11 places you Must See in Amsterdam that No-one will tell you About
You are visiting Amsterdam, but long to acquaint yourself with that romantic little known things your must see in Amsterdam that only a local would know, but don’t know where to look? I’m here to help you navigate planning your romantic itinerary. I set up Romantic Tour Amsterdam as I saw that couples visiting this captivating city, full of romance and allure were not being shown this wonderful facet in the regular tourist offerings. The Amsterdam I know is full of charm, quaint streets and canals, unusual cute locations that reveal Dutch life and culture at it’s very and most gentle best. I have selected for you, 11 of the cities best and little known must-see places.
Picnic In the Vondelpark Amsterdam
What is more romantic on a warm day, than to collect a basket, fill it with champagne, lovely Dutch cheese, nuts and berries and lounge and lay together in the park, enjoying each other in the sunshine? Amsterdam is a city full of verdant nature, with majestic trees, water and parks around the city, perfect for couples on a romantic getaway.
One easy to find and beautiful park is Vondelpark, right in the middle of the city. It is the Central park of Amsterdam, filled with flowers, hidden corners, trees, ducks and the sound of birds, making a soundtrack to your romantic afternoon. I love this park and to help you a little, I’m sharing a map, here with my favourite spots for a picnic in the Vndelpark
Must see in Amsterdam a place of Historic Love and Cakes
Are you enchanted by historic love stories and atmospheric locations? Well, this place is a must see in Amsterdam for lovers. Nestled away in a spot right in the centre of the old city lies the Oude Kerk (Old Church), next to the church is a charming cafe. Climb up to the attic at De Koffieschenkerij or sit in the sweet little garden overlooking canals, enjoying great coffee and the best cakes in the city. It is a perfect place to while away the hours with your loved one on a romantic rainy afternoon in Amsterdam.
And as you are at the church, why not visit the gravestone of Saskia, the wife of painter Rembrandt? At a certain time of year, the light streams through the stained glass window, sunlight flooding the gravestone, giving a poignant radiance and atmospheric remembrance to the artist’s great love. One of Amsterdam’s most romantic places.
Romantic Ride to Nature
A must for couples visiting Amsterdam is Flevopark. An incredible park in the eastern part of the city, full of wild untamed nature and wildlife, a rarity in this part of the Netherlands. Explore the forested areas, listen to the birds and relax on the lush lawns next to water and even have a swim. This is a wonderful place to travel on a romantic bike ride together. Why not rent a bike and go there with your loved one? When you are there you can also visit this adorable and quaint brewery t’nieuwe diep and taste the delicious beer there or even enjoy a tour.
Creative & Sustainable
In the northern area of Amsterdam is an area that used to be an old shipyard, De Ceuvel was originated and developed by architects and visionaries committed to sustainability. Building a raised ground made from houseboats from all over the Netherlands, this is an inspiring place, full of creative expression. It has a cafe, events of all kinds and in particular my friend who curates fantastic live performances on a houseboat. A perfect place to go to in Amsterdam, not often frequented by tourists and perfect for couples who are looking for things to do in Amsterdam that are creative, artistic and unique. Read here about my Date night ideas for Couples
A must see in Amsterdam for lovers looking for a romantic stroll in Amsterdam, that is a little off the beaten path. Close to Amsterdam’s central station, Prinseneiland is a little urban paradise. Connected to the main city by three narrow bridges, there you can make your way past 16th and 17th Century buildings, marvel at the colourful boats and the artist’s studios dotted around. You can even swim here, it is so quiet and relaxed! If you are looking for an authentic Amsterdam neighbourhood, with a hint of romance and intimacy, this is a wonderful place to discover.
For lovers of romance and history, Museum Our Lord in the Attic delivers both. Originally built in the 1600s for Catholics who in that time were not allowed to worship. Built to be hidden, secretly in the attic of a german man’s home it has survived for 450 years. Picturesque and exquisitely preserved, it is now a museum. And to perpetuate the mystery, as you pass by the building on the busy city street you would never guess what a hidden gem exists there. Here, Amsterdam reveals her true poetic beauty, a must for lovers.
A Walk In Their Shoes
For art lovers, you may know about The Golden Age, the 16 and 17th-century Dutch art and architecture’s most beloved era. There are very few places where you can really experience what it would be like to live in the opulent luxurious homes that existed then in original condition. One such place to discover is the Museum Van Loon, a house that will delight you in its beauty; grand staircases, breathtaking decoration and furniture, enchanting gardens with a stable on the premises too. A must-see for those couples who love to transport themselves to the romantic decor of another age.
An Out of the Ordinary must see in Amstedam
If you take a ferry from the back exit of Centraal Station, you can find your way to one of the best places to visit in Amsterdam – Nieuwendammerdijk. Originally a medieval village, the sea was continuously flooding the residents’ homes. They decided to build one long street on the top of the dyke to keep their houses safe and dry and this street exists today. The buildings are in so many eclectic styles and colours, it is an extraordinary street, so scenic and unmistakably Dutch. On this street, there is one cafe, Cafe ‘t Sluisje overlooking a canal lock, which is manually opened. In the summer months, it is gorgeous to sit outside and watch the boats come and open the lock. A slice of real Dutch culture.
A wonderful way to visit Nieuwendammerdijk is by bike. At Romantic Tour Amsterdam, I offer a lovely bike tour, perfect for couples, where we visit this remarkable place. Contact me for information here.
Ride of Your Life
Can you imagine that in the very centre of Amsterdam there is a riding school? One of the city’s best-kept secrets is just next to Vondelpark. De Hollande Manege, a surprising discovery, this activity while usually rural, so centrally located. A must-see for horse lovers and those couples who would like to experience a romantic horse ride together in the heart of the city. Linger there, enjoy a cup of tea, shake off the tourist queues and live like Amsterdammers.
I stumbled upon this amazing place recently. Deep beneath the Nieuwe Kerk, a church built over 600 years ago, where you mysteriously enter through a cookie shop and kitchen, down some stairs to the magical, tiny ‘the wine cellar’. Opened by an Argentinian man, whose passion and love for wine is flowing abundantly from him, you can enjoy a tour, buy wine and sample a delicious wine tasting there. One of those places to visit in Amsterdam that is both romantic and a secret hideaway from the busy city streets.
Do you dream of visiting galleries where art, creativity, nature, food and biology are delightfully merged together into its own unique creation? Well, the curators of Mediamatic have done just this. Organically united in a special museum, you can discover how to make kimchi, eat together in the restaurant, look at ancient flower art or take a look in their herb garden together. And all of the other fantastic exhibitions and workshops on offer. A romantic must see in Amsterdam for couples visiting Amsterdam.
I hope you have enjoyed this list of truly special, little known things you must see in Amsterdam. I have taken great care and pleasure in curating this list and hope you find value in it as it can be a challenge for couples discovering new ways of creating beautiful memories in new cities together.. If you need any more help planning a romantic Amsterdam itinerary (or beyond), then don’t hesitate to contact me. It would be a pleasure to share the city I love with you and your significant other in our group tours. I can also arrange private tours, so you can escape the crowds and spend less time planning. Which means more time for just the two of you. For me, love is the most important driving force in this world, and in this city, it can be truly celebrated.
Here are just a few of the tours I offer in
Take a Romantic Canal Tour with a maximum of 10 guests