It's summer and more and more people are getting or taking vacation time. An ideal time to visit beautiful Amsterdam. That only leaves the question: what are you going to do? We have listed a number of activities you can undertake in the capital of the Netherlands. Read our tips on things to do in the city.
July is instinctively the very first 'vacation month' and at the same time the month in which the sun normally shines more and more. An ideal time to go out again with the family, with your partner or with friends. Visit the botanical gardens, get inspired in a museum or take a boat trip on the water.
The Hortus Botanicus is located in the Plantage district in Amsterdam East. A partially covered spectacle of botanical gardens with thousands of plants and a history of over 375 years. What began in 1638 in the Reguliershof with a garden of medicinal plants has literally and figuratively grown into a boundless variety of the plant kingdom.
Besides the beautiful gardens, it is also a place that offers space for research and education with which it tries to find answers to all the questions you can think of concerning plants.
Address: Plantage Middenlaan 2a
There is no reason to skip the parks in July, on the contrary, make sure they are on your list. There is probably no better month, we know it’s open for debate, than this first month of summer when everything is in bloom. These are the most beautiful green spots in the city where you often literally walk under a green roof of trees, plants and shrubs.
Moreover, it is getting warmer, and on warmer days you want nothing more than to be outside. Either for a walk, a picnic or a bike ride. The parks are a perfect place for that, with their lawns where you can meet many a city dweller in the summer, or one who passes by while doing sports. Visit the Vondelpark or the cultural Westerpark in Amsterdam West for a cup of coffee, a beer or glass of wine or simply as a place to enjoy the sun.
A little further than the Hortus Botanicus lies the oldest zoo in the Netherlands: Artis. In the heart of Amsterdam, you can watch wild and exotic animals. A meeting place where the visitor learns a lot about nature and all its inhabitants, ideal for a visit with younger children. Learn about the invisible life in Micropia, the only museum of microbes in the world, be amazed at the underwater life in the ARTIS Aquarium or wander through the park in search of the larger animals of this globe. View and visit the website for a time slot.
Address: Plantage Kerklaan 38-40
There is no better way to discover Amsterdam than from the water. Whether you're a first-time visitor or you've lived here all your life, the view from a boat on the canals never gets boring. Do it on a pedal boat where you decide which canal to explore while burning calories too. Hop on at iconic spots in the city such as the Rijksmuseum, Leidseplein or in front of the Anne Frank House.
If you don't want to work so hard yourself, from June onwards you can hop on an Open Boat with a skipper who is also your guide. A skipper who shares anecdotes about the nicest and most special places in the city. Keep an eye on the website for the latest updates on opening times.
Amsterdam is famous for it. Even one of its most famous squares is named after it: the Museumplein. Only at this square can you entertain yourself for days on end with one museum visit after another. It is an ideal place for rapture, wonder, inspiration and much more.
Take the famous Rijksmuseum, wwhere you get to admire the famous works of the Dutch grandmasters. Grandmasters such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and others.
Right in the middle of Amsterdam's ring of canals are the 'Nine Streets'. No longer known only to its residents, many a visitor to the city can be found here when shopping is on the agenda. A neighbourhood between the Singel and the Prinsengracht, nine charming streets filled with authentic clothes shops, studios, art galleries and restaurants. Score that one special pair of jeans in a vintage shop, make a well-deserved stop at the many excellent restaurants or let yourself be overwhelmed by the picturesquely beautiful surroundings.