Amsterdam: Indoor Activities During The Winter
If you want to travel to Amsterdam during the winter season, prepare yourself for cold weather and perhaps some snow. While some enjoy ice-skating and playing in the snow, others prefer to avoid the cold weather and do inside activities instead. Fortunately, Amsterdam offers a range of fun and entertaining inside activities for all age groups.
The following list of indoor activities will make you want to visit Amsterdam as soon as possible.
You probably know that Amsterdam has a lot of museums to offer. Many of the world’s most popular paintings were created by Dutch painters. Rembrandt van Rijn and his ‘Nachtwacht’, Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting ‘The Starry Night’ and Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earrings’ are all Dutch originals. So it is no surprise that many of the world’s most famous paintings can be admired in the Netherlands.
The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum are visited by millions of tourists every year and offer over one million pieces of art created by the world’s most famous painters and artists. There are many other museums in Amsterdam: the Moco Museum, EYE Film Institute, Body Worlds, Jewish Historical Museum and the list goes on.
The Heineken Experience
The Heineken Experience is a popular tourist spot in Amsterdam. The tourist attraction is built on an old Heineken brewery, though no beer is brewed there anymore (at least, not for mass production). In the Heineken Experience, you learn how Heineken beer was brewed, the long history of Heineken and some other fun activities.
The tour starts with the history of Heineken. Following, the visitors learn how to brew Heineken beer and the ingredients used in the beer. You even get to taste fresh Heineken beer!
Heineken Experience offers many fun video games; such as virtual football, virtual rugby and virtual cycling. After the tour, you get free beer at the Heineken bar. Also, there is a rooftop bar (if you want to enjoy a nice view of Amsterdam).
Jaap Eden Ice Rink offers a 400-meter rink. It is Amsterdam’s largest indoor ice-skating rink. If you prefer to ice-skate outdoors, visit IceAmsterdam! It is an outdoor ice-skating rink in Museumplein, with a beautiful view over the Rijksmuseum.
Anne Frank Museum
The Anne Frank museum is the third most visited museum in Amsterdam (after the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum). The Anne Frank museum attracts around 1 million visitors from over 90 different nationalities every year. Anne Frank became famous after her father, Otto Frank, published her diary in 1947. Anne’s diary was translated into 67 languages and more than 30 million copies of the book were sold.
Between 1942 and 1944, Anne Frank and her family hid in the secret annex of a building at Prinsengracht with another family. This house is turned into a museum to show people how it was to be a child in World War II. In this museum, you will be able to see where Anne Frank and her family lived and read quotes from her famous (original) diary. Besides, original pictures and items that belonged to her and her family are still kept in the museum.
If you are planning on visiting the Anne Frank museum, book the ticket online. Tickets are sold out very quickly and the queues to enter the museum are very long. Sometimes it will require you to book a visit to the museum a couple of weeks before.
De Hallen is one of the most popular indoor markets in the Netherlands! This is the right place to go if you are looking for second-hand items, goodies and gifts.
Did you know that Europe’s biggest flea market is located in Amsterdam? IJ-Hallen organises flea markets every month with vintage items, paintings, books and more!
This might not be an indoor activity, but you can still enjoy the beautiful city and unique canals in a covered boat with heated cushions. Amsterdam’s winter days can be very beautiful!