Amsterdam is one of Europe’s hottest travel destinations. But what do you do in a city that literally seems to have it all?
Well, a good place to start is with a visit to Boerejongens, Amsterdam’s best coffeeshops, for a taste of some of our very own Amsterdam Genetics cannabis strains. Then, make sure to check out some of the following awesome attractions!
THE HEINEKEN EXPERIENCE
Ever wonder what goes into making the beer you love? The Heineken Experience is the perfect way to learn everything there is to know about large-scale beer manufacturing.
You’ll get an interactive tour through the original Heineken brewery, located in the heart of Amsterdam. Here, you will learn how Heineken’s unique pale lager is made, as well as the company’s rich history.
The tour lasts about 1.5 hours and ends in a tasting room where (you guessed it) you’ll be able to quench your thirst with an ice-cold beer, as well as lash out on some merchandise. Green Heineken T-shirt, anyone?
LOVERS CANAL CRUISES
Amsterdam’s canals are the cornerstone of the city’s charm, and there’s no better way to explore them than by boat on a Lovers Canal Cruise.
If you’re travelling in a group or as a family, the standard 1hr cruises are a great way to explore the city. If you’re here in summer, also consider checking out one of the semi-open boat cruises. Alternatively, you can even plan your own route for a little extra.
If you really want to step things up, consider booking a romantic dinner cruise for you and your special someone. You’ll get to tour the beautiful canals under a cloak of darkness, all while enjoying a beautiful meal and even a tasty drop of wine.
Whatever you choose, make sure you don’t miss your chance to go on a canal cruise in Amsterdam. The city is made for it!
BODY WORLDS – THE HAPPINESS PROJECT
Do you find yourself wondering about what goes on underneath your skin? Well, head on over to Body Worlds to find out.
This exhibition literally takes you inside the human body to give you an “inside look” at what goes on beneath the surface. Oh, and did we mention it does so using real human bodies? That’s right, the entire display is made up of over 200 donated biological samples.
The exhibition is put together by Gunther von Hagens, a German anatomist. All the specimens in the exhibition are preserved using a technique called plastination, which von Hagens developed himself.
If you’re interested in learning more about the human body or seeing something really intriguing, you simply cannot miss this exposition.
MADAME TUSSAUDS MUSEUM
Madame Tussauds is a classic attraction in Amsterdam. This wax museum comprises hundreds of life-size wax statues of all kinds of celebrities and personalities.
Madame Tussauds first opened in London over 200 years ago. It is named after the famous artist Marie Tussaud, who was famous for creating her incredibly realistic wax statues. By the age of 17, Tussaud was already the art tutor to Madame Elizabeth, the sister of Louis XVI of France.
The Amsterdam branch of Madame Tussauds officially opened in 1972, where it established itself as a top attraction for tourists of all ages. Make sure to add it to your itinerary.
The Rijksmuseum is easily one of the most prestigious museums in Europe. Even if you’re no stickler for art or history, simply checking out the beautiful building itself is definitely worth the visit.
The museum was originally founded in The Hague in 1800, but moved to Amsterdam in 1808. The building it is currently housed in was built in 1885, and is a monument to 19th-century European architecture.
The museum is in possession of 1 million objects of art and history dating between 1200 and 2000. It exhibits roughly 8,000 pieces at a time, which usually includes masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, and more.
If museums are your thing, the Rijksmuseum is a must-see attraction. Just make sure to get there early as there’s usually a long line to get in.
If you’re in Amsterdam in spring, you simply cannot miss a visit to Keukenhof. Located in Lisse (roughly 40 minutes outside of city centre), Keukenhof is one of the world’s largest flower gardens and a truly unmissable attraction at the right time of the year.
Every year, the park’s administration plants roughly 7 million bulbs in Keukenhof to cover a total of 32 hectares. Obviously, the garden has a huge tulip display, which is best seen around mid-April on a (preferably) warm and sunny day.
Given that the park is only open mid-March to mid-May, it gets a ton of visitors all throughout the spring. Hence, you’ll likely have to share the experience at Keukenhof with a bunch of other flower-loving tourists just like you. But don’t let that put you off; it’s definitely one of the best places to visit in Holland in spring.
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT MUSEUM
Do you just love the idea of staring at shrunken human heads or sitting in a giant wooden clog? Well, you can do all that and much, much more at Amsterdam’s Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum.
Based on the American franchise dedicated to highlighting all kinds of weird artefacts and events, this Amsterdam museum is perfect for kids and curious adults alike. It contains over 500 different exhibits/ artefacts, 19 themed theatres, a moving lounge, space tunnel, and much more.
The entire museum space is over 185 square metres in size, and is the perfect place to get completely weirded out. This is Amsterdam after all!
THE AMSTERDAM DUNGEON
The Dungeon is a super fun, interactive attraction that’s the perfect way to burn off a couple of hours (especially when it’s raining). It’s pretty similar to the dungeon attractions in London and Berlin, and features really high-class entertainment.
The entire show lasts about 80 minutes and takes you through Amsterdam’s murky past as a port city. Many of the events in the show are based on historical events that took place in Amsterdam or Holland in general.
It offers a fun mix of laughs and scares, and is really great for anyone over the age of 12 (as long as you’re not too jumpy). Remember that the max group size is 24.
MUSEUM OF PROSTITUTION
Sex work is legal in the Netherlands, and the government’s stance on prostitution has long fascinated (and also offended) people and governments around the globe.
If you’re interested in the history of the now well-established sex industry in Holland, the Museum of Prostitution is the perfect place to learn. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the oldest professions in human history, as well as the system put in place to protect both sex workers and customers in Holland.
The museum is small and close to the red light district, which is another interesting attraction where you can see Amsterdam’s sex industry up close and personal. The red light district is also home to some of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam.
XTRACOLD ICE BAR
We know what you’re thinking: another ice bar? Sure, ice bars have become a kind of cliche tourist attraction all around the world, but the Xtracold Ice Bar Amsterdam is really worth a visit.
As the name suggests, everything in this bar (from the walls to the glass holding your favourite drink) is made out of ice. Make sure to try some of the great cocktails, or warm yourself with a delicious boozy coffee.
Trust us — if you’ve never been to an ice bar, make sure your first time is at Xtracold Ice Bar in Amsterdam. To top it all off, it is only around the corner from our central Boerejongens coffeeshop, one of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam, so be sure to pop in and pay us a visit!