Things to See & Do in Amsterdam
The tourist info center (VVV) is located at Stationsplein 10 (9-5 daily), platform 2 of Centraal Station and Leidseplein 1.
A number of cruises are available from outside Centraal Station and cost about 8 for a 1-hour tour and depart every 15 minutes. You can rent a peddle-boat and take your own canal cruise.
Mike’s Bike Tours
Take a guided 3-4 hour bicycle tour and get to know the city and countryside the Dutch way. Tours leave daily from West Entrance of the Rijksmuseum and cost 22, 19 for students.
Runs the length of the Prinsengracht canal and circles the City. Cost 1 for 1 hour. There are no fixed stops.
This free ferry from Centraal Station travels across the IJ River. It’s worth the trip if you don’t want to pay for a canal cruise.
Walking & Biking Tours
You can pick up walking tour guides at the VVV for 2-4. Also check out the VVV for complete bus and bicycle tour guides.
Areas & Attractions
The Amsterdam Card is available for 1 (33), 2 (43) or 3 (53) days. The pass includes a Transportation Ticket, a card for free admission to museums, attractions and select tours and a guide. The Amsterdam Card is available from the local tourist information (VVV) offices.
Van Gogh Museum
Houses a chronological collection of Van Gogh’s work as well as other artists. Open daily from 10am-8pm and costs 12.50. Paulus Potterstraat 7. T: 2, 5 from Centraal Station.
Red Light District
A visit to Amsterdam is not complete without checking out the oldest area in town! Here you will not only find interesting museums - Hash Marijuana Hemp Museum (148 Oudezides Achterburgwal), and Tattoo Museum (Oudezijds Achterburgwal 130) but the Condomerie (condom shop) at Warmoesstraat 141. T: 4, 9, 14, 16, 24, 25 to Nieuwemarkt.
A five minute walk south of Centraal Station, this was the site of the first dam built across the Amstel River back in the 13th century. It is also home to the Sex Museum at Damrak 18, the Torture Museum at Damrak 20 and the Royal Palace. Dam Square is about a 1/4 mile walk from Centraal Station along Damrak. T: 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 24, 25.
Tours of the old brewery and all the beer you can drink are available Tue-Sun, 11am and 7pm with last ticket sales at 5:30 pm. Get there early - tours fill up fast. 11. Stadhouderskade 78. T: 6, 7, 10, 16, 24 or 25.
Floating Flower Market
The Bloemenmarkt is located on the Singel Canal at the top end of the Leidseplein at the Muntplein (Mint Tower). A beautiful sight to see and smell. Open daily except Sunday.
The tallest tower in Amsterdam and the burial place of Rembrandt. It’s free to get in but a small fee to climb the tower. Open daily except Sunday. Prinsengracht 277.
Food & Nightlife
Amsterdam is hopping with cool, hip bars and cafés, especially in Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. Also, check out the more low key, authentic Jordaan area. For the latest happenings in English, pick up Time Out Magazine.