Romantic Things to Do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a culturally vibrant destination with enchanting European charm. As the capital of the Netherlands, the city is home well known museums, parks, and historic landmarks. Whether you enjoy roaming the streets discovering the architecture, or simply relaxing in the comfort of your Amsterdam bed and breakfast , you and your sweetheart will enjoy a romantic vacation. Here are some of the fun and romantic activities we can recommend:

Cruise the Canals

Amsterdam canals

Throughout Amsterdam, there are 165 waterways that were created centuries ago to boost trade and transport. Take a tour of the city aboard a boat charter—there are many canal cruise operators. Amsterdam Jewel Cruises , for example, takes you out on the water for nearly three hours on a beautiful wooden boat that dates back to the late 19th century. Enjoy a candle-lit, three-course meal, and feel free to ask your captain about the culture, and history of the city as you float along. Other cruise companies include Holland International Cocktail Cruise, Pannenkoekenboot (passengers get all-you-can-eat pancakes during the trip), and Lovers Company. If you want a little more privacy, you can also rent a boat and explore the canals on your own.

Stroll Through Vondelpark

Vondelpark Amsterdam

Vondelpark is named for 17th century poet Joost van den Vondel (one of the city's most renowned writers.) It is the biggest park in Amsterdam and serves as a gathering spot for locals. Visitors can come and walk about among the ten acres of this English-style park, which is filled with magnificent old trees and several tranquil ponds. Be sure to look for wild parakeets (they were released here by accident in the 1970s) and check out the massive Picasso sculpture situated in the center of the park. Pack a picnic to enjoy under the shade or grab a bite to eat —options include Round Blue Teahouse and Cafe Vertigo. This site is also home to the Nederlands Filmmuseum, a cinema house and exhibition space that lets you explore the city's cinematography history. Depending on when you visit, you may catch a free concert, play, film, or other event often held in the park.

Explore the Diamond Museum

Diamond museum Amsterdam

Try the The Diamond Museum for a unique experience that lets you discover the history of diamonds. Along with viewing recreations of famous diamonds, such as gem-adorned swords and royal crowns, you can learn about the gem's role in Netherlands history—Amsterdam was once the world hub for diamond trade. Visitors can also go next door to Coster Diamonds, which runs the museum, for a free tour of its workshop that gives you a first-hand look at the gem-cutting and polishing process.

Catch a Show at The Concertgebouw


The Concertgebouw is a hall erected in 1888 and famous around the world for its immaculate acoustics. It was designed neo-Renaissance style by Adolf Leonard van Gendt, the same man who laid the plans for Dutch Riding School, Municipal Theater, and Central Station. He had little knowledge about music but somehow created one of the most reverberant main halls. You'll notice a two-tiered ceiling, baroque trim, an elegant grand staircase, and a giant pipe organ. Visitors can sign up for a tour of the building that lasts just over an hour and teaches about the hall's unique design. You can also visit on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. from September through June when the site hosts free 30-minute concerts.

Visit the Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh museum

One of the Netherlands biggest contributions to the art world is Vincent van Gogh, and the city honors the post Impressionist painter with his very own museum situated in the Rietveld building. There are more than 200 paintings on display here as well as 500+ drawings, the world's largest collection of Van Gogh pieces. See "The Pink Orchard," "View of the Sea at Scheveningen," and other masterpieces. His works are organized by periods of his life: Paris, Arles, The Netherlands, Saint-Remy, and Auvers-sur-Oise. The institution also displays works by his contemporaries and other artists influenced by Van Gogh, most notable Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Keep in mind that this is one of the world's most crowded museums, but you can avoid long lines by arriving early in the morning.