Amsterdam’s top attractions range from quirky to futuristic. Get stuck into Amsterdam tourism with this list of top things to do and see in the Dutch capital.

If you’re sightseeing Amsterdam, this list of top Amsterdam attractions will only scratch the surface of Amsterdam’s many sites and experiences. Amsterdam’s best things to do and see range from quirky museums and a secret church to rowdy flower auctions and vibrant street markets. Visit Amsterdam to explore its intricate, UNESCO canal network, roller-blade past Picasso art, or surround yourself with panoramic cinema. Its diverse and quirky attractions make Amsterdam a top place to visit.

Immerse yourself in Amsterdam’s tourism with this list of the best places to visit in Amsterdam: cross off the top sites, attractions, museums, galleries and activities in the Dutch capital.


1. Discover Amsterdam’s many and varied museums

The Netherlands has the highest concentration of museums in the world. The grandest, the Rijksmuseum, houses the country’s most famous works, especially – but not exclusively – by the Dutch Masters of the Golden Age. It underwent a 10-year restoration and the result is magnificent with a light-filled atrium and Asian Pavilion. As the top museum of the Netherlands, its vast collection focuses on 800 years of Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages onwards and on major aspects of art from the rest of Europe and Asia. The best-known painting in the Rijksmuseum is Rembrandt’s largest and most famous canvas known as The Night Watch (1642). There’s more to the Rijksmuseum than paintings: you can also see sculptures, glass, Delftware, furniture, clothing and archaeological artefacts among the 8,000 objects on display.

To see the world’s largest collection of works by impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh, head to the Van Gogh Museum showcasing works from his early life as a ‘peasant painter’ to his darkest days. Among the 200 paintings and 500 drawings, you can see some of Van Gogh’s most famous masterpieces, including SunflowersAlmond Blossom and The Potato Eaters, plus many of his self-portraits. He was a prolific letter writer, too, and you can read all of Van Gogh’s letters to his brother Theo, his friend Paul Gauguin and others at the museum. There are also works by his contemporaries Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Monet.

For contemporary art, see the Stedelijk Museum and independent art galleries, such as Radar and Galerie Fons Welters.

Top 10 things to do in Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam has some quirky, small museums, too: check out Electric Ladyland for a collection of all things fluorescent, the Dutch Costume Museum for an overview of local traditional dress and folk art per region or the Vrolik Museum, a somewhat gruesome collection of pathological specimens, odd skulls and bones that belonged to anatomy professor Geradus Vrolik (1755–1859) and others.


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