Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and one of the most famous cities in the world, especially for its broad concept of freedom and for the spirit of fun that bathes all its attractions, but also because it is the epicenter of Dutch art and culture and is home to some of the most famous museums in Europe.
Among the activities you can do to know every corner of Amsterdam are visiting the popular Van Gogh Museum, visit the most famous brewery in the Netherlands to live the Heineken Experience, visit the Royal Palace and take a walk along the Amstel River. In this definitive guide I tell you which are the best tickets so you can enjoy all the activities in the city.
1. Tickets to the Van Gogh Museum
Vincent van Gogh is the most famous artist in the Netherlands and the museum dedicated to his work is one of Amsterdam's most popular landmarks. This exhibition has the largest collection of the artist's works andalso houses the works of other contemporary impressionist and post-impressionist painters such as Gauguin and Monet. The best alternative to enjoy this museum is to opt for skip-the-line tickets.
During your tour of the museum you can discover the history of this particular artist, his relationship with his brother Theo and the influence that his work generated in the painters of later generations. Among the most striking works that you can see in the Van Gogh Museum are the Self-Portrait with a Gray Felt Hat, the Skull with a Cigarette and the Almond Blossom.
2. Tickets for the Heineken Experience
Heineken is one of the most famous companies in the Netherlands and in Amsterdam you can tour the brewery for a sensory experience, where you can lose yourself in the fermentation and storage of beer and even do a tasting at the end of the tour. You can also learn about the history of the brewery and its most famous owner, the ineffable Freddy Heineken.
During your trip you can choose to take the tour in a group led by an expert local guide or make the visit on your own with the assistance of an audio guide available in several languages. At the end of the tour you will be able to do the tastings at the bar, where you will have free time to relax in a former warehouse of this 18th century factory. I recommend that you buy your tickets in advance.
3. Tickets for the Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum is the most important exhibition of Amsterdam and one of the museums with the greatest heritage of the Netherlands, as there you can find paintings by Francisco de Goya, Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Pieter Brueghel the Elder, in a tour that will take you through many of the most representative works of the Dutch Golden Age. To avoid delays and crowds I advise you to buy your tickets in advance.
The total tour of the museum will take you between 2 and 3 hours and among the exhibitions you will also find collections of Asian and Egyptian art and audiovisual content rooms in which you can understand the development of the country, especially from the seventies onwards, where he began a definitive revaluation of Dutch art. Undoubtedly, Rijksmuseum is a place you can not miss during your trip to Amsterdam.
4. Tickets for the Royal Palace and its luxurious halls
If you want to visit one of the most representative buildings of the history of the Netherlands, you can't miss the tickets for the Royal Palace, which is the epicenter of royal and state events and stands out for its majestic marble halls, for the sculptures and frescoes of the Dutch Golden Age and also for the galleries that contain the art collections of the Crown.
During your tour you will get to know every corner of the Royal Palace, which although it is not currently the official home of the Dutch royal family, it is the place where they carry out their public activities, where royal and state banquets, New Year's meetings and award ceremonies that are hosted by the Dutch kings are held.
5. Tickets for the Amsterdam Historical Museum
Amsterdam is famous today for its freedom, for its wide range of cultural offerings and for the collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its museums, but it also has a rich past associated with the conquest of the seas and overseas territories. You can discover all this and more with your tickets to the Historical Museum, which has more than 70,000 objects on display, including paintings, ceramics, sculptures, drawings, plans and models.
In the more than 20 rooms of the museum you will find historical references to understand how a small medieval settlement on the banks of the Amstel River evolved into a maritime power first and then a thriving modern city. In addition, from the third floor of the building you can get one of the best open views of the city skyline.
6. Tickets for a river cruise on the Amstel River
Amsterdam has historically had a very deep relationship with the Amstel, which is the river that crosses the city and divides it into 2 and has been for centuries the epicenter of Dutch international trade that led to the country being considered one of the great representatives of maritime power in the seventeenth century. During your trip you can make the most of the Amstel with tickets for a canal cruise.
Among the sites you can discover from the river during the tour are the house of Anne Frank, which is now a museum and is the site where the young woman was hidden during the Second World War, and the Magere Brug bridge, which is also one of the most famous of the Dutch capital because of its tradition.
Save money by combining the cruise with the following entrance fees
- If you are someone who enjoys a good drink, you can combine your cruise with tickets for a tasting at the ice bar.
- If you prefer a traditional experience, don't miss a cruise that includes tickets to the Madame Tussauds Museum.
- Live an absolutely Dutch experience by taking a cruise tour that combines the tour with tickets to the Van Gogh Museum.
- Enjoy two of Amsterdam's most famous activities with the cruise tour that includes tickets to the Heineken Experience.
7. Tickets for the Red Light Secrets Museum
The Red Light District is one of the biggest enigmas of Amsterdam and for years has unveiled to tourists visiting the city, so if you want to know the mysteries of the area you will not want to miss the Red Light Secrets museum, which is located in a former medieval brothel. There you can review the history of the neighborhood and prostitution from its beginnings in the sixteenth century to the legalization of the 2000s.
During your tour you can learn stories of sex workers in the city, learn about the myths of the neighborhood, visit a workroom and understand the legislative changes that led Amsterdam from being a place of white slavery to one of the safest places for sexual activity.
8.Tickets to the Stedelijk Museum
Without the fame of the Van Gogh Museum or the collection of the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk exhibition remains one of the main and essential of Amsterdam, especially if you are a fan of modern art and design. In this museum you can find from paintings by Kandinsky, Matisse, Mondrian, Warhol and Picasso to thematic exhibitions of Bauhaus, abstract expressionism and conceptual art.
During your tour you can discover more than 700 pieces, audiovisual exhibition rooms and a wide range of interactive activities. You can visit the museum on your own, in a visit that will take about 2 hours, or choose to do it with an audio guide that is available in several languages. This is another Dutch museum where you will want to buy tickets in advance.
9. Tickets for the Ripley Museum
Do you enjoy curiosities and eccentricities? Then you can't miss the Ripley's Museum, the universe of the incredible and the impossible, of natural, scientific, artistic and human oddities and some of the most striking objects, such as the 7-meter-high robot on display, right next to the world's smallest car and the shrunken heads of the Amazonian tribes.
In this museum, which will test your capacity for wonder, you will also find a realistic sculpture of Robert Wadlow, who is noted by the Guinness Book as the tallest man in history, a clipping of the world's longest fingernails and an interactive 5D room that will allow you to participate in games and challenges typical of the Believe It or Not program.
10. Tickets for The Upside Down Museum
If you want to visit an attraction that combines a tribute to the Instagram universe, with optical illusions and modern art installations then you can't miss The Upside Down, an eclectic museum for the whole family. You can take selfies and pictures in the mirrors and scenographies and tour the more than 20 rooms with discos, amusement parks and surreal decorations.
One of the most striking experiences in this museum you will live in the Infinity Room, an exhibition consisting of a digital projection of life below sea level in real size and in motion that will allow you to do an immersive activity impossible to find in other exhibitions. If you plan to visit Amsterdam with family or children, getting your tickets for The Upside Down may be the ideal choice.
11. Tickets for the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Madame Tussauds is the world's most famous wax museum and at its Amsterdam location you can get up close and personal with more than 250 figures including artists, singers, politicians, celebrities and athletes. There you can also interact with the most famous representations and take some of the funniest pictures of your trip.
Although the Amsterdam museum is not the largest Madame Tussauds museum in Europe, it is one of those with more figures on display, but since its distribution of plants is very well organized you can go through it in less than 2 hours. With tickets to the museum you can also participate in a virtual reality experience, in which you will play a soccer match with the stars of this sport and then you can access the filming.
12. Tickets for the Body Worlds exhibition
If you want to learn about anatomy in a fun and interactive way, book tickets to tour the Body Worlds exhibition, where you can learn all the details of the human body in an exhibition that has representations but also with more than 200 real human bodies with all their peculiarities.
This exhibition is suitable for adults and also for children and in each of the rooms you will find different parts of the body, from bones to muscles, through the vital organs, brain functions and lesser known functions of human systems. Throughout the tour you will be able to distinguish the strengths and weaknesses of the body and its most striking curiosities.
13. Tickets for WONDR Experience
WONDR Experience is not only a recreational art museum, but also the epicenter of one of the most interesting immersive experiences in Amsterdam. There you can combine artistic activities with entertainment and get to know the decorated halls, photography rooms and the main courtyard of the complex, where you can participate in activities such as sugar cloud baths or dancing under a shower of confetti.
This immersive experience is ideal for families or children, but can also stimulate the senses and imagination of adults, making it an ideal attraction to escape the hustle and bustle of traditional Amsterdam activities and combine it with other cultural activities. If you attend in a group you can access discounts on tickets depending on the number of visitors.
14. Tickets for a 5D flight experience at This is Holland
If you dream of flying and use your gift to see Amsterdam from the air then you can take part in the 5D flying experience of This is Holland, a unique and different trip where you can see all the cities of the Netherlands without leaving your seat, thanks to the films that were filmed from the air and that recreate the landscapes and picturesque canals of the country. If you book your tickets in advance you could get discounts.
In addition, thanks to the attraction's special effects, you can feel the wind on your face, get damp from the fog, witness the scent of the places you visit and feel your hands and feet dangling below you, as the 5D flight simulator includes a feature that will make you feel like you're in the air.
15. Tickets for Banksy exhibition at Moco Museum
Banksy is one of the most famous street artists in the world and with the enigma he has built around his figure he has also established himself as one of the global representatives of contemporary art. If you visit Amsterdam, you can learn much of its history and a detailed recreation of his work with tickets to the Modern Contemporary Museum, Moco.
Among Banksy's most famous works in the museum are Laugh is the Air, Barcode and the famous Girl With Balloon, in addition to the works of other artists, mostly European, who have addressed with their realizations the variants of contemporary art during the last time.
16. Tickets for the NEMO Science Museum
If you are one of those who when you visit a city do not want to miss the best exhibitions of scientific creations then you can not miss the NEMO Science Museum, which will surprise you with its interactive experiments. It will also do so with the spaces designed for the whole family and that address the subjects of chemistry, physics, biology and engineering.
Among the most fun activities you can do during your visit are touching Tesla balls, blowing bubbles and getting into them, discovering the elements of the laboratory on your own and participating in scientific competitions in which you will have enough time to develop the project of your inventions.
17. Tickets for the Artis Royal Zoo Amsterdam
Like all major cities in Europe, Amsterdam also has an outstanding zoo where you can find penguins, zebras, elephants, giraffes, lions, a planetarium, a botanical garden and a museum with antique objects. With general admission tickets you can also visit the art collection in the main building of Artis Royal Zoo.
The zoo also has its own planetarium, from which you can see space projections and learn about the history of the planets, so it is also one of the best activities for families with young children, as they will not get bored and can learn while having fun.
18. Tickets for the ice bar
If you want to live a different experience in Amsterdam and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city you can visit the popular Ice Bar Xtracold, an ice bar at 10 degrees below zero where you can enjoy drinks in ice cups, take some of the most striking photographs of your trip inside and enjoy the music on site.
In this bar, which is sculpted in detail with more than 60 tons of natural ice, you will find that absolutely all the elements, from the bars and chairs to the glasses, are made of ice. In addition, with your ticket you will also be provided with the necessary gloves and coats to face the cold temperatures and enjoy the experience.
19. See every corner of the city with the Amsterdam All Inclusive Pass.
If you do not want to miss any detail or corner of the city and want to save money, you can buy the Amsterdam All Inclusive Pass. This is a tourist card that will give you access to more than 25 major attractions, including tickets to most museums, cruises on the Amstel River and bike rentals, which is a very popular activity in Amsterdam.
You can opt for 1, 2, 3 and 5 day passes, which are activated at the time of first use and will allow you to save up to 50% money during your visit to the main attractions. In any case, remember that the ideal is to organize a travel itinerary before arriving in the country to optimize the time of your trip.