Attractions in Amsterdam

Things to do in Amsterdam

The Holland Pass city card offers entrance with high discounts to a lot of popular things to do in Amsterdam! Amsterdam is a world-class city and there are a thousand things to do during your stay. So what should you see? Of course, a lot of tourists immediately think of the Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum when visiting. But going to attractions in Amsterdam like the Ice Bar, is an excellent addition to your trip! Also, if you are not that into going to museums in Amsterdam when traveling, stopping over at a fun attraction is the best choice for you! Keep on reading and find out which tourist attractions in Amsterdam you should definitely visit…

Tourist attractions in Amsterdam

Heineken Experience

Are you curious to what goes down in a beer brewery? Get acquainted with the world-famous Heineken brand and its beer brewing process, with the self-guided interactive tour at the Heineken Experience Amsterdam. This Amsterdam tourist attraction is located at the heart of the city center and in the original Heineken brewery. The brewery closed down back in the eighties. The Heineken Experience has been welcoming visitors from all over the world since 1991 and is one of the most popular attractions in Amsterdam. At the end of the tour you get to draft a delicious Heineken beer yourself.

Amsterdam Icebar XtraCold

The Amsterdam Ice Bar is well-known as one of the coolest things to do in Amsterdam. Literally! The ice bar itself is -10 degrees Celsius. The ice bar experience includes 3 free drinks, served in glasses made of real ice! Upon your arrival, you will receive three tokens, one golden token and two silver ones. You can exchange these tokens for free drinks. In the lounge area, which has a normal temperature, you can swap your golden token for a cocktail or large Heineken beer. In the actual ice bar you can choose from different kinds of shots, Heineken beer and orange juice. You will be provided with a thermal coat and gloves to attempt to keep you warm. Kids are allowed in the Amsterdam Ice Bar, as they have special non-alcoholic cocktails and soda’s available.

House of Bols

Step into the world of delicious cocktails, liquors and the famous Dutch gin: genever at House of Bols. This is also one of the attractions in Amsterdam where you are able to do a self-guided tour. Learn all about the preparation and serving of genever and of course, you will get to taste the delicious drinks yourself during the tour! According to your taste, the skilled bartenders at House of Bols will mix special cocktails for you.

Step into the world of delicious cocktails, liquors and the famous Dutch gin: genever at House of Bols. This is also one of the attractions in Amsterdam where you are able to do a self-guided tour. Learn all about the preparation and serving of genever and of course, you will get to taste the delicious drinks yourself during the tour! According to your taste, the skilled bartenders at House of Bols will mix special cocktails for you.

The Amsterdam Dungeon

Are you still considering what to do in Amsterdam? There are so many attractions in Amsterdam, but what should you see during your stay? The Amsterdam Dungeon tour is entertaining and educational at the same time! In a timespan of 80 minutes you will learn about Amsterdam’s dark history as you encounter live actors. There are eleven shows with nine actors to make your visit scary and fun at the same time. Get creeped out by the torture chamber or witches burned alive on a haystack! The Amsterdam Dungeon is built inside a historical church back in 2006.

Boom Chicago

Are you in for a laugh during your Amsterdam visit? The Boom Chicago comedy shows will make your stay unforgettable with a unique mix of scripted scenes, improvisation, music and video. You can visit Boom Chicago from Sunday to Thursday with a silver ticket and on Friday and Saturday you get a discount of 25% on the entrance price. Just show your Holland Pass discount card at the counter and you will get the discount.

Hortus Botanicus

Step into an oasis of peace and escape from the busy city center of Amsterdam. Trees and flowers from all over the world grow in the garden and greenhouse. This immense botanical garden, called Hortus Botanicus, is the oldest in the world as it was established in 1638. Some of the plants are really extraordinary, like the 2000 years old(!) agave cactus. That makes this garden one of the most awesome things to do in Amsterdam! The Orangery is a beautiful café in Hortus Botanicus with a large outside terrace, welcoming all visitors.

Things to do in Amsterdam with kids

Do you want some tips about what to do in Amsterdam with kids? Here is an enumeration of attractions in Amsterdam to get inspired for your trip!

Artis Royal Zoo

There are so many things to do in Amsterdam, but this is one of the most fun attractions in Amsterdam to do with kids! Artis Magistra or Artis Royal zoo is the oldest zoo in Holland and is home to over 700 animals species and 200 different types of trees. The zoo first opened its doors back in 1838 and it also contains a planetarium and aquarium. Stroll through the historic park, with its ancient trees and many plants. Every leaf, every tree, every animal, and every building tells a story, every time. On to Artis Royal Zoo!

BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project

Are you looking for unique things to do in Amsterdam? Everything you see in the BODY WORLDS exhibition originates from real human bodies! It is amazing to see. These people left their bodies to science after their death. BODY WORLDS tells you all kinds of amazing things about our bodies and the impact of happiness on our health. Over 200 anatomical specimens reveal the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the human body. The exhibition is highly educational, fascinating and interactive! Some people may think this attraction isn’t appropriate to visit with kids, but the contrary has been proved. Due to its educational character BODY WORLDS is a must-visit with kids! And they love it…

Canal Cruise – Lovers Canal Cruises

Did you know that Amsterdam is sometimes referred to as ‘Venice of the North’ with its 100 km of canals that divide the city into smaller islands? The best way to discover Amsterdam is by getting on board of a canal cruise boat with Lovers Canal Cruises! Your Amsterdam trip will not be complete without cruising along the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage canal district of Amsterdam. It is one of the top things to do in Amsterdam. We highly recommend you to take a canal cruise with Lovers Canal Cruises. They have the most comfortable boats and GPS audio guide to provide you with information about Amsterdam. It is a must-do as regards to attractions in Amsterdam and many tourists agree with us.

Hop On – Hop Off City Sightseeing bus and boat

The Hop On – Hop Off service is well-known all around the world. City Sightseeing Amsterdam operates with both Hop On – Hop Off boats and busses in the capital city. These bus and boat tours are the perfect way to discover a lot of things to do in Amsterdam at your own pace. You can hand in your silver Holland Pass ticket for the bus tour and your golden Holland Pass ticket for the bus and boat tour. The Hop On – Hop Off tickets are valid for 24 hours. Enjoy great panoramic views while following the carefully designed routes that take you past all the major landmarks that Amsterdam has to offer!

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

There are so many different things to do in Amsterdam. Madame Tussauds is one of the most interactive attractions in Amsterdam, making it a perfect outing for the entire family. It is located on the Dam Square, right next to the palace. The Palace is not a museum but the official reception palace of the Dutch royal family. At this Amsterdam tourist attraction, you can meet your idol! Cozy up with Adele for a cool selfie or get tough with the Marvel© Avengers. Madame Tussauds is part of Merlin Entertainment Group and the same applies to the Amsterdam Dungeon. It is one of the biggest names in the field of family entertainment worldwide.

With Holland Pass there are so many possibilities. Hopefully, you have gotten some good tips about attractions in Amsterdam. Also, make sure you read our blog post about museums in Amsterdam and get even more inspired!