Amsterdam on New Year's Eve

The countdown to the New Year continues apace. We here at Sarah’s Tours have compiled the perfect itinerary for all you wonderful winter travelers who wish to welcome in 2024 in style. Your ultimate guide to NYE in Amsterdam is right here.

Amsterdam on New Years

Amsterdam at New Years is a truly beautiful and inspirational experience. The Dutch are famous for our friendliness, pragmatism, and sense of cooperation. So this year there will be a passionate emphasis on community spirit and celebration across Amsterdam. For NYE 2019, Amsterdam is ditching the central fireworks display. Instead, neighbourhoods and communities across the city will come together to light up the skies with multiple local fireworks extravaganzas. You’ll have an enormous choice, although Amsterdam’s Chinatown guarantees some of the best displays of the lot. The city’s night skies will explode in fabulous colours in every direction like never before as the clock strikes midnight. It promises to be a memorable sight you won’t want to miss.

While drinking in the view, you may be tempted to celebrate with a different type of drink. Settle in for the festivities with a delicious, world-famous Dutch beer or cosy hot chocolate in one of the many city squares where NYE street parties will be in full swing. Dam Square is undoubtedly the biggest, with beer tents, live music and a wonderfully festive atmosphere. Other famous spots like Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein will also be in celebration mode. All across the city, you’ll find a party atmosphere to rival anywhere on earth.

If you find yourself feeling peckish, it’s obviously because you haven’t tried some mouth-watering Oliebollen yet. Oliebollen – a donut-like traditional treat filled with sultanas, raisins and currants – are a symbol of NYE across the country, but especially in Amsterdam. People traditionally eat them to help ward off bad spirits as the new year approaches. So indulge in these delicious, deep-fried dough balls as you savour the unique atmosphere of the end-of-year celebrations in the Dutch capital. They’re readily available across the city, but prepare to join a lengthy queue as the sun sets on New Year’s Eve.

On New Year’s Day itself, all shops and all but a few select museums will close. So what better way to truly wake up to a new year and a new you than by sprinting into the icy waters of the Amstel River. On 1st January, hundreds of brave (or crazy) take part in this “New Year’s Dive” to welcome in the new year. It’s an exhilarating tradition that dates back 60 years. The event takes place at over 150 locations across the country. Naturally, Amsterdam leads the way in both the amount of people and the amount of fun to be had. This is genuine bucket list stuff so go on – we dare you to take the plunge.

Here at Sarah’s Tours, we’re delighted to wish you all a “Gelukkig nieuwjaar”. Come party with us all the way into an exciting and prosperous 2024. Let’s start those New Year’s Resolutions early by booking a tour and ringing in the New Year in serious style.

Come and Enjoy your New Year Eve 2024 in Amsterdam 

 


Christmas in Amsterdam

Christmas in Amsterdam

Ah Christmas in Amsterdam. Our beloved city rivals any in the world all year round. Come Christmas, however, and there really is no more magical place to be. The crisp, clear Winter air displays clouds of misty breath from adventurous, wide-eyed travelers and locals alike. Endless waves of steam rise up from delicious cups of our famous Koffee Verkeerd (our own unique take on a regular latté) coming from every street corner and coffee shop terrace. Yes indeed, Christmas in Amsterdam is an unforgettable yuletide experience like no other. Tourists from all walks of life can’t resist the city’s charms during this most wonderful time of year.

Let There Be Light
Typically teeming with things to see and do, Amsterdam transforms into a world beyond a fairy tale at Christmas. The annual Amsterdam Light Festival, for example, blankets the famous streets and canals in the warmest and most mesmerising glow. International artists draw inspiration from the city’s stunning street scenery to produce constantly evolving and awe-inspiring light sculptures. Therefore, a leisurely stroll through the city bathed in such unrivaled luminous creativity is an absolute must at this time of year.

Christmas Markets in Amsterdam

While walking along light-covered streets and over twinkling bridges, you will find it impossible to miss one of the many enchanting Christmas markets dotted throughout the city during the festive period. Everything from world-famous Dutch arts and crafts to a warmly welcomed hot cup of Glüwein (Dutch spiced hot red wine) can be found in the various luscious labyrinths of stalls and stands. We guarantee you’ll find souvenirs to suit all, by which to remember your once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Ice Ice Baby
In Amsterdam, you can stroll around the famous Museumplein at any time of year. However, only at Christmas can you strap on your ice-skates and glide gracefully through the friendly festive crowds as Amsterdam erects several fabulous ice-rinks both here and elsewhere throughout the city. So you could be smiling and skating in front of the world-famous Rijksmuseum and Stedilijk Museum. Or perhaps skating in the centre of the Leidseplein – Amsterdam’s bustling theatre district – is more your style. What better way to soak up the atmosphere in the heart of this beautiful city at Christmas time.

What Are You Waiting For?  Celebrate This Year Christmas In Amsterdam

A wintry walk through Amsterdam is a dream come true. You can stop for a hot drink and a cookie. You can kick off your shoes and go ice-skating. Or you can just stroll along hand-in-hand and try to catch snowflakes on your tongue. Let Sarah’s Tours guide you through the festive wonderland that is Christmas in Amsterdam.

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10 reasons to visit Amsterdam in the Winter

10 Reasons to Visit Amsterdam During Winter

Winter is coming: This is great news for anyone visiting our amazing city. It is truly a magical time to experience our Dutch capital. In the evening the city transforms into a cosy place to have a warm drink and admire the scenery. We Dutchies are a master at hearty comfort food and fairy lights are twinkling everywhere in the city. Read on to discover some reasons why visiting Amsterdam in the winter is worth the trip!

1) Amsterdam turns in to a fairy tale in the snow

Amsterdam with a blanket of white is truly stunning in White. The city turns in to a Christmas card worthy place when covered in snowflakes. It makes the city the perfect background scenery for a romantic getaway.

If snowman conditions occur to make sure to visit one of the many city parks where you can eat your heart out and display your snowman-making skills in peace or if you just want to enjoy the flakes with no interruptions! Check out the larger parks like Vondelpark or Westerpark if you get a chance, or let us take you there on your own private tour with one of our local guides.

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Ice skating on the canal belt- Capture by our photographer Victor Lacken

2) The city transforms into a light show

Every year Amsterdam Light Festival turns the city into an outdoor art gallery in the winter months. Magical light installations that cover canals, landmarks from November to January. A great way to see it is with on the water on a private boat tour sipping on a warm beverage.

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Amsterdam light festival on the canals

 

3) You can (sometimes) ice-skate on the frozen canals

It’s is not a yearly occurrence but if the conditions are right ( generally when the temperature dips to below 4 degrees for four nights in a row) the canals are blocked off enough then for ice to form. Then the magic happens and the ta-da: a gem of an ice rink.

If this magic doesn’t happen, no worries there are enough opportunities to ice skate including the vast ICE*Amsterdam outside the Rijksmuseum, and the Jaap Eden ice rink.

 

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Ice skating on the canals

 

4) Everything is ‘gezellig’

Cosy pubs, Fairy lights and dark nights, Amsterdam is truly: “gezellig”, the word we use for convivial or cosy, a warm feeling that embodies a sense of belonging. Pronounced ‘he-zell-ick’, this word has no literal English translation. We use it in many different ways from describing something cosy, relaxing, friendly and so on. You will hear this a lot if you visit Amsterdam in winter time or any time really!

 

5) Book a private winter wonderland tour

Amsterdam has many winter gems that we would love to show you. It’s a great way to get the most out of your stay!

Get in touch with us to create your own bespoke winter wonderland experience.

 

6) The streets are peaceful

In winter time it calms down in Amsterdam. Meaning: less time waiting in line at one of our major museums and a lot more chance of bagging a spot in the variety of restaurants and bars that the city has to offer. This is a perfect time to explore places like Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum,

7) Comfort food

Hearty and satisfying, our cuisine is made for cold days. From traditional Stampot which consists of mash, veggies, and meat. Dutch food is made to warm you up!

8) Markets

Christmas is a big deal in Amsterdam. Everything brightens up and decorations are everywhere. The holiday season is full of activities to do when you visit! If you love exploring the streets to make sure to visit one of the many Christmas markets.

9) Oliebollen

These sweet yummy balls of doughy goodness are available from street vendors all winter long. Eat them while you can!

 

10) It’s a Perfect Valentine’s Retreat

Amsterdam has been voted many times as one of the most romantic cities in the world. What better place to enjoy a romantic getaway with the one you love?

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Dutch Food Tour

Dutch Traditional food and snacks

Dutch Food Tour In Amsterdam

“Amsterdam offers a hungry traveller plenty of unique culinary experiences. During your stay try and have at least one of this traditional Dutch food and snacks.”

 

Bitterballen

So you have been tasting a variety of Dutch beverages and you forgot to eat dinner? What to do? The Dutch answer is having some bitterballen! This Dutch deep fried crispy meatballs are served with mustard for dipping and can be found at most Amsterdam drinking spots.

Stroopwafel

The Dutch sweet treat Stroopwafel ( syrup waffle) consists of two thin waffles stuck together with a layer of sweet syrup: these are enjoyed best hot and fresh from a street market or bakery.

Thick Dutch fries

The Dutch love fries! And there are a variety of different toppings you can choose from. For example, a patat (fries in Dutch) speciaal which consists of a mix of curry ketchup, mayonnaise, and onions.

Herring

Raw herring may sound a bit scary but it is really worth a try. You will spot herring carts all around the city. Ask for a “broodje haring” this is a small sandwich with pickles and onions. The best time to eat herring is between May and July as it said to be the sweetest then.

KibbelingFood

If raw fish is not your thing ( see above), you can still enjoy a fishy treat: kibbling. This snack consists of white fish that is battered and deep-fried, usually cod. Served with a mayo herb sauce it is defiantly worth tasting.

Croquettes from a vending machine

A very Dutch thing to do is to go to get a croquette from one of the hole-in-the-wall vendors. Head to one of the FEBO’s and you will see an array of hot snacks. Put some coins in the slot and have yourself a snack.

Say cheese!

Cheese a is a big deal in the Netherlands, so do try visiting one of Amsterdams many cheese shops or markets to taste some Gouda, Maasdammer or Edammer cheese. Stop by Kaas van Kef. This is our favourite local cheese shop and they have a cheese tasting location too. Or go to the Albert Cuyp market to sample a variety of cheese.

Now say ’poffertjes’!

Pronounced: PO-FER-Jus. These tiny fluffy clouds of goodness are served in markets, restaurants and pancake houses all over Amsterdam. Sprinkle them with some powdered sugar and enjoy!

Stamppot

One for cold winter evenings, stamppot is the ultimate Dutch comfort food, not dissimilar to British Bubble & Squeak. Translated literally as ‘mash pot’, this traditional dish involves potatoes mashed with other vegetables – traditional stamppot includes various combinations of sauerkraut, carrot, onion or kale – and is usually served with a big juicy sausage.

Dutch liquorice

Liquorice eating in Holland is something of a national pastime – in fact, the country boasts the highest per-capita consumption of the sweet in the whole world. But if anyone in Holland offers you some liquorice (and they will); BEWARE. This is not liquorice as you know it, but a more salty, black version known as ‘drop’. Approach with caution, and don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Indonesian Rijsttafel

The strong Indonesian influence on Amsterdam’s food scene can be felt (and smelled, mmm) all over the city, and a no culinary tour of Holland would be fully complete without a visit to an Indonesian restaurant. Order a rijsttafel (rice table) for the true Indishonisian-Dutch experience; a medley of small dishes from all over the Spice Islands, developed in the times of Dutch colonization in order to allow colonials to sample dishes from around Indonesia. One of our favourite restaurants to eat Indonesian food is Kantjil and The Tiger.

 

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Things to do with kids in Amsterdam

Fun Things to Do with Kids in Amsterdam

Here are a few fun things to do with kids in Amsterdam. If you have not considered Amsterdam yet as a family destination it is time to start! This European city that is very walkable and where everyone speaks English offers a lot of things to do for the young and old alike! Our tours are child-friendly and we can adjust the tours completely to the age group of the child.  This European city that is very walkable and offers a lot of things to do for the young and old alike! Our tours are child-friendly and we can adjust the tours completely to the age group of the child. Here are a few fun things to do with kids during your stay in Amsterdam.

Visit the Vondelpark

The Vondelpark is a great park to have picnics. There are a lot of great trees for the kids to play in. In the summer you can enjoy one of the many open-air concerts that the park has to offer. The park also has lots of playgrounds with a cafe so you can enjoy a relaxing drink and bites while your kids play.

Artis Royal Zoo 

This zoo may not be the worlds largest, but it very pretty and surrounded by a multitude of plants and trees. There is a Butterfly Pavilion, an aquarium, and even a planetarium. It is next to the Micropia so you can combine both in one afternoon.

Anne Frank House 

This is the actual house where Anne Frank and her family hid during World War II. This is the place where Anne wrote her famous diary. The complex subject matter may not be appropriate for young kids but most kids that are above 10 years old will be deeply moved.

Nemo Science Center 

One of the best interactive science museums, kids don mini lab coats and safety goggles before they get to work on experiments. Teens have their own exhibit that delves into puberty and its effects on the brain. Definitely worth the visit!

Amsterdam Museum 

Curious to know how Amsterdam got to be the way it is? Dive into this city’s complex history where teens can learn how and why it enacted some of the most liberal drug laws in the world. Younger kids will enjoy playing in the Little Orphanage, simulating life in a 17th-century orphanage.

The Albert Cuypmarkt

This is one of Europe’s biggest outdoor markets. Each Tuesday-Saturday, hundreds of stalls sell everything from fresh produce to used clothing. When hunger strikes, this is a good place to try regional specialities like raw herring, broodjes (Dutch sandwiches) or a warm waffle. Sarah’s Tours provides private and bespoke tours for guests visiting Amsterdam.Interested in booking your own tour?

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Explore the Netherlands with our Private Tours

Explore the Netherlands with us!

Amsterdam has a lot to offer, but so does the rest of The Netherlands we would love to explore it with you.

Amsterdam is a great city however there is much more to explore in the great country! Furthermore, it is easy to rent a car, go by public transport or even cycle outside of Amsterdam. Let us assist you with planning your trip in addtion you can also book a private tour with us! Here are some of our some suggestions on how to explore the Netherlands!

Keukenhof

Known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is one of the world’s largest flower gardens. In the spring, the gardens bloom with an impressive rainbow of flowers (7 million flower bulbs over 79 acres), including our own iconic tulips. Located in the small town of Lisse in the south of Holland, Keukenhof is open annually from mid-March to mid-May.

The best time to see the tulips is typically mid-April, depending on the weather.

Delft

This historic canal-ringed city in the west of the Netherlands is known for manufacturing Delftware, the hand-painted blue-and-white pottery, that has become one of the country’s most recognized motifs. In Delft’s old town, you’ll find the medieval Oude Kerk (old church) and the burial site of Dutch Master painter Johannes Vermeer. You will see The Nieuwe Kerk (new church), built in the 15th century for the royal House of Orange, which overlooks Delft’s lively market square.

 Maastricht

The south most city in the Netherlands and the capital of the province of Limburg, Maastricht is known for its rich history. It has medieval architecture, a cobbled old town, and a vibrant culture. You can visit the Gothic-style church Sint Janskerk or the Romanesque Basilica of St. Servatius. From its Spanish and Roman ruins to its French and Belgian twists, any trip to the Netherlands should include a visit to Maastricht.

 Haarlem

Haarlem is the capital of the province of North Holland and another classic Dutch city with cobbled streets, historic buildings, grand churches, and museums. This city has a lively cultural scene and a great atmosphere. A great place for shopping! It’s shopping streets are lined with little boutiques and cozy restaurants and cafés for when you’re all shopped out. Best of all, it’s only a 15-minute train ride from Amsterdam.

 Volendam

This picturesque Dutch fishing village is located on the Markermeer Lake, northeast of Amsterdam. A visit to Volendam should include a stroll down the town’s main harbor strip, De Dijk. Here you can still find fishing boats and traditional wooden buildings and homes. If you’re a fan of seafood, you can sample the catch of the day and other fresh fish from outdoor vendors. If cheese is more to your taste, Volendam’s Cheese Factory is one of the town’s attractions.

Sarah’s Tours provides private and bespoke tours to guests visiting Amsterdam. Interested in booking your own tour? Get in touch with us and we will make your Amsterdam experience one to remember!

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What to do when it's raining in Amsterdam

Raining Day in Amsterdam

Some days it rains and some days it shines.! No worries! There is still a lot of things you can do and see on a rainy day. Let us take you on a private tour and help you enjoy your stay the local way. Check out our top picks of things to do on a rainy day in Amsterdam and the Netherlands.

1.Visit the Rijksmuseum

A bit of a no-brainer but it should definitely be on your list for places to visit in Amsterdam on a rainy day. You can be entertained the whole day by exploring the museum’s wide range collections. After you have gotten your dose of culture you can enjoy a drink and a snack in the beautiful atrium cafe or enjoy a more formal dinner at RIJKS restaurant.

2.Kick back and relax in a cosy pub

What’s a better excuse than a rainy day for cosying up in one of Amsterdams traditional and historical bars, they are known as Brown cafe due to the wood heavy decor and nicotine stained walls ( no worries smoking is banned nowadays indoors)

3.Go on a beer brewery tour

You can also escape the rain at one of Amsterdams many tasting houses. The most famous one is Heineken Experience for a more local experience discover  one of the cities many microbreweries such as Brouwerij T’ IJ or De Prael.

4.Visit a local indoor market

Amsterdam Roest hosts regular indoor markets and fairs. Throughout the month there are various indoor markets to be found in Amsterdam. The IJ-Hallen at NDSM Wharf is a warehouse that hosts the biggest flea market in Europe. Or check out Westergasfabriek that host a Neighbourfood market.

5.Visit one of the public libraries

Amsterdam has a lot of libraries where you can relax with a good book. Most of the libraries have free exhibitions that you can check out.

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Private Tours in Amsterdam: Uncover the City’s Hidden Gems

Are you seeking an extraordinary and personalized experience in Amsterdam? Look no further! Our private tours offer an exclusive and tailor-made exploration of the enchanting capital city of the Netherlands. With our knowledgeable guides, you’ll delve deep into Amsterdam’s rich history, immerse yourself in its vibrant culture, and uncover its hidden gems. Discover the highlights and secret treasures of this captivating city, all while enjoying the flexibility and privacy of a customized itinerary.

Why Choose Our Private Tours?

  1. Personalized Itineraries: Our private tours are meticulously designed to cater to your specific interests, ensuring that your time in Amsterdam is spent exactly as you desire. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a history buff, a food lover, or simply seeking a unique adventure, we will curate an itinerary that aligns with your preferences.
  2. Knowledgeable Local Guides: Our experienced and passionate guides are Amsterdam locals with an in-depth understanding of the city’s history, culture, and hidden spots. They will share fascinating stories, intriguing anecdotes, and insider tips, providing you with a deeper appreciation and understanding of Amsterdam’s heritage.
  3. Flexibility and Privacy: Enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace and indulge in the privacy of a personalized tour. Our private tours are designed to accommodate your schedule and interests, allowing you to linger at a museum, explore off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods, or pause for a leisurely canal-side lunch.
  4. Exclusive Experiences: Discover Amsterdam’s best-kept secrets and exclusive experiences that are often missed by regular tours. Whether it’s gaining VIP access to renowned museums, savoring local delicacies at hidden gastronomic gems, or exploring lesser-known neighborhoods, our private tours unlock unique opportunities that will leave you with lifelong memories.

Tailor-Made Private Tours

  1. Art Lover’s Delight: Immerse yourself in Amsterdam’s thriving art scene with a private tour that explores the world-famous Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and hidden art galleries. Delight in the masterpieces of Dutch masters like Rembrandt and Vermeer, and gain insights into contemporary art trends.
  2. Historical Amsterdam: Embark on a journey through time as you uncover the historical treasures of Amsterdam. From the iconic Anne Frank House to the majestic Royal Palace, traverse the city’s cobblestone streets and charming canals, learning about its rich past and the significance of its landmarks.
  3. Culinary Adventures: Indulge your taste buds with a private tour that highlights Amsterdam’s gastronomic delights. Sample local delicacies at authentic markets, trendy food halls, and traditional Dutch eateries. Your guide will lead you to hidden gems, ensuring you savor the city’s diverse culinary offerings.
  4. Off-the-Beaten-Path Exploration: Escape the tourist crowds and venture into lesser-known neighborhoods, such as the artsy Jordaan district or the vibrant De Pijp area. Discover local markets, independent boutiques, and charming cafes, experiencing Amsterdam from an insider’s perspective.

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Uncover the secrets and beauty of Amsterdam through our private tours. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or seeking a fresh perspective on the city, our personalized itineraries and knowledgeable guides will create an unforgettable experience. Contact us today to start planning your exclusive journey through the captivating streets of Amsterdam.

 

Amsterdam is a vibrant city with a multitude of sights and attractions, but it’s easy to get lost among the tourists.  We can show you all the wonderful hidden gems and give you local tips on the best places to eat, drink, and visit during your stay.

If you want to explore beyond the city, there are beautiful places to see just outside of Amsterdam: Keukenhof, one of the world’s largest flower gardens, the fishing village of Volendam, the medieval center of Delft, or anywhere you like!

We can go by bike, by car, by train, by foot or by boat. It’s entirely up to you. We also provide 5-star hotel and airport pick-up to make things as effortless as possible for you. Get in touch with us and let’s make Amsterdam a unique, exclusive and luxurious experience you’ll never forget.

Amsterdam is a mosaic of people, cultures, and activities. It’s museum hopping, admiring Rembrandt’s masterpieces at the Rijks, Sunflowers at the Van Gogh, and modern art at the Stedelijk. It’s a cycle through Vondelpark on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It’s a boat tour through the canals marveling at 17th century architecture. It’s a ferry ride to the industrial north to explore its hidden gems.

Amsterdam is a gastronomical adventure. It’s cheese tasting and local craft beers in microbreweries. It’s fresh ‘stroopwafels’ at the Albert Cuyp market, and new restaurants and hotspots in the trendy neighborhood of De Pijp. It’s sampling street food at the Ten Kate Market or the indoor Foodhallen in the cool Old West.

Amsterdam is ‘gezellig’, the word we use for convivial or cozy, a warm feeling that embodies sense of belonging. It’s a ‘vaasje’ in a brown café with a friend over a laugh and some ‘bitterballen’. It’s a shared moment, it’s togetherness. Amsterdam is my home, and I welcome you. Get in touch with one of our expert local agents now!


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Top 10 things to do picked by Amsterdam Locals

1. Book a private boat tour

Going by boat is a great way to admire the breathtaking canal belt and learn about the history of Amsterdam. There are various types of boat trips such as a personalized private trip both during the daytime and night time with one of our local guides. Some types of tours you can enjoy:

  • Romance in Amsterdam tour: This tour is at nighttime when the canals are all filled with lights and the streets are quiet you can enjoy the scenery with the one you love.
  • A Golden Age tour of the historical centre is another tour option. You can enjoy a customized tour with some snacks and good chats.

By going with a local tour guide you can find out many fascinating facts about Amsterdam’s history and things to do and see during the rest of your stay.

You can read more about what our customers have to say about our tours here.

2. Visit local markets

When visiting Amsterdam make sure to visit one of our local markets. The Albert Cuyp market is one of our biggest markets. Make sure to try a warm and freshly baked SStroopwafel( Syrup waffle), taste some famous Dutch cheese and have a sweet treat such as poffertjes ( tiny pancakes). Another great market is Noordermarkt which is an organic farmers market or Waterlooplein flee market for the vintage lovers. So make sure to add visiting local markets to your things to do in Amsterdam!

3. Visit the Jordaan

The Jordaan is the most famous area of Amsterdam. In the past, this area was inhabited by the working class. Gentrification of decades past has attracted lots of galleries, restaurants and speciality shops. The North of the Jordaan is more touristy so check out the south for a peaceful wander when checking out the scenery.

4. Visit Museums 

There is more than enough Art to see whilst in Amsterdam. There are many art related things to do in Amsterdam. Let’s look at some of the best ones out there. At the museum quarter, you can find all the big museums such as the Rijks Museum and marvel at world famous artists paintings such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. Just around the corner, you will find the works of Vincent Van Gogh. The modern art Museum: Stedelijk is also worth a visit. If you are into history make sure to check out the Resistance Museum. Another fun visit is to the EYE film museum.

5. Enjoy food, drinks, and culture 

Situated at Westerpark, this complex of industrial buildings used to be the city’s municipal gas works. It is now transformed into a cultural hub. Home to bars, restaurants, coffee roasters, a microbrewery and an art house cinema. Look out for regular food markets, festivals and events held here.

6. Rent a bike!

You have might have heard about the most popular transportation in Amsterdam: the bicycle! Did you know there are more bikes than people in Amsterdam?! It is a great way to see a lot of the city. It is safe and refreshing! Keep some rules in mind: don’t cycle next to each other, use lights at night and make sure to always lock your bike up to one of the many bike parking spots. It can sometimes be a bit busy but with a local guide showing you the ropes and routes you will be in for a great bike ride!

7. Have a picnic in one in the Vondel park or one of the other local parks!

With over 30 parks in Amsterdam, there will be no problem finding a nice park to have a picnic. Vondel Park has the largest green space, this is where locals come for drinks, food and to enjoy a sunny day. Keep in mind that In the summer there are a lot of live concerts in the park, so depending on when you visit you could hear some great tunes.

8. Visit the North of Amsterdam on a free ferry ride

Just across the IJ from Central Station, Amsterdam North is one of our favourite neighbourhoods. With its cool, industrial vibe, it’s quickly becoming one of the most interesting areas. From the ferry, you can see the EYE film museum with its beautiful terrace overlooking the water and the Tolhuistuin restaurant. Also, if you venture a bit further to find De Ceuvel, a sustainable city playground build on a former shipyard. NDSM Wharf is home to many festivals, a monthly flea market, and hotspots Pllek and Noorderlicht. Definitely worth the short ferry ride!

9. Go to the nine little streets (Negen Straatjes)

The nine streets forms an area with small quaint streets with some canal bridges, small boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. It is one of the most lively neighbourhoods in the city. In this area, you can find over 200 shops.  Therefore, you may want to make a list of things you want to buy so you don’t get lost, or ask one of our local guides for advice!

10. Go beer tasting under a windmill!

There are eight remaining windmills in Amsterdam. The most accessible one is De Gooyer in the Oostelijke Eilanden (Eastern Islands) area. However, keep in mind this isn’t just any windmill, under the sails of this landmark is Brouwerij’t IJ: an artisan microbrewery with a large outdoor drinking terrace.

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Things to do in Amsterdam Nightlife

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Amsterdam is a city with a vibrant nightlife, there is truly something for everyone to do in this city! Below you can find some of our tips on how to enjoy Amsterdam nightlife. In a city of excitement, play, fun and joy, we think these ideas will hit the spot!

Amsterdam Magic Show

Take your friends, your loved ones, or yourself on our magical ride in Amsterdam nightlife and forget the world outside (for one crazy night). Watch an internationally acclaimed ensemble of magicians and illusionists from all across Europe. Each show is different and unique with different acts performing in a roaring 20’s era theatre. Step into the magical world of and have an unforgettable evening of entertainment! Book here! 

Comedy Embassy 

The world needs more laughter and this is the place to get it! A comedy club of international standards in Amsterdam. There are 20 shows a month so it doesn’t matter when you are planning on visiting.  There will be a chance to hysterically laugh and drink local beer in one of our favorite cities in the world. Join us on a AMsterdam nightlife tour!

Check out one of the traditional brown cafes

Well, it goes without saying you have to visit a local pub in the evening. Whether its summer, autumn, winter or spring, go to the local Brown Cafes in Amsterdam. Tanned interior, Turkish rugs to soak up the spills, tobacco-stained walls and Dutch snacks – have we sold you yet? There is almost one (if not more) in every neighborhood.
But check out a list of the best here.

Wine and Cheese Evening Tour

Because you have been to a comedy show, or perhaps before you hit the theatres, why not book a private wine and cheese tour with us? Your local guide will make sure you learn about and taste the best the city has to offer.

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