Amsterdam’s name literally comes from it having once been a “dam” of the “Amstel” river. In the 12th century, it was a little fishing village, but during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century, it exploded into one of the most important trading ports in the world, bringing prosperity and culture to a city that by then was known for its finance centers and diamonds. Its 400-year-old canals and 19th century fortifications both form individual UNESCO World Heritage Sites, while many historic buildings are found throughout its rapidly modernizing cityscape. Travel to the capital and largest city of the Netherlands in 2015 with our tours and activities.
Make your traveling around the city easier with an All Amsterdam Transport Pass, which will give you two tickets, one for unlimited travel for one day by tram, bus, metro, and one for unlimited use of the canal bus.
Jump onto a Hop On Hop Off Amsterdam Canal Cruise and explore seven stops along a tour through the historic canals of the city, on a canal bus. Visit famous museums like the Anne Frank Museum, which chronicles and details the very place where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis before they were discovered. See the Rijksmuseum, where 8000 artifacts of Holland dating back to the Medieval period tell the history and culture of Holland. See Rembrandt Square, a former dairy market which now has many restaurants, shops, and hotels. Relax at the Albert Cuyp Market. See all of these sites in your own time, as you admire them from afar on your canal bus vantage point, or disembark to explore them further.
Travel through the famous red light district of Amsterdam and enter the “darker” side of the city, in which the most common profession is the oldest profession. Enter Red Light Secrets, a museum dedicated to prostitution, and learn about the history of prostitution in the world, as well as the history of the Red Light District itself.