Rent a bicycle from Amsterbike, within walking distance of Amsterdam’s central station. You can guide yourself to destinations like the Hermitage or the Zaans museum, or sign up for a special-interest expedition focusing on modern architecture, historical sites, or the Dutch landscapes.
Amsterdam, the beautiful capital of the Netherlands, has the wonderful atmosphere of a 17th-century city combined with the contemporary character of a modern metropolis. It is a treasure chest of superb architecture and is famous for its canals and extraordinary museums. Highlights include the towers and steeples, considered to be some of the city's loveliest features.
As you wind through the city’s waterways, gaze up at the moving panorama of architecture, which ranges from the Golden Age splendor of the Herengracht and Keizersgracht canals to the 20th-century pomp of Renzo Piano’s NeMo Building in the Oosterdok harbor.
This is one of Amsterdam’s most popular sites, and for good reason. On hour-long tours, groups are led through Otto Frank’s preserved former front office into the secret annex where his daughter Anne, the rest of their immediate family, and four others remained in hiding until their betrayal in 1944. Make this your first stop in town if you plan to go; the lines can be brutal.
Located on the manicured lawn of the Museum Quarter, this venue showcases the broad range of van Gogh’s work, from early drawings and watercolors to famous oil paintings such as The Potato Eaters, Bedroom in Arles, and Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers. On display also are the painter’s palette and four of his sketch books.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.