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Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket

1. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Entrance Ticket

Treat yourself to a wonderful day in one of Amsterdam’s grandest museums, the Rijksmuseum, located in the heart of the city. The Rijksmuseum's internationally revered collection features some of the nation’s most famous works, including historic art by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Van Gogh, and others. Visitors can admire Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’, which takes pride of place in a beautifully lit hall allowing visitors to enjoy every tiny detail. Gaze also upon 'The Jewish Bride'. This last painting reduced Vincent van Gogh to tears who, upon visiting the Rijksmuseum shortly after it opened, wrote in a letter that he would gladly give up ten years of his life to sit in front of the painting for two weeks, eating only a stale crust of bread. Visitors can expect much more than just paintings by Dutch Masters from the Golden Age. The Rijksmuseum’s expansive, evocative collection also includes Delftware, sculptures, archaeological artifacts, clothing, Asian art, prints, items from Dutch maritime history, and many other culturally significant objects, all combining to vividly retell 800 years of Dutch history within a global context. And naturally, the collection isn't frozen in time – new items such as a Mondrian-inspired dress by Yves Saint Laurent dating from 1965 can also be seen. The largest research and restoration project ever for 'The Night Watch' has started. This is happening live in the museum and you can be part of it and support the project with a donation.

Amsterdam: House of Bols Admission Ticket

2. Amsterdam: House of Bols Admission Ticket

At the House of Bols you’ll learn about the history of Lucas Bols, the world’s oldest distilled spirit brand, which has been making liqueurs in Amsterdam since 1575! You’ll also discover Bols Genever, Holland’s rediscovered cocktail spirit, which dates back to 1820. On this 90-minute visit, the House of Bols will take you on a spectacular journey that incorporates flavors, aromas, images, sound, and film. The self-guided tour includes the Hall of Taste, where you’ll find all 38 Bols liqueurs, the Delft Blue Room, the World of Cocktails Club, and the Bols Genever Room. Your self-guided tour ends in the revolutionary Mirror Bar, where bartenders will mix your preferred Bols Genever and liqueur cocktail before your very eyes. If you’d like to learn the art of flair bartending you can do so in the magical Flair Booth with the specially designed Bols flair bottles. Cocktail enthusiasts can also shop till they drop in the Bols Shop or enjoy a second Bols cocktail for just EUR 6.00. As the winner of the Dutch Design Award for Best Exhibition and Experience, the House of Bols is proving that heritage and history mix perfectly with innovation and contemporary design. The House of Bols is located in Amsterdam’s famous Museum Quarter, across from the Van Gogh Museum and next to the Rijksmuseum.

Amsterdam Airport Express: Return Trip to the City Center

3. Amsterdam Airport Express: Return Trip to the City Center

The Amsterdam Airport Express provides a quick and easy transfer from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to the city center of Amsterdam. Departing every 8 minutes from bus platform B17. This bus takes you directly to Stadionplein, Emmastraat, Museumplein, Rijksmuseum or Leidseplein. From there, you can get to many hotels in Amsterdam very easily. If you travel at night the same bus N97 goes twice per hour between 1 AM and 5 AM in both directions. Sit back and relax during the 25 minutes trip while you charge your smartphone, use the free WiFi and check your bus stop on one of the screens. The bus has a low entry so you can bring your luggage inside the bus and keep it with you. Full list of stops in both directions: Amsterdam Airport Knooppunt Schiphol Noord Anderlechtlaan Amstelveenseweg Olympisch Stadion Haarlemmermeerstation Emmastraat Museumplein Rijksmuseum Leidseplein Busstation Elandsgracht

Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

4. Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

Discover the sights of central Amsterdam with an expert guide riding by your side. You’ll learn about the city’s culture, see important historical sites, and famous hotspots as well as lesser-known local favorites.  Start your journey near the central station, pass the impressive A’DAM Tower, and ride over to the Western Islands, which are filled with charming drawbridges, old warehouses, and chic artists' studios.  Continue along the Brouwersgracht Canal and visit the trendy Jordaan and 9 Street districts flanked by indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries. As you ride deeper into the city center, you will enter the Grachtengordel neighborhood and zoom past the Westerkerk (Western Church) and the historic Anne Frank House.  Feel the buzz of music and street performers around Leidseplein Square, a busy theater district with a buzzing nightlife.  After so much excitement, enjoy a pleasant break in the Vondelpark, the largest park in Amsterdam and the most famous park in the Netherlands. Feeling recharged, circle the Museum Quarter and ride through the narrow streets of the Bohemian-influenced De Pijp neighborhood.  Cross the iconic Magere Brug (skinny bridge), a wooden drawbridge over the River Amstel, and arrive at the famed Artis Zoo leading into the Maritime Quarter.  Admire the impressive replica of a 17th-century Dutch East Indian Company ship at the Salt Harbour, before returning to back where your bike journey began.

Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

5. Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Explore various artifacts and artworks with a skip-the-line entry ticket to Stedelijk Museum. Enjoy your priority access and learn about modern and contemporary art. Discover key art movements at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, also known as the most important museum of modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands. Situated on Museumplein, where it first opened in 1895, it is a neighbor to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Having undergone extensive renovation, the historic Stedelijk building has been expanded with the addition of a futuristic new wing. The addition has been a huge hit with visitors since the facility’s reopening in 2012. Your skip-the-line ticket to the Stedelijk grants you priority access to a collection of 90,000 artifacts. Admire extraordinary works by world-renowned artists, including a great number of pieces by major 20th-century Dutch artists. The permanent collection is one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary art and design in the world. The most meaningful movements in both art and design are represented by (inter)national artists and designers who are helping to shape the changes of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. With well-known works together with lesser-known highlights by, amongst others, Vincent van Gogh, Marc Chagall, Piet Mondrian, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Nicolaas Warb, Gerrit Rietveld, El Anatsui, Rineke Dijkstra, Danielle Dean, Sarah Zapata, Marlene Dumas, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, and Charley Toorop. The collection, organized thematically and in a loose chronology, emphasizes that art and design develop alongside social movements and bear multiple histories that encompass diverse perspectives.

Amsterdam: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Optional Canal Cruise

6. Amsterdam: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Optional Canal Cruise

Discover the highlights of beautiful Amsterdam on an exciting hop-on and hop-off open-top bus and canal boat tour. Marvel at Van Gogh's famed paintings, contemplate the history of the Jewish community at the Ane Frank House, or walk the famous alleys of the Red Light District. The bus operates from Wednesday to Sunday between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. The last round starts at Stop 1 at 5:00 PM. Red Line (Some stops only operate during the summer season): Stop 1 - Central Station (in front of LOVERS Canal Cruises)Stop 2 - Amsterdam River Cruises/De Ruyterkade (summer only)Stop 3 - Passenger Terminal AmsterdamStop 4 - Gassan DiamondsStop 5 - Jewish Historical QuarterStop 6 - Royal Theatre CarréStop 7 - Heineken ExperienceStop 8 - Museum SquareStop 9 - Leidse SquareStop 10 - JordaanStop 11 - Westerdok

Amsterdam: Guided Sightseeing Bike Tour

7. Amsterdam: Guided Sightseeing Bike Tour

Amsterdam is the perfect bike city and there is no better way to discover it than on this guided bike tour. The best way to see and experience this city is like the locals on a bike. Meet your guide in the bike shop and they will provide you with a city bike that is comfortable for you. During the tour there will be time for a number of stops at interesting places where your personal guide will tell you about the history and architecture of these locations. You will discover some of the most important sites and learn all about the rich history of Amsterdam. You will visit the famous canals, the Dutch Protestant Westerkerk and the Anne Frank House on the Prinsengracht. Then cycle through the various neighborhoods of Amsterdam, such as the Jordaan, where you will pass Rembrandt's house and the Rijksmuseum, with its rich collection of Dutch art and history. Next, you will discover and cycle through the Museumplein and the Vondelpark before heading back to the starting point.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

8. Amsterdam: 2-Hour City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

Experience Amsterdam on this 2-hour bike tour. Enjoy the first company in Amsterdam to offer guided bicycle tours, with friendly guides that will show you the authentic Amsterdam on a relaxed tour of the city. See all the major highlights as you learn about Amsterdam's rich history. Visit the old western harbor. Cycle through a maze of idyllic canals, and ride into hidden courtyards where you will have plenty of opportunities to photograph the city. In addition, you will get to explore the various diverse neighborhoods of Amsterdam, riding through the Jordan Quarter, where you will pass Rembrandt’s house. Continue to the Rijksmuseum, a state museum dedicated to art and history, and exploring the infamous Red Light District, where you can experience Amsterdam’s underground culture.

Amsterdam 3-Hour Bike Tour: Backstreets and Hidden Gems

9. Amsterdam 3-Hour Bike Tour: Backstreets and Hidden Gems

Experience Amsterdam like a local with a bike tour on the city's well-maintained bike paths. Ride through the Jordaan area, Vondelpark, and reach the stunning Museum Square (Museumplein). Meet your guide to collect your bikes, and head off to find some of the city’s hidden gems. Start with the popular Jordaan area, riding the safe backstreets to cross over canals. Go to courtyards and churches that are often missed by tourists. Listen as your guide shares with you the origin and history of each site along the way. 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. Enjoy a relaxing break at a charming café where you can purchase something to eat and drink. Cycle to Vondelpark and cruise through Amsterdam’s favorite urban oasis. Head to Museum Square (Museumplein) to learn about the city’s most popular cultural attractions, such as the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Concertgebouw. Return to the meeting point at the end of your tour. 

Amsterdam: Once Upon a Time Clock Exhibition Ticket

10. Amsterdam: Once Upon a Time Clock Exhibition Ticket

Step into Amsterdam's famous Museumplein to see the most time-efficient exhibition on the block. Explore the Once Upon a Time collection with an entry ticket and audio guide, and take your time walking through rooms full of beautifully-crafted clocks. Access the interesting Once Upon a Time exhibition. Become immersed in a fairytale as you discover the craftsmanship of French clockmakers from the 19th century. Explore several displays of breathtaking pieces that depict tales of antiquity, capture rare animals, and glow with universal beauty. Listen to the audio guide to learn more about each clock you see. When you've finished exploring the gallery, take the chance to sit at the cafe with a hot drink and admire great views over the main square.

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What people are saying about Museumplein

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 16,224 reviews

Really lovely tour, suitable for regular cyclists and novices. Great way to see Amsterdam quickly. Tour guide was great and really knowledgable. The booking details said headphones were required but we did not need these. The location of the bike shop is a little tricky to find so leave yourself plenty of time to get there.

Moving from one room to the next was easy and it was not crowded during my visit at 10:20am. However, I noticed that there were an influx of children and other visitors when I was leaving the museum. I loved the art work and how organized the exhibition was to the public.

Cool museum that appeals to all the senses. Afterwards you can choose and enjoy a cocktail in the bar. Always my pleasure! The price-performance ratio is great!

We had an incredible time with our guide Sebastian, a private tour knowing the most tourist spots in Amsterdam, I highly recommend it!

Red was the perfect guide and host! Highly recommended!