Important Note: Between November 30, 2017 up to and including January 21, 2018, there will be no 1-hour canal cruises after 16:30.
Select Your Canal Cruise + Attraction Ticket:
Save time and money during your sightseeing trip to Amsterdam by booking a 1-hour canal cruise and major attraction tickets together in one package. There's eight to choose from: Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Icebar, Heineken Experience, Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam Dungeon, Body Worlds and the Red Light Secrets Museum.
Combo tickets are sent immediately via email and can be collected at the Tours & Tickets Office on Damrak Street. They're issued separately, meaning you can do the cruise and visit your chosen attraction on different days.
About The 1-Hour Canal Cruise:
This one-hour sightseeing cruise guides you through the UNESCO World Heritage canal district of Amsterdam. Feast your eyes on the elegant merchants’ houses dating from the Golden Age, the fabulous gables, beautiful churches, the iconic Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) and many more highlights. The cruise features GPS located audio commentary in a choice of 18 languages (see below). Boats depart every 20-30 minutes from the Lovers Company piers at Central Station West.
- All Year Round, Daily | Except King's Day (April 27).
- 18-language GPS audio guide: English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Turkish, Polish, Russian, Thai, Javanese, Hebrew, Arabic, Korean, Chinese and Japanese.
Tour Departure Times:
- Mar 23 - Oct 29, 2017: 09:00 to 22:00, every 20 minutes.
- Oct 30 ('17) - Mar 21 ('18): 09:30 to 21:00, every 30 minutes.
- Lovers Company (Central Station West) - View Location.
- 1 Hour.
Attraction Combination Tickets:
This 24-hour bus tour pass can be paired with a money saving attraction ticket, pick from any of the following:
Opening Hours: Daily, 09:00 to 17:00. Address: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam.
The Rijksmuseum is the premier organisation in the Netherlands dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of Dutch art and historical artefacts, as well as other international pieces. Located in the centre of Amsterdam it houses around 1 million examples of arts and crafts from years 1200 to 2000, of which 8000 are currently on display.
The building currently housing the museum's collection was designed in the late 1870s by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers. A recent restoration which was completed in 2013 aimed at restoring much of his original interior designs while at the same time updating the building's facilities for modern audiences. This proved to be a rousing success as shortly after its reopening the museum attracted a record 2.2 million visitors, more than any other year in its 200 year history.
The current exhibitions are arranged in a single chronological circuit that tells the story of Dutch art and history. Some of the best known masterpieces in these collections include works by painters of the Dutch Golden Age, such as Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, Jan Steen and Frans Hals. As well as the Dutch masters, however, the museum is also home to a large number of 19th century pieces, contemporary pieces and a small Asian collection.
Van Gogh Museum:
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (Fridays until 22:00). Address: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam.
From Nuenen all the way through to his final years in Auvers-sur-Oise, the Van Gogh Museum houses the most extensive collection of works by Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh in the world. It is a must-see for anyone with a creative interest and or an admiration for the tragic yet hugely influential man's life. Highlights include: The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, Almond Blossom and Wheatfield with Crows. In addition to Van Gogh's many landscapes, portraits and still lifes the museum also features other works by his contemporaries as well as later artists who drew inspiration from him.
Icebar | 12:30-18:00 Entry:
Opening Hours: Daily, 12:30 to 18:00. Address: Amstel 194-196, 1017 AG Amsterdam.
During your next outing in Amsterdam up your glass in a venue that's completely out of the ordinary. The Xtracold Icebar is a unique nightlife experience featuring a themed room composed entirely of ice! With entry times ranging from 12:30-18:00 it's prefect for those organising a fun weekend break, birthdays and other celebratory events.
Upon arrival you'll enter into a warm cocktail lounge, where a friendly greeter will hand you a complimentary token that entitles each person in the group to three free drinks of their choice. Select either Heineken, a spirit or a soft drink. You will then be guided towards the signature 'Icebar'.
The temperature in the Icebar is kept a steady -10 degrees celsius, but you'll be fitted with a parka and mittens to keep warm. The room itself is stunning, furniture crafted from 35 tons of natural ice refracts multicoloured light reminiscent of the aurora borealis. Enjoy the spectacle, savour the chilled drinks and listen to some great music. Professional photographers will be on hand take a great snap of your experience.
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu (10:30 to 19:30) & Fri-Sun (10:30 to 21:00). Address: Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam.
Tulips. Canals. Beer. Holland is a nation renowned for its pale lagers, chief amongst which is Heineken Pilsener. Once the source of this much-loved export, Amsterdam's award-winning Heineken Experience now dedicates itself to telling the story of the brand. Located within the company's historic brewery on Stadhouderskade, the Heineken Experience boasts a wealth of fun attractions and interactive exhibitions.
Opening Hours: Mon-Tue (10:00 to 20:00) & Wed-Sun (09:30 to 19:00). Address: Dam 20, 1012 NP Amsterdam.
There's so much more to Madame Tussauds' world-famous wax museum than lifelike sculptures. Next time you're in Amsterdam visit the Dutch capital's very own exciting branch for special attractions such as 'I AM ART' (opening March 15, 2016). I AM ART is a new interactive experience where visitors can place themselves in iconic works by Dutch master painters such as Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt. You'll also come face-to-face with other historical greats from MC Escher to Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
Elsewhere in Madame Tussauds Amsterdam you'll encounter a vast who's who roster of celebrities past and present. Meet them across a variety of themed exhibition spaces. Rub shoulders with Ryan Gosling and Johnny Depp in the A-List section, see how you measure up against Ronaldinho and Rafael van der Vaart in the Sports zone, and mingle with the Dutch Royal family in the royal reception room.
Opening Hours: Daily, 11:00 to 17:00. Address: Rokin 78 1012 KW Amsterdam.
We often hear of the cultural blossoming and economic miracle of the Dutch Golden Age, but just how rosy was this famous period and the adjacent centuries? Let the Amsterdam Dungeon reveal a gritter side to Dutch history, from life aboard a VOC ship to the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition. Your journey begins with a descent into the depths via a creek medieval lift. Try not to let the Gatekeeper's warnings or pained screams ahead rattle you too much as you proceed onto the torture chamber. Here you'll meet the star of the show, a craftsman with an unparalleled knowledge of (occasionally) non-lethal pain centres.
Survive the torturer's 'demonstrations' for a calming drink in the Musico Bar... sorry, did we say calming? It seems rather more like you've stepped out of the frying pan and into the fire, as you and your group attempt to escape the servitude of a manipulative magician.
Escaped the Musico Bar? Well it's still not exactly smooth sailing, because now you'll find out exactly what life was like onboard a Dutch East India Company ship- cannonball amputations and all!
From here you'll go onto witness the autopsy of notorious criminal Black John, prove your innocence in a Spanish Inquisition court, and escape the clutches of an insidious witch. Reaching the Dungeon's final stretch will see you make your way through a confusing labyrinth then fight accusations that you aren't in league with the devil yourself. Finish up by watching their newest show, a twisted love triangle called Murder on the Zeedijk.
Opening Hours: Sun-Fri (09:00 to 20:00) & Saturday (09:00 to 22:00). Address: Damrak 66, 1012 LM, Amsterdam.
Gunther von Hagens’ 'Body Worlds: The Happiness Project' is an interactive exhibition revealing how happiness affects both body and soul. You'll see over 200 human anatomical specimens arranged in a series of thought-provoking scenes and poses each representing a snapshot of human lifestyle. The exhibition has attracted over 40 million visitors worldwide so far- don't miss out!
Red Light Secrets Museum:
Opening Hours: Daily, 11:00 to 00:00. Address: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 60.
It's almost a joke to say that 'sightseeing' takes on a double meaning in Amsterdam. There's the world renowned art museums, 17th century canals, and other famous local attractions. Then there's the Red Light District, where our double entendre arises. But why shrug off both sides of this wry old wisecrack?
Located within a 17th century town house in the centre of the Red Light District is an attraction that sheds light on, dispels and titillates certain myths about Amsterdam's home of prostitution. It bills itself as a go-to place for those who want to learn more about the city's relationship with humanity's oldest profession without actually visiting a brothel themselves. Red Light Secrets does this by presenting a variety of recreated settings, multimedia presentations and fun, hands-on exhibitions. Take a walk through the 'workrooms', hear stories from prostitutes old and new in the cinema, and get a friend to snap pictures of your own encounter with the window.
The focus is definitely on informative entertainment, with additional attractions ranging from an overview of prostitution in art, to the erotic confessions booth. The latter is notably popular, as guests are invited to read and share anecdotes of naughty flings and guilty pleasures all in strictest confidentiality. Give the museum a go if you're interested yet unfamiliar with De Wallen and looking to have a couple of laughs along the way.