The Dutch Capital is full of things to see and do, whether you’re a history buff, a culture vulture or an avid foodie. Yes, Covid-19 has put some activities on hold but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of things to do in Amsterdam this summer.
Is it safe to travel to Amsterdam?
There are still travel restrictions for those entering the Netherlands but if you’re a resident already living there then you can visit the capital.
Is it a good time to visit Amsterdam?
With fewer crowds and tourists there has never been a better time to visit Amsterdam.
1. Soak up the sights
From historical architecture and street art to famous landmarks and picturesque canals, Amsterdam is a photographer’s dream. The city centre and surrounding canal belt are a must-see, it’s easy to spend hours exploring, soaking up the sights and taking photos. If you’re looking to get off the beaten track then head to Amsterdam Noord. Here you’ll find post-industrial buildings, larger than life street art and loads of funky spots to grab a few unique selfies.
2. Monkey around at Artis Zoo
Although smaller than other zoos across Europe, Artis packs a punch when it comes to exotic fauna, making it the perfect location for a family day out. As well as the only microbe museum in the world, the zoo is home to a wild array of animals, an impressive aquarium, and a planetarium!
3. Explore the Canals
Exploring the waterways of Amsterdam by canoe or boat has always been a popular summer activity for tourists and locals. You really can’t beat bobbing around in a boat with a glass of your favourite tipple, soaking up the sights on a hot summers day. If you think boating or canoeing sounds too old hat get yourself a paddle board instead. Like to be organised? Book your paddleboard here.
4. Be a culture vulture
Amsterdam is home to a host of world-famous galleries and museums. Even if history, art or antiquity isn’t your thing, we guarantee there will be at least one museum in the city that will spark your imagination. You can’t go wrong with a visit to the Rijksmuseum or the Van Goh Museum but if you’re after something a little bit extraordinary then we recommend the STRAAT Museum or the Nemo Science Museum. For those with a playful streak, your best bet is the WONDR Experience which boast 15 interactive art installations!
Are Museums open in Amsterdam? All public venues are currently open with special restrictions in place to ensure the safety of those visiting. For more information about the city’s safety measures click here.
5. Visit an Urban beach
Nothing gives you that holiday feeling more than kicking back on a beach with an ice cream and watching the surf roll in. Although Amsterdam can’t promise the crystal blue waters and golden sand of the Seyshells, there are plenty of ‘urban’ beaches to enjoy this summer. There are quite a few urban beaches to choose from but our favourites are Pllek, Strandzuid and Dok. Just don’t forget the suncream and remember to check your sandwiches for sand!
So that’s that – our top things to do in Amsterdam this summer! We can’t wait to see you all soon!