There are so many things to do in Amsterdam you will always have something new to check out during your stay.
If you are planning to see Anne Franks house during your visit to Amsterdam then you will need to plan ahead. The tickets were sold out 2 months before I got to the Netherlands. It is reasonably priced at 9 Euros for a single adult but be warned of the huge Queues to get in. This video shows a large amount of people lining up to get in.
Attached to the house is the Anne Frank museum where the entrance is. unfortunately, due to the fact I didn’t know I needed tickets in advance I never got to go inside, but it was peak season in July that I visited so your experience may be different.
I did speak to some that bought tickets and braved the huge queue line and they all said that it was worth it. So the Anne Frank Museum is on my list to do during my next visit.
When you arrive at Amsterdam Centraal Station, most people will leave via the south exit right into the busy area full of coffee shops, bars, and canals.
But if you leave on the north side you can get a free ferry over to the Noord (north) of the city.
The ferry leaves every 10 minutes through out the day so you won’t be stuck on the other side.
The Sex Museum
For 5 Euros it seemed like the perfect place to waste an hour. The Amsterdam sex museum is located on the main street opposite Centraal station and is very easy to find.
I felt a little seedy walking through the turn style on my own but that feeling soon left me as I entered into the museum. Because, well, it is not seedy and to be blunt, it is not that great.
badly dressed mannequins holding dildos greeted me all around, and as I walked around the many levels of the museum I realized it was all pretty much the same. If you have never seen a dildo before and you are a Victorian grandma I guess it might be slightly titivating.
I had seen it all and was out the door in less than 10 mins.
Canal boat trip
Just outside Centraal Station, there is a row of tour boats that leave around every 15 minutes to give a guided tour of the city via the many canals and cost around 15 Euros for a 90-minute trip.
I found this to be the most relaxing way to see what Amsterdam has to offer, our tour guide was very funny and I lost count of the many languages he could speak in.
As we approached the red light district the guide warned us about taking photos, It is not unknown for Madams to board the boat and snatch cameras from curious snappers.
Walk the city
My favorite free thing to do in any city. I spent hours upon hours walking around with google maps in my hand seeing all the sights Amsterdam has to offer.
It is hard to get bored with so many things to do in Amsterdam, from the spectacular views of the canals, the great architecture, churches and famous places or just chilling and people watching in the many shops, bars and coffee shops.
It is easy to get lost in Amsterdam, the canals all go different directions and so it is easy to lose your bearings. Many times I had checked on google maps expecting the station to be in front of me but it was behind me. I found this to be all part of the fun and by getting lost I found so much more of the city than I would have.