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Attractions in Amsterdam

In winter, the most popular attractions in Amsterdam are the evening canal cruise and skating on one of the ice rinks in Amsterdam. But there is much more to do and experience in the capital of the Netherlands. Check out our selection of the best attractions to visit during your winter break in Amsterdam.

Corona / COVID19 update

On Friday 26 November, new measures were announced to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Fortunately, it is not a hard lockdown, but there are important measures. Below, we have briefly described the most important measures. On Tuesday evening, December 14, there will probably be another press conference to see if and what measures are needed after December 17. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date.

This is Holland

Experience Holland at This is Holland

Feel like a bird for a moment and fly over the most beautiful areas of the Netherlands. Thanks to THIS IS HOLLAND’s huge screen and cool special effects such as wind and scents, you can see the whole of the Netherlands without leaving your armchair. Admire the windmills, the canals of Amsterdam and other cultural heritage.

  • Location: Overhoeksplein 51, 1031 KS, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (13+) € 17,00 | Kids (4-12) € 10,00
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card | Free with I Amsterdam Card
  • Opening Hours: Sunday to Friday 10:30 to 17:00 | Saturday from 10:30 to 18:00

Ajax football stadium tour

Ajax football stadium tour

Take a guided tour of the Johan Cruijff ArenA, home of Ajax Football Club, and the place where One Direction, Madonna, The Rolling Stones and other world stars have performed. Walk along the pitch and smell the freshly cut grass, take a seat behind the microphones in the press room, and get surrounded by this season’s players at the ‘Meet the team’ photo wall.

There is a choice of a 75-minute tour and a 120-minute VIP tour.

Winter Walk Amsterdam (audio guide)

Winter Walk Tour Amsterdam

This Amsterdam audio guide is your portable key to the Dutch capital and reveals the city’s secrets in bite-sized chunks of knowledge. The app also features a digital city map full of useful routes you can follow or ignore to go your own way! Learn all about the beautiful 17th-century architecture and the UNESCO-awarded ring of canals, hear about the history of the infamous Red Light District, the culture-rich Museumplein, the sprawling Vondelpark and many more great Amsterdam must-sees.

  • Location: You can start the audio tour from any location
  • Price: Audioguide app € 9,50
  • Discount options: Free with Winter Card
  • Opening Hours: You can use the app 24/7.

Heineken Experience

Heineken Experience

The world-famous Heineken® Brewery opened in 1867, but even in the 21st century you can still come here for a beer. Learn all about this famous brand of beer with an immersive attraction in the old brewery, complete with mini-tasting. For beer lovers, this is the promised land. Arrive thirsty.

This 90-minute journey through the world of Heineken is an exhilarating experience. Immerse yourself in the Heineken heritage, the history and, of course, the beer.

  • Location: Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE, Amsterdam
  • Price (including two drinks): Adult (18+) € 19,50 | Kids (12-17) € 14,50 | Kids (0-11) Free
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card | 25% discount with I Amsterdam Card
  • Opening Hours: Daily 12.00 – 21.00

AMAZE

Amsterdam has played an important role in the history of the Dutch dance scene. Today, the dance scene is a major export and Dutch DJs, parties and festivals are favoured by dance lovers all over the world. One of the key players in history, ID&T, has created a unique concept in the centre of Amsterdam with AMAZE in 2021.
ID&T’s festivals are known for their amazing shows that allow you to escape from reality for a while. You will experience the same at the new AMAZE.

  • Location: Elementenstraat 25, 014 AR, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (18+) € 26,95 | Kids (10-17) € 13,50
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card
  • Opening Hours:
    • Wednesday: 15.00 – 21.00
    • Thursday: 15.00 – 22.00
    • Friday: 15.00 – 22.30
    • Saturday: 12.00 – 22.30
    • Sunday: 12.00 – 21.00

ICE Bar Amsterdam

Amsterdam Ice Bar
Amsterdam Ice Bar

The Amsterdam Ice Bar is one of the coolest places in Amsterdam (literally) and definitely in the top 10 of things to do in Amsterdam. This amazing bar is kept at a constant temperature of -10 degrees Celsius and everything is made entirely out of ice.

  • Location: Amstel 194-196, 1017 AG, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (18+) € 22,50
  • Discount options: Free with Winter Card
  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 13:00 to 01:00 | Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 02:40

The Amsterdam Dungeon

See, smell, listen and be scared, very scared. At the Amsterdam Dungeon, all your senses are on edge as you embark on a spooktacular adventure through 500 years of Amsterdam history. Enjoy 7 shows, meet a cast of characters, and prepare for goosebumps. Screaming is encouraged.

  • Location: Rokin 78, 1012 KW, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (16+) € 21,00 | Kids (3-15) € 17,00
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card | 25% discount with I Amsterdam Card
  • Opening Hours: Sunday to Friday 11:00 to 17:00 | Saturday from 11:00 to 19:00

Ripley’s Believe it or Not

Time flies in Ripley’s Amsterdam. “Have I really been inside for more than three hours? – With such a feeling you will step outside after a visit to this brand new Amsterdam attraction. You won’t be able to take your eyes off this fascinating museum. So go inside and experience it for yourself. And, by the way, good luck with that @#$%&! secret exit!

  • Location: Dam 21, 1012 JS, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (16+) € 20,50 | Kids (4-15) € 12,50
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card
  • Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:00 to 18:30 | Friday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:30

Madame Tussaud

The world-famous Madame Tussauds is located on the Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam. Here you will discover a world of glitz and glamour, and encounter hundreds of wax figures of famous, historical and fictional figures.

See how the age-old techniques of wax sculpture creation are combined with modern technologies to bring the fairytale-like decors and rooms to life. And who knows, maybe you will be here one day!

  • Location: Dam 20, 1012 NP, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (16+) € 21,50 | Kids (3-15) € 17,50
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card | 25% discount with I Amsterdam Card
  • Opening Hours: Sunday to Friday 10:00 to 17:00 | Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00

The Upside Down

Is your mind playing tricks on you, or is that really someone walking on the ceiling? You’ll have to get inside The Upside Down to find out! It’s part museum, part nightclub, part psychedelic trip to a whole new dimension – there’s nothing else like it!

Forget what you think you know and let your cameras help you distort reality. Immerse yourself in modern art, dive into a giant ball pit, enter an infinite world below sea level and… let’s keep the rest a surprise.

  • Location: Europaboulevard 5, 1079 PC, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (13+) € 24,95 | Kids (3-12) € 15,95 | Kids (0-2) Free
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card | 25% discount with I Amsterdam Card
  • Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10:00 to 19:00 | Friday to Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00

Body Worlds

When was the last time you had a really good look at yourself? Amsterdam’s own BODY WORLDS peels back the layers to offer a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of real human bodies. And it goes a step further, asking the most important question of all – what makes us happy?

  • Location: Damrak 66, 1012 LM, Amsterdam
  • Price: Adult (18+) € 20,50 | Kids (6-17) € 12,50 | Kids (0-5) Free
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card
  • Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:00 to 18:30 | Friday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:30

ARTIS (Amsterdam Zoo)

ARTIS has a huge variety of animals, including penguins, wolves, giraffes and more. There is also an impressive art collection, a zoological library, a planetarium and there are 27 monuments throughout.

So if you are looking for a rough adventure in the Dutch capital, buy tickets for ARTIS!

FloriWorld

If you’re looking for a relaxing day out away from the crowds of Amsterdam, put the petal to the metal and discover the newest attraction to bloom in Aalsmeer – the so-called ‘flower village’ of Holland.

  • Location: Sierteeltstraat 1, 1431 GM, Aalsmeer
  • Price: Adult (12+) € 17,50 | Kids (4-11) € 11,00 | Kids (0-3) Free
  • Discount options: 10% discount with Winter Card
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 15:00 | Monday closed

Zaanse Schans (Windmills)

Take the bus from Amsterdam and enjoy the beautiful landscape as you explore the series of six windmills (and other mini ones) that sit on the banks of the Zaan River.

  • Location: Start at This is Holland | Overhoeksplein 51, 1031 KS, Amsterdam
  • Price:
  • Opening Hours: The tour departs on different days and times of the week. Check here for the current departure times

See attractions on Winter Festival Map