It’s a common misconception that a city trip to Amsterdam is for young couples or groups of friends. In fact, this vibrant and historical city is also the ideal location for a city break with the kids. From bikes, boats and museums to affordable restaurants and beautiful parks, there is no shortage of things to do in Amsterdam as a family.

Seeing as we’re pretty much experts at bringing people and places together, we have put together some top tips on how to make the most of a family visit to Amsterdam. If you’re planning a trip – listen up!

1. Picnic in Vondelpark

With playgrounds, paddling pools, cycle routes and plenty of picnic spots, Vondelpark is one of the best places to visit in Amsterdam when travelling with kids. You can find the park in the borough of Amsterdam-Zuid in the south of the city.

2. Go on a canal or boat tour

As well as providing a beautiful backdrop to the city’s historical architecture, the meandering canals of Amsterdam offer one of the most exciting ways to discover the city. If you’re looking for a canal cruise with a difference then we recommend a trip on the Pannenkoeknboot (pancake boat in English). The grown-ups can appreciate the landscape while the kids tuck into pancakes – all aboard!

Family on boat | Clink Hostels | Family holiday in Amsterdam

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3. Get scientific at the NEMO museum

Home to five floors of interactive experiments and exhibits, the NEMO museum is a bundle of fun for the whole family and a must-see. Once you have finished being inquisitive, make your way to the roof of the museum and soak up some epic views of the city’s impressive skyline!

4. ‘Monkey around’ at the zoo

From toddlers to teens, no matter the age of your kids, it’s no question that a visit to the Zoo is great fun for all the family.  As well as a wide selection of exotic animals to peruse, the zoo is also home to an aquarium, planetarium and a sculpture collection so there’s something for everyone. Currently, reservations are mandatory but you can book your visit here! 

5. Rent a Bakfiets or bicycle

Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ll know that Amsterdam is famous for bicycles… and windmills. Fun fact, there are an estimated 900,000 push bikes across the city – that’s a lot of pedal power!  With so many family-friendly cycle routes and parks to enjoy, you can’t blame the Dutch for having a preference for two wheels. Rest assured, after a short stay in Amsterdam you’ll realise just how much the Dutch love to cycle. Finding a bike is easy, simply head to the ClinkNOORD reception and our team can help get you up on the saddle.

Cycling in Amsterdam | Family break in Amsterdam | Clink Hostels

6. Tuck into some traditional Dutch food!

Although not famed for their local cuisine, we think a trip to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without tucking into some traditional Dutch food. If it’s a savoury snack that you’re after then we recommend chowing down on some Bitterballen or Kibbeling – both make for the perfect beer snack. Alternatively, if you have a sweet tooth and you’re a fan of pastries, then you can’t go wrong with a portion of Oliebollen, Stroopwafel or Poffertjes!


Stroopwwafel | Family trip to Amsterdam | Clink Hostels

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If that doesn’t make you want to book a family trip to Amsterdam then we don’t know what will! Get a change of scenery and book your stay at ClinkNOORD today!

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