Travel planning and things to do in Amsterdam vacation

Amsterdam is a destination travel in time unique and exciting because it is a place that attracts a wide variety of worldwide travelers and you can always find a variety of things to do in Amsterdam at any given moment at any time of day. If you love culture and history and Amsterdam is a great tourist destination and you can visit attractions such as Vincent van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and Rijksmuseum. If you are a deer or just for fun, then, Amsterdam is an ideal city to discover how you can visit one of the famous Dutch coffee shops, Red Light District or perhaps one of the dance clubs spectacular.

Millions of tourists from around the world visit Amsterdam every year and many people keep coming back because it seems you can not get enough of the Dutch capital. This article offers visitors a good overview of some of the most popular tourist attractions of Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam, Holland (photo credit: Sergey Galyonkin via Flickr)

Things to do in Amsterdam

Anne Frank House

+31 20 556 7105 | Hours: 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM | http://www.annefrank.org/
Tickets Pricing=> Adults: € 10 / Age 10-17: € 5 / Age 0-9: free

Amsterdam is a beautiful city nestled on canals and filled with bicycles and small bridges. It is also known for the artistic work of Dutch painters Van Gogh and Rembrandt. It is also the place where a teenage girl named Anne Frank lived in secrecy hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Among the many things to do in Amsterdam, visiting the Anne Frank Museum should definitely be on your checklist.

Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who wrote a diary, hidden in the attic of a building in Amsterdam now known as the “Anne Frank House”. She was captured and sent to a concentration camp along with her sister Margot, her mother Edith and her father Mr. Otto Frank (Otto Frank was the only one who survived the Auschwitz concentration camps).

The diary, turned into “The Secret Annex” was found and published by his father and became a bestseller and one of the world’s foremost chronicles of the struggles and desperation of Jews during  World War II.

The Anne Frank House museum is housed in the same building where Anne Frank hid during the war. If you do visit Amsterdam with your children, then make sure to take them to the Anne Frank House as it  is an important part of world history.

  • The Anne Frank House is situated at the Prinsengracht, the entrance of the museum is Westermarkt 20.
  • It takes around 20 minutes to walk from the Central Station to the museum.
    Trams 13, 14 and 17 stop nearby, at the ‘Westermarkt’ stop.
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The Van Gogh Museum - Amsterdam, NL (image credits: Ronald Tilleman)

Van Gogh Museum

Address: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam | +31 (0)20 570 5200
Hours: Open daily from 9 am - 7 pm (On Fridays and Saturdays until 9 pm)
Ticket Prices => Adults: € 18 - Visitors under 18: free (school groups excluded) - Museumkaart holders: free - I Amsterdam City Card holders: free

Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous Dutch painters of all time. Vincent van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of paintings and drawings by the Dutch master.

There are over two hundred paintings at the Van Gogh Museum, and nearly six hundred drawings and a wide selection of personal items. The Van Gogh Museum is located near Amsterdam and the museum is just minutes walk from the Rijksmuseum.

This popular tourist attraction in Amsterdam is open daily to visitors from 09:00 until 19:00 (and until 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays).

Public Transport

From Amsterdam Central Station:

  • Tram 2, direction Nieuw Sloten, stop Van Baerlestraat
  • Tram 5, direction Amstelveen Binnenhof, stop Van Baerlestraat
  • Bus 347, direction Uithoorn, stop Rijksmuseum or Museumplein
  • Bus 357, direction Kudelstaart, stop Rijksmuseum or Museumplein

From train station Amsterdam Sloterdijk:
Tram 12, direction Amsterdam Amstel, stop Museumplein

From train station Amsterdam Amstel:
Tram 12, direction Station Sloterdijk, stop Museumplein

From train station Amsterdam Zuid WTC:
Tram 5, direction Amsterdam Central Station, stop Van Baerlestraat

Red Light District - Amsterdam (image credits: Razvan Orendovici via Flickr)

The Netherlands is known as one of the most liberal countries in the world, so it should not be surprising that Amsterdam’s Red Light District is filled with many bars, sex shops and ladies of ill repute, but then again…. this is just one the many things to do in Amsterdam (or you could always go for a nice bicycle ride instead!) . 

Almost all tourists who visit Amsterdam, sometimes go for a stroll through this famous Red Light strip. It is safer to walk there so please do not be afraid, because he is like any other part of Amsterdam.