Amsterdam outings

20 Outings in Amsterdam: the best activities

Amsterdam offers a variety of getaways, including museums, canal cruises and city walks. Group outings include corporate outings, bachelor parties, family outings and team outings, with activities for team building and fun. Trips for two are perfect for romantic experiences, including boat tours and culinary adventures. Amsterdam is attractive year-round, with seasonal activities. The time you need to see Amsterdam varies from a day to a week or more, depending on your interests and available time.

1. Rent a boat or canal cruise Amsterdam

With us, you can explore Amsterdam in style by renting a private boat with skipper. This gives you the freedom to cruise the canals at your own pace while enjoying the breathtaking views. In addition, we offer various packages including snacks and drinks. For smaller groups, you can also opt for a luxury canal cruise with a small group. Here you can relax in the comfortable setting and benefit from the personal attention of our skipper. This is the way to admire Amsterdam from the water.

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2. Visit Artis Zoo

Artis Zoo is a popular zoo in Amsterdam. You can admire various animal species, including exotic animals, birds and mammals. It is an educational and fun experience for the whole family. Don’t forget to explore the beautiful gardens and historic buildings during your visit.

Artis Amsterdam Zoo

3. Go culture sniffing

Amsterdam offers a rich cultural experience for visitors. Visit famous museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House to admire masterpieces and history. Explore historic landmarks such as the Royal Palace on Dam Square and the Old Church. Enjoy performances at the Royal Theater Carré and explore the various dining options offering international cuisine. Amsterdam is a cultural paradise to explore.

Museum Amsterdam Rijksmuseum

4. Admiring Amsterdam’s canals

If you prefer not to sail, but still want to enjoy Amsterdam’s beautiful canals, there are plenty of options. Walk along the canals in the historic center, such as the Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht, and admire the ornate facades of the canal houses. You can also opt for a leisurely stroll along the IJ waterfront, overlooking modern architecture and the famous Eye Film Museum. Don’t forget to enjoy the picturesque bridges and the city’s unique atmosphere.

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5. Relaxing in the Amsterdam forest

The Amsterdam Forest offers an oasis of peace and greenery in the bustling city. Here you can relax. Enjoy picnics at the Bosbaan waterfront, rent a bike for a leisurely ride through nature, or take a walk along the many trails. For the adventurous types, there are climbing parks and you can canoe on the Bosbaan. Don’t forget to attend an outdoor theater performance in the summer.

Amsterdam Forest

6. Visit one of the many museums

Besides the well-known cultural museums in Amsterdam, there are plenty of other interesting museums to explore. For example, visit the Tropenmuseum for a journey through cultures from around the world. For lovers of diamonds, the Diamond Museum is a fascinating destination. If you like science, NEMO Science Museum is a must-see. Or visit the Moco Museum for modern and contemporary art. Amsterdam offers a wide range of museums for every interest.

Nemo Science Museum

7. See the unique architecture

Admire the historic canal houses with their distinctive facades. See modern architectural marvels such as the Eye Film Museum and the EYE Film Institute Netherlands, both located on the IJ River. Don’t forget to visit the futuristic Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. The combination of historic charm and contemporary design makes Amsterdam an exciting destination for architecture lovers.

Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam

8. Heineken-experience

The Heineken Experience is a must-visit attraction for beer lovers in Amsterdam. This former brewery offers an interactive journey through the history and brewing process of the world-famous Heineken beer. Discover the heritage of this iconic brand, learn how beer is brewed, and enjoy a freshly tapped Heineken beer in the cozy bar. An educational and refreshing experience for visitors of all ages.

Heineken Amsterdam

9. Unique bars and restaurants

Amsterdam is known for its vibrant culinary scene and cozy bars. Sample local delicacies at traditional brown cafes such as Café Hoppe or Café de Dokter. For a unique experience, visit a tasting room such as Wynand Fockink, which serves traditional gins.

For a more contemporary taste experience, there are numerous restaurants with a variety of cuisines. Try De Kas, where you can dine among the greenhouses of a former nursery, or go to a Michelin-starred restaurant such as Librije’s Zusje.

Restaurants in Amsterdam

10. Go cheer on Ajax in the Amsterdam arena

The Amsterdam ArenA, now known as the Johan Cruijff ArenA, is the home of AFC Ajax and offers a great soccer experience. If you are lucky enough to attend a game, it is the perfect opportunity to cheer for your favorite team and experience the excitement of live soccer. Be sure to reserve tickets in advance, as games can sell out quickly. Cheering with fellow supporters at the stadium is an unforgettable experience for any soccer fan.

Amsterdam Arena

11. Attend an event

Amsterdam hosts various events throughout the year, including Amsterdam Gay Pride, the Amsterdam Light Festival and King’s Day. Check the calendar for more information and enjoy these special occasions.

King's Day from above

12. Grab a bite to eat at the Foodhallen

For a tasty experience in Amsterdam, visit the Foodhallen. Here you’ll find a variety of culinary delights from around the world, from street food to artisanal dishes. Enjoy a casual meal at this lively food market, where you can sample a variety of cuisines and flavors. The perfect place to relax and enjoy good food in a cozy atmosphere.

Foodhallen in Amsterdam

13. Walking around the Vondelpark or Westerpark.

Whether you choose a stroll through the iconic Vondelpark, with its lush green landscape and atmosphere of tranquility, or a leisurely stroll in trendy Westerpark, both options offer wonderful opportunities to soak up the outdoors. In the Vondelpark you can enjoy its natural beauty and tranquility, while the Westerpark is known for its art, events and fun places to eat and drink. Both parks are perfect for hiking and enjoying the surroundings.


14. Visiting the Dam

Dam Square is the heart of Amsterdam and a central square full of historical significance. Here you will find the Royal Palace, the New Church and the National Monument. It is a great place to explore the city’s rich history, enjoy its architecture and store at well-known department stores. Vergeet niet om de duiven te voeren en te genieten van straatartiesten die de sfeer van de Dam verlevendigen.

Royal Palace on Dam Square

15. Imagine yourself somewhere else in Hortus

The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam offers an enchanting escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Wander through lush gardens with rare plants and flowers from around the world. Here you can imagine yourself somewhere else for a while, surrounded by an oasis of greenery and tranquility. It is the ideal place for nature lovers and a peaceful experience in the middle of Amsterdam.

Hortus Botanicus

16. Stroll around the Red Light District

The Red Light District, also known as the Red Neighborhood, is a historic and vibrant neighborhood in Amsterdam. Here you can stroll along the picturesque canals and narrow streets. You will find numerous bars, restaurants and coffee shops. The Red Light District is also known for its historic architecture and famous red lights. It is a unique experience to explore this vibrant neighborhood.

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17. Visiting Amsterdam Central Station

Amsterdam Central Station is the city’s main train station and an iconic structure. The station has beautiful neo-Renaissance architecture and provides access to downtown Amsterdam and other parts of the Netherlands. It is also a hub for streetcars, buses and ferries, making it a convenient place to begin or end your trip through Amsterdam.

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18. Creep in the Amsterdam Dungeon

For those who like a dose of excitement, the Amsterdam Dungeon is a must-visit attraction. Here you will be immersed in Amsterdam’s dark history through interactive shows and scary actors.

Amsterdam Dungeon

19. Visit the many squares

Visit the lively Leidseplein with its theaters, restaurants and entertainment venues. Rembrandtplein is another bustling center, surrounded by cafes and clubs.

For a more peaceful atmosphere, head to the cozy Spui Square, where you’ll find bookstores and cultural events. Museum Square is home to world-famous museums and an excellent place to relax in the grass. Each square has its own unique charm and offers a different experience in the city.

Leidseplein Amsterdam terraces

20. Viewing A’dam tower

The A’DAM Tower is a striking landmark in Amsterdam North, offering spectacular views of the city. Visitors can go to the top and enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of Amsterdam and the surrounding landscape. There is also the opportunity to swing on “Over The Edge,” Europe’s tallest swing, for those who like an adrenaline rush.

A'DAM Lookout

An outing for any group size.

Whether you are looking for an outing for a small or large group is no problem. Amsterdam is a great place for a group outing such as a company outing or bachelor party. But there is also plenty for couples to do.

Group outings in Amsterdam

Amsterdam offers several options for group outings, whether it’s company outings, bachelor parties, family outings or team outings.

  • Corporate or team outing: Choose from a luxury private boat, a delicious dinner or interesting city tour.
  • Bachelorette parties: Amsterdam has numerous options for unforgettable bachelorette parties, such as cocktail workshops, karaoke nights or a night out at its vibrant clubs.
  • Family outings: Spend quality time with your family in Amsterdam by visiting museums, exploring zoos or taking a family-friendly canal cruise.

Whatever your group is looking for, Amsterdam has a suitable group outing to offer for every occasion.

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Amsterdam outings for 2 people

For a romantic day in Amsterdam, start with a city tour of historic landmarks and canals. Follow up with a romantic canal cruise and enjoy a culinary journey in the Foodhallen. Nature lovers can explore the Hortus Botanicus, while adventurous couples can explore the Amsterdam Dungeon. End the day with a panoramic view from the A’DAM Tower. Amsterdam offers countless possibilities hedens for an unforgettable time together.

Outings for the different seasons of Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, there are year-round outings for every season. In spring and summer you can enjoy romantic roundtrips and picnics in the Vondelpark. Autumn features cultural visits to museums and the Hortus Botanicus. For winter, the Amsterdam Dungeon and Foodhallen offer cozy indoor experiences.

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How long does it take me to see Amsterdam?

A weekend in Amsterdam offers the opportunity to see the main sights, such as Dam Square, the Rijksmuseum and the canals. A day is enough to explore some highlights, such as a canal cruise and a walk through the Jordaan. A deeper experience and exploration of local neighborhoods and museums requires more time, such as four to five days or longer. It depends on your preferences and available time. Amsterdam has something to offer for every length of time.