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Things to Do as Family in Amsterdam

Another name for Amsterdam is a party city. It is a beautiful city where you can have a party. Due to exciting, fun activities, this place is the best tourist place for family holidays. Your children will enjoy this place because they can have fun here.

Here we will tell you what you can do as a family in Amsterdam.

Take a Family Walking Tour

The best way to explore a new city and its culture is to have a walking tour with your family. Amsterdam offers free walking tours to visitors. Besides, the guide will provide a complete introduction to the city. Because of this walking tour, you can give your children knowledge about the city of Amsterdam. They can enjoy it as well.

Visit the Van Gogh Museum

Museums are the best source of information. When you have a family tour, visiting museums will be a great experience. For example, the museum of Amsterdam has the best works of Van Gogh. This museum has a great outline of Van Gogh and all works of Van Gogh from the beginning of his life till the end.

Explore Jordaan

Jordaan is famous for trends. This residential area has many cosy shops and boutiques. It is where the painter Rembrandt lived during the last days of his life. It is an exciting and quiet place to visit. You can have an experience of shopping and lunch at the same time. You can eat and drink at this cosy place.

Have a Relaxation in Oosterpark

Some people enjoy crowds and gathering. Some people like simple and quiet places. Suppose you are one of them. Then, you can get away from the public of the city and head to Oosterpark.

A relaxing and cosy green area can make your mood good. The sunny day presents a great view here. There are sculptures and plenty of places for a picnic.

Visit the Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum is a beautiful museum right next to the Van Gogh Museum. The history and art of this museum are fantastic. This museum has a great collection of Rembrandt paintings. The famous painting of Rembrandt, "The Night Watch", is also present in this museum.

There are famous paintings by Dutch painters. It is the largest museum. You can spend a few hours in this beautiful museum and learn many things about art and history.

See the Anne Frank House

Anne Frank House is a beautiful and popular spot for tourists. The iconic and historical significance of this place is remarkable. You will enjoy this beautiful place with your family.

Try the Heineken Experience

Heineken is a famous and popular spot for beers. You can visit this place in Amsterdam and learn about the procedure of beer.

Visit the Jewish History Museum

Many people in the world love to know about different religions. If you are in Amsterdam, then you can visit this Jewish Museum. By visiting this museum, you can learn about the history of Jews.

It tells about the history of Jews. You can learn about the struggles of Jews of Amsterdam because of this museum. You can visit this museum with your family.

Visit the Tulip Museum

Tulip is the main attraction in Amsterdam. You can learn about the history of tulips because of this museum. Amsterdam has stunning fields of tulips. You can enjoy the beauty of nature by visiting this museum.

Take an Alternative Art Tour

Amsterdam is famous for its art. Many genres of art are common in Amsterdam. Street art is also getting popular. In addition, Amsterdam is renowned for alternative art.

If you want to learn alternative art, you should tour the best murals in the city. Your kids will love this insightful visit.

Take a Bike Tour

The rides on bikes are exciting and adventurous. The locals of Amsterdam love bike riding. The locals of Amsterdam travel by bicycle for almost two million kilometres.

If you want to be part of this local experience, you should take a bike tour. In addition, you can have a city tour and a countryside tour.

Spend a Day in Haarlem with Family

Haarlem is a place that is quiet and calm. The central Church is also there. It has an outdoor market for shopping. So you can enjoy a day in Harlem with less crowd. You can enjoy this place's windmill and a lovely view of Amsterdam.

Chill Out in Vondelpark

If you are in Amsterdam, then you can chill out in Vondelpark. This park can make you relax mentally and physically. This park also has a local coffee shop. So you can relax and take coffee with your family.

You can read a good book by visiting this beautiful place, and you can have a great family picnic in Vondelpark.

Visit the Waterloo Pein Flea Market

The Waterloo Pein is the oldest and most significant market in Amsterdam. The reason for its significance is that this market has so many stalls. In addition, this is an open-air market.

You can find everything in this market. This market has a variety of second-hand clothing, hats, electronics, and accessories. In addition, you can have a great experience of outside shopping.

Explore the Museum Van Loon

The museum Van Loon is an excellent museum for tourists. This museum was first in the ownership of the Van Loon Merchant family.

The Van Loon merchant family had a great collection of artworks. Now their house is a museum. You will enjoy the calmness, and you can show your kids great art pieces.

Take a Food Tour in Amsterdam

If you are a food lover and enjoy a variety of food, then this food tour is an excellent experience. If you want food, then by this food tour, you can enjoy the fantastic food of Amsterdam. You can also learn about the food history of Amsterdam by having this fantastic food tour.

Visit a Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam plays an essential role in every royal occasion. This palace is significant for royal weddings, award ceremonies, and gala dinners.

You can visit this beautiful palace, and you can teach your kids about the official importance of this palace.

Houseboat

If you are having a family trip to Amsterdam, this houseboat visit is a great experience. You can relax and connect with the waterways of the city.

NEMO

NEMO is a great and largest science centre in Amsterdam. The great science exhibitions and films of this science centre are exceptional and will be helpful for the knowledge of your kid.

There are many displays of science experiments and lab coats. So your kids will be able to learn and enjoy different things.

Pancakes Boat

Pancakes boats are unique boats of Amsterdam. So you can enjoy this family activity. It involves your whole family. So you can enjoy sweet pancakes and a water journey.

Canal Tour

You can see the best views of Amsterdam because of the canal system. The canal bus provides nineteen stops and four routes. In addition, there are shopping areas and attractive places.

Play with Farm Animals

If you are an animal lover, this is an excellent opportunity for you in Amsterdam. You can play, eat and spend time with animals. In addition, your children will have a wonderful experience during this farm visit.

Your little kids will learn about animal care, organic farming, and milking a goat. You will not regret this experience. It is a unique and exciting experience in Amsterdam.

Take a Selfie with Celebrities

If you are a selfie lover, this is a great experience. You can take your kids to take a selfie with celebrities at Madame Tussauds. When you visit Amsterdam, this place is an excellent treat for you.

Top 10 Places to Visit in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city full of exciting and historical places. It has a unique charm and beauty that attract tourists. Amsterdam is called the "Venice of the North" due to its scenic beauty and over 100 canals. It is a cultural hub of the Netherlands, having research centres, universities, several theatres, and entertainment houses.

We will cover the top 10 places you must visit on your trip to Amsterdam with your family and kids.

1.     Art Collections at the Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Amsterdam. The National Museum of the Netherlands is a house of art and history. Rijksmuseum was constructed in 1798 in The Hague, but after ten years, it was shifted to Amsterdam in 1808. It is located at Museum Square.

The museum has a collection of 1 million pieces of art and history, of which only 8,000 are displayed for people. The artwork of popular painters including Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Frans Hals is also on display. It is a vast place with 250 rooms and a library with many books and manuscripts.

The remarkable thing is its medieval sculptures and traditional handicrafts. An estimated 2.45 million tourists visited this museum in 2014. Since then, it has been ranked the 19th top museum in the world and the top visited place in the Netherlands. Make your tour to Amsterdam memorable by visiting this iconic place.

2.     Canals of Amsterdam

Visiting the canals is the most relaxing thing you can do in Amsterdam. There are 100 canals covered with lime and elm trees. A boat will carry you through the canals crossing about a thousand bridges along the way. You can also operate a simple cruise or candlelight cruise.

There are 2,000 houseboats in the canals for visiting or living for a temporary stay. As you go through them, the scenes of trees, elite houses, their traditions, and architecture is worthy to see in Amsterdam. Also, the blue sky adds beauty to the place and makes your visit unforgettable.

The canals were constructed in the 17th century. Their construction's primary purpose was to prevent the Amstel River from destroying the land. After some time, wealthy city merchants used these canals to showcase their mansions. Since then, it has been used by tourists to view the architecture of the city.

3.     Van Gogh Museum

If you are an art and history lover, your tour to Amsterdam will not be complete without visiting Van Gogh Museum. This one of the most visited places in Amsterdam was built in 1970 and opened in 1972. It is a four-story building with a collection of letters and paintings by Vincent Van Gogh.

Van Gogh had a vivid style of writing that you can witness in his letters. A collection of 700 letters he wrote to and received from his family and friends are displayed in the museum. There are about 200 paintings of Van Gogh. All of them are displayed in chronological order.

Every floor of the Building displays a different interior design. His artwork and the style of each floor portray his life struggles and efforts. There is also a collection of Millet, Gaugin, and Daubingy's works on the top floor. Also, a shop, café, and library are located at the museum site.

4.     Royal Palace of Amsterdam

Another most visited and historical place in Amsterdam is the Royal Palace. It is located in Dam Square and displays the monarchy of the Dutch. During the Dutch Golden Age, a city hall was constructed in 1648 for different political meetings. Later it was used by King Louis Napoleon as a royal palace.

It was used to be called the "Dutch Royal House," but now it is known as the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. This palace has unique beauty with its outstanding architecture and historical remark. The palace's structure is one of the best examples of Roman architecture.

The exterior design of the palace is classical, whereas the interior is well-furnished. All the rooms are decorated and full of sculptures, and There is a room in the palace called "Council Hall." It is one of the essential and most prominent rooms in the palace. Must add this place to your tour and enjoy the art.

5.     Anne Frank House

Another top tourist place in Amsterdam is the Anne Frank House. This place is along the Prinsengracht canal and represents Anne Frank's life. Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who spent two years in a small apartment. She and her family were hiding from the tyranny of Nazis during World War II.

During the hard times, Anne Frank wrote a diary about their routine and survival. Unfortunately, she died and didn't survive at a younger age. In 1947, her father published her diary with the name "Diary of a Young Girl." Since then, the government of Amsterdam restored this place and made it a museum.

Many tourists visit this place every year and understand the facts and incidents she wrote in her diary. In the house, you will find the original diary of Anne Frank and the tiny hidden place where she used to hide during war times. Visit the site and get to know more about history.

6.     Begijnhof

Begijnhof is located in the centre of the capital of the Netherlands. Unfortunately, most tourists didn't notice its existence. They seek from one place to another to find attractions and forget to watch this beautiful place. Add this destination to your Amsterdam tour and explore its stunning beauty.

 In the 14th century, this place was simply a courtyard. It was used by sisters of Catholic Beguines who lived there for a long time. Those pious ladies were allowed to leave their practices if they chose to marry. Many religious practices started there with time, and the place became a worship place.

The structure of the Building is beautifully constructed. It has stained-glass windows and marble columns that increase its beauty and interior. In 1465, a wooden house was built in the city. It comes on the premises of Begijnhof and is considered the oldest preserved wooden house in Amsterdam.

7.     Vondelpark

Vondelpark is another most visited place in Amsterdam. It is a gathering place for locals and tourists. Visitors used to spend quality time with their family, children, and friends. You can relax, enjoy your food and drinks, play several games on the grass, and ride a bike along the park pathways.

Vondelpark was opened in 1865 with the title "Nieuwe" Park. But later, in 1867, the park's name changed to "Vondelpark" after placing Joost Van den Vondel's statue. He was a popular Dutch poet and playwright of the 17th century who wrote many popular plays.

The statue of Joost Van den Vondel was designed and made by Louis Royer. It is placed in almost the centre of the park. This place has a beautiful water body and a flower garden that adds more to the park's beauty. The total area of the park is 120 acres.

8.     Bloemenmarkt

Bloemenmarkt is located on the south bank of the Singel canal. You can easily find the place between Muntplein and Koningsplein. It is the only floating flower marketplace in the world. The market provides different and numerous flowers twelve months a year.

This marketplace has more than a dozen multiple stalls, shops, and florists. They ensure that all people and tourists get flowers and bulbs any time of the year. You can buy bulbs of daffodil, tulip, Allium, and narcissus. The bulbs are in export packaging, so you can take them back home.

Netherland is the land of flowers. Many flower plants are planted and transferred to different country areas every year. Bloemenmarkt was founded in 1862, and since then, providing an excellent service. Visit the place and buy flowers to add an everlasting memory to your life.

9.     Oude Kerk

Oude Kerk is the oldest church building in Amsterdam. This Building was constructed around 8oo years ago. Its location is in the Red Light District in the Netherlands's capital. Oude Kerk is one of the peaceful and quietest places in the city. There are also some graves of famous religious personalities in the Church.

Ode Kerk has historical importance as it was converted from a Roman Catholic Church to a Calvinist Church. At present, it is a centre of art and heritage. Although this Building is no more like before, still its roof is in its original shape. Its top is made of wood and was painted by hand.

This old church building has a tower. You can climb up the tower by stairs. After reaching the top, you can view the city's scenic views. Visit the Oude Kerk and enjoy great views of Amsterdam from its tower. Many tourists worldwide visit this place and spend relaxing time there.

10.  Artis Zoo

Artis Zoo is another tourist destination in Amsterdam for children and adults. It is also called "Royal Zoo," but its location in Artis was named after it. The zoo was founded in 1838 and is considered the oldest in Europe. It has more than 800 animal species and 200 varieties of trees.

Although Artis Zoo has a small area, its features and multiple attractions are mighty. It is located on the canal side area of Oost. Artis Zoo is a shady area in the middle of many historical buildings. The zoo has a butterfly pavilion, planetarium, insectarium, microbe museum, and an aquarium.

Royal Zoo will be an exciting experience for you and your kids. You can enjoy a picnic or BBQ and music performance with your family. You can also visit the library in the zoo, which has a collection of artworks, historical books, and many other things.

Top 10 Places to Eat Out in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is famous for its delicious and amazing cuisine. To get the best food in the city, you must find some of the best dining places. A wide variety of options, including dishes from almost every country, is available in Amsterdam. If you find it on your own, it will take your whole tour to find the top restaurants in Amsterdam.

So, we will provide you with the top 10 places to eat out in Amsterdam. The local people love to eat out in these places. Visit them on your tour and enjoy delicious Dutch cuisine with your family or friends.

1.     De Kas

DE Kas is one of the top dinings out in Amsterdam, especially for couples. It offers quality food to each customer. The sitting arrangement of this place is beautiful, and you can see the roof and sides through the glass roof and walls.  De Kas is located in Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, 1097 DE Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is open every day from noon to 10 pm.

The essential thing about this place is that they grow their food ingredients independently. They have a wide greenhouse area where they grow the ingredients in the open air. A total of 300 multiple varieties of plants are available in their greenhouse area. It includes herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Visit De Kas and enjoy fresh and quality food.

2.     Wilde Zwijnen

Another best place to eat out in Amsterdam is Wilde Zwijnen. The name of this restaurant indicates that they provide "Wild Boar" as their main ingredient. They cook every dish with fresh meat and other ingredients. Other than meat, they offer multiple vegetarian dishes as well. If you are a meat lover, this place is best for you.

Many people visit this place throughout the year with their friends and families. The interior of this place is simple, decent, and rustic. The walls are pale in colour, and the tables are wood. There are dining tables on one side and a bar sitting on the other side. Wilde Zwijnen is located in Javaplein 23, 1095 CJ Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is open every day from noon to 8 pm.

3.     Hotel de Goudfazant

Hotel de Goudfazant is a restaurant that offers delicious food in unique styles. They try to put innovation in the presentation of the dish. This place is famous for the crowd of young creative minds. Youth in large numbers come to this place individually or in groups for different purposes. Some come for food and some for relaxation. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 7 pm.

Hotel de Goudfazant is covered from all four sides. It has a high roof and unpainted walls. The pillars of the Building are rusted and present a rustic environment. However, like their unique food styling, it is also a unique way to create an ambience and enjoyable environment. Hotel de Goudfazant is located in Aambeeldstraat 10, 1021 KB Amsterdam, Netherlands.

4.     Stubbe's Haring

Another loved dining out by local people of Amsterdam is Stubbe's Haring. This place is famous for the city's iconic cuisine named "Raw Herring." It is located at Singel, 1013 GA Amsterdam, Netherlands. Although it is located in the Singel Canal area, you will reach it out through the strong smell of food. According to locals, the smell of this place attracts tourists to must taste the food.

Visit Stubbe's Haring on Single Canal in Amsterdam on your tour and enjoy the iconic dishes of Amsterdam. You can also taste other food items such as multiple dishes of seafood and herring sandwiches. You can visit this place from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6:30 pm. It remains close on Sundays and Mondays.

5.     Winkel 43

Winkel 43 is one of the best places for families to eat out. It is a café with having modest setting and interior. It looks like a traditional house in the city. This place is a good choice if you want to indulge in the local culture. You can enjoy sweet items like cakes, pastries, and cookies. The most famous dish of Winkel 43 is Dutch Apple Pie. It also offers multiple types of drinks to customers.

Winkel 43 allows customers to customize their foods by their choice. Other than sweets and drinks, you can have multiple food items such as omelettes and sandwiches. It is open on Monday from 7 am to 3 am, Saturday from 7 am to 3 am, and Sunday from 9 am to 1 am. It is located in Noordermarkt 43, 1015 NA Amsterdam, Netherlands.

6.     Pesca

Pesca is the best place in Amsterdam for delicious seafood and dessert items. The popular seafood of this place includes scallops, sea bass, and halibut. They offer desserts like parfait and cheesecakes. You will have an extended menu in Pesca. This place is famous for providing excellent customer service. Pesca focuses more on its happy customers.

The atmosphere of Pesca is airy and relaxing. Its interior is decorated with colourful walls, wooden tables, and multiple accessories. Visit this place with your family and kids and feel relaxed. It is located in Rozengracht 133, 1016 LV Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is open from Monday to Thursday from 6 pm to 10 pm, Friday from 5.30 pm to 10 pm, and Saturday to Sunday from noon to 10 pm.

7.     Café Old Sailor

Café Old Sailor is a relaxing place for a night out in Amsterdam. You can find this place in the middle of the Red Light District. This café also offers food but is typically famous for multiple cold drinks and beers. If you visit Red Light District on your tour, don't forget to visit Café Old Sailor. You will enjoy a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere there.

This place is most visited by youngsters who spend the nighttime with their friends. The interior of this place is beautiful yet filled with many decorative items, cosy but rushed. It is located at Oudezijds Achterburgwal 39-A, 1012 DA Amsterdam, Netherlands. It opens seven days a week from 11 am to 10 pm.

8.     Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels

Another best place to eat out in Amsterdam is Rudi's Original Stroopwafels. This food place is best for quality food with taste, and also prices are reasonable. It is a restaurant in a food truck that provides the best Stroopwafels in the city. The truck remains in Albert Cuyp Market so people can easily find it. It is located at Albert Cuyp Straat t/o 182 Stand 134, 1073 BL Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Rudi's Original Stroopwafels is famous in Amsterdam, and many people daily enjoy delicious Stroopwafels. When you visit this place, you may find a crowd of people at the site. It is better to get early, or you must wait for some time. It is open from Tuesday to Friday from 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm. It remains closed on Sundays and Mondays.

9.     Little Collins De Pijp

Little Collins De Pijp is another unique family restaurant to visit in Amsterdam. At this place, you will experience the atmosphere and food of Melbourne, Australia. Australian food is famous for having multiple cuisines in one dish. You will be in Amsterdam but will taste Australian food. It is located in Eerste Sweelinckstraat 19F, 1073 CL Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The most famous dish of Little Collins De Pijp is a pan-fried potato hash with French toast. Moreover, you can enjoy pork belly with Asian slaw, Bloody Mary drinks, and many others. This place provides a comfortable environment for families to enjoy a good time at the restaurant. It is open from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm, Friday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

10.  Bar Bitterbal

Bar Bitterbal is another best place in Amsterdam for nightlife. This place offers bar snacks of every type at the city's canal ring. The primary item of this place is Bitterballen. You can choose your favourite Bitterballen from 30 different varieties. You can also enjoy snacks like French fries at this place.

Bar Bitterbal offers many drinks, including local craft beers, cocktails, wines, and spirits. You can also enjoy Mocktails. It is open every day from 2 pm to 10 pm. It is located at Utrechtsestraat 18, 1017 VN Amsterdam, Netherlands. Visit Bar Bitterbal with your friends on your visit to Amsterdam.

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