Our advice for visiting Amsterdam differently

The capital of the Netherlands is a well-known destination for travelers looking for cultural and historical discoveries. But beyond romantic canals, museums and flower markets, Amsterdam still has plenty to surprise even the most discerning visitors seeking unique experiences. Whether you are coming for the first time or you are already under the spell of the city, we give you several ideas for visiting Amsterdam in a different way. What to do in Amsterdam to discover the city off the beaten track? Here are our suggestions for unusual activities and lesser-known places in the Dutch capital.

Visit Amsterdam differently: alternative tours to discover the Dutch capital

visit Amsterdam differently, alternative tours to discover Amsterdam, discoveries in Amsterdam

Visit lesser-known neighborhoods 

If you want to avoid the tourist crowds, don’t hesitate to make a small detour to the lesser-known areas of the city, which will allow you to discover it in a different light. More residential than tourist, Amsterdam OOST is a district in full revival which often remains underestimated. However, the visitor will discover a multicultural district with many faces filled with art galleries, restaurants, trendy bars and independent cinemas. Do not miss the opportunity to visit Dappermarkt, a large open-air market which is a real attraction with its more than 250 stalls. If you are looking for a Amsterdam vacation rental Well connected to major tourist spots but away from tourists, Amsterdam OOST might be your best choice. With its three large parks Oosterpark, Flevopark and Frankendael Park, it is also the greenest part of the city..

North of Amsterdam, the NDSM district will appeal to those looking for an authentic and original experience. This former shipyard, known for its industrial architecture and street art, has become a vibrant meeting place for young creatives. The old warehouses are transformed into art spaces, trendy bars and restaurants which constitute an unusual and surprising urban environment. To get there, just take the free ferry that crosses the IJ River. Once a month, NDSM also hosts Amsterdam’s largest flea market..

The ice rink in front of the Rijksmuseum

skating in front of the national painting museum in Amsterdam, ideas for visiting Amsterdam in winter

Discover the music scene in Amsterdam

It’s no secret that Amsterdam offers a varied musical program throughout the year. During your stay in Amsterdam, you can attend a concert in one of the many theaters and concert halls. The city of entertainment is also a favorite destination for electro fans. Indeed, in October Amsterdam hosts AMF, the world’s largest electronic music festival. Every weekend, the city also becomes a big stage with festivals and concerts all over the place. Vinyl enthusiasts can also visit the many addresses offering a rich selection of vinyl records such as Concerto, Waxwell Records and Rush Hour Records..

Take a nice photo on one of the many bridges with typical architecture

view of one of the many bridges and the rows of houses with traditional architecture all along the canals

Discover Amsterdam differently thanks to guided tours

Do you want to discover Amsterdam in an original way? There are different alternative and thematic tours that deserve our full attention. Treat yourself to a tasting cruise aboard a crêperie boat. This unique boat ride will take you to the most beautiful landscapes off the coast of Amsterdam. To get to know the many urban farming projects in the city, explore the urban farms and gardens of Amsterdam and its surroundings by bike. End the tour at a cafe or restaurant offering local produce. Guided tours of the many breweries in Amsterdam are also a great way to discover the city while tasting craft beers..

View from above on Dam Square

view from above on place du dam, the ferris wheel on place du dam, fun activities to discover amsterdam

Visit Amsterdam differently thanks to the many thematic tours

guided bike tours to discover sights and unusual activities in Amsterdam