See and Do in Amsterdam

With so much to see and do in Amsterdam, expats will have a great time finding their way around the city's canal-lined streets. Cycling is one great way for expats to get their bearings and take in the city’s sights, or they can take a more leisurely canal tour.

Culture vultures will enjoy artistic attractions like the Van Gogh Museum and Rembrandt House, while history buffs will love the famed Anne Frank House. Edgier expats will surely head to the Red Light District, even if only out of curiosity, as well as the coffee shops that serve marijuana-infused treats which would be considered illegal back home.

Attractions in Amsterdam

Rembrandt House

Expats can catch a glimpse into the life and times of one of the world’s most renowned artists at the Rembrandt House, where the man himself lived between 1639 and 1656, during the height of his career.

Anne Frank House

Step inside the home of Anne Frank, view the original diary she wrote over two years, and learn more about the horrors of World War II in Amsterdam, where anti-Semitism and Nazi persecution were part of daily life.

Amsterdam coffee shops

An iconic part of the city; a trip to one of Amsterdam’s coffee shops is an essential part of living in Amsterdam, even for expats who don’t partake in any of the ‘activities’.

Red Light District (De Wallen)

Most residents have visited the Red Light District at least once, even if just to say they’ve seen it. It offers more than just bright lights, scantily-clad ladies in the windows, throngs of tourists and canals, and expats should pay a visit to the area's breweries and museums.

Van Gogh Museum

Housing several hundred paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, all new residents of Amsterdam should see the iconic artist’s work in person.

Amsterdam Museum

Learn about the city’s past as this museum covers Amsterdam's development from a small medieval settlement on the river to the modern thriving metropolis is it today.

The Dutch Resistance Museum (Verzetsmuseum)

This museum provides fascinating insights into the Dutch Resistance Movement during World War II, displaying false documents, weaponry and other equipment providing testimony to its members’ innovation.

National Maritime Museum

The Netherlands is known for its famous explorers and the National Maritime Museum covers five centuries of Dutch naval history, allowing visitors a glimpse into the adventurous seafaring past of the Dutch.

Our Dear Lord in the Attic

A concealed Catholic church (the combined top floors of a 17th-century canal house) bears a stark reminder of the Alteration period in the Netherlands where Protestantism was declared the official religion and other churches had to operate in secret.