Amsterdam offers a lot: the unique inner city is basically an open air museum with a lot of things to do that are both educational and fun. After a busy day, you can have a bite at one of our numerous restaurants. At night you can visit a club or one of the many bars on Leidseplein or Rembrandtplein. There are also many attractions in Amsterdam. Each attraction is easily reachable by bicycle or public transportation. Some of the top attractions in Amsterdam are:
Grachten gordel (canals)
The canals of Amsterdam are an attraction itself. These unique canals are best to be experienced on a boat– you can book canal tours at the reception or directly from the tour guides at central station. You will pass the most beautiful, historic buildings from the ‘Golden Age’ with all their stories. The bridges must not be forgotten. The three main canals are Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht.
Anne Frank House
In this house the Jewish girl Anne Frank was hiding in German-occupied Netherlands during WW2. This is where she wrote her famous diary. Shortly after the war ended, the Anne Frank Foundation saved the building from demolition. Since 1960 it is on display and you can visit the house with its famous hiding place.
This museum was actually the house where the painter Rembrandt lived between 1639 and 1658. The house was sold in 1639 for thirteen thousand guilders (around 6000 euros), which he was allowed to pay in installments. In that same year he was commissioned to create the painting “Night Watch”. Because he finally could not or would not pay, he was forced into bankruptcy in 1658 and he moved to a small rented house on the Rozengracht.
Discover Amsterdam by bike
Amsterdam is the city of bikes and the best way to see it is by riding one. We have plenty of bikes available for rental. You can easily reach the city center within 20 minutes by bike.
Would you like to rent a bike? Just ask the reception, they will help you with all your questions.
Please note that we only rent the bicycles to guests of Dutchies Hostel.
The prices are: 24 hours for €12.50, 48 hours for €24.00, 72 hours for €35.50. It is also mandatory to leave a €50.00 deposit (refundable) per bicycle.
This is the largest museum in the Netherlands, and could be considered the most important. There are about 200 rooms filled with over one million objects from collections of 17th century Dutch masters. The collection also includes Asian art and works of Italian masters. The most famous masterpiece in the Rijksmuseum is Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’.
Amsterdam Wallen a.k.a. Red Light District
The Amsterdam Wallen is a collective term for a number of streets in the oldest part of Amsterdam. This place, between the Warmoesstraat and Zeedijk, is where many prostitutes do their business in small rooms, which can be seen through the windows. Their windows are often decorated with red bulbs, characteristic of this neighborhood, hence the name “Red Light District”.
Discover the nightlife of Amsterdam with one ticket
With an Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket you can experience the Nightlife of Amsterdam unlimited for 7 days, for €10. You can hop between nightclubs, nightlife experiences, benefit from welcome drinks and take your nights out to the next level in Amsterdam. For tickets and more information click here
This beautiful park is named after the poet and playwriter Joost van den Vondel, a statue of whom stands in the park. This park is visited regularly by locals and tourists alike. Each year approximately 10 million people visit it. In the park, outdoor concerts are held and there is an outdoor theatre.
The Amsterdam Dungeon
This attraction takes you back 500 years into the creepy history of the city. Here the dark secrets of Rembrandt and the executioner Peter Title Mann are shown. You have to be brave to enter.
The famous Amsterdam zoo has been around since 1838. With its historic buildings from the 19th century, this is a modern zoo with an old world charm. This zoo has an impressive list of animals.
Koninklijk Paleis op de Dam (royal palace)
This palace was once designed as a city hall for the administrative and legal power of Amsterdam. In 1655 the building was almost ready and could be put to use. Around the year 1808 the town hall had another purpose: that of the third imperial palace of the Napoleonic Empire. This royal palace receives our royal official state visits. Even the king lives in Huis ten Bosch in The Hague.
Just ask the reception if you have more questions about exploring Amsterdam!