Responsible Tourism in Amsterdam – 12 eco-friendly Initiatives that comes naturally

Responsible Tourism in Amsterdam – A city where responsible tourism comes naturally

Visiting Amsterdam is a breath of fresh air – a haven for eco-tourists! There’s a lot more to the beautiful and whimsical city of Amsterdam than freedom, coffee shops and world renowned museums. With a deeply ingrained eco-conscious attitude amongst Amsterdammers, the never ending bike-paths, the array of sustainable hotels and quirky vintage shops, together with a comprehensive green transport system, responsible tourism in Amsterdam makes it a city where responsible tourism comes naturally.

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Ranked fifth as the most eco-friendly city in the world for workers following London, Frankfurt, Oslo and Cambridge in Massachusetts, Amsterdam boasts fascinating facts and sustainable eco-friendly activities as regards responsible tourism.

This article takes a look at what ‘responsible tourism’ means, and aims to give an overview of the 12 eco-friendly initiatives that comes naturally in the Dutch capital along with ways on how visitors can enjoy their visit whilst contributing to the green city.

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What is Responsible tourism?

The widely accepted definition of Responsible Tourism (Cape Town Declaration) is about “making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit.” Responsible Tourism requires that operators, hoteliers, governments, local people and tourists take responsibility, take action to make tourism more sustainable. Responsible tourism comes in a variety of forms and includes:

1 | Maintenance of the world’s diversity by making positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage;

2 | Opportunities for tourists to enjoy more meaningful experiences, connections with local people, and understanding of local culture, social and environmental issues.

One’s behaviour can be more or less responsible and what is responsible depends upon environment and culture.


Responsible tourism in Amsterdam

With these being said, Amsterdam takes its responsibilities seriously. Amsterdam leads the way on responsible tourism on many fronts. From a complete commitment to achieving Zero CO2 emission by 2050 to actively exploring ways to lead in creating an eco-friendly environment for Amsterdammers to live in, and making Amsterdam a better place for visitors – a city for everyone to enjoy.

Amsterdam’s commitment to Zero CO2 emission – An overview

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With our planet on a ‘climate emergency‘ and in line with the European Parliament’s resolution passed in November 2019, Amsterdam is committed to tackling the global warming situation. The Dutch capital aims to be the first European city to achieve zero CO2 emissions by 2050. It has implemented a number of strategies focusing on sustainable mobility, in particular, eliminating CO2 emissions from public transportation.

A picture of the future Amsterdam is succinctly laid out in the city’s Roadmap to Climate Neutral in 2050, appended below. You could read the document in its entirety by clicking on the citation link.

By 2030, Amsterdam’s streets will be free of exhaust-emitting cars.
By around 2040, every home will have switched from natural gas to sustainable heating.
And by 2050, we will have ended our dependence on coal, gas and oil. We will instead
get all of our energy from the sun, wind, plants and the heat of the earth itself. For some,
this is future talk or even an alarming prospect; for others, it is already daily practice.
In any case, the transition to clean energy has begun and can no longer be stopped.

Roadmap Amsterdam Climate Neutral Roadmap 2050

12 best initiatives where Responsible Tourism in Amsterdam comes naturally

With a clear roadmap aimed at climate neutral, Amsterdam has pioneered several initiatives on the tourism front in support to achieve their goal. Among these are the following 12 initiatives where responsible tourism comes naturally:

1 | A ‘green’ Airport

The first ‘taste’ of eco-friendliness awaits a visitor at Schiphol Airport. Schiphol Airport has been making the airport more sustainable each year for years. It takes a lot of energy to keep Schiphol running 24-hours a day and measures are continually adapted to ensure energy is used as efficiently as possible.

As from January 1, 2018, Schiphol Airport has been running on 100% wind power generated by local Dutch company, Eneco. The airport had also installed solar panels, with some on the airport’s roofs, parking areas and along the runways. This means energy saving wherever possible and using the cleanest possible electricity. Thus, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol runs solely on renewable energy generated in the Netherlands.

Along with these initiatives on renewable energy usage at the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Dutch capital has so many cool things that contribute to the enjoyment of tourists as well as being one of the greenest and environmentally friendly cities in the world.

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2 | Getting about Amsterdam by bike

The capital city of Netherlands boasts the never ending 500 kilometres of bike lanes, covering every corner and every canal of the city. Getting about Amsterdam on a two-wheeler is popular and a way of life for the Amsterdammers. As a visitor to the Dutch capital, you could get around Amsterdam by bike and keep your carbon footprint to the minimal as possible.

Bike rentals are dotted all over the city to encourage cycling. Hire one, and explore the main landmarks of the city or venture a little further along River Amstel onto the city’s outlaying cycle network to nearby quaint and picturesque villages.

The unmissable quaint 12th century village of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel is worth exploring and so is the picturesque Broek in Waterland, once a haven for the high-status city-dwellers.

Plan ahead, pre-book your ride – rent a bike in Amsterdam.

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The generous bike paths around the city means you can explore Amsterdam very quickly. While some paths have specialised traffic lights with illuminated green cycle sign to support safety of cyclists, just be aware of some daring cyclists who weave in and out of bike paths. Some even run red lights! Always wear a cycle-helmet even if most Amsterdammers don’t.

However, if you are not confident to explore Amsterdam by bike independently, then perhaps joining a guided bike tour of Amsterdam is best. You will be led by an experienced tour guide and your fellow cyclists may not be as daring as Amsterdammers are!

Recommended read > Explore Amsterdam by bike in 2 best rewarding ways.

3 | Explore Amsterdam on foot

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4 | Canals, boat cruises and paddleboats | Responsible tourism in Amsterdam

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There is one bridge in the central canal belt that offers visitors the beautiful sight of fifteen bridges across its canals. This particular spot is viewed from the corner of Reguliersgracht and the Herengracht and best seen from the water level on a boat. Day time views are lovely but it is a spectacular sight in the evening/night when the bridges are lit up.

The are a number of sustainable ways to experience Amsterdam from the waters. You could do a canal cruise in one of the 200 electric boats offering canal tours, hire a kayak or a pedal boat (pedalos, water bikes). If you elect to hire a kayak or a boat, you can explore the city by waters at your own pace.

You could hire a pedal boat using your I Amsterdam City Card but you need to book a time-slot for your activity. Ensure that your City Card is valid at the time of your activity.

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5 | A comprehensive Green Transport system

Public transport in Amsterdam is already highly sustainable. Trains, buses, trams, metros and ferries make up the city’s comprehensive public transport network that transport lots of people at the same time. Use of public transport is much encouraged and this is evident from the frequent and timely services as well as the generous bicycle storage at stations. All electric passenger trains have been powered using green energy since 2017 and it is mandatory for all new buses to use renewable energy.

The public transport system in Amsterdam is easy to navigate although the ticketing system can be confusing. A comprehensive guide is available on the best tickets to purchase to navigate around the city, and a regional pass if venturing out to the surrounding areas of Amsterdam.

The I Amsterdam City Card is an all encompassing pass of great value as it includes public transportation operated by GVB in Amsterdam city only, along with free access to attractions. Take a look at what it includes and does not include before purchasing one to suit the duration of your visit.

6 | Extensive Green spaces in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam city is not all urban. It is surrounded by an abundance of lush and open green spaces – parks, gardens and a forest!

Amsterdam’s parks and gardens are beautiful, has its own charm and interesting history. These green spaces are all located within a stone’s throw of the city centre and offer a great space to relax, unwind with lots of activities for kids.

Walk to the east of the city to De Plantage in the Jewish Quarter, a district where history, nature and culture intertwine or take a short ride to Vondelpark to experience all genres of music. Whichever green spaces you decide to visit, Amsterdam Bos, should firmly top your ‘to visit’ list for timeless experience.

Check trains to/from Amsterdam to any destinations in and around Amsterdam

7 | Amsterdam’s Green places to eat

Green eating is quite a buzz in Amsterdam and you can easily find restaurants and cafés offering organic products. Walk along De Negen Straatjes (the Nine Little Streets) and the Jordaan district where cafes are aplenty serving organic food. Head to the farmers market at Noordermarkt Square to shop for some fresh, locally grown produce if you are planning a picnic in the park.

For a unique experience, head to De Kas, a prime example of Amsterdam’s sustainability culture. A high-end restaurant located inside of a former greenhouse, built in 1926. With vast magnificent windows and airy high ceilings, De Kas spoil their clients with ingredients tendered and cared for from their very own vegetable garden, with no-fuss Mediterranean cuisines that often changes to the seasons harvest.

De Kas, Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3 1097 DE Amsterdam | E: info@restaurantdekas.nl

For a traditional Dutch street-food experience, Natuurlijk Smullen serves up organic meat-based snacks such as chicken nuggets and frikandel. Vegetarian alternatives to traditional burgers are also available along with Dutch fries topped with a selection of tasty, organic sauces.

Natuurlijk Smullen, Jan van Galenstraat 78, 1056 CD Amsterdam

Noorderlicht Cafe is a simplistically beautiful dining destination housed inside a two-storey greenhouse with a large riverside terrace. The cafe hosts regular musical and cultural events which are often free of charge. It’s menu offers plenty of organic based dishes with a lean towards vegetarian and vegan dietary needs. This cultural and sustainable cafe is located on the NDSM yard along River IJ.

Noorderlicht Cafe, NDSM plein 102
1033 WB Amsterdam

8 | Meat-free restaurants in Amsterdam city

The Amsterdam restaurant scene these days certainly seems a world away from its once popular Brockwurst on mash potatoes smothered with rich gravy! Plant-based dining is the trendy option now with so many eateries popping up across the city.

Mr & Mrs Watson in Oost, Amsterdam is a “plant based food bar for vegan food lovers and cheese addicts”. Although there are some options on all vegan menu, the Watson Cheese Platter, featuring cashew fondue is the one to go for.

Besides enjoying the best comfort food, you would also be contributing towards Mr & Mrs Watson’s commitment to give back – a tree is planted for every dish they serve.

Mr & Mrs Watson, Linnaeuskade 3H, Amsterdam.

Dine in style at Restaurant Vermeer, the creative culinary lab of 1* Michelin Chef Chris Naylor who experiments on the daily fresh produce brought to him by the local farmers. Beetroot, and white asparagus feature liberally on his menu. A prettily laid out plate of robust, pure, and clean flavours awaits anyone on an evening of high-end fine dining.

Restaurant Vermeer | Prins Hendrikkade 59-72, 1021 AD Amsterdam


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9 | Amsterdam’s initiative on food surplus | Responsible tourism in Amsterdam

With 1.3 billion tonnes of food wastage per year across the world, Amsterdam is no stranger to food surplus. Food waste has a high impact on the environment and Instock Restaurant in Amsterdam rescues food from being wasted. They collect food from growers/farmers, fishmongers, packaging companies and producers. Instock then runs a final quality check and prepares them for restaurants and caterers. These ingredients are turned into culinary delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner by their creative chefs. Instock is open seven days a week, serving-up anything from a cup of coffee to a four-course-meal.

Restaurant Instock | Czaar Peterstraat 21, Amsterdam.

Visit Persijn, on the ground floor of QO hotel for a hearty brunch. Fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs are sourced daily from their rooftop greenhouse and features in their innovative dishes of salads with blossoms and wholesome vegetable soups. Hence, with their ‘farm-to-table’ creative approach, there’s hardly any food wastage.

Persijn | Amstelvlietstraat 4, Amsterdam

10 | Amsterdam Eco-hotels | Responsible tourism in Amsterdam

Stylish, and sustainable accommodations with energy efficient amenities, organic towels, and recycled furniture are all part of the Dutch capital’s initiatives on responsible tourism in Amsterdam. Some of the environmentally-friendly accommodations throw in bike rental as part of their service as well.

Stay at the cozy eco-conscious hotel around the corner from Vondelpark. Conscious Hotel Vondelpark has 81 rooms and is completely sustainable – from furniture to green roof! Food is 100% organic and the building is powered by renewable energy.

For budget hostels that combines conscious living with simplicity, look no further than Ecomama although it may not be for everyone. Ecomama is designed with sustainability and “just enough” of the basic amenities while being committed to re-purposing everything it can.

More classic choice could be NH Amsterdam Schiller , a Green Key Certified accommodation.

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11 | Sustainable shopping in Amsterdam

Shopping in Amsterdam takes you to a whole new level! From excellent luxury shops, designer outlets, unique boutiques, and sustainable stores, the city is a shopper’s dream come true. However, more and more people are adopting a sustainable lifestyle and this is showcased in their eco-friendly fashion choices.

In Amsterdam, there are so many choices and varieties if you choose to shop green. De Negen Straatjes is a famous shopping district and you will find most of the shops here are vintage stores.

Episode is a popular store and pioneers a serious concept as a sustainable alternative to fast fashion. They take clothing that is donated to charity, washed them in their warehouse, repair if necessary and distribute to the vintage stores.

Episode, Waterlooplein 1, 1011 NV Amsterdam

LENA Fashion library is another interesting concept where it allows you to shop differently. You could borrow vintage styles to suit and you could return them at the end of the borrowed time.

Lena Library, Westerstraat 174h
1015 MP Amsterdam

12 | Alternative to traditional tourism – Explore Amsterdam with a difference

Amsterdam is a popular touristic city and it may present problems of sustainability. The Untourist Guide to Amsterdam suggests alternative ways for tourists to explore the city with a difference.

Among its suggestions are ways to explore the streets, the street markets, gardens, flea markets and spaces away from the usual tourist trails. You are also invited to plant vegetables, participate in cookery classes and have fun wedding ceremonies with the locals.

The Untourist Guide to Amsterdam, @IAmsterdam Store, De Ruijterkade 28 A t/m D (Behind Amsterdam CS), 1012 AA Amsterdam


A final note on responsible tourism in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is green to its very core! This is evident from the many initiatives highlighted above, which by no means is an exhaustive list. The city’s affinity with cycling, the array of pleasant green spaces, green eating, sustainable shopping and low waste dining are all reflective of a city that is so much more than the whimsical city of freedom, coffee shops and museums that Amsterdam is often associated with. The laid-back and progressive values of green culture showcases the Dutch capital as a natural ‘living’ hub of sustainability combined with social consciousness. Amsterdam really is a great green city to visit in Europe, a city where responsible tourism is taken seriously and comes naturally.


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Mayor: Femke Halsema (since 2018)

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5 popular city walking tours in Amsterdam

5 Popular City Walking Tours in Amsterdam

Explore the highlights and secrets of Europe’s best liberal city that is infamous for its 17th century historic canals. Join one of these carefully selected city walking tours in Amsterdam and learn more about this inspiring city.


Discover the history of the cannabis culture and get a first hand experience of Amsterdam’s coffee shop when you visit one with a knowledgeable guide. Walk through narrow streets and learn the history of the Red Light District. A walking tour in Amsterdam city gives you a full introduction to the Dutch capital in one day! The overview prepares you to dig deeper into an area or spots at a more opportune time suited to your itinerary.

Choose from the following carefully selected 5 value for money city walking tours in Amsterdam for timeless memories.

1 | Introduction to and Highlights of the City Walking Tours in Amsterdam

introduction to the city walking tours in Amsterdam

The introduction to and highlights of Amsterdam walking tour takes you to the main sights of the city with a knowledgeable tour guide.

1.1 | What to expect from the Introduction to the city walking tours in Amsterdam

The highlights:

1 | Amsterdam Old Town – Visit the Old Town area and explore the many sights including the Old Church, The Waag, Chinatown, and the smallest house of Amsterdam.

2 | Red Light District | Explore the atmospheric narrow streets of the Red Light area and see the first coffee shop. Learn about the history and the changes in the legal rules that applies to the district;

3 | Jordaan District – Take in the sights of the Dam Square and the Palace as you make your way to the famous Jordaan District. Jordaan area has a rich history and home to Westerkerk and Anne Frank’s house. Jordaan is an area that should top every visitor’s list to Amsterdam.

1.2 | What the tour includes

1 | Walking tour;

2 | Safety measures in place;

3 | Duration – about 3 or 4 hours depending on the provider you choose;

4 | Instant confirmation;

5 | Touch-free mobile ticketing;

6 | Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts;

*Tour available in English, German or Spanish

1.3 | Learn more and Book with your preferred tour operator:


If you prefer, you could undertake an exclusive, fully customisable private walking tour of the city of Amsterdam with a knowledgeable local guide > more details are provided here.



2 | Red Light District + Coffeeshop Walking Tours in Amsterdam

Red light district and coffeeshop walking tours in Amsterdam

The Red Light District and Coffeeshop tour is an opportunity for you to learn the history and how the city adopted its much known liberal attitudes from a guide.

2.1 | What to expect from the Red Light District and Coffeeshop Walking Tour

The highlights:

1 | An informative tour about the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ of the Red Light District and how Amsterdam developed its liberal reputation.

2 | Experience the city’s narrowest street, and explore the area’s small shops and restaurants, as you walk through Chinatown;

3 | Visit a coffeeshop.

2.2 | What the tour includes

1 | Walking tour with a guide;

2 | Safety measures in place;

3 | Duration – 2 to 3 hours;

4 | Instant confirmation;

5 | Touch free and mobile ticketing;

6 | Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts;

7 | Private or small group available.

*Not suitable for under 18.

Learn more and Book with your preferred tour operator



3 | About WWII & Anne Frank Walking tours in Amsterdam

about WWII and Anne Frank walking tours in Amsterdam

In this small group tour, you shall learn about the events of World War II, the Jewish Quarter and most interestingly about the life of Anne Frank, and her diary.

3.1 | What to expect from WWII and Anne Frank Tours in Amsterdam

The highlights:

1 | Discover one of Amsterdam’s oldest Jewish settlement, the Jewish Quarter. Learn how the area developed over the centuries. Visit a 17th century Portuguese synagogue.

2 | Learn about Anne Frank – the girl who kept a diary when she and her family were hidden in an attic.

3 | During the tour, you will see the Jewish Historical Museum, Auschwitz Monument and the Anne Frank House façade.

4 | Learn about the Dutch Resistance in the Second World War.

3.2 | What the tour includes

1 | Walking tour with a guide;

2 | Safety measures in place;

3 | Duration: 2 hours;

4 | Instant confirmation;

5 | Touch free and mobile ticketing;

6 | Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts;

7 | Private or small group available.

*Tour available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch

3.3 | Learn more and Book with your preferred tour operator


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4 | About Amsterdam’s History – Walking tours in Amsterdam

You may want to discover some of Amsterdam’s most iconic squares, buildings, canals and old streets, while learning about the city’s history, liberal culture and Dutch people.

4.1 | What to expect from History Walking tours in Amsterdam

The highlights:

1 | Dam Square and an introduction to Dutch culture;

2 | Learn about Oude Kerk and how this historic monument is intertwined with the Dutch culture;

3 | Walk along Amsterdam central and see Damrak, the Royal Palace and Nieuwe Kerk. Learn about their significance to Amsterdam and the royal family.

4 | The Amsterdam Canal Ring – a historic and UNESCO listed heritage site. Learn about the city’s canals rich history and importance, turning a little fishing village into a world trade centre.

5 | In this tour, you will also hear about how freedom and tolerance were born in the Netherlands in the 16th century – the very same values shape the attitudes of Amsterdammers today.

4.2 | What the tour includes

1 | Walking tour and a guide;

2 | Safety measures in place;

3 | Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes;

4 | Instant confirmation;

5 | Touch free and mobile ticketing;

6 | Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts;

4.3 | Learn more and Book your tour


5 | Highlights and hidden treasures of walking tours in Amsterdam

highlights and hidden treasures walking tours of Amsterdam

Get to know Amsterdam beyond the Red Light district and Coffeeshops. Visit the most important sights of the Dutch capital along with some tucked-away gems in this private walking tours in Amsterdam.

5.1 | What to expect from Highlights + Hidden treasures walking tours in Amsterdam

The highlights:

1 | Walk through Amsterdam’s historic highlights – Old Town and Jordaan district and learn about their fascinating history;

2 | See interesting architecture and learn about the Dutch culture;

3 | Stroll through Dam Square, the Flower Market, Rembrandt House, the Royal Palace, hidden courtyards and many more;

5.2 | What the tour includes

1 | Walking tour and a guide;

2 | Safety measures in place;

3 | Duration: About 3 hours depending on the tour selected;

4 | Instant confirmation;

5 | Touch free mobile ticketing;

6 | Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts;

5.3 | Learn more and Book with your preferred tour operator:

Peruse all walking tours in Amsterdam provided by your preferred tour operator to suit your interests and itinerary

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City: Capital of Netherlands

Population: 1,149,000

Mayor: Femke Halsema (since 2018)

Zone: Central European Time Zone | Central European Summer Time

Elevation: -2m (-7ft) – Dam Square

Nearest Airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Train Station: Amsterdam Centraal Station

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Explore Amsterdam by bike in 2 best rewarding ways

Explore Amsterdam by bike in 2 best rewarding ways

Experience a piece of Dutch culture like never before and explore Amsterdam by bike. There are many bike-friendly routes around Amsterdam city that takes you through the city’s historic and cultural sights such as the Dam Square, Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House. Exploring Amsterdam by bike is economical. It is also a fast way of discovering the green city, both the hidden and the best of the beaten-track in a few hours.

You can explore Amsterdam by bike in two rewarding ways:

1 |Independently and/or

2 | By guided bike tours.

This article sets out suggestions on the various options available to you to explore Amsterdam by bike along with useful cycling tips to be aware of for a safe bicycling experience.

Whilst we work hard to be accurate, and provide the best information possible, we also encourage you to please always check before heading out.

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Exploring Amsterdam by bike independently

Explore Amsterdam by bike in 2 rewarding ways

With almost 500 kilometres of cycling routes in and around the city, exploring Amsterdam by bike independently is a must-do activity for avid cyclists. Cycling through cobbled streets, quaint bridges, canals and colourful terraces that defines this green city along with 100 km of canals and its close proximity to the North Sea, is a rewarding experience in itself. The outstanding network of cycle paths extends outwards and you can explore for hours or days.

Head southwards along River Amstel to the picturesque town of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel (9 kilometres) for a slice of riverside living. While exploring the south of the city, Amsterdamse Bos is the destination to fuel your lust for nature.

Traffic-free cycle paths abound as you venture outwards of Amsterdam city and towards the rural areas. It is an aesthetic wonder, much defined by serene and charming waterways.

Here are 5 of the best ideas to explore Amsterdam by bike independently:

1 | Amstel River

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Exploring Amsterdam by bike along the Amstel River is one of the most scenic adventures to undertake. The route takes you through the heart of town, passing through some old and new architecture, residential estates, cheese farms and the picturesque village of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. The route is 27 kilometres, beginning from the north of Amstel River, (from which Amsterdam derives its name) near Amsterdam Centrum. Follow the waterways. You may have to walk your bike some of the way, a perfect opportunity for you to stop and get some photos.

2 | Zuid and Amsterdamse Bos

Amsterdam Zuid is located to the south and southwest of Singelgracht canal with Amsterdamse Bos lying on the edge of the city. The Dutch Forest is a haven of tranquility amidst evergreens and lakes. You may want to take a picnic with you so you could peaceful setting before returning to the buzz of the city.

3 | Flowers of Amsterdam

When you think of flowers in the Netherlands – you think of tulips! Right? When in Amsterdam, you could begin your flower cycle route from the Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market) in the city and continue on to end in Aalsmeer, near the largest flower auction in the world.

4 | Oost and Ijburg

If you want to see some modern architecture while you explore Amsterdam by bike, then this is the route for you. Start you journey from De Goodyer Windmill through the eastern area of Amsterdam, arriving at IJburg. A beautiful water route, and man-made islands.

5 | Haarlem, Amsterdam by bike

Haarlem, a historic town and a coastal area on the west of Amsterdam is worth exploring by bike. Located about 25 kilometres from the centre of Amsterdam, you will cycle through some of the busiest parts of Amsterdam. Do take care when you ride.


For more scenic routes to explore Amsterdam by bike independently, go to Royal Dutch Automobile Association, simply known as ANWB for guides and maps to design your very own adventure.


Exploring Amsterdam by bike via group cycle tours

Cycling in Amsterdam

There are several options for you to discover Amsterdam by bike if you wish to explore in a group.

1 | Central Amsterdam by bike small group tour

Explore the heart of the city of Amsterdam by bike with an experienced guide. Your journey begins from Central Station, Amsterdam and the highlights of this tour includes:

What to expect:

i | Ride to the western islands , passing through some charming drawbridges and warehouses;

ii | Continue on along Brouwersgracht Canal and visit the trendy Jordaan and 9 Street districts passing through trendy boutiques, and hip eateries;

iii | Enjoy a ride through the famous Museum Quarter, with Westerkerk and Anne Frank’s house in sight, enroute to Vondelpark, the most famous park in Amsterdam.

iv | After a pleasant break in the park, you will circle back to the Museum Quarter but this time passing through Bohemian-influenced De Pijp neighborhood;

v | You will cross the iconic Magere Brug (skinny bridge) over River Amstel before arriving at Maritime Quarter, where you can view the replica of a 17th-century Dutch East Indian Company ship at the Salt Harbour.

vi | You will be guided back to your starting point;

vii | Duration: 3 hours

Live Guide: Available in English, German and Dutch.

Instant confirmation + Mobile ticketing.

Central Amsterdam by bike small group tour includes:

English or German-speaking guide

Small tour group (15 people max)

Bicycle

Helmet

Stroopwafel

Bottled water

Audio guide app (if audio guide tour option selected)

NOT INCLUDED:

Additional food and drinks;

Tips.

NOT SUITABLE

Children under 12 years

Pregnant women

People with mobility impairments

People who can’t ride a bike

Wheelchair users

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2 | Private bike tour of Ijburg districk – up to 10 people from € 250

Admire the contemporary houses and housing blocks of Ijburg;

Cycle the bike friendly streets and bridges of Amsterdam’s newest neighborhood;

Cross to the Steigereiland (Pier Island) to experience the Collage City Concept;

Marvel at colorful and do-it-yourself houses;

Find out why one of the new bridges is called “Dolly Parton Bridge”;

Pedal the grid-like streets of Haveneiland;

Discover the floating houses of IJburg;

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3 | Amsterdam City Sightseeing tour by bike – 3 hours

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See the major attractions in Amsterdam by bike led by an experienced guide. Begin your journey in downtown Amsterdam and weave through the streets like a local!

What to expect:

i | Explore Amsterdam like a local on a bike tour;

ii | Follow designated bike paths from Dam Square to monuments such as Nieuwe Kerk, Royal Palace and National Monument.

iii | Stop to take photographs;

iv | Learn about the city’s history while you explore Amsterdam by bike;

v | Continue to the beautiful floating flower market of the Bloemenmarkt. 

vi | Pedal along the banks of the historic canals in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canal Belt.

vii | Admire the 19th-century merchant houses and take a break in Museumplein, where you will find the iconic I Amsterdam sign in bold letters. 

viii | Use of a bike for the duration of the tour.

Not suitable:

Children under 12 years

Pregnant women

People with mobility impairments

People who can’t ride a bike

Wheelchair users.

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4 | Explore Amsterdam by bike – Backstreets and Hidden gems

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Explore the backstreets and hidden gems of Amsterdam by bike in this 3-hour guided tour

What to expect:

i | Experience Amsterdam like a local with a grassroots bike tour company, Meet your guide to collect your bikes, and head off to find some of the city’s hidden gems.

ii | Start with the popular Jordaan area, riding the safe backstreets to cross over canals. Your guide will take you to courtyards and churches often missed by tourists, telling you the origin and history of each site along the way.

iii | End your tour of the Jordaan area at Anne Frank’s House, and learn about one of Amsterdam’s most famous and heroic former residents.

iv | After a relaxing break in a charming café, cycle to the Vondelpark for a ride in Amsterdam’s favorite urban oasis.

v | Next, go to Museum Square (Museumplein) to learn about the city’s most popular cultural attractions, such as the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Concertgebouw.

Not suitable:

Children under 12 years

Pregnant women

People with mobility impairments

People who can’t ride a bike

Wheelchair users.

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Whilst there are recommended cycle routes which you could explore independently, and cycling in Amsterdam with a group are both fun adventures to undertake, you may want to be aware about the following 6 useful tips for a safe cycling experience:

Useful tips for safe ways to explore Amsterdam by bike

1 | Adhere to traffic rules and regulations

Ensure you are familiar to the traffic rules and regulations in the Netherlands and Amsterdam city in relation to cyclists. In particular a working bicycle bell that can be heard by other traffic users who are at least 25 metres, working lights and reflectors which are mandatory for night-time cycling. As well, keep to the right side of the road and don’t ride on the pavements. Peruse the comprehensive guide on Traffic Signs and Regulations in the Netherlands, download the PDF to peruse.

2 | Avoid the Tram rails if you can!

You just need to be careful not to get your wheels stuck in the tram rails. Ensure you cross the tram rails at an angle.

3 | Bike parking policy in Amsterdam

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No bike parking sign in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a strict bike parking policy! You must not park where there are ‘No bike parking’ sign and words Verboden fietsen te plaatsenand. There are exclusion zones for bike parking areas around train and public transport hubs, so ensure you do not park here.

4 | Park bicycles in designated guarded parking facilities

Theft of bicycles in Amsterdam is high!

You are strongly advised to use one of the guarded parking facilities provided by the Amsterdam City Council. To learn more, visit the Amsterdam City Council web page to locate guarded parking facilities dotted around the city.

5 | Lock your bicycles!

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Do remember to lock your bicycle at all times when not in use by using certified locks. Certified locks can be purchased from any of the bicycle shops in Amsterdam city. They are little more expensive than ordinary locks but it is worth it.

Lock, securing your bicycle frame to a bike rack or a solid metal post.

6 | Insurance

Ensure your travel insurance cover your bicycle and cycling activities whilst on holiday in Amsterdam or wider Netherlands.

NB: Avoid rush hours and take a poncho with you – it does rain in Amsterdam!


Highly recommended read – Cycling in Amsterdam – 19 Useful tips for an enriched experience – next post.


Have fun exploring Amsterdam by bike!

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Amsterdam on world map
52° 22′ 40.6416” N and 4° 53′ 49.4520” E
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Amsterdam Coat of Arms

City: Capital of Netherlands

Population: 1,149,000

Mayor: Femke Halsema (since 2018)

Zone: Central European Time Zone | Central European Summer Time

Elevation: -2m (-7ft) – Dam Square

Nearest Airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Train Station: Amsterdam Centraal Station

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10 Important Practical travel information for Amsterdam

Practical travel information for Amsterdam

Amsterdam is celebrated for its canals and historical gabled houses which gives the city a small town feel. The city is compact and you could easily explore by foot or by bike. To truly experience the pulse of the remarkable cultural city, explore the backstreet cafés and visit the world renowned museums but above all, just chill! Amsterdam is a laid-back city and best discovered when unhurried. When visiting the Dutch capital, it is important to consider some important practical travel information for Amsterdam.

For example, depending on the purpose of your visit to Amsterdam and wider Netherlands. you may need to meet the entry requirements to the country. This may require you to apply for a Schengen Visa. Additionally, if you are travelling to Amsterdam from within Europe, you may want to take advantage of the cheap fares offered by Europe’s popular budget airlines. Alternatively, you may want to travel to Amsterdam by rail, and experience the scenic journey onboard comfortable coaches. Once you arrive at your destination for your city break, how would you get about? Where would you stay and more importantly, what activities would you do.

With so many things to consider and to plan ahead, I am sure you would append them all on a do-list! To support your travel plans to the city of freedom, this simple guide aims to offer you 10 practical travel information for Amsterdam to consider.

While we work hard to be accurate, and provide the best information possible, we also encourage you to please always check before heading out.

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1 | Visa & Legal entry requirements | Travel information for Amsterdam

Schengen Visa- Netherlands | practical travel information for Amsterdam

The Netherlands is party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that foreign nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland as well as some other countries (Luxembourg, Liechtenstein) are exempt from the visa requirement. You could check if you need a Schengen visa here.

However, for the majority of foreign nationals who wish to visit the Netherlands, will require a short stay Schengen visa. A short stay Schengen visa allows the foreign national to visit and stay in the Netherlands and/or any of the countries in the Schengen area for up to three months within a six month period. The visas have a validity of one, three and five years, depending on your visa and travel history. With a tourist short stay Schengen visa for the Netherlands means that you could also travel to other member countries in the Schengen area.

There are general required documents which you need to submit with your application when you apply for a tourist short stay Schengen visa. You could do so at the Dutch local embassy in your country of residence or you could do so online with a few clicks by using the services of iVisa.

iVisa is a leading independent company in the travel documentation industry and they are committed to making your online application for visas, health documentation and other travel requirements a breeze. With the ever-changing global health requirements, obtaining the right travel documents can be a huge hassle or just an annoying waste of time. Getting your travel documents in time is simple, reliable and fast – give them a go by navigating the link below:

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With entry to the Netherlands taken care of, you may be considering whether to travel by air, rail or car. Any one of these modes of transport is straight forward, because the Dutch capital is the largest city in the Netherlands and is well connected by air, rail and road. So, here is an overview of some of the practical travel information for Amsterdam which you may wish to consider when deciding on how to get to the city.

2 | Air Travel Information for Amsterdam

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The quickest and easiest way to travel to Amsterdam is by air. Sometimes, air travel to the Dutch capital is cheap as well.There are several budget airlines from UK to Amsterdam direct as well as various destinations from within Europe. Flights can be from as little as €30.00 to £100+ – so ensure you shop early and lock-in the low prices without compromises while travelling in comfort.

2.1 | Budget airlines to Amsterdam

As for the best on budget air travel to Amsterdam, you may want to look up EasyJet, Jet2 and On the Beach. There are great value for money offers and you can book well ahead of time and still enjoy favourable cancellation rights if your travel does not go according to plans.

For long haul flights. you may want to look into Opodo, a one-stop access to over 500 airlines, hotels, car hire and travel insurance – bringing the best in price to you.

Access all that Opodo has to offer via link below:

3 | Train Travel Information for Amsterdam

Amsterdam is easily reached by rail and a perfect base for exploring Netherlands. The city is strategically located on the European rail network which makes it a popular destination for UK travellers to Europe who wish to explore the continent by train.

Exploring Amsterdam by rail is made all the more easier by the excellent direct international rail connections to the city’s main rail hub, Centraal Station.

Centrall Station is located on the northern edge of the city, and is a key hub in the Dutch national rail network. At the very least, there are hourly departures to major cities across Netherlands.

3.1 | Amsterdam’s International Rail Connections

Best public transport from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city
Amsterdam Centraal Station

Amsterdam’s excellent international rail connections include regular Thaly’s services to Brussels and Paris. These services to Brussels and Paris are timed to connect seamlessly with Eurostar services from London.

There are hourly Intercity (IC) services connecting Amsterdam to Antwerp, and Brussels with a stop at Rotterdam along the way. There are seven Intercity departures to Cologne and Frankfurt daily. There are IC trains to Berlin and Hanover as well that departs Amsterdam every two hours. A direct daytime train to Basel, Switzerland is also available.

Night trains out of Amsterdam are limited at the moment, however you could travel, departing Amsterdam early evening on a fast train to Düsseldorf. The train to Düsseldorf connects conveniently into direct overnight services to Munich, Innsbruck, Linz and Vienna.

3.2 | Travelling from London to Amsterdam by train | Train times, train price and best time to book

Fast trains from London to Amsterdam takes about 3 hours 45 minutes. There are direct and indirect trains on weekdays and weekends. The earliest trains to Amsterdam from London is generally scheduled for 7:00 in the morning and the last trains are usually around 5:30 p.m.

Train prices from London to Amsterdam varies depending on the class of travel and whether you are travelling peak or off-peak. Generally, train prices can be between €35.00 to €200.00.

To secure best prices for your travel is to book well in advance. Bookings for train journeys from London to Amsterdam generally open at least 6 months in advance. In some instances, you can book 9 months ahead of time as some tickets can be released early.

3.3 | Where to buy train tickets to Amsterdam

Buy your train tickets to Amsterdam from any starting point in Europe, such as Brussels, Paris, London, Berlin or any other city to suit your itinerary. When you have selected your city of travel, then look no further than Eurail and Trainline. Both are global providers of train passes/tickets for all rail journeys.

Eurail partners with European rail networks to bring you the best in train travels by offering an all-in-one train ticket with flexibility for most European train networks. With Eurail passes, you can experience borderless. Select the best to suit your itinerary by clicking the link below. Book well in advance to secure best value tickets.

If a train travel pass is not what you are looking for, then go to Trainline for best offers on point-to-point travel on UK and European rail fares.

4 | Upon arrival in Amsterdam

Amsterdam train

Depending upon your mode of travel, either by air or by train, you will then need to get to your accommodation either in the city centre or on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Here is an overview of how to get to Amsterdam city centre from Schiphol Airport or Amsterdam Centraal Station. Please also read detail articles on transportation (links provided below) in Amsterdam so you are informed and buy the best transport tickets to suit your itinerary.

4.1 | From Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city centre

If you are travelling by air, you would arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)., the main hub for Netherlands. There are several ways to reach Amsterdam city centre from Schiphol Airport. You could select from either private transfer or via public transport.

Amsterdam boasts a comprehensive train network and you could reach Amsterdam Centraal in 15 minutes or if you take the bus/shuttle, you will reach Amsterdam city in 35-40 minutes.

Read both the detail guide listed below to be fully informed of your choices and the best ways to get to your destination in Amsterdam city by buying the correct ticket.

4.2 | Arriving at and travelling from Amsterdam Centraal Station

Travelling by train means that you shall be arriving at Amsterdam Centraal Station and from here it is easy to hop onto a taxi or tram to get to your accommodation.

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With legal entry and transportation sorted, you are surely considering on a place to stay. Below is a quick overview of places to stay with detailed guide to navigate to.

5 | Where to Stay in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Amstel Hotel

Amsterdam has a multitude of places to stay at for unique experiences. From canal boathouses to high-end spa at the edge of a forest, Amsterdam is a city that boasts beautiful places to stay for timeless memories. Take a look at this carefully selected hotels and book a stay ahead of time to lock-in the low price.

However, should you need more choices, take a look at the incredible selection to suit all budgets offered by Booking.

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Beyond a place to stay in Amsterdam, you would want to explore the city and here are some suggestions for you.

6 | Things to do in Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

There are a great many things to do in Amsterdam, both the popular touristy activities and off-the-beaten-path. From canal cruises, world-class art galleries to visiting the market, eating the original Gouda stroopwafels and indulging in the Amsterdam’s street-food scene – you have plenty to do from the moment you arrive!

For an easy short visit on the slow-side, take a look at what you could do in a weekend or 48 hours. You may also want to do some of the extraordinary things suggested in the Unmissable 28 best things to do in Amsterdam. A longer stay will be a great way to explore the surrounds and you are covered here as well > Read:

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Consider purchasing the public and regional transport ticket when exploring the outskirts of Amsterdam. On the other hand, these beautiful villages are best explored by a two-wheeler which you can easily rent when in Amsterdam > Learn all about how to Rent a bike in Amsterdam Green City

Finally, you can’t visit the City of Canals without experiencing a canal cruise! There are canal cruises throughout the day in all kinds of boats – open-top, glass-top, semi-open-top or you could hire your own boat and go for a spin! Some cruises come with food and drink, with buffet-style meals where you can eat all the pancakes you wish! However, the best awaits those who embark on an evening cruise along these historic canals – a private boat for a romantic evening or to capture simple moments of the fresh colours of those rays against the timeless architecture along the waters.

7 | How to explore/discover Amsterdam

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Another piece of practical travel information for Amsterdam to consider is how to explore the city and discover its hidden gems for timeless memories. You could opt for a little adventure and explore the city by yourself , join a guided small group tour or do both for the ultimate experience.

7.1 | Exploring Amsterdam independently

Exploring the Dutch capital by yourself is doable as the cultural city is compact and easily walkable. Tourism is highly welcome and offers multitude of information on how to get around and best tickets to purchase.

Visit the official tourist information office – the I Amsterdam Visitor Centre in the heart of town for information, trails and maps to support your independent visit. You could also prepare for your trip by purchasing the great value for money all encompassing city card that gives you free access to museums and attractions (more on this sightseer card below on #8).

I Amsterdam Visitor Centre,

Stationsplein 10, 1012 AB Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Centrum should be the starting point for any one seeking to explore on your own as this is where the main attractions are located. Popular attractions are conveniently signposted and you can get to the trilogy of culture (Rijkmuseum, Van Gogh and Stedelijk), palace and the old town within a few minutes walk. Take the tram or the bus to get to the Jewish Quarter if you need to.

Pro tip: Highly recommended that you purchase the Iamsterdam city card, an all encompassing best value sightseer pass – the card gives you free access to local transportation as well. More on this below.

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Discover the city like a local and explore the Green City by bike. Amsterdam has cycle lanes on both sides and easily navigable. It is a city where the number of bikes outnumber its residents and you will feel very much at home if you opt for this mode of discovery. However, just look-out for some other crazy cyclists!

7.2 | Exploring Amsterdam by joining a tour group

Exploring Amsterdam by joining a small group guided tour is highly encouraged. With a guided tour, you get an overview of the city and you learn so much more from an experienced local guide than any tour guide books may offer. After obtaining an overview, you could always return to a spot of interest to explore deeper, at your own pace. You will feel confident to get around the city as you become familiar with the surroundings. An invaluable tour group to undertake is the food walking tour in Amsterdam.

The food walking tour in Amsterdam is of great value where you explore while you eat! This tour is an opportunity for you to stroll through the heart of the city, get a feel of its culture, have a taste of the different kind of Dutch food, learn about the city’s history, and end the tour at a pub over a platter of cheese! All of these in an extraordinary two hours with a local tour guide. Afterwards, return to places that captured your interests to explore further 🙂

Learn more and book the best food walking tour in Amsterdam

8 | Best value sightseer pass

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam with Iamsterdam city card. The Iamsterdam city card is an all encompassing sightseer pass where you can enjoy free entrance to many of the city’s top museums and attractions. One free canal cruise is included and up to  25% discount offers at a host of restaurants and cafés. The card includes unlimited free transportation in the city for the duration of the pass.

Save time and money on a card for use over 1, 2, 3 or 4 days to suit your itinerary.

Learn more about Iamsterdam card and its benefits before buying one for your trip >>

9 | A road-trip around Netherlands?

Planning a road trip around Netherlands and you need a set of wheels? Well, best value does not come any better than Travel Supermarket!

Travel Supermarket is a price comparison site for people in the UK which offers all the comparison tools travellers need when they’re planning their holiday and want to find the very best one for them. Travel Supermarket finds the best and cheapest value of car hire for the length of your itinerary in real time. You know what is available and you select what best suits your individual needs. Ensure you book and lock-in the best value without delay.

For non-UK residents, Opodo offers a selection from which you could choose to suit your requirements.

10 | Travel Insurance

As has so often been said – Never leave home without travel insurance! We don’t expect unfortunate events when we travel but it is always good to be one-step ahead. Buy your travel insurance and ensure you have the correct cover for your journey.

World Nomads is highly recommended as it is designed by travellers for travellers to cover trip essentials. You can buy and claim on the go. Their cover is comprehensive and you could select one that best suits your itinerary.

Learn more about World Nomads >>


While travelling to Amsterdam takes you to new surroundings where experiences can boost your feeling of being rewarded, it is important to allocate some time to consider the practical travel information for Amsterdam so you are fully informed and do not experience any last-minute hurdles.

The 10 practical travel information for Amsterdam is curated to give you most of what is needed but it is by no means an exhaustive list. If anything has gone amiss, do let us know in comments below. As well, if this list on travel information for Amsterdam has been useful to you in planning your trip, use the links embedded in this article and related articles to book your flight, train, place to stay, activities to do and buy the value for money Iamsterdam City Card to access attractions. Your support is invaluable and greatly appreciated.

Have a great time in Amsterdam 🙂

Quick facts on Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam on world map
52° 22′ 40.6416” N and 4° 53′ 49.4520” E
Amsterdam flag
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Amsterdam Coat of Arms
Amsterdam Coat of Arms

City: Capital of Netherlands

Population: 1,149,000

Mayor: Femke Halsema (since 2018)

Zone: Central European Time Zone | Central European Summer Time

Elevation: -2m (-7ft) – Dam Square

Nearest Airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Train Station: Amsterdam Centraal Station

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Explore Amsterdam with the superb value I Amsterdam City Card

Explore Amsterdam with the superb value I Amsterdam City Card

I Amsterdam City Card

I Amsterdam City Card
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Experience the very best of Amsterdam with the official I Amsterdam City Card. With this official city card, you could visit world-class museums and attractions for free. Enjoy unlimited access to Amsterdam’s public transport, and one free canal cruise.

The I Amsterdam City Card is available to purchase online with options of 24-, 48-, 72-, 96- and 120- hours to best suit your itinerary. You do save on quite a few Euros when attraction hopping and dining. In some instances, you also get priority access, thus avoiding the long queues and saving time.

What to expect when you purchase the great value I Amsterdam City Card | Where to Use the I Amsterdam City Card

The great value I Amsterdam City Card includes:

1 | Free admission to 60 museums and attractions in Amsterdam;

Here is a list encompassing the popular sights in Amsterdam:

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Allard Pierson Museum;

Amsterdam Diamond Factories and the Diamond Museum;

Amsterdam Museum;

Amsterdam Pipe Museum;

ARTIS Royal Zoo;

Cromhouthuis Biblical Museum;

Cobra Museum;

Amstelveen EYE Filmmuseum;

Foam – Fotografiemuseum;

Amsterdam Geelvinck Piano[la] Museum;

Hermitage Amsterdam;

Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age – Hermitage;

Outsider Art Museum – Hermitage;

National Holocaust Memorial – Jewish Cultural Quarter;

National Holocaust Museum Jewish Cutural Quarter;

Hortus Botanicus – Botanical Garden;

Huis Marseille – Museum for Photography;

Jewish Historical Museum – Jewish Cultural Quarter;

Klederdracht Museum – Dutch Costume Museum; 

ARTIS –Micropia  De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam;

Oude Kerk;

Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder – Our Lord in the Attic;

Multatuli Huis – Multatuli Museum;

Portuguese Synagogue – Jewish Cultural Quarter; 

Museum Het Rembrandthuis – Rembrandt House Museum;

Het Scheepvaartmuseum – The National Maritime Museum;

Museum Het Schip – Amsterdam School Arts and Architecture;

Rijksmuseum; 

Science Center NEMO;

Stadsarchief Amsterdam – City Archives;

Stedelijk Museum;

Amsterdam Tassenmuseum Hendrikje – Museum of Bags and Purses;

Museum Tot Zover – Funeral Museum;

Tropenmuseum;

Van Gogh Museum;

Museum Van Loon;

Verzetsmuseum – Dutch Resistance Museum;

Museum Willet-Holthuysen;

Amsterdam ArenA Stadium Tours;

Amsterdam Tulip Museum;

Het Grachtenhuis – Museum of the Canals;

Molen van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum;

Woonbootmuseum – Houseboat Museum;

A’DAM Lookout (entrance with I Amsterdam City Card until 6:00 PM).

2 | Unlimited free rides on the city transport system;

Amsterdam city transport system is run by GVB (Gemeente Vervoerbedrijf Amsterdam) and you can enjoy unlimited free rides on the city’s trams, buses, metro and ferry services for the duration of the validity of your card;

3 | Access to free and discounted admission to attractions outside of Amsterdam city centre:

Use your City Card for sites in Haarlem, Zaanse Schans, Volendam and more…

ATTRACTIONS IN ZAANSE SCHANS:

1 | Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience;

2 | Kuiperij Tiemstra (Coopery);

3 | Wevershuis- The Weaver’s House;

4 | Tsar Peter House, Zaandam;

5 | Mill Museum;

6 | Zaan Time Museum;

7 | Sawmill;

8 | Dyestuff Mill;

9 | De Zoeker Oliemolen (Oil Mill);

10 | De Bonte Hen (Oil Mill);

11 | Windmill Cruise;

ATTRACTIONS IN HAARLEM:

1 | Frans Hals Museum;

2 | Teylers Museum;

3 | Free Canal Cruise.

ATTRACTIONS IN VOLENDAM/MARKEN:

1 | Rederij Volendam Marken (ferry);

2 | Volendams Museum.

ATTRACTION IN ENKHUIZEN:

1 | Zuiderzee Museum

ATTRACTION IN MUIDEN:

1 | Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot

ATTRACTION IN NAARDEN:

1 | Amsterdam Fortress Museum Naarden-Vesting 

And places such as Laren and Lelystad.

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4 | Take advantage of 25% discount offers at a host of restaurants and cafés:

1 | Blue Amsterdam;

2 | De Koffieschenkerij – Coffee bar at the back of the Oude Kerk ;

3 | The Pancake Bakery;

4 | Pancakes Amsterdam;

5 | Restaurant IJ-kantine;

6 | Restaurant-Café In de Waag;

7 | Restaurant Pasta e Basta;

8 | Restaurant Wagamama – Noodle restaurant;

9 | Bourgondisch Lifestyle Amsterdam; 

10 | Reypenaer Proeflokaal – Cheese tasting.

5 | Go on a free canal cruise and see Amsterdam as it’s meant to be seen!

Enjoy one free canal cruise with any of the following canal cruise providers:

1 | Blue Boat Company;

2 | Canal Company Canal Cruise;

3 | Gray Line The #1 Canal Cruise;

4 | Lovers Canal Cruises;

5 | Amsterdam Circle Line B.V.

6 | Explore Amsterdam by bike or boat with discount rates:

Enjoy 25% discount on the following bike and boat rentals:

1 | Hop-on hop-off boat;

2 | Pedal boat;

3 | Bicycle rental & Bike Tours;

4 | Mokumboat.com – Rental boats to drive yourself. 

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7 | Discover Dutch icons, such as beer, diamonds, cheese, and windmills:

Enjoy 25% discount on the following experiences:

1 | The Amsterdam Dungeon;

2 | Amsterdam Icebar XtraCold (18+);

3 | Dutch Cheese & Wine Cruise or Cocktail Cruise;

4 | Heineken Experience (18+);

5 | De Hollandsche Manege – Dutch Equestrian School Museum;

6 | House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (18+);

7 | Het Kattenkabinet – The Cat Cabinet;

8 | Madame Tussauds Amsterdam;

9 | Museum of Prostitution – Red Light Secrets;

10 | Museumphoto;

11 | THIS IS HOLLAND;

12 | Body Worlds;

13 | Moco Museum;

14 | Hop on Hop off Holland: Cheese, Windmills & Villages.

8 | Enjoy 25% discount on music and stage:

Enjoy an evening of Jazz, comedy at the theatre or Opera – all at 25% discount!

1 | Bimhuis – Jazz;

2 | Boom Chicago – English improv comedy theatre;

3 | Het Concertgebouw – The Concertgebouw;

4 | Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ – Contemporary music;

5 | Nationale Opera & Ballet – Dutch National Opera & Ballet.

Recommended Highlights where I Amsterdam City Card can be used

With the myriad of things to do which are made possible with the I Amsterdam City Card, the following activities are highly recommended:

1 | Explore the surrounds of Amsterdam City – Zaanse Schans

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explore Zaanse Schans with I Amsterdam City Card

The I Amsterdam City Card takes you further afield! You could visit Zaanse Schans, located to the north of Amsterdam, which is a popular destination and one that should top your list of places to visit.

Go on a trip from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans and spend a day or most of a day exploring this neighbourhood. This picturesque neighbourhood is home to historic windmills, distinctive wooden houses and Zaanse Museum which houses interactive exhibits on chocolate making.

Zaanse Schans is a fun destination for all ages and its easily reached by car or public transport. Get the train from Amsterdam Centraal Station to Koog-Zaandijk – the journey takes 15 minutes. Disembark, and continue your journey on foot for about 10 minutes .

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2 | Heineken Experience

The Heineken Experience tells the story of the world famous Dutch beer and is located at Heineken’s first built brewery in Amsterdam city centre. The brewery was built in 1864 and Heineken is one the three largest producers of beer in the world. Learn all about the rich and successful behind-the-scene journey of this remarkable ultimate Amsterdam beer on a self-guided immersive experience.

You need to book a time-slot for your visit and you can do so after purchasing your I Amsterdam card. Fill in the city card voucher code and book your preferred time slot. Ensure your city card is valid at the time of your visit.

Book time-slot via >> iamsterdam.com/timeslot

Address: Heineken Experience,
Stadhouderskade 78,
1072 AE AMSTERDAM

3 | Visit world class museums

Explore the Dutch capital’s rich heritage in arts and visit the world renowned galleries for free with the I Amsterdam City Card. The city is never short on the number of museums dotted around the capital and you are sure to stumble upon one as you explore the city. However, the most famous of the museums are Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum that showcase the stories of the city and of the legends themselves.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Rijksmuseum: Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam.

Open every day: 9 am – 5 pm

Van Gogh Museum: Museumplein 6
1071 DJ Amsterdam

June 5 – 30, 2021:

  • Closed on Mondays.
  • Tuesday to Friday: open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

July 1 – September 12, 2021:

  • Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

September 13 – 30, 2021:

  • Monday to Friday: open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Book time-slot >> amsterdam.com/timeslot

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Superb value in the I Amsterdam City Card

As you can observe from the above list, there are so many attractions and venues available where you can save time and money with the I Amsterdam City Card. It is indeed a city card/pass of superb value which should not be overlooked as just ‘another’ city card! The only issue you may have is to have enough time to enjoy them all for a full, all-round experience of one of the world’s best cultural cities.

If you are still not convinced of the I Amsterdam City Card’s superb value, below is a simple illustration on the savings you could make:

Attraction Entrance costs (adults – over 18)Entrance costs (child – under 18)Entrance costs with I Amsterdam City Card
Heineken Experience
€ 19.50

Free
Rijksmuseum€ 20.00FreeFree
Van Gogh Museum€ 19.00FreeFree
Zaanse Museum (Visit the Zaans Museum at the Zaanse Schans)€ 12.504-17 > €6.50

Under 4 > Free
Free
Zaanse Schans Museums (Visit the Weaver’s House and the Cooperage)€ 2.00 per museum4-17 > €1.00

Under 4 > Free
Free
GVB 1-hour ticket€ 3.20Unlimited Free rides
Table illustrating the savings an adult could make with the I Amsterdam City Card when visiting popular attractions and/or when taking the GVB city transport.

Order I Amsterdam City Card

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam by selecting the best option from 24-, 48-, 72-, 96- and 120- hour card to suit your trip.

5 options on I Amsterdam City Card

Duration
Price (€)
24 hours 65
48 hours85
72 hours 105
96 hours120
120 hours 130
Options on the I Amsterdam City Card – From 24 hours to 120 hours

Order your I Amsterdam City Card

Important information to know before you go

1 | There are no special children’s rate for the I Amsterdam City Card;

2 | The I Amsterdam City Card best pre-ordered online;

3 | Visits to attractions are accessible by prior booking and selecting a time-slot. You must book a time-slot before your visit. You will need your I Amsterdam City Card voucher code to input for free access.

Book time-slot >> amsterdam.com/timeslot

4 | Please be aware of the following exclusions:

i | The City Card is not valid on transport outside Amsterdam and NS train travel;

ii | The I Amsterdam City Card is not valid on trains or buses operated by Connexxion, Arriva and EBS.


The superb value I Amsterdam City Card certainly gives you a unique way to explore Amsterdam with access to major highlights, cruise, transport and dining options. Above all, you save money while you explore this wonderful city.

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Quick facts on Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam on world map
52° 22′ 40.6416” N and 4° 53′ 49.4520” E
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Amsterdam flag
Amsterdam Coat of Arms
Amsterdam Coat of Arms

City: Capital of Netherlands

Population: 1,149,000

Mayor: Femke Halsema (since 2018)

Zone: Central European Time Zone | Central European Summer Time

Elevation: -2m (-7ft) – Dam Square

Nearest Airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Train Station: Amsterdam Centraal Station

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