Top 5 Things to Do in Amsterdam For a Day

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What to Do in Amsterdam for a Day

From the bustling markets at Vlooienmarkt to Keukenhof’s tulip fields, there’s plenty to explore in Amsterdam for an enjoyable day. Just don’t miss these top picks for top excursions that are within easy reach of the city centre.

A canal cruise is a must-do when visiting Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed capital. An hour-long tour offers visitors an intimate look at Amsterdam’s quirky bridges, canal crossings and unique architecture up close.

Experience the history of Dutch masters at Rijksmuseum Schiphol, an outpost of Amsterdam’s famed museum that presents changing exhibitions. It’s free and open to the public.

For an unforgettable experience, take a canal cruising tour on board a houseboat. These tours are popular with locals and you have your pick of different boats to suit any budget.

Discover the country’s picturesque Zaanse Schans and waterside villages on this small-group tour. It’s an easy day trip from Amsterdam, but having a guide provides more insight into the region’s history and culture. On this day trip you’ll get up close views of windmills, cheese farms and clog factories – plus enjoy tastings and tours included in the price!

Experience a castle

Muiderslot Castle, 40 minutes by bus from Amsterdam by rail, is one of the Netherlands’ most captivating medieval castles. It features an inviting moat and knight-inspired exhibitions that are sure to enchant kids.