Amsterdam is well seen in all seasons, but autumn and winter are pretty gray, rainy and the wind can blow very strong. During these periods, you can focus on indoor activities.
The cultural heritage of Amsterdam is impressive, but the city has little known monuments. Its main cultural attractions are the museums. Be sure to visit the temple dedicated to the painter Van Gogh, and the house where the painter Rembrandt lived from 1639 to 1660 where many of his works are exhibited.
Green spaces are also very popular. The Amsterdamse Bos, a huge forest of trees planted in the 30s, can be explored on foot or bicycle.
You may also choose to spend long hours walking, catching a cruise along the channels, and traveling on bicycles as the locals do. You may also choose to spend a long time each day just relaxing in one of the many cafes of the city. The atmosphere is cool and simple, but still very dynamic.
Overall, access to the attractions of Amsterdam is pretty expensive, between 7 and 10 €. Therefore, if you intend to do a few visits, we recommend that you purchase the Amsterdam I Pass, which offers numerous discounts plus unlimited access to transportation (More information on our general information page).
The old center, although highly touristic, is absolutely worth visiting.
If you walk in the old town, the unusual site of the Red Light district may merit a detour if it wasn’t already part of your agenda. The bohemian scenery and the abundance of legal prostitution are outstanding. If you are interested in seeing the Red Light district in full essence, the best time to visit is at dusk, just before dark.