Top 10 Things To Do In Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Hallo! Hello!

We’re very excited to share our love of Amsterdam with you! We lived in this beautiful capital city of the Netherlands for four years. It continues to rank in the Top 10 of Countries to Live In.

The Netherlands is made up of 12 provinces; two of them are North and South Holland. That’s why you often hear people refer to the area as Holland. In these two provinces are the country’s main cities, including Amsterdam.

We can go super deep on Amsterdam but to start, here are our Top 10 Things to Do.

10 Top Things to Do in Amsterdam!

1. Canals

Check out KeeKee’s Fun Fact Video on Amsterdam’s Canals!

Amsterdam was founded on the banks of the Amstel River as a fishing village. It was dammed in 1222 thus leading to the city’s name, Amstelledamme, turning the city’s industry to trade.

Coming off the Amstel River and throughout Amsterdam, you’ll find the city’s beautiful canals. There are over 165 canals, more than Venice, Italy or any other city in the world!

Coming Soon: More about Amsterdam’s canals.

2. Bicycles

Check out KeeKee’s Fun Fact Video on Amsterdam Bicycles!

If you like riding a bike, you will love visiting Amsterdam!

The Dutch love biking. They use fietsen, or bicycles, the way people use cars in other cities. When we lived in Amsterdam, we biked everywhere and didn’t even need to own a car!

Coming Soon: More about the Parthenon.

3. Tulips

This lovely flower makes Spring a fantastic time to visit Amsterdam. Close your eyes and envision rows and rows of colorful tulips. That’s what you’ll find just outside of town.

More than 1.7 billion tulips bloom across Holland every spring.

Coming Soon: Read more about Dutch tulips.

4. Windmills

While we think of windmills as quaint, they were originally factories for industry. They converted wind into power to do things like pump water, saw wood for making ships, turn grain into flower and make paper.

There used to be more than 10,000 operational windmills, or molen, across the country.

Coming Soon: More about Filopappas Hill

5. Houseboats

As the houseboats line the canals, you’ll see them everywhere you walk or bike. There are over 2,500 homes as houseboats in Amsterdam. It became popular after WWII when there was a housing shortage.

Coming Soon: More great information about Amsterdam’s houseboats!

6. Museums

Amsterdam is packed full of museums as the Netherlands has been home to some of the world’s most famous artists like Rembrandt and VanGogh.

Coming Soon: Amsterdam’s Museums

7. Westerkerk Church

There are many beautiful churches around town including Oude Kerk (the oldest and grandest), Niewe Kerk (on Dam Square), Zuiderkerk (gorgeously adorned) and our favorite, Westerkerk. Kerk means church in Dutch.

Coming Soon: More on Amsterdam’s Churches

8. Albert Cuyp Market

The Albert Cuypmarkt is the largest and most popular outdoor market in the Netherlands with 260 stalls open six days a week (note a ton of things, not main attractions, are close on Sundays). You can even find our favorite treat here…FRESH MADE Stroopwafel!

Coming Soon: More information about the Albert Cuypmarkt

9. Dam Square

This huge open square is the heart of Amsterdam. It’s the site of the original 13th-century dam on the Amstel River.

Coming Soon: More about Dam Square

10. Rembrandtplein (Rembrand Square)

Named after the famous Dutch painter who owned a house nearby, this bustling square used to be the Botermarkt (Butter Market), a butter and diary market. It’s now surrounded by cafes and bars presided over by a giant statue of Rembrandt.

Coming Soon: Read more about Rembrandplein