Some of the most famous of Amsterdam attractions include the wide array of different museums to be found. If you really enjoy going to museums, it would be well worth your money to get a museum card (Museumkaart), which gives you access to over 400 museums across the Netherlands to better enjoy these Amsterdam attractions.
Visit the famous Anne Frank House, a museum dedicated to the young girl who was hiding from the Nazis during the Second World War, where you can experience for yourself the hiding places on the top floor.
Browse through NEMO, the largest science center in the Netherlands that adds an educational twist in Amsterdam attractions.
Be sure to check out the Rijksmuseum, which houses some of the most impressive Rembrandts anywhere in the world, as well as some other amazing 17th century Dutch masterpieces.
Take a peek in the Van Gogh Museum, and take the audio tour to get an understanding of the artist’s life. Also, don’t miss out on the Allard Pierson Museum, where ancient civilizations are revived and better understood.
When enjoying Amsterdam attractions, be sure to visit Hortus Botanicus, an amazing botanical garden, or come to the only large park in the older part of the city, Vondelpark. At Ooster Park you’ll discover many cultural festivals throughout the year, and in Sarphatipark you can enjoy a picnic and sunbathing in the summer.
You’ll find many enjoyable Amsterdam attractions at Amsterdamse Bos, where you can rent a canoe or a horse and enjoy the large forest type park. Wertheim Park lies on one of the nicest canals in Amsterdam, and Rembrandt Park is a large, peaceful and quiet place to spend some time.
Anyone who drinks beer has most likely had a Heineken, and if you enjoy a good beer come take a tour of the Former Heineken Brewery.
Be sure to take some of the organized city tours when enjoying Amsterdam attractions to take canal cruises or visit factories, and go with Amsterdam Insider for walking, boating or biking tours with artists, musicians and writers as your guides.
Check out the Amsterdam City Guide for tourist information including main attractions, city highlights, and other useful tips.
If you want to travel around the city to enjoy Amsterdam attractions by bicycle, rent a bike from MacBike Bicycle Rental or Orange Bike Rental and Tours; bicycling is one of the most common modes of transportation!
The Red Light District
While this part of the city is not for everyone, the Red Light District is one of the most famous of Amsterdam's attractions. The area is famous for its legalized prostitution with advertisement for services in its windows, but the area also has many historic buildings and museums, as well as bars and restaurants. This is the oldest part of the city, and is worth a visit for any adult; it’s definitely different!
Tip: Do not take photographs of the “working girls” in the windows! You may lose your camera without so much as a warning.