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Body Worlds Amsterdam: The Happiness Project Ticket

1. Body Worlds Amsterdam: The Happiness Project Ticket

Explore how happiness influences the health of the human body, and discover answers to other mysteries of human life at Amsterdam’s Body Worlds: The Happiness Project. This fascinating new exhibition by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, centrally located on Amsterdam's Damrak, features more than 200 anatomical specimens of authentic human bodies, all utilized to demonstrate the complexity, resilience, and vulnerability of the human form. Suitable for adults and children, the interactive show also features an adults-only exhibition in the basement that has attracted over 40 million visitors worldwide. The only exhibition of its kind to make use of a donor program, Body Worlds is a scientific exploration of how happiness can affect both your body and soul.

Amsterdam: 3-Course Meal in Historic 1st Class Waiting Rooms

2. Amsterdam: 3-Course Meal in Historic 1st Class Waiting Rooms

Indulge in a delicious 3-course meal for lunch or dinner inside the former first class waiting rooms which have been renovated to their elegant and glamorous interior of the late 19th Century. Feel the historic atmosphere inside this hidden gem as you sit down to dine on your choice of dishes from an enticing menu. Grand Café Museum Restaurant 1e Klas, dating from 1885, is located on platform 2B and occupies the space which formerly housed the first-class passengers' waiting rooms. The restaurant space was designed by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers, whose work includes the iconic Rijksmuseum as well as the entire Amsterdam Central Station.  Admire the architecture inside the restaurant which has been thoughtfully and elegantly renovated to give you the glamorous ambiance of yesteryear as you savor some of the restaurant's delicious offerings. 

Amsterdam: Body Worlds Exhibition and Canal Cruise

3. Amsterdam: Body Worlds Exhibition and Canal Cruise

Explore how happiness influences the health of the human body, and discover answers to other mysteries of human life at Amsterdam’s Body Worlds: The Happiness Project. This fascinating new exhibition by Dr. Gunther von Hagens features more than 200 anatomical specimens of authentic human bodies, all utilized to demonstrate the complexity, resilience, and vulnerability of the human form. A visit to the exhibition is suitable for adults and children, although the interactive show also features an adults-only exhibition in the basement. Over 40 million people from around the world have visited Body Worlds, which explores through science how happiness can affect both your body and soul. Next on the program you’ll enjoy an hour-long cruise on the UNESCO-listed canal district of Amsterdam, with the opportunity to take in many of the historic sights of the city center. Feast your eyes on the elegant merchant houses that date back to the Dutch Golden Age, the stunning gables, beautiful churches, the iconic Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) and many other top attractions. During the cruise you can listen to recorded audio commentary in your choice of 16 languages. The boat tour offers frequent departures throughout the day, 7 days a week.

Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

4. Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

For the cheese lovers, this 2.5-hour tour is the perfect way to enjoy Amsterdam. Hear the stories not commonly included in the guidebooks and go beneath the surface of the city with the help of an English or Spanish-speaking guide.  Highlights of this tour include: the first Stock Exchange in the World, a walk through Dam Square with its National Monument and Royal Palace, the Red Light District, the Chinese neighborhood and Jewish Quarter, Flower Market, Jordaan Street, and a walk past the Anne Frank House.   And in the end, you will enjoy the Dutch pancake menu in a very nice restaurant with typical Dutch dishes in the city center. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim of this tour is to give you a perfect introduction to this city. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you to get your bearings in this unique city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.

Amsterdam: Private Guided City Tour by Pedicab

5. Amsterdam: Private Guided City Tour by Pedicab

Visit of Amsterdam in Pedicab : Historical center , Newmarket, Chinatown, IJ bay, Damrak and Dam square, Munttoren, Flower market, Rembrand square, Rembrandt house, Old Jewish quarter, Herengracht, Keizergracht, Prinsengracht, Museum quarter, Jordaan.

Amsterdam: Museum District Walking Tour & In-App City Guides

6. Amsterdam: Museum District Walking Tour & In-App City Guides

Gain unparalleled insight into the modern and historic aspects of Amsterdam with this incredible combo experience. Tour the iconic Museum District with the assistance of a local guide. Then, enjoy 3 days of access to a resourceful smartphone app full of resources to explore the city. Become immersed in the city's creative, youthful, and liberal culture as you join your guide on a walk around the Museum District. Come across the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Moco Museum, Stedelijk Museum, the Museumplein, and many more iconic sites. Discover the trendiest shops, coolest cafes, and hippest hangout spots along the way. After your guided tour, download the included app on your smartphone to discover even more of the city. Access a variety of interactive routes that will bring you to different areas and provide important facts.

Amsterdam: Game of the Goose on WhatsApp With Remote Guide

7. Amsterdam: Game of the Goose on WhatsApp With Remote Guide

Go out in the city with your friends or family and visit different locations while playing this game. Throughout the game, you'll be guided via WhatsApp by an instructor who will assess your assignments. If you answer the assignments correctly, you will receive instructions to continue playing.  Walk through the best places in the centre of the city, while you will collect more and more clues in this adventurous game. Before you start you will receive an explanation by email along with a photo frame and an answer form. You will also receive a map of the city.  Sometimes you'll have to do a thinking assignment, sometimes you'll participate in an acitivity. By performing the thinking tasks, you collect letters to crack the final code. The activities tell you where the letters are. Can you crack the code within 3 hours? In the assignments, make use of all the possibilities of WhatsApp, by making videos, recording sounds and texts, and taking photos. As this game is played on foot, there will be enough time to visit a cafe or enter a shop.

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What people are saying about Damrak Avenue

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based on 1,033 reviews

This exhibition made me think. So first of all it is a clear recommendation and worth a visit. For me personally, it was an emotional day because my grandmother had herself exhibited and I saw her again after 30 years. Thanks to the Body world team in Amsterdam for making this possible. Also a big thank you to my grandmother for the 20,000, you have held up well. Rest in peace. Ps: my grandmother has a nipple piercing, this was provided with a small real diamond, if this appears please send it to my address. Thanks :)

Great tour with Alfonso. We loved the one on one time and he had so much information about Amsterdam's history. It was an amazing way to see the highlights of the city.

Very interesting. The time slot is ideal, so that you can quietly walk down the floors and view and read everything in peace.

Was a great exhibition. The staff is friendly and with the code everything went very quickly and without any problems. :)

Worth the effort. You learn many things about the human body…