Hash and Marihuana Museum
    When in Amsterdam…
  • Oude Kerk (Old Church)
    Visit the oldest church of Amsterdam, dating back to the 13th century.
  • Onze lieve heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic)
    Secret catholic church built in the time when Catholicism was outlawed in the Netherlands.

NDSM-Terrain

Cross the IJ with the free ferry to the NDSM wharf. The NDSM Werf (Wharf) is a former shipyard turned into a creative and cultural hotspot in Amsterdam. Located in the northern part of the city, this industrial area has undergone a transformation into a vibrant community with a focus on arts, culture, and alternative lifestyles. The crossing is an experience, with your 15-minute ferry ride you get to see some interesting buildings.

One of the most notable features of the NDSM Werf is its extensive collection of street art and murals. The area has become an open-air gallery with colorful and large-scale artworks covering walls, buildings, and even some of the old shipyard structures.

Inside the NDSM building, find many studios of various artist. You can explore various art studios, galleries, and creative spaces. Keep an eye out for exhibitions, performances, and events that might be happening in the area. Monthly, this is where you also find part the biggest vintage market of Amsterdam; the IJhallen.

Must Visit:

  • STRAAT
    Visit the street art and graffiti museum, quickly becoming one of the most beloved attractions in the city.
  • Pannenkoeken cruise
    Departing from NDSM, cruise along the IJ river while endulging on as many pancakes as you can eat.
  • Blast Galaxy
    Pay for entrance only and play limitless arcade games.
  • Pllek
    Hip bar and restaurant made from ship containers. It is possible to dip into the river from here and lay on the fake beach!

Oud-West (West)

West is the best! This area is more of a residential area and therefore often overlooked by tourists. Take your advantage, as you can be the more locally aware tourist now! Mingle with the locals and live like an Amsterdammer.

The Oud-West neighbourhood emerged in the early 20th century as Amsterdam expanded westward. The neighbourhood’s architecture reflects this era, with a mix of ornate Art Deco buildings, traditional Dutch brick houses, and modern apartment complexes. Oud-West has retained its distinctive character, blending the old with the new, creating a dynamic and appealing urban environment.

Walk along the Bilderdijkstraat and find bars and restaurants catered to every taste preference. Like the (Italian!)-award winning pizzeria nNea, some vegan hotspots like Soil of Amsterdam or a Polish brunch at Kazik. Its is al possible here!

Must visits:

  • De Hallen
    This former tram-depot is transformed into a food hall, cinema, a market and art exhibitions.
  • Ten Kate market
    A small street market for fresh fruits and vegetables. One of the best falafels in town is found here!
  • Lab 111
    Former pathological-anatomical laboratory turned into theater for movie geeks.
  • Zevenlandenhuizen
    Seven houses built in the style of different countries.

(image: Gemeente Amsterdam)

Museum quarter (Oud-Zuid)

High end shopping, world-class dining and the most famous museums are found here. The affluent area of Oud-Zuid is famous for the ?old money? inhabitants.

As the name suggests, the Museumkwartier (museum quarter) is where we find some of the most renowned museums of Amsterdam. Located in the heart of the city’s cultural hub, it includes the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh Museum, MOCO and the Diamond museum amongst others.

Find Vondelpark next to this neighbourhood. Amsterdams most famous park. Bustling with activities in summer, from picnics and student meet ups to free comedy on the Vondel theatre. There are a few places to have a drink, or drinks, in the park as well. Surrounded by greenery!

Must visits:

  • The museums, of course!
    Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, MOCO, Diamond and Stedelijk.
  • Bols Experience
    Discover the world of Dutch Genever brand Bols and create your own cocktails.
  • Vondelpark
    Stroll around this beautiful park, enjoy watching people, canaries (really), ducks and geese.
  • P.C. Hooftstraat
    For luxurious shopping, or just window shopping.
  • Concert Hall
    Famous for its exceptional acoustics, this is the place to visit for classical or jazz music enthusiasts. Also hosts free lunchtime concerts weekly.

Jordaan (Centrum-West)

Nestled in the western part of the city centre, the Jordaan is a picturesque neighbourhood known for its narrow streets, canals, and artistic vibe. Formerly a working-class area, Jordaan has transformed into a bohemian haven with trendy boutiques, vintages shopping, art galleries, and cozy cafes. A hipsters dream!

The area was built in the first half of the seventeenth century, when Amsterdam was expanding rapidly. The money was all put into the houses around the canal belt, so there was not much left for de Jordaan. The smaller, cheaper built houses attracted a working-class population. Learn more about this and other historic neighbourhoods in this blog.

Nowadays, it is one of the most expensive places to live in the city. The old school character has remained. Wander around this area, where every alley is more beautiful than the other.

Must visits:

  • Vincent meets Rembrandt
    Listen to the story of the two most famous Dutch painters and see their artworks come to live all around you.
  • Cafe Winkel 43
    The best Applepie in Amsterdam. It is quite a claim, but they live up to it!
  • Noorderkerk
    The most important church of de Jordaan.
  • Noordermarket
    Locally loved sunday market in front of the church with local sellers.
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Eating your way through Amsterdam

Food to try in Amsterdam, a foodies paradise.

The Netherlands might not be known for its cuisine but good food can in fact easily be found, especially in the capital! What are some food items you can not miss when you visit Amsterdam? And where can you find them?

Albert Cuypmarkt

The biggest market in Amsterdam has (duh) the most food options. Visiting the market gives you an insight some of the best dishes from all around the world. And they are done right! There are stands with falafel as well as bao, there are fried octopus balls and cannoli. Take a tour around the world, in the Pijp!

For some more local flavours try out the fish stands. The Dutch love getting their fish from the market, and here at Albert Cuyp they really know how to prepare it! Try out Kibbeling, fried cod fish with a delicious spice blend. If you are more daring you can try herring! Herring is typically eaten raw with unions and pickles. It?s a delicacy, which means not everyone loves it as much as the other.

Another market favourite is the Stroopwafel. A blog about food in the Amsterdam is not complete without mentioning the famous cookie. With its popularity came a lot of merchants. You can find many stroopwafel stores around Amsterdam harking in tourists. However, when the Dutch eat their fresh Stroopwafel, it has to be one from the market!

Oliebollen

As soon as October hits, the oliebollen stalls are starting to pop up at squares all around the country. Oliebollen are fried dough balls with or without raisins and are a new years eve staple.

It is a tradition to eat so many oliebollen on the 31st of December, that you can not fathom them anymore until next October comes.

The cold winter months feel so much better with the occasional (daily) oliebol! Eat them with powdered sugar and switch them up for an appelflap or apple beignet (fried dough with apple) every once in a while. This is Dutch cuisine at its finest. Sorry, I don?t make the rules.

Rijsttafel

Indonesia was a Dutch colony until 1949. After the liberation and the war many Indonesian Dutch people moved to the Netherlands, and they brought their food with them. This is why you will find many Indonesian restaurants in the country. Indonesian cuisine is diverse and packed with flavour. To try out different dishes opt for the Rijssttafel. Even though that the food is Indonesian, the rice table is a staple in the Netherlands. Share small Indonesian dishes with your choice of fried or white rice.

Febo

Ready for a quick snack? At Febo you can get all the Dutch highlights right from the wall. It has it all: frikandellen, kroket, kaassouflé. Or even a normal burger and fries. If it is fried, it is at FEBO! After a night of partying, this is where you want to indulge. Insert a coin in the snack wall and the door with your snack of choosing will open. It is an experience in itself.

Fun fact: the name FEBO comes from the street where the first location was ever opened; the Ferdinand Bolstraat ? named after the famous Dutch painter from the golden ages. All Dutch heroes coming together.

Bitterballen

As of most things on the Dutch food list, this ball is a deep fried treat as well. The smaller brother of the kroket, the bitterball has a crunchy exterior and soft meat ragout on the inside. Bitterballen can be found on any terrace. They are a great dish to share.

Bitterballen go hand in hand with some Dutch golden goodness, it is beers best friend. Satisfying your needs for a fried treat when you have consumed some alcohol whilst keeping your stomach fulled so you wont get too intoxicated. What an invention!

Stamppot / hutspot

Another winter dish. Stamppot literally translates to mashed pot and that actually sums it up. Boiled potatoes are mashed with vegetables of ones choosing. The classic hutspot is mashed potatoes and carrots. Stamppot favourites are kale and endive, but you can vary as much as your creative brain lets you.

Stamppot was the perfect solution to find eat something that is filling and cheap. Top it with gravy, dijon mustard and a fine smoked sausage, and you have a comforting warm bowl of mash. It might not sound or look the most appealing, but this dish warms up our cold cold winters.

Food to try in Amsterdam

Going for an Amsterdam food trip? Discover more than just cheese and in most countries illegal substances. Go out and explore the best food options in Amsterdam!

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Things to do in Amsterdam in autumn

Discover what Amsterdam?s autumn has to offer.

What to do in Amsterdam in autumn?

Are you planning a visit to the city of canals in autumn? Make sure you prepare well! The season has a lot to offer, but you need to do some research to make the most out of it. For lots of tourist this is the best time to visit. Lesser crowds, the autumn foliage and colours, activities and still some lovely sunny days ? what is not to love? Let?s get into your autumn trip to Amsterdam!

Amsterdam weather in autumn

The weather can still be pleasant in the autumn months with an average temperature of 14.7 degrees Celsius. At night it gets colder, down to around 7 degrees Celsius. The downside of these months is the rain. Although rain is romantic and good for the plants, it is not ideal when you want to spend some time outside. Do as the Dutchies and keep a close eye on your weather app! One of the favourites is Buienradar ? which shows you a radar of when it is going to rain.

What to pack if you?re coming to Amsterdam in autumn?

Layers, layers, layers. The weather in Amsterdam is unpredictable, especially these months. Bring t-shirts as well as warm sweaters. A rain coat and shorts. You just never know. Do not forget your umbrella! Since Amsterdam is a very walkable city and it is best enjoyed by doing so or by biking, also bring a pair of comfortable shoes.

How do I prepare for my trip to Amsterdam in autumn?

Make reservations in advance. Although this season is less busy than the summer months, it is still crowded. The Dutch schools have a break in autumn and many Dutch day tourist like to come to Amsterdam during that period. Reserve your restaurants, museums and other attractions in advance to make sure you can visit the places you want!

With your Explore Pass you can book your activities before arriving, so you will be sure that you can visit that attraction on the date that you want ? and at the right time to be ready for your brunch appointment! Make your itinerary in advance and you don?t have anything to worry about when you arrive to the city.

What are fun festivals in Amsterdam in Autumn?

Do not think that once the summer season is over, with the many festivals and open air parties ? so is the festival lifestyle. There are many festivals, parties and gatherings going on in this season. Spoiler alert: the biggest event in Amsterdam takes place in October!

Amsterdam Dance Event

The most famous festival of the city is held in autumn. Every year in October electronic music lovers, DJs, producers and industry professionals make their way to ADE. Besides the many parties to chose from, there are also panels, workshops and networking events. During ADE you can party from Wednesday to Sunday, from morning to ? morning. With all the worlds biggest DJs gathered in one city, it might be hard to choose which parties you would like to attend.

Read more about ADE in this blogpost by Tours & Tickets for more insights.

Museumnacht ? museum night

Night at the museum goes wild! This event was founded to bring young people to the museums in the city. The museum night is a highly populair event for young and older people. The venues are open from 19:00 to 02:00 and one ticket gives you entry to all participating locations! Join a pub quiz, try out futuristic meals, make your own art, join guided tours or dance with the Girl with the Pearl. The options are endless! Click here for more.

Supervillans Halloween festival

Take your scariest, sexiest or funniest costume out of your closet ? it is Halloween in Amsterdam! At the Westerunie, in Westerpark, you can attend a creepingly fun Halloween festival. There are three areas and six stages, so there will always be a place you and your friends can dance the night away. Shake your booty with the villains of Amsterdam, click here for more.

What are fun autumn activities in Amsterdam?

Visit must-see and quirky Museums in Amsterdam

A list of activities in a culture rich city like Amsterdam is not complete without bringing some museums into the mix. Stop at museumplein to visit Rijksmuseum, van Gogh and MOCO. The three favourite art museums in town. For a good laugh (while learning something too) visit Ripley?s on Damsquare. Close to this venue you can find Madam Tussauds and BODY WORLDS. Both have human figurines, but they are not quite like each other. At BODY WORLDS you will learn all about the human body by seeing it inside out!

Are you into street art but is the weather not cooperating? Visit Straat museum at the NDSM Wharf. This huge ship shed has been transformed into a giant wall of fame. The art is changed often and made inside the museum. So you could even spot an artist at work!

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

See the changing colors of the leaves on the trees from the water. When it is raining, you will be dry while still exploring the city. Is a one hour cruise too short (I think most people can stay on the Amsterdam canals forever) ? opt for a wine and cheese, pizza or dinner cruise. Here you will get to enjoy the wonderful views of Amsterdam from the water, with a delicious treat in hand!

Guided e-bike tour

Check your weather app and plan a bike trip with the most fun tour guides we have met! The Fatbike tour is different than others, since you will riding the coolest e-bikes around. No autumn wind can get you down with the pedal support of these bikes. You can easily reach speeds up to 25km per hour. Visit areas outside of the city centre and learn more about the culture of the city.

Now you know how to prepare, what to do and where to go for your Amsterdam trip in autumn. All there is left to do is book your stuff! The easiest way? By ordering your Explore Pass of course! Check out our itineraries to have an idea how the Explore Pass helps you make this trip more affordable. Enjoy your trip!

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Vergelijking Amsterdam City passes: vind de perfecte pas voor jou

Wanneer je een bruisende en cultureel rijke stad als Amsterdam verkent, kan een stadspas een slimme manier zijn om geld te besparen en het meeste uit je bezoek te halen. Er zijn verschillende opties beschikbaar, dus het is belangrijk om de pas te kiezen die bij jouw interesses en reisstijl past. Als je de kenmerken en voordelen van verschillende Amsterdamse stadspassen wilt weten, blijf dan lezen. Wij helpen je de perfecte pas te kiezen voor jouw onvergetelijke avontuur in Amsterdam.

Waarom een city card kopen?

Een city card belooft korting op attracties en musea in die stad. Deze passen bundelen activiteiten zodat je ze gemakkelijker en goedkoper kunt ontdekken. De populairste attracties worden opgesomd met veel andere opties. Als je weet dat je de inbegrepen attracties gaat bezoeken, is het waarschijnlijk een voordelige optie voor je reis!

Naast de kortingen die city passes bieden, maken ze het kiezen van activiteiten gemakkelijker. De meeste kaarten hebben een selectie gemaakt waaruit je kan kiezen wat jouw voorkeur heeft.

I AMsterdam City Card

De I Amsterdam City Card is een kaart op basis van tijd, je kunt zes opties kiezen, van 24 uur tot 120 uur. Het is een uitgebreide pas die gratis toegang biedt tot talloze musea en attracties en gratis openbaar vervoer in Amsterdam. Het is een goede optie voor fervente museumbezoekers en mensen die op zoek zijn naar een breed scala aan culturele bezienswaardigheden.

Voordelen: veel attracties + openbaar vervoer met GVB inbegrepen

Nadelen: tijdsgebonden; je moet je misschien haasten om aan je trekken te komen
Lijst met opties kan overweldigend en verwarrend zijn: niet alles is gratis

Go City all-inclusive pas

Go-City heeft twee opties voor je ontdekkingstocht door Amsterdam: de All Inclusive pas en de Explorer Pas.

Met de Go City All-Inclusive Pass heb je onbeperkt toegang tot een aantal attracties, rondleidingen en activiteiten. Omdat de pas een beperkte geldigheidsduur heeft, moet je de activiteiten plannen binnen het gekozen tijdsbestek. Dit kan een uitdaging zijn als je in een rustig tempo op ontdekking wilt gaan.

De Go City All-Inclusive Pass is een optie voor toeristen die dagtochten willen maken vanuit Amsterdam of de Keukenhof willen verkennen in het voorjaar. Hij is iets duurder dan de IAmsterdam Card.

Voordelen: leuke opties zoals een waterfiets

Minpunten: niet veel attracties inbegrepen

Go City Explorer Pass

Met de Go City Explorer Pass kies voor een hoeveel attracties je wilt bezoeken, van 3 tot en met 7. Deze pas is geschikt voor mensen die op hun eigen tempo op ontdekking willen en hun favoriete attracties in gedachten hebben.

Deze aanpak neemt de stress weg van het zoveel mogelijk proppen in het tijdsbestek om je geld uit de pas te halen. Als je echter van plan bent om meer dan 7 opties te verkennen, is de Go City All-Inclusive Pass of I amsterdam City Card misschien een geschiktere keuze.

Voordelen: flexibel qua tijdsindeling

Minpunten: niet veel attracties inbegrepen

Explore Pass Amsterdam

De Explore Pass is de nieuwe stadspas van Amsterdam! De pas heeft een puntensysteem en is verkrijgbaar in 50, 75 of 100 Explore Points. Eenmaal geactiveerd is hij een jaar geldig. Het is de goedkoopste optie van het stel.

Er zijn een aantal attracties in Amsterdam die elke toerist minstens één keer gezien moet hebben, daarom kunnen ze snel uitverkocht raken. Met de Explore Pass bestel je maanden van tevoren tickets met korting voor de populairste attracties, zodat je zeker bent van je plek.

Het biedt een selectie aan topattracties en stimuleert een meeslepende ervaring die verder gaat dan een normale sightseeing. De pas is altijd inclusief 24 uur toegang tot de Hop on Hop off sightseeing bus, zodat je gemakkelijk door de stad kunt reizen. Deze pas is een balans tussen gemak en personalisatie. Vooraf geboekte ervaringen voorkomen wachtrijen, waardoor je meer tijd hebt om zonder gedoe te genieten van bezienswaardigheden zoals het Van Gogh Museum.

Voordelen: volledig digitaal
24 uur lang gratis in- en uitstappen in de sightseeingbus van Amsterdam
Maak je reisschema van tevoren om zeker te zijn van een plek

Minpunten: puntensysteem kan verwarrend zijn

Museumkaart

De Museumkaart, voorheen Museumjaarkaart, is een jaarabonnement waarmee je onbeperkt naar ongeveer 500 musea in Nederland kan.

Als je een museumliefhebber bent is de Museumkaart misschien wel de juiste keuze voor jou. Deze kaart biedt onbeperkt toegang tot talloze musea in heel Nederland en is dus perfect voor wie zich wil verdiepen in kunst en geschiedenis.

Voordelen: gratis toegang tot ongeveer 500 musea in heel Nederland

Nadelen: geen attracties of activiteiten inbegrepen
Je moet een Nederlands adres hebben om de fysieke kaart te ontvangen
Je hebt de fysieke kaart nodig voor entree

Amsterdam Museum aan de Amstel 2-min (1)

Welke Amsterdam City Card is de beste?

Het kiezen van de juiste Amsterdam City Pass hangt af van je voorkeuren en reisstijl. De Explore Pass geeft prioriteit aan flexibiliteit en laat je je ervaring op maat maken, de I Amsterdam City Card biedt een uitgebreid pakket, de Go City Pass maakt maatwerk mogelijk, de Museumkaart is een goede optie voor kunstliefhebbers en de Explore Pass biedt een makkelijk te gebruiken systeem en veel opties. Evalueer je interesses, verblijfsduur en favoriete attracties om de pas te vinden die het beste bij je past. Met een van deze passen weet je zeker dat je de parels van Amsterdam gemakkelijk kunt ontdekken.

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24 uur in Amsterdam met de Explore Pass

Geniet volop van jouw dag in Amsterdam

Amsterdam zit vol met geweldige attracties, musea en andere activiteiten. Als je maar 24 uur in Amsterdam bent, moet je prioriteiten stellen. Je wilt de absolute hoogtepunten zien en met Explore Pass kan dat met een geweldige kortingen.

Om het meeste uit je 24 uur in de stad te halen kan de Explore Pass met 50 Explorer Points je een geweldige ervaring geven in Amsterdam. Je kunt kiezen uit 35 verschillende attracties, musea en tours in de stad om te verkennen. Hier is onze aanbevolen selectie als je maar 24 uur in Amsterdam bent, waarmee je alle 50 Explorer Points opgebruikt.

Een iconische rondvaart in Amsterdam

Amsterdam staat bekend om de grachten en een rondvaart over deze waterwegen is een must voor elke bezoeker aan de stad. Of je nu kiest voor de klassieke 1 uur durende rondvaart of de Semi-Open rondvaart, is aan jou. Voor warmer weer, zoals in de lente en zomer raden we de Semi-Open aan, terwijl de klassieke rondvaart je een geweldige ervaring geeft op koudere en nattere dagen.

Beide rondvaarten worden verzorgd door LOVERS Canal Cruises, die al sinds de jaren 1950 door de Amsterdamse grachten varen. Beide cruises nemen je mee langs de iconische grachten van Amsterdam, zoals de Herengracht, Keizersgracht en Prinsengracht. Hoewel elke rondvaart uniek is om opstoppingen op de grachten te vermijden, zie je onderweg sowieso veel bruggen, koopmanshuizen en kerken.

Het grootste street art museum ter wereld

Een van de nieuwste musea in Amsterdam is STRAAT Museum en het is al snel een statement locatie voor de stad aan het worden. Het STRAAT Museum is het grootste museum gewijd aan street art en graffiti ter wereld. Het is gevestigd in een oude industriële scheepswerf en de kunst binnen is net zo monumentaal, ruw en radicaal als het gebouw zelf.

De tentoongestelde kunst verandert voortdurend en er worden steeds nieuwe stukken aan de collectie toegevoegd. De tentoongestelde kunstwerken zijn allemaal op locatie gemaakt, vaak tijdens de reguliere openingstijden van het museum. De kunst in het museum is net zo groot als de straatkunst buiten op straat, alleen kun je hier meer te weten komen over de context waarin de kunst is gemaakt.

Verken de stad met de bus

Terwijl je je een weg baant door de stad, wil je je voeten misschien een pauze gunnen tussen de activiteiten door. Een geweldige manier om te verplaatsen tussen attracties en activiteiten in Amsterdam is met de Hop-on Hop-off bus van City Sightseeing Amsterdam. Met meerdere haltes rond het stadscentrum, kan je gemakkelijk je weg rond Amsterdam maken.

Je kunt in 24 uur zo vaak in- en uitstappen als je wilt. Je kunt beginnen op Amsterdam Centraal Station en met de bus door het centrum rijden naar parken zoals het Oosterpark en Vondelpark, of naar buurten zoals de Jordaan en de Pijp. Met de gratis City Sightseeing Amsterdam app kun je precies zien wanneer de volgende bus bij jou in de buurt aankomt.

Het Vondelpark is een favoriete plek voor zowel Amsterdammers als bezoekers en het beroemdste park van de stad. De straten van de Jordaan zijn bezaaid met boetiekjes, gezellige kroegen en hippe eetgelegenheden. In de Pijp kun je op de Albert Cuypmarkt typisch Nederlands eten en snacks proberen, zoals haring, stroopwafels en poffertjes.

Het nationale museum van Nederland

Voor een echt Nederlandse ervaring moet een bezoek aan het Rijksmuseum op je must-do lijst staan! Het nationale museum van Nederland is het grootste kunstmuseum van het land en herbergt een collectie die het verhaal vertelt van 800 jaar Nederlandse kunst en geschiedenis. De gehele collectie bevat meer dan een miljoen stukken waarvan er ongeveer 8000 te zien zijn in het Rijksmuseum.

Tussen de tentoongestelde kunstwerken zitten meerdere wereld beroemde werken van Nederlandse meesters zoals Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, Frans Hals en Johannes Vermeer. Kunstwerken die je zeker niet mag missen zijn Rembrandt's Nacht Wacht en Vermeer's Melkmeisje. En het gebouw zelf is een kunstwerk an sich, met glas in lood en mozaïek vloeren.

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Wat is de Explore Pass Amsterdam?

Explore Amsterdam with ease: this is the Explore Pass Amsterdam
If you are planning a trip to the capital of the Netherlands, and want to experience the top attractions, highlights and maybe even some quirky gems, without any hassle the Explore Pass is the city card for you. This fully digital pass gives you access to your choice to the best museums and attractions in Amsterdam. Let?s get acquainted.

What is the Explore Pass?

The Explore Pass is a fully digital city card available with 50, 75 or 100 points. Use these points for discounted tickets to the attractions in Amsterdam of your choosing.

Explore at your pace

The pass is valid for a year from the moment you activate it. This means you do not have to rush your trip, you can spend your Explore Points whenever you want. Do not tire yourself out by cramming all your visits in a few days! Plan your trip conveniently and with enough time to experience the city and its true culture.

You can get the pass in advance of your trip, and book tickets before you even arrive. This way when you get to Amsterdam, you are sure that you are already have your ticket on the day you want to visit. No let downs because of fully booked venues!

Fully digital

The Explore Pass makes it easy to discover Amsterdam. When you get the pass, you can start planning. Because it is all digital, you will always have it with you. All the tickets to the attractions are in your Explore wallet. Easy to find, hard to loose.

What is included in the pass?

Hop on Hop off Amsterdam

There are more than 35 attractions, tours and museums in and around

Amsterdam available with the pass. Pick your favorites!

Enjoy some sightseeing around the city by hopping on and off the famous City Sightseeing bus, included in your pass for free. Every Explore Pass is equipped with a 24 hour ticket for the bus, without spending any of your explore points. To make it as easy and convenient as possible to experience the most of Amsterdam.

Use the sightseeing bus to hop from one attraction to another. Rest your feet and enjoy the tour. Get to see the highlights of Amsterdam and hop out when you want to visit a cool attraction!

How to make the most of your Explore Pass

Open your explore pass in the web-app. In this live booking hub, select the attractions that tickle your fancy. Find the top things that you want to do and get your tickets to reserve your spot.

Check out the example itineraries to see how much money you can save!

Costs

There are three types of passes available, the 50, 75 or 100 Point pass.
50 Explorer Points – ?50,- euros per pass
75 Explorer Points – ?75,- euros per pass
100 Explorer Points – ?100,- euros per pass

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Budgetvriendelijke dingen om te doen in Amsterdam

Ben je op zoek naar manieren om van Amsterdam te genieten zonder blut thuis te komen? We hebben een aantal tips en trucs verzameld om je reis naar Amsterdam betaalbaarder te maken. Want zelfs met een klein budget is er genoeg te doen! Van rondhangen zoals de lokale bevolking tot het vinden van goede deals voor musea, je trip naar Amsterdam zal er een zijn om nooit te vergeten.

Is Amsterdam goedkoop of duur om te bezoeken?

Oké, Amsterdam is niet de meest goedkope plek. Maar, je kan het zo wild maken als je zelf wilt. Er zijn veel manieren om je trip goedkoper te maken. Kan je goedkoop leven in Amsterdam? Ja, het kan. Hier zijn budget tips voor dingen om te doen in de hoofdstad!

Goedkoop en gratis vervoer

Het eerste waar je op kan besparen tijdens je uitje in Amsterdam is vervoer. De stad is niet heel groot, de meeste highlights zijn op loopafstand. Doe goede schoenen aan en gebruik het geld dat je normaal zou besteden aan openbaar vervoer voor andere dingen!

Known for being the most bike friendly places in the world, the preferred way of transport here is by hopping on a bicycle.Just bike your way back to the hotel. Rent a bike for 24 hours to explore the areas out of the city centre with ease.

Top tip: als je uitgaat, zorg dat je een fiets hebt. Dan hoef je niet op nachtbussen te wachten of te betalen voor dure taxis.

Your Explore Pass comes with free 24 hour access to the Hop on Hop off buses that circle the city. The most convenient way to get acquainted with the city, but do not forget that this is a great option for transport between locations too!

Cruise the IJ-river for free

The only free public transport in Amsterdam are the ferries at the central station, you don?t need a ticket to board! Cross the IJ-river by hopping on one of the boats. The longest trip is about 15 minutes and takes you from Central Station to the super hip NDSM Wharf. Enjoy the views and the fresh breeze while you are off to explore a new part of the city.

Free Vondelpark open air theatre

Spend your weekends in June, July and August at the Vondelpark theatre! The open air theatre in the middle of Amsterdam?s favourite park offers free shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The nights have a standard routine: watch spectacular dance performances on Friday evenings. Laugh out loud on Saturday at the comedy shows. Dance and enjoy music on Saturday nights and Sundays.

You can always attend all these shows for free, and as often as you like! Enjoyed the show? Leave a little tip in the collection box, it doesn?t need to be much but it is nice to show your appreciation. If you want to be sure of a nice spot, you can reserve your place for ?7,50 for the best views.

Explore the secret couryards of Amsterdam

Find the secret gardens in the centre of Amsterdam. ?Hofjes? were special living communities founded in the 17th century. Created for poor people, mostly women, to live and get the care they needed.

You can recognize a hofje when you see a set of small houses with a little courtyard. Take a stroll through the city and visit these historic and beautiful places, totally free!

Begin your journey at the Begijnhof, one of the oldest and most famous hofje (which is factually a hof, but a monastery). You will also find one of the oldest wooden house in Amsterdam here, which dates back to the 15th century.

Continue to Spui, to the Spuihofje. Walk to the Jordaan neighbourhood, where you will find most of the hofjes, like the Karthuizerhof and Rapenhofje. On the eastside of the Amstel river, you can find some more beautiful hofjes, like het Corvershofje, Van Brants Rushofje and the Occohofje.

Maybe you can find even more! There are 56 hofjes, 34 of which are still in use as a living hofje and 10 belong to churches.

Soaking in the Dutch culture

There is a Dutch verb for sitting on a terrace called ?terrassen?. Order some drinks, maybe some Dutch snacks like bitterballen and enjoy hanging out outside. If you really want to feel the local culture, this is the way! When the sun is out, the Amsterdammers are outside. Therefore, it does get crowded and it might be hard to find a nice spot in the sun.

For cheaper people watching, grab a blanket and some snacks from the supermarket, and head to one of the parks!

You will also find people all along the canals hanging out with a drink in their hand, enjoying the views of boats passing by. There is no better way to soak in the Amsterdam culture, and it doesn?t cost you anything!

Discount on combination tickets Amsterdam

Some places are a must when you are doing a city trip, even when you are on a budget. When you are in Amsterdam you can not leave without visiting Rijksmuseum or van Gogh museum, as well as cruising the wonderful canals that make the city who she is.

These highlights are never on ?sale? or for free, but you cán find some nice combination ticket deals! If you know you want to do both activities, why not combine them and save some euros? Check out websites like Tours & Tickets, where they have a whole section of discounted combination tickets and see which combination is the right one for you!

Cheap sightseeing: Amsterdam city card

Of course, no city trip is complete without some museum visits or enjoying the unique attractions. And you can still do so even if you are trying to save money. For the budget traveler that wants to still enjoy Amsterdam and the best attractions in the city, a city card is the way to go.

The Explore Pass Amsterdam fits the budget of all savy tourists. Choose how much you want to spend, 50, 75 or 100 euros and pick the attractions that you do not want to miss on your Amsterdam city trip.

There is always a 24 hour ticket for the Citysightseeing Amsterdam hop on hop off bus included in your Explore Pass. One whole day of transport to some of the most important spots in the city. More euros saved!

In conclusion, try to keep a balance with some of the things you will spend more money on, and some of these free and budget friendly things to do in Amsterdam tips listed above. Have fun exploring!