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The best things to do in Amsterdam include visiting the Van Gogh Museum for a display of more than 1,000 of the artist’s paintings, shopping in the stores of De Negen Straatjes, and making your way to Albert Cuyp Markt to sample some of the city’s delicacies. 

Van Gogh Museum
For an exploration into the works of Van Gogh, the Amsterdam Museum is home to many of the artist’s paintings. The building itself is a work of art, designed by world-renowned architect Gerrit Rietveld.

The Rijksmuseum is arguably the best museum in the Netherlands and considered among the finest museums in the world. After a ten-year restoration, it opened its doors again in 2013. Artists in the collection include Rembrandt and a collection of Dutch masters that span the 200-year history of the institution. 

NSDM Wharf
One of many projects by the capital to revitalize the city, the NSDM Wharf is a former industrial complex that is now home to a collection of shops, restaurants, bars, and spaces for performances for all ages.

Albert Cuyp Markt
One of Amsterdam’s best markets where you can dive into the bargaining culture of the city, Albert Cuyp Markt has hundreds of stalls selling everything from food to clothes to souvenirs and is a highlight on most everyone’s trip. 

Vondelpark is a different experience for those looking to experience the culture of the city. Lakes, open spaces, trails, and an open-air theater draw both travelers and locals in to relax and take in the day. 

An old tram depot transformed into a thriving foodie’s dream, Foodhallen ticks all the boxes for vendors selling everything from dim sum to doughnuts. 

Leidseplein Square is the place to visit for just about everything, this includes food, street-side cafes, and entertainment, including musicians, jugglers, and mimes. It’s also the home to the city’s oldest café, The Bulldog which sells legal marijuana- along with many of the cafés in Amsterdam. 

A transformed gas work complex, Westergasfabriek is now a great spot to go to for food, entertainment, art, boutique shops, and local microbrews.  

De Negen Straatjes
For those who want to shop, De Negen Straatjes or the Nine Streets offer a variety of shops from boutique clothing stores and artesian food shops to cafes and restaurants where you can sit and relax before or after exploring the city. 
For more information about Amsterdam cruises and the different routes that stop in the city, contact one of Adventure Life’s travel experts.

The Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Month Average Temperature ℉ (℃) Average Rainfall in. (mm)
January 36.3 (2.4) 2.8 (70)
February 36.7 (2.6) 1.9 (47)
March 40.6 (4.8) 2.5 (64)
April 42.8 (6.0) 1.7 (44)
May 53.1 (11.7) 2.0 (50)
June 58.5 (14.7) 2.3 (59)
July 61.7 (16.5) 3.0 (75)
August 61.7 (16.5) 3.0 (77)
September 57.7 (14.3) 3.1 (79)
October 51.4 (10.8) 3.4 (87)
November 43.3 (6.3) 3.1 (79)
December 38.3 (3.5) 2.9 (74)

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