Sightseeing spots in Amsterdam
When sightseeing in Amsterdam, make sure you visit the Begijnhof. This hidden gem is a quiet, peaceful place within the hectic big city. Your host can help you find it. It’s a fascinating place to see. It dates back to 1150, when women chose to form a religious community outside the nunnery. Your guide can tell you about the Miracle of the Kalverstraat and other stories that are over half a millennium old. Definitely worth adding to your things to do in Amsterdam list!
You should have a look with your host at the Museumplein. This is a unique square and no matter which way you’re looking, you’ll see a museum or other building significant to Amsterdam, so it’s an absolute must when sightseeing in Amsterdam. In summertime, locals are relaxing on the grass, playing football or having a drink with friends.
- The Canals (stories behind the buildings)
It’s hard to miss, but make sure you schedule some time to walk along the canals when you go sightseeing in Amsterdam. Your host can tell you more about how the canals were necessary for security and how they expanded as the city grew and grew. There are also plenty of anecdotes about the buildings next to the canals – your private guide will share them with you as you walk by. Also ask for their favourite canal,they all have at least one!
- The Skinny bridge (water management)
Make also sure you go with your local host to the Magere Brug or Skinny Bridge, when you’re sightseeing in Amsterdam. It dates from 1934 and is probably the most iconic bridge in the city. With its white wood, it really stands out from all the other bridges in town.
- The countryside
When you choose one of our local hosts to guide you around for Amsterdam Sightseeing, let them know you want to check the outer part of the city as well. You should definitely check out the countryside! You will see the polders and how flat the country really is. Get a look at the windmills and traditional farms that made this country what it is today. Ask your guide to take you to a cheese farm and if you go in spring, see how the typical Dutch tulips grow. It’s all just outside of the hectic city and definitely worth it if you want to see a bit more of The Netherlands.