– This post was written by Mick Murray –
Summer in Amsterdam is officially here, and we’re going to help you make the most of it. Visit cutting-edge museums full of street art and modern masterpieces, explore ancient castles, or chill out and cruise around on the city’s UNESCO-listed canal ring – the choice is yours! This hand-picked selection of top summer activities in Amsterdam and the surrounding area is guaranteed to help you get your spark back this summer. Get ready to make some memories!
For rebels and artists
Why you'll love it: A picturesque modern museum packed to the brim with original works by Banksy and more. A relatively new addition to Amsterdam’s famous Museumplein (Museum Square), Moco is an award-winning museum full of contemporary art. See masterpieces by Banksy, Yayoi Kusama, Roy Lichtenstein, Dali, and emerging artists from around the world.
For breathtaking views
Why you'll love it: The ultimate flight simulator over windmills, canals and more – see all of Holland in one day! This unique 5D experience will let you fly over highlights like Amsterdam's famous canal ring, the Wadden Sea, and more. Feel the wind in your hair as you enjoy some Dutch sightseeing in the most innovative way possible.
For a royal summer
Why you'll love it: 700 years of local history just outside of Amsterdam. Escape the hustle and bustle of the capital city and visit the famous Muiderslot. This iconic castle features stories and secrets that would rival Game of Thrones, authentic suits of armour, and even falconry shows!
For street art aficionados
Why you'll love it: International works of art displayed in a unique waterfront space. STRAAT focuses on the largest artistic movement of our time: street art. With work by 140 different artists from around the world, this ever-evolving gallery brings together the streets of New York, Tokyo, São Paulo and more.
For tranquil sightseeing
Why you'll love it: Amsterdam’s most iconic summer experience. Cruising around the Dutch capital’s scenic canals is a must-do at any time of the year, but summer is when it really shines. Relax and watch how the sun sparkles on the water, wave to the locals relaxing on the side of the canals, and learn more about the city’s history and culture along the way.