Amsterdam Tours-Fun Facts about Amsterdam & Netherlands

Fun Facts about Amsterdam & Netherlands


Amsterdam Off the Beaten Path

Explore Amsterdam up closer and personal using these off the beaten path ideas

Amsterdam Noord and Old Holland

Head north into one of Amsterdam`s up-and-coming areas which will lead you through green meadows into the area known as Old Holland.

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Zaanse Schans windmill village 

With its countless windmills, churches and old-fashioned farmhouses, stepping out into Old Holland can feel like being in a Golden Age painting.

Old Holland towns such as Volendam, Zaandam and Alkmaar hark back to times of more honest crafts, showcasing the traditional skills the region was famous for: shipbuilding, fishing and cheese making. Alongside such classic industries, you can also experience the heritage of the Dutch industrial revolution – a time when smoking chimney stacks and spinning sails enabled the mass production of goods in the Netherlands. Discover Old Holland’s best sights, towns, villages and hidden gems, and how to plan your trip to the region from Amsterdam.

Day Trip idea from Amsterdam to Old Holland: Day Trip to Zaanse Schans Windmill Village & Countryside

Explore Amsterdam Noord

Start your day of exploring by renting a bike or taking a short ferry ride across the IJ River (GVB ferry 901/902, behind Amsterdam Central Station, free) to Noordelijke IJ oever, a hip area full of art galleries, interesting architecture, and great waterside terraces.

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Check out the  EYE Filmmuseum, to catch a movie or see an exhibition about cinematic history. The EYE’s waterside terrace also offers an amazing view across the IJ, where you can watch the boats and ships go by.

Right next to the EYE is the iconic A’DAM Tower. Those without a fear of heights should head up the 22 floors to the Lookout which provides spectacular 360-degree views of Amsterdam’s historic center, the harbor, and even the polders on the outskirts of the city. True thrill-seekers can take a ride on Europe’s highest swing (hold on tight!).

Following the excitement, relax and refuel at one of the many waterside cafes such as Café De Pont, Café-restaurant THT, or the EYE, or head over to NDSM Wharf for some more exploring. This former shipyard is a cultural hotspot that regularly hosts festivals and other events.

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Patisserie Kuyt

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The EYE Filmmuseum is one of Amsterdam Noord’s most striking landmarks

Amsterdam West and Haarlem

Experience local life in Amsterdam West and Haarlem: a perfect day for shopping, sightseeing, and relaxed dining.

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De Baarsjes

From Amsterdam Central Station, take tram 13 heading towards Geuzenveld and get off at Mercatorplein in the neighbourhood known as De Baarsjes. This diverse area is great to explore on foot. Walk along Jan Evertsenstraat which has a wide variety of shops and cafés, and don’t miss the local open-air market on the Vespuccistraat.


Check out cultural venue Podium Mozaiek, which embraces the cultural diversity of the area with world music, theatre, cabaret, dance and food. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the local hangouts such as Wilde Westen AmsterdamCafé Restaurant Edel, or Bar Baarsch.

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From Mercatorplein, take bus 15 heading towards Sloterdijk train station, where you can take a 10-minute train journey to Haarlem from platform 7 (trains run every 10 minutes daily). Haarlem, a historic city filled with shops, restaurants and museums, offers plenty to see and do.

Museums: Visit the country’s oldest museum, the Teylers museum or view 17th-century art in the Frans Hals museum.

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View of Teylers Museum

Sightseeing: Marvel at the St. Bavo Church, Haarlem’s biggest church and explore De Adriaan windmill which houses a small museum offers great views from the top deck.

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De Adriaan windmill

Shopping: Haarlem has been voted the Netherlands’ best shopping destination several times – and it’s easy to see why. Wander around the small streets filled with independent boutiques, concept stores and delis, and stroll around the open air market on De Botermarkt (Monday – vintage market, Wednesday- various themes, Friday & Saturday – farmer’s market). Check out Haarlem’s top 10 shopping hotspots.

Do not miss out and make sure you try:

  • The Stroopwafel
    If you try one Dutch sweet treat, make it a stroopwafel. Two thin waffles stuck together with a layer of sweet syrup; these delectable delicacies are best enjoyed hot and gooey from a street market or bakery.Image result for dutch stroopwafel coffee
  • Thick Dutch fries
    Yes, but not just any fries. Trust us. You might see these thick cut fries called patat or frites on menus, and traditionally they come served in a piping hot paper cone slathered with any manner of tasty toppings. Ask for ‘patatje oorlog’ for a dollop of peanut satay sauce, mayo and onions, or a ‘patat speciaal’ for a mix of curry ketchup, mayonnaise and onions. Image result for dutch fries
  • Say cheese!
    Cheese is big business in the Netherlands, so don’t go home without visiting one of Amsterdam’s many ‘kaas’ shops or markets and tasting some Gouda, Geitenkaas or Maasdammer. For an introduction to the most popular Dutch cheeses, stop by the Cheese Museum or one of the Henri Willig Cheese Shops. Next, visit the Reypenaer Tasting Room for a professionally-guided tasting of their award-winning cheese. In the Negen Straatjes (9 Streets) the Kaaskamer’s shelves are stuffed with cheese from the Netherlands and abroad.

Eating & Drinking:  Stop for a homemade and organic lunch at Hofje Zonder Zorgen. And make sure to visit the Jopenkerk, a former church transformed into a café with its own brewery, to taste the local beers and the traditional Dutch snacks bitterballen.

Haarlem has so much to offer you can never fit it all into one day. If you’re interested in more seasonal events, walking routes, or activities.

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Haarlem’s famous Grote Markt 

Amsterdam South, Amstelland and the Fortress Stretch

Amsterdam South

The elegant Oud-Zuid neighbourhood situated south of Museumplein has more to offer than just famous museums like the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Walk along the wide streets with impressive manor houses and luxury boutiques, or take a stroll through Vondelpark, which also has a selection of cafés, a rose garden, and an open-air theatre in the summer months. Modern art fans can explore the Cobra Museum of Modern Art by taking tram 5 at Museumplein heading towards Amstelveen, and getting off at Binnenhof.

Fortress Stretch

Get a glimpse into medieval times by visiting the UNESCO world heritage site of the Fortress Strectch. From Binnenhof, take Metro 51 towards Amsterdam Central Station and get off at Amsterdam Amstel Station. From there, catch bus 320 or 327 to the P+R terrain stop in Muiden. Take a walk through the historic center of this fortified town that dates back to the 10th century, which is known for its peaceful streets and picturesque harbor.

To continue your adventure, follow the canal towards Muiden and you will see the ferry to Pampus Island, a mysterious abandoned fort on an artificial island.

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Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot

Keep exploring

The Amsterdam Area offers an impressive variety of sights and attractions. Find more inspiration for day trips in the Amsterdam Area.

If you are interested in going even further outside Amsterdam we suggest to visit the port city Rotterdam or a chocolate heaven Bruges in Belgium for a memorable day trip from Amsterdam.

A Perfect Guided Tour Just For You and Your Family at the Baltic Sea

Certainly, it’s not easy to please everyone, any parent with multiple children knows that from a simple example of the most mundane everyday task. But how do you have a perfect family holiday making memories in a country you have never been to and let´s be honest, know little more than the second page of google dropped on your search attempts.

Well, listen here, we have a magic word, and that is a wonderful local friend, called a personal tour guide.  A local friend, who will be there to greet you at the cruise port or your hotel, take care of any transportation and logistics issues while you kick back and enjoy a good laugh over a medieval legend and your mind is satisfied knowing your children are learning more here over a course of a day, then they would in any other academic institution at the same time. And you know what, it is a that more fun if you have a passionate and super tour guide to lead the way.

More importantly, because there aren´t any other guests in your group, your family can “go with the flow” at your own pace.

Such private tours are growing more popular, whether a family wants to celebrate an anniversary sailing on a Baltic Sea cruise, go canal boating in Copenhagen, explore the devilishly delicious marzipan in Tallinn, try on a real kings helmet in Stockholm or sit at the top of the world at Holmenkollen ski jump tower in Oslo, we got this!

We have hand-picked the most unique and original activities to be enjoyed with your children during your Baltic Sea cruise stops. The tour itineraries are built to entertain both the young with fantastic stories and legends, but also educate and offer a broader understanding of local culture and traditions to more experienced in life.

Come and experience these amazing family itineraries timed to perfection with years of experience, passion and simply the joy of hosting you at Nordic Experience Private Tours & Shore Excursions.

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Copenhagen Private Panoramic Tour & Tivoli Amusement Park Adventure

Ideal tour highlighting family friendly and entertaining atmosphere of Copenhagen in a perfect balance of city sightseeing and Tivoli adventures. Do not let the splendid historic appearance of this Nordic pearl trick you, as behind the delightfully medieval and charming facade lies a city with a soft spot for some simple pleasures in life – fun rides, lush parks and delicious local tastes waiting to be discovered. Just like the good old days, a day at your own pace to please both the lively and spirited to an adventurer seeker looking to sit back, relax and enjoy the day!

Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on August 15, 1843 and it is the oldest amusement park which has survived intact to the present day.

Copenhagen Private Highlights Tour & National Aquarium Adventure

Tour the best of Copenhagen and visit the National Aquarium of Denmark with a private pick-up from your hotel, airport or cruise dock.

This short sightseeing tour and aquarium visit is an ideal way to discover Copenhagen with family in tow. The flexible order of visits in the itinerary allows this tour to be your pre- or post-cruise vacation discovery of Copenhagen. We will enjoy the wonderful must-see sights of the Danish capital on a panoramic drive with photo stops at Amalienborg Castle, Little Mermaid and Christiansborg Palace. The undeniable charm of Copenhagen is most visible when we see the colorful architecture and harbor front at Nyhavn. Classic sites, such as Tivoli gates and Town Hall square are also part of the program.


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Tallinn Private Family Shore Excursion & Marzipan Workshop

For a fun filled day to remember in a land of mystical medieval courtyards, castle walls and towers.

This tour is tailored for families with children to get the most out of their visit to both our medieval Old Town and the beautiful city outskirts.

This tour is designed to entertain and educate your young explorers with fun filled facts and fascinating stories and legends about Old Tallinn and the surrounding area. Tour activity options and a flexible schedule to suit your preferences make for an experience that both kids and parents will enjoy.

Tallinn Private Old Town Walking Tour & Viking Village Adventure

Join an exciting day of visits in the stunning Old Town Tallinn and gain a first-hand experience of fierce Viking village lifestyle in an authentic fortress. The Nordic cross has for long been known by the Estonians. The strong ties and not so amicable battles between the Estonian Vikings and Scandinavian tribes date back to the 13th century. After all, the Estonian sailing vessels were called pirate ships by the Nordic clans for a reason.

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Helsinki Private City Tour, Winter Wonderland Experience & Ice Bar

Perfect combination of Helsinki highlights on a city tour and a unique experience of the Nordic atmosphere in Winter Wonderland & Ice Bar. Experience the thrill of a fairy tale winter wonderland with fun skis and wondering around ice labyrinth finding your inner child or on a sliding hill in the cool atmosphere wrapped in protective thermal clothing and enjoy a drink at the Ice Bar from a frozen glass.

Helsinki Private Highlights Tour & Reindeer Park Visit

Experience the northern magic on a tour complete with Helsinki sightseeing and Finland’s southernmost Reindeer Park visit. Located at a short panoramic drive from Helsinki at Nuuksio National Park, the Reindeer Park offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy traditional Lappish culture by meeting and feeding this fabled animal in a ‘up close and personal’ way.

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Oslo Private City Tour with Viking Ship & Open-Air Museum Experience

A perfect day tour for discovering the Norwegian capitals best sights both on foot and by bus including Viking Ship and Open-Air Museum.

Traditional log house in the Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo, Norway.

We will start our day with an enjoyable panoramic drive to the charming Bygdøy peninsula. One of Norway’s oldest cultural landscapes is rich in history and stunning nature. The area also boasts beautiful parks and forests and some of Oslo’s most delightful natural seaside. Our tour at the Museum of Cultural History presents an exquisite collection of artifacts in a village of more than 150 real-life buildings relocated to tell the story of Norwegian inhabitants over the last 500 years.


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Scenic Stockholm Private Tour, Vasa Museum & Skansen Adventure

Get an excellent overview of Stockholm with Vasa Museum and delight in open-air museum adventures complete with a children’s zoo.

Skansen: The world’s oldest open-air museum, and possibly, the most fun as well

In addition to the Old Town we will visit the fascinating Vasa Ship Museum and see historic Sweden in miniature at the Skansen Outdoor Museum. We start with a panoramic drive through the city center, passing the neighboring island of Djurgården, known as Stockholm’s outdoor recreation center, and such historic sites as the National Museum and the Royal Dramatic Theater.

Stockholm Gamla Stan, Sweden


Stockholm Private Walking Tour & The Royal Armoury Visit

Experience the spectacular city of Stockholm and its history on a walking tour through the old town and The Armoury in the cellar of the Royal Palace. We will tour the The Royal Armoury housed in the spectacular cellar vaults and filled by not only great stories but priceless treasures of Swedish royal family. Display includes weapons, period fashion, carriages, coaches and event the blood soaked clothes worn by King Gustav III when he was assassinated by nobles at a masquerade ball in 1792.

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Private Day Trip to Zaanse Schans Windmill Village & Dutch Countryside

Enjoy a countryside tour to one of the most beautiful Dutch villages- experience traditional windmills, cheese tasting and a clog workshop. We will take joy in a relaxing panoramic drive out of Amsterdam towards the wholesome setting of rich cultural heritage on the fine green fields of polder de Beemster. One of the most famous examples of how reclaiming land from water is done.

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Riga Private Family Tour with Old Town & Chocolate Factory Visit

Sugar-coat your experience of Riga with a city sightseeing and old town tour followed by a visit to the Laima chocolate factory.

The capital of Latvia has such a culturally rich and diverse center to explore.

This tour is a perfect balance of charming tales of medieval old town, stunning Art Nouveau architecture and a bit of indulgence with a visit to the Laima Chocolate Factory. A sweet visit to a chocolate lovers paradise complete with a cup of molten cocoa drink. Although chocolate is often meant to be eaten when down and gloomy, it can also make a good day even better.

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