Sightseeing, Attractions, Around Amsterdam

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CITY TOURS in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM CITY SIGHTSEEING (sightseeing by bus) - Hop on hop off

Pass: 25 EUR/adult/1 day, 13 EUR/child/1 day

Whole package (City Sightseeing daypass, daypass Canal Bus, gift in Heineken the City, free beer at the XtraCold IceCafe and free admission to Tulip Museum): 27,5 EUR/adult/1 day, 14 EUR/child/1 day

Schedule: 9:30-17:00

Frequency: 45 minutes


1. Central Station, Dam Square, Royal Palace, Red Light negyed, Nemo, Stedelijk Museum

2. Rembrandt Square, bolhapiac, Jewish quarter, Rembrandt House, Artis Zoo

3. Heineken, De pijp, Albert Cuyp Market, Utrechtse Straat, Antique quarter

4. Vondelpark, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Casino, Hard Rock Cafe,PC Hooftstraat, Diamond Museum, Diamond Factory

5. Anne Frank House, Westerchurch, Jordaan, The 9 Streets, Amsterdam Tulip Museum

Language: English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch


AMSTERDAM CANAL BUS (sightseeing by boat) - Hop on hop off

Tickets: 18 EUR/adult/1,5 days, 12 EUR/child/1,5 days

Combined tickets:

Canal Bus + Rijksmuseum: 30 EUR/person

Canal Bus + Van Gogh Museum: 31,5 EUR/person

Amsterdam All In 1 Pass + Canal Bus: 26 EUR/person

Schedule: 9:55-18:00

Frequency: 45 minutes

Stops: 3 different routes (Green, Red, Blue)

Main sights: Rijksmuseum - Leidesplein - Westerplak/Keizergracht - Anne Frank House - Central Station East - City Hall - Nemo - Maritime Museum - Artis Zoo - Tropenmuseum - Rembrandt House - Gassan Diamonds - Rembrandtplein - Central Station West

Language: English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian


LOVERS BOAT (sightseeing by boat)


Day Cruise: 12 EUR/adult, 6 EUR/child

Evening Cruise (19:00, 20:00, 21:00): 12 EUR/adult, 6 EUR/child

Evening Cruise + Dinner (19:30): 59 EUR/adult, 35 EUR/child

Schedule: 10:00-17:30

Frequency: 30 minutes

Language: English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Czech, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Indonesian (download audioguide)


BLUE BOAT (sightseeing by boat)


City Canal: 13 EUR/adult, 7 EUR/child

Evening Cruise (April-September 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, October-March 20:00): 15 EUR/adult,

10 EUR/child

Evening Cruise + Dinner (20:30): 59 EUR/adult, 41,5 EUR/child

Schedule: 10:00-17:00/18:00

Frequency: 30-60 minutes

Language: English, Dutch



Opening hours: 10:00-18:00/20:00

Rental fee: 8 EUR/2 persons/hour

Deposit for pedalos: 50 EUR



Price: 22 EUR/person

Schedule: March-May 15. and September-November 11:00, May 15-August 11:00 and 16:00



Rates: 5 EUR/4 hours , 7 EUR/day, 5 EUR/every additional hour



Themes: Amsterdam City, Red Light District etc.


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ATTRACTIONS in Amsterdam


Opening hours: 15 March-June and 1-14 September Sunday-Friday 9:00-21:00, Saturday 9:00-22:00, July-August 9:00-22:00, 15 September-14 March 9:00-21:00

(last admission 30 minutes before closing)

Tickets: 8,5 EUR/adult, free for children up to 9 years

Getting there: Tram 13, 14, 17 - Plantage Kerklaan

The former hiding place, where Anne Frank wrote her diary, is now a well-known museum. The museum tells the history of the eight people in hiding and those who helped them during the war. Anne Frank's diary is among the original objects on display.



Opening hours: 10:00-17:00

Tickets: 8 EUR/adult, 1,5 EUR/child

Free audio guide.

Getting there: Metro 51, 53, 54 - Waterlooplein



Opening hours: Saturday-Thursday 9:00-18:00, Friday 9:00-20:30

(last admission 30 minutes before closing)

Tickets: 12,5 EUR/adult, free for children

Audio guide (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Russian): 4 EUR

Getting there: Tram 2, 5 - Hobbemastraat, or Tram 3, 12, 16, 24 - Museumplein

The Rijksmuseum ( Dutch for National Museum) is a national museum of the Netherlands, located in Amsterdam on the Museumplein. In addition to eighteen works by Rembrandt, all other favorite items of the public are on display in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. The well over 400 masterpieces on display tell the impressive tale of the political, economic and artistic wonder of Holland’s Golden Age.



Opening hours: Saturday-Thursday 10:00-18:00, Friday 10:00-22:00

(last admission 30 minutes before closing)

Tickets: 14 EUR/adult, free for children up to 12 years

Audio guide (English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Russian): 4 EUR

Getting there: Tram 2, 3, 5, 12 - Van Baerlestraat or Tram 16, 24 - Museumplein

A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It provides the opportunity to keep track of the artist's developments, or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century in the collection. The museum also holds an extensive offer of exhibitions on various subjects from 19th-century art history.



Opening hours: 11:00-19:00

(last admission 1,5 hours before closing)

Tickets: 15 EUR/adult

Getting there: Tram 16, 24 - Stadhouderskade

The former Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam, a national monument and listed in the European Route of Industrial Heritage, offers some 3000 square metres of special exhibition space. In this unique environment, you'll experience Heineken's rich history and the tradition and craft of brewing. You'll learn the extraordinary story of the people behind this remarkable company, now the most international beer distributor in the world! Brand new attractions include a mini brewery, a tasting bar, as well as the 'Stable Walk', where visitors will be able to access the stables to view Heineken's iconic Shire horses from nearby. A visit to the Heineken Experience attraction takes about 90 minutes.



Opening hours: 10:00-17:30

Tickets: 21 EUR/adult, 16 EUR/child

Getting there: Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, 17, 24, 25 - Dam

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam is now interactive and sensationally different! Not only will you come face to face with celebrities, but you can now also shop ‘til you drop with superstar Jennifer Lopez, test your soccer skills against Ronaldinho, or have your picture taken with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie! And if you’re brave enough you will meet Captain Jack Sparrow and have his cursed pirates scare the life out of you!



Opening hours: 10:00-16:30

Tickets: 5 EUR/adult, 2 EUR/child

Getting there: Tram 2 - Nieuw Sloten

The Sloten Windmill is a tower mill, with an octagon from 1847. It is the only mill in Amsterdam that is accessible to the public. Under the ancient beams there is also an audio-visual presentation about the life of Rembrandt. Sculptures, made from figures occurring on the paintings by Rembrandt, the miller’s son, accentuate the unique sphere.


AJAX MUSEUM (Ajax Arena)

Guided tours: Monday-Friday, last Sunday of every month 11:00, 12:30, 14:30, 16:30, Saturday and public holidays 11:00, 12:15, 13:30, 14:45, 16:30

Tickets: 12 EUR/adult, 10,5 EUR/child

Getting there: Metro 50, 54 - Station Bijlmer Arena

This Ajax Arena tour takes approximately one hour and consists of a roundtrip through the stadium with an experienced guide. After approximately one hour, the guide will leave you behind in the Ajax Museum, where you can spend the remaining time and can make a trip at your own pace through the 100 year history of the legendary soccer club.



Opening hours: 10:00-18:00

Free admission.

Getting there: Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, 17, 24, 25 - Dam

Amsterdam Diamond Center, the largest jeweller in Holland, both in store size and in collection. It offers a large collection of loose diamonds and jewellery and is also official agent for more than 35 top brand watches. There are 3 stages in transforming the rough diamond into the brilliant, a glittering gem that is used for jewellery: sawing, shaping and polishing. You can watch this process and get an explanation about this handcraft, typical for Amsterdam.



Opening hours: 10:00-17:00

Tickets: 21 EUR/adult, 16 EUR/child

Last minute, discounted tickets here.

Getting there: Tram 4, 9, 16, 24 - Spui/Rokin

A unique combination of a museum, theatre and attraction. True facts from Amsterdam's history are the main scene in this attraction. Actors will bring the horrible history to life and this experience will be extra exciting by the many special effects, a dangerous ride and the labyrinth of lost Amsterdam. Living in fear for the plague, the VOC, Witches, The Spanish inquisition and the dark streets of Amsterdam will come to live again.



Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:00-1:00, Friday-Saturday 11:00-2:00 (next morning)

Tickets: 5 EUR/adult

Getting there: Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, 17, 24, 25 - Dam

An old warehouse in the middle of Red Light District, with an always-lit neon above the entry, which says - Erotic Museum. Inside, a shop with erotica souvenirs and on the three floors up - an exhibit, more about the Red Light District itself, than about eroticism. A room of the Red Light District prostitute with the wax figure of the working girl inside and a model of the cashier of the famous Casa Rosso Live Show Theater. Furthermore a collection of the old erotic photographs, an interesting series of John Lennon’s lithographs and a compact collection of erotic art.



Opening hours: 9:00-23:30

Tickets: 3 EUR/adult (over 16 years)

Getting there: Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, 17, 24, 25 - Dam

The world's first and oldest sex museum, the "Venustempel" in Amsterdam is a leading museum on the theme of sensual love with an extensive collection of erotic pictures, paintings, objects, recordings, photographs and even attractions. All of the exhibits have been gathered together personally by the owners and can be viewed in their 17th century property on the Damrak.



Opening hours: 10:00-23:00

Tickets: 9 EUR/adult, free for children under 13 years accompanied by adults

Getting there: Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, 17, 24, 25 - Dam

The Hash Marihuana Hemp Museum is unique in the world, and offers a true voyage of discovery - one that fits perfectly with any visit to Amsterdam. It offers visitors extensive documentation and information about the historical and modern uses of the cannabis plant, as well as its medicinal, religious and cultural applications, not to mention cannabis‘ enormous potential to benefit the environment, agriculture and industry in the future. The Museum shows how hemp has evolved to become one of humanity‘s most valuable renewable resources.


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Getting there: Bus 197, 370 from Museumplein station to Schiphol airport and than Connexxion Bus 58 to Keukenhof - 35 km, 40-50 minutes - 23 EUR/adult/return, 11 EUR/child/return (including entrance ticktes to Keukenhof Gardens)



Opening hours: 18 March- 16May, 8:00-19.00 (Flower Parade - 24 April)

(last admission 1 hour before closing)

Tickets: 14 EUR/adult, 7 EUR/child

Parking: 6 EUR

Duration: 4-5 hours

An unprecedented wealth of spectacular floral displays planted in endless varieties, alternated with beautiful works of art. Keukenhof is unique, world famous and has been one of the most popular destinations in the Netherlands for many years now. And it has been photographed millions of times, more than any other location. The same also applies to the surrounding bulb fields as well, of course. In 2010, you will be able to experience our spring park with the audiovisual Discovery Tour.


Getting there: Train from Amsterdam Centraal station to  Almaar - 40 km, 35 minutes - 6,6 EUR oneway, 12,1 EUR/return



Opening hours: April-August, Friday 10:00

Free entrance.

Duration: 2,5 hours

Getting there: walk from train station

Thousands of visitors from all over the world visit Alkmaar for its cheese market, a particular spectacle which includes a market filled with cheese and hauling cheese carriers. The cheese market has taken place on the Waagplein in Alkmaar since 1593.



Opening hours: April-November, Monday-Saturday 10:00-16:00, Friday during the market season 9:00-16:00

Tickets: 3 EUR/adult, 1,5 EUR/child

Getting there: walk from train station

At the 'Waagplein', in the middle of the centre of Alkmaar, you can find the historical Weighhouse, in 1390 built as a chapel for the Holy Ghost. In 1576 the building became the Weighhouse for cheese. Nowadays a part of the building is used for the weighing of cheese during the traditional cheese market on fridaymorning from april till september. Then you can see the cheese carriers in action.


Getting there: Train from Amsterdam Centraal station to Enkhuizen - 62 km, 1 hour - 14 EUR/return



Opening hours: 10:00-17:00

Tickets: 14 EUR/adult, 8,4 EUR/child

Getting there: walk from train station

The Zuiderzeemuseum is two museums in one: an open-air museum that features more than 130 authentic houses, shops and workshops and one indoor museum with permanent or changing exhibitions about the Zuiderzee’s turbulent past.


Getting there: Train from Amsterdam Centraal station to Den HAAG Centraal - 60 km, 1 hour - 

10 EUR oneway, 18,3 EUR/return


BINNENHOF - Parlament, Hall of Knights

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00-16:00, Sunday and public holidays closed

Tickets: 4 EUR/person

Combined ticket (Binnenhof + First or Second Chamber of Parliament): 6 EUR/person

Getting there: 15 minutes walk from train station

The Binnenhof is a complex of buildings in The Hague. It has been the location of meetings of the Staten-Generaal, the Dutch parliament, since 1446, and has been the centre of Dutch politics for many centuries. The Visitors' centre at the Binnenhof offer tours through the Hall of Knights where the queen opens Parliament every third Tuesday of September, and/or through the First Chamber and/or the Second Chamber of Parliament.


VREDES PALEIS (Peace Palace)

Guided tours (booking in advance needed): Monday-Friday 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, Saturday and Sunday closed (museum visit is included in the guided tour 11:00 and 15:00)

Tickets: 5 EUR/adult, 3 EUR/child

Getting there: Tram 10 - Vredespaleis or Bus 24 - Vredespaleis

The Peace Palace in The Hague is home to a number of international judicial institutions, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ) or World Court, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the renowned Peace Palace Library, as well as the Hague Academy of International Law, which attracts law students from all over the world every summer.


PANORAMA MESDAG (largest panorama painting of Netherlands - 14x120 m)

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday 12:00-17:00

Tickets: 6 EUR/adult, 2,5 EUR/child

Getting there: Tram 8 or Bus 22 - Scheveningen

Panorama Mesdag is a cylindrical painting, more than 14 meters high and 120 meters in circumference. The vista of the sea, the dunes and Scheveningen village was painted by one of the most famous painters of the Hague School, Hendrik Willem Mesdag. It is the oldest 19th century panorama in the world in its original site, and a unique cultural heritage.



Free unlimited use of the Hague and Delft public transports, discounts in museums and attractions of Hague and Delft.

Cards: 12,95 EUR/day, 19,95 EUR/2 days



Opening hours: April-October 9.00-17:00, November-March, Monday-Saturday 9:00-17:00, Sunday closed

Tickets: 6,5 EUR/adult, free for children

Getting there: Tram 1 from Hague to Delft CS

The Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles / Royal Delft is the only remaining factory of the 32 earthenware factories that were established in Delft in the 17th century. The guided tour around the impressive indoor garden and the exhibition rooms gives a good picture of our centuries-old history. You can also see the painters at work and follow the production process in the factory step by step. In the company museum you can admire antique pieces of Delft Blue. You will also find a complete overview of the collection of hand-painted and modern design earthenware in the showroom.



Opening hours: September-March 9:00-18:00, April-June 9:00-20:00, July-August 9.00-23:00

(last admission 1 hour before closing)

Tickets: 14,5 EUR/adult, 10,5 EUR/child

Getting there: Tram 9 or Bus 22 from Hague to Maudoram

For more than 57 years Madurodam has been the smallest city in the Netherlands where you will see the well-known buildings and scenes in The Netherlands replicated on a scale 1:25. The Parliament buildings of The Hague, the canal houses of Amsterdam, the Alkmaar cheese market and little trees and gardens, all replicated in minute detail. Windmills turn, ships sail and modern trains are tracersing the city on the world's largest miniature railway.


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