Amsterdam is one of the world’s most picturesque and historic cities and seeing the magnificent sights of the Dutch capital is a must do on a visit to the ‘Venice of the North’. Millions of visitors come to enjoy Amsterdam each year and it can feel like you’re on one big sightseeing tour as tourists from all over the world descend on the city during the summer… This blog suggests some alternative Amsterdam sightseeing options and different ways to see the city that we know and love!
Tuk Tuk Tour Amsterdam
A Tuk Tuk tour in Amsterdam is an original and fun way to see the city. A little different to the usual generic Amsterdam sightseeing tour buses that you can hop on or off in cities around the world, this tour involves jumping aboard an electric Tuk Tuk with a local guide and checking out the best that the city has to offer! This Amsterdam sightseeing tour with a twist is the perfect way to see the city’s streets and best-loved sights with up to 6 of your friends!
A canal cruise is a classic way to see the city, but instead of boarding one of the big tourist boats with audio guides offering a one-size-fits-all tourist experience, why not jump aboard a boat with a local host and skipper? This tour takes you to some of the hidden gems and allows you to enjoy some Amsterdam sightseeing through the eyes of the Amsterdammers! These boat cruises offer a great alternative to the more commercial canal cruises. Additionally, if you’re in town during any of the city’s brilliant festivals and events (such as King’s Day or the Amsterdam Light Festival) check our our special cruises! Looking to combine a sailing with some nice cold drinks? Check out the Amsterdam Booze Cruise
Renting a scooter is a perfect way to see more of the city. In addition to allowing you to check out all the sights in style, it allows you to get off the beaten track and see more of the city’s hidden gems. This is a great option for the more independently-minded traveller who wants to see as much of the city as possible!
Rather than joining one of the many tours that take you around Amsterdam’s most infamous neighbourhood, the Red-Light District, a self-guided tour is a great alternative. Although these tours currently operate on an iPad which can be picked up near the centre (or dropped off at your hotel for a small additional fee), this tour is soon to be launched through your phone. This allows you to check out the Red-Light District at your own pace, and includes plenty of hints and tips for great places to grab something to eat or drink. If you’re planning on visiting the city this summer, watch this space…
See the sights like a local and jump on a bike! One of the best ways to enjoy a spot of Amsterdam sightseeing is the way that most locals inadvertently do each day – by jumping aboard our favourite means of transportation and pushing those pedals! As well as being significantly quicker than public transport, and being great fun, there’s something great about getting stuck in to this important aspect of Amsterdam culture whilst checking out the city’s sights!