Top 25 Ways to Enjoy Amsterdam & it's Surrounding Cities

By: Adriana Hartley

Come share Amsterdam with me – there is so much to see and love and spring is just around the corner. These are a few of my favorite things in no particular order.

  1. Take a canal boat ride and explore the 400 years of canals. The Blue Boat Company is my favorite:

  2. Visit the House of Six – a private museum shared by the Six family featuring Jan Six’ friendship with Rembrandt. Make an online reservation here:

  3. Bike ride through the Amsterdamsebos – and enjoy dogs playing, people running, rent a boat, play with the goats on the farm and eat a pancake with melted cheese and bacon at the Boerderij Meerzicht.

  4. Take a step back in time and visit the Zuiderzee where you can experience what life might have been like in the olden days. Walk through the fishing village, and cheese shops, discover what a gaper is, make a clog boat, sample cheese, make your own rope and more!

  5. Make a friend with a farmer and learn how wooden clogs are made and sample cheese made daily on the farm. The farmer is playful and gives hands on tours and involves his guests to make it a meaningful experience.

  6. Wonder at the beauty and magic of the Keukenhof gardens. Spring time is magical with tulips carpeting the fields. At Christmas times, the gardens are transformed into a Christmas Market.

  7. Want to learn how to ski? Try indoor skiing with a private instructor for an hour or two at Snow Planet. Kids can ski and parents can sit behind the glass and watch and drink a coffee and have something to eat.

  8. Wander the quaint streets in Haarlem and maybe stop by the Corrie Ten Boom house and learn about the Hiding Place.

  9. Try enjoying a traditional Indonesian rice table at Sampurna in the Flower Market part of Amsterdam.

  10. Take the kids and enjoy being a kid yourself while exploring hands on science at the Nemo - science museum. Nemo

  11. If you’re lucky enough to be in town at the beginning of December, be sure to be present to see Sinterklass arrive by boat and the parade afterwards celebrating his arrival.

  12. Ride your bike along the Amstel and enjoy sites of beautiful houses, row boats, windmills, and fields with cows.

  13. Try standup paddling through the canals of Amsterdam for an upfront and different perspective of the city.

  14. Visit a Friday market in Amstelveen where you can buy fresh meats, fish, cheese and rub elbows with the locals.

  15. Stroll through the Albert Cuyp Street market – and enjoy fresh squeezed juices, flea market stands and fresh frites.

  16. Wander through Vondelpark and if you have small kids, stop by the Kinderkookkafe where kids can make their own food and have it cooked just the way they like it. You can rent bikes, roller blade, leisurely walk or run, people watch, sit for a leisurely lunch or play in a park.

  17. Catch some sunshine when the weather warms up at the beach at the sea at Wijk aan Zee. We loved walking up and down the strand, looking for odd shaped shells, watching the birds dance in the ski and playing on the trampolines at one of the little beach front play areas.

  18. Give yourself a rest while strolling around the city and have a drink and a snack while enjoying 360 degree rooftop view of Amsterdam from Blue.

  19. Be a kid again and play with our without kids on the big rope swing in in Museumplein and take pictures on the I Amsterdam sign.

  20. Art, art, everywhere! Get yourself a museum card and pop into the Hermitage, Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum for an hour or two or three. With a museum card, you feel like you can visit for a short while or a long while

  21. Another fishing village to enjoy with old shops, photo booths, and souvenier shops is Volendam.

  22. Watch the weather change hourly some days - sun, rain, clouds, snow, hail, and back again. And if the sun is out, all the Dutch locals are outside too, enjoying a pint of beer and maybe some bitterballen. There are lots of bars and outside tables to choose from in the Leidseplein.

  23. I love visiting the quaint towns and villages outside of Amsterdam like Naarden, Gouda and Delft, and Den Bosch, especially on the days when they have their street markets.

  24. Visit the Dutch resistance museum that tells the history of the Dutch people during World War Two.

  25. And no visit to Amsterdam would be complete without a visit to the Anne Frank house.

Hope you enjoy Holland as much as I do and get a chance to slow down and enjoy life with the locals.


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Expat Blog ListingAdriana Hartley is an American expat living in Netherlands. Blog description: Here I Am - in the Netherlands and all about.
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Contest Comments » There is 1 comment

Christina Bogdanovich wrote 11 years ago:

Oh, braVO, Ms. Adriana! I had no doubt you would fully embrace the experience from each individual tulip to the vast canals and sunsets. loving your moments from a distance!

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