Things to do and places of interest in Amsterdam
Many festivals are on from spring to early autumn: Pluk de Nacht Open Air Film Festival, Aprilfeesten, and Amsterdam Light Festival. Museums to visit include Rijksmuseum (showcasing art and more than 800 years of Dutch history, including Rembrandt), Van Gogh Museum (with more than 200 original paintings), and the Anne Frank House (where she lived for more than 2 years in hiding during World War II). Parks, beaches, canals, cafes, and the local flea markets are also perfect for summer visits. There are walking tours offered through the year, and classical concerts free of charge for 30 minutes at the Concertgebouw on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm running from June to September. Amsterdamse Bos offers hiking, swimming, and picnic areas. Canal Ring features 17th century houses and mansions, white drawbridges, and more than 300 years of history. The neighbourhood of Jordaan has a plethora of specialty shops, boutiques, and art galleries.
Tips and tricks for visiting Amsterdam
Avoid Major Holidays
Queens’ Day and Liberation Day weekends in April are extremely busy; therefore, you will incur much higher room rates at local hotels.
Attractions and Museums Have Long Lines in August
Due to school holidays for the summer, August brings more crowds into Amsterdam, which means longer queues for attractions, museums, and trams. Some bars and restaurants also close for the month, which means you will not have as many options.
Amsterdam’s Red Light District is Legal
Prostitution is not illegal in Amsterdam; therefore, the Red Light District is home to prostitution outlets. The area is heavily monitored by police patrols and security cameras. There are also a number of bars, restaurants, and historical museums in the Red Light District. The oldest church in the city, Oude Kerk, is in the middle of the District. Most visitors can pass through the District without any problems, but taking photographs of the prostitutes is discouraged.