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Top 10 hidden attractions in Amsterdam

Get off the beaten track with these 10 unusual places

When thinking of the capital of the Netherlands, many people’s minds go straight to canals, tulips and bicycles. Our top 10 hidden attractions of Amsterdam will allow you explore the city from a new perspective! Romantic and cultural trips, festive or sportive outings, and snacks with plenty of garlic: this beautiful city can do it all. So head straight to Amsterdam for a wonderful day trip or weekend away!

Rembrandt house

1. Start your day in Amsterdam at the Rembrandt House

Alongside Vermeer, Rubens, and van Gogh, Rembrandt belongs to the ranks of exceptionally gifted Dutch painters. So why not go and see where he lived, instead of discovering him in the museums? Follow in Rembrandt’s footsteps through the house where he lived for almost 20 years. And don’t forget to take a look at the many sketches on display! It’s an ideal cultural outing for a relaxing break in Amsterdam.
Museum Het Rembrandthuis - Jodenbreestraat 4 – Amsterdam

2. Visit the Catboat - De Poezenboot

Who says cats don’t like water? Founded more than 50 years ago by a cat lover, the Poezenboot (in English, Catboat) takes in abandoned cats and offers them shelter until they can be adopted. These cats really live the high life on Amsterdam’s canals, and you can visit them 3 days a week from 1 pm to 3 pm (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday).
De Poezenboot - Singel 38.G - Amsterdam

3. Walk the Design Route

The Dutch excel in painting, but are also the kings of design. Along this route, you will discover galleries, showrooms, boutiques and even hotels that display the unparalleled craftsmanship of Dutch designers. These sights are absolutely not to be missed when you are enjoying a day out in Amsterdam. Visitor beware - you might feel an urge to change all your furniture when you get home.

4. See the legendary Ajax play a match

Some cities have a special history surrounding football. In Amsterdam, the love story between the residents and legendary club Ajax is far from over! If you go to see the city’s home team play a match, you are guaranteed a great evening out. It’s a great way to spend time in Amsterdam!
Matches are played at the Johann Cruijff Arena. To get them, take underground trains 50 or 54 and get off at Bijlmer Arena.

5. The other Haarlem – 15 minutes from Amsterdam

When we hear “Haarlem”, many of us think of the Harlem district in the north of New York city. But did you know that this district owes its name to the city of Haarlem, just outside Amsterdam? You won’t be able to help falling for this city’s charms. Its origins date back to the 8th century, and the place is brimming with architectural treasures. So hop on the train to Haarlem and combine your day in Amsterdam with a visit to this treasure of a city. Want to know more about Haarlem’s past? Then read our tips about what to do in Haarlem.
Take a train for Haarlem at Amsterdam Centraal or Sloterdijk.

6. Devour books in the Amsterdam Public Library

Whether you are a bookworm, a curious tourist or an unrepentant gourmand, you will enjoy yourself to the full in the Amsterdam Public Library. Amsterdam’s library is spread over 7 floors, making it the largest public library in Europe. At the very top, you can dine in a cafeteria with an unobstructed view of the city’s most beautiful sights!
Openbare Bibliotheek - Oosterdokskade 143 – Amsterdam
Paradiso Amsterdam

7. Paradiso: a church converted into something completely different

Of course, Paradiso could not be left off this top 10 of Amsterdam’s hidden attractions! Paradiso is a club and concert hall, located in a former church dating back to the 19th century. Recognised for its programming, the place attracts clubbers and lovers of trendy live music alike. Visitors go for the beauty of the place – and to dance! End your day in Amsterdam at Paradiso, and your visit is complete. Do you really want to unpack? Then read all about a luxury weekend in Amsterdam and make your city break complete!
Paradiso - Weteringschans 6-8 – Amsterdam
De drie fleschjes amsterdam

8. Try jeneva at De Drie Fleschjes

This precursor to gin is a brandy flavoured with juniper berries and is typical of the Netherlands. If you enjoy spirits, you will surely be won over by the jenever tasting offered by De Drie Fleschjes. This extraordinary place dates back to 1650. The ambience is more than enough to imagine that you are a rich merchant of the era having fun with your friends!
De Drie Fleschjes - Gravenstraat 18 - Amsterdam

9. Garlic Queen: the restaurant where garlic reigns!

Some dislike it, but others swear by it. By what? By garlic, of course! This strong-flavoured herb is the centrepiece of the culinary offerings at the Garlic Queen restaurant. From entrées to desserts, garlic is in every dish! It’s both completely insane and, most importantly, absolutely delicious. And rest assured, you can ask the chef to add a little more or less so you can stay in control of your breath when you leave.
Garlic Queen - Reguliersdwarstraat 27 – Amsterdam
Electric Ladyland

10. Electric Ladyland, the world’s only museum dedicated to fluorescent art

In a small basement in the city centre of Amsterdam, a bunch of passionate enthusiasts that seem to have sprung straight out of the 60s can tell you all about the amazing universe of fluorescent art. With pop art pieces and fluorescent natural stone on all sides, prepare yourself for a great psychedelic experience. The ideal end to a wonderful weekend in Amsterdam. 
Tweede Leliedwarsstraat 5 - 1015 TB - Amsterdam
Canal Amsterdam

Amsterdam from the canals

Hopefully, this has helped you plan your visit to Amsterdam and you’ve decided to visit our top 10 hidden attractions. Still looking for a hotel? Stay at one of our hotels in Amsterdam for an unforgettable day trip. If Amsterdam holds no more hidden secrets for you, it’s time for the essential experience: a cruise on its canals!

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