Spend an afternoon exploring the renowned Dutch artistic tradition at the colourful Van Gogh Museum and the stunning Hermitage Amsterdam museum.
No trip to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to the legendary Anne Frank House, which lies along the charming Prinsengracht canal. Arrive early in the morning or one hour before closing for shorter queues; you can also book tickets in advance.
If you have some time between activities, be sure to marvel at the postcard-perfect waterfront and iconic windmills in Volendam. This small town is just 20 kms from the heart of the city — or a 35-minute bus ride from Amsterdam Central Station. You can rent a bike to ride through the town, or gather your group for a full day tourist trip — complete with a boat tour.
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Experience the grandeur of the Rijksmuseum, which reopened fully in 2013 after a 10-year restoration. Watch Dutch master Rembrandt age through a lifetime of self-portraits, and don't miss Vermeer's celebrated painting, "The Kitchen Maid." Buy tickets in advance online to avoid the queue at the counter. Try the museum's multimedia tour, which you can download to your smartphone.
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Don’t go home without a visit to the Anne Frank House on the Prinsengracht. View the original diary, where a teenage Anne recorded her observations, and experience the sobering atmosphere of the secret annex where the family and four others hid from persecution for over two years.
Catch the free Buiksloterweg ferry at Central Station and enjoy a view of the ultra-modern EYE Film Institute from IJ harbour. If you are travelling in the area between November to January, then be sure to attend the Amsterdam Light Festival. The city is literally illuminated in beautiful colours. View artwork on one of the canal cruises, or gather your team to walk through the walking route.