We’re starting off in the heart of the city with Dam Square, where entertainment is king and locals and tourists fill the streets together. You don’t have to be an architecture buff to appreciate the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis), New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) and De Bijenkorf department store, the main spot for shopping and people watching.
Anne Frank House
The story of Anne Frank, captured in her own words during World War II, has become a modern legend. Her time hiding in her father’s secret annex with seven others, as well as her relatable nature, made Anne world famous following her death in 1945.
Now visitors from across the globe are welcomed into Anne Frank House, where Otto Frank’s business and the secret annex were located. There are a number of artefacts from the war on offer to see, while the atmosphere of Nazi-occupied Amsterdam still clings in the air. This is an emotional, yet essential stop on your trip.
The Van Gogh Museum
A household name and one of the most studied artists of all time, Vincent Van Gogh’s work is now immortalised in his own magnificent museum. Featuring over 700 of his paintings and drawings, the Van Gogh Museum is one of the most visited in the world, with 1.6 million people coming through the doors each year.
For the perfect alternative night out, we recommend nipping down to the museum on a Friday night. You can enjoy a free guided tour, ambient DJ sets, showcases of local artists and a few thirst-quenchers at the entrance bar too.
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Efteling Amusement Park
Step back in time to a world of dragons, fairies, steam trains and magic, all sprinkled with traditional Dutch charm. It’s impossible not to have a magical time at Efteling and it’s the ideal place in Amsterdam for kid (or adults that just fancy escaping from reality).
You can take on classic rollercoasters like Joris en de Draak, featuring a fire-breathing dragon, and the sheer-dropping, Baron 1898. Or, if you like things at a little slower pace, there’s the Advonturen Doolhof adventure maze, Gondoletta boat ride, Fairytale Forest and amazing live shows and music to boot.
A haven of greenery, canals, cyclists and tranquility, you can easily lose an afternoon taking in the postcard-worthy views of Vondelpark. Take a break at one of the park’s restaurants or cafés and be sure not to leave until you find the rose garden, which has more than 70 types of the flower growing inside.
If you’re on the lookout for something really unique, Electric Ladyland seals the deal. The first museum dedicated to fluorescent art may be small in stature, but it will leave a lasting impression with its collection of glowing objects and artwork, naturally luminous rocks and psychedelic music. It’s a feast for the senses and for an addition of Amsterdam funk to your life, go treat yourself at the souvenir shop.
Now you know what to do when you get there, all that’s left to do is book your coach travel to Amsterdam via our journey planner and you’re all good to go!