More than 8 million people visit Amsterdam every year to enjoy its distinctive canal-scapes, the risque allure of the Red Light District and collection of important cultural hotspots. Crowds are inevitable in a city so popular, but here are some easy ways to avoid long lines at the attractions on your list.
Amsterdam is justly famous for its fantastic art galleries, which are crowded with visitors every day of the year. Art lovers who are short on time can buy tickets ahead of time to skip the lines at the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Small-group and private tours also often include speedy entrance to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh and the fabulous Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age at the Hermitage Amsterdam.
Visitors come from all over the world to see the history museums of Amsterdam, with long queues forming on a daily basis. Skip the line at the Anne Frank House or the Amsterdam Museum with quick-access tickets that may also be combined with other city sights such as the Jewish Historical Museum. The interactive Heineken Experience—Amsterdam’s most popular attraction — also draws crowds, so buy a skip-the-line ticket to ensure accelerated admission.
Book a tour and bypass the crowds at the perennially popular Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam Dungeon and Body Worlds, each a great option for families looking for entertainment in Amsterdam.
Over 800,000 people visit Keukenhof Gardens in the eight short weeks between March and May to see the famous blooms, so sure you’re to see crowds. Skip-the-line tours are by far the best way to enjoy Keukenhof’s annual blaze of color without the hassle of queuing; add-on options include visits to a tulip farm or a guided walking tour of Haarlem.
Many of these tours can be teamed with cruises around the Canal Ring to see Amsterdam’s famous waterside landmarks. A city pass also provides fast-track, free or discounted entry to many of the city’s show-stopper attractions, plus 60 other venues in Rotterdam, The Hague and Haarlem.