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The compact center of Amsterdam packs in a huge variety of experience. That’s why it’s one of Europe’s best-loved cities: everyone gets something out of it. Not interested in coffee shops or the red light district? No problem; the city is also a big hitter in the arts, with world-class museums covering everything from Old Masters to beer. Get on a rental bike or hop on (and hop off) one of the buses doing regular circuits of the city to get the most out of your cultural excursion.

Much of central Amsterdam is formed of concentric half-circles of canals fanning out from the city’s main railway station. Just beyond this formation is Museumplein (Museum Square), with its impressive concentration of institutions. Here you’ll find the renowned Van Gogh Museum, with the largest collection of the artist’s paintings in the world. Works you’ll recognize from countless reproductions are here in all their vivid color and painterly texture. Despite a life marked by tragedy, Van Gogh’s lust for life bursts from these beloved canvasses.

If you want to explore art history before and after Van Gogh’s time, you don’t even need to leave the square. The Rijksmuseum is the grande dame of the city’s art museums, focusing on an era when Dutch painters dominated the European art market, and boasts such iconic paintings as Vermeer’s The Milkmaid and Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. And to take the story up to the present day, simply stroll on over to the Stedelijk Museum with its superb collection of 20th century and contemporary art. Not just paintings, but also furniture and decorative objects tell the story of revolution and innovation in the quest for new forms.

As well as fine arts, Amsterdam’s museums cover diamonds, hemp and various aspects of the city’s history. It’s thirsty work taking it all in, so you may want to end your day’s wanderings at the Heineken Experience, where you’ll get to see and – of course – taste the famous Dutch brew.  

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Skip the Line: Amsterdam and Holland Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 220 Reviews

The Amsterdam and Holland Pass is a city pass offering free and reduced entrance tickets to must-see attractions, museums and public transport in Amsterdam and ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Flexible

From USD $48.45

Skip the Line: Van Gogh Museum and Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Day Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 347 Reviews

Combine fast-track admission to the Van Gogh Museum with a 24- or 48-hour Canal Bus hop-on hop-off pass, and you've got the best of Amsterdam covered. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Valid for 24 or 48 hours

From USD $49.84
$51.22 Save $1.38

Skip the Line: Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum Tour Including Amsterdam Canals Lunch Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Enjoy a full day of Amsterdam’s outstanding art, culture and scenery with this museum tour and canal cruise combo. Avoid the lines and gain skip-the-line ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.21

I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

4.5 star rating: Recommended 320 Reviews

Simplify your trip to Amsterdam with the I Amsterdam City Card, a pass that gives you free admission to museums and public transport throughout the city. Gain ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 48 or 72 hours

From USD $78.91

Amsterdam Canal Bus Hop On Hop Off Day Pass and Heineken Experience

4 star rating: Recommended 68 Reviews

Go for the combo: a 24 or 48-hour Amsterdam Canal Bus Pass and admission to the Heineken Experience. You'll find getting around Amsterdam's a breeze with your ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $51.22
$52.61 Save $1.39

Private Tour: Amsterdam Rembrandt Art Walking Tour Including Rijksmuseum

Relive the glory of the most famous painter of the Dutch Golden Age, Rembrandt van Rijn, on this customizable private walking tour in Amsterdam. The artist ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.68

Amsterdam Canal Boat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Rijksmuseum Ticket

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 19 Reviews

Combine a hop-on hop-off canal boat tour of Amsterdam with a visit to Rijksmuseum – the Netherlands’ national museum that houses a collection of Dutch Golden ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $49.84

The Amsterdam Dungeon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Find yourself propelled into the dark ages and an era of torture, disease and death. The origins of the Grim Reaper are traced here and you are invited to ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Flexible

From USD $27.62

Amsterdam Shore Excursion: Van Gogh Museum and Amsterdam Canal Hop-On Hop-Off Day Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

See the best of Amsterdam while you’re in port with a day pass for the city’s hop-on hop-off canal tour, which includes skip-the-line access to one of ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Valid for 24 hours

From USD $49.84

Skip the Line: Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Skip the general admission queues at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam with a skip-the-line ticket! See lifelike recreations of your favorite stars and celebs without ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Flexible

From USD $30.46

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