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Leiden Square (Leidseplein) Tours

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Leiden Square (Leidseplein)
One of Amsterdam’s most famous central squares, the busy Leiden Square (Leidseplein), claims a prime location south of the city’s canal ring and opposite the popular Vondelpark. Once a 17th-century transport stand for horse-drawn carriages, the square is alive with street entertainers and remains a vibrant hub for shopping and nightlife.
 
The Basics
During the day, costumed acrobats, break-dancers, and street musicians amuse passersby at the square’s many cafés, shops, and restaurants. As the sun sets, the city’s notorious coffeeshops, Irish pubs, and live music venues fill up and the square is at its liveliest, flickering with neon and echoing with music spilling out from surrounding clubs. Melkweg and Paradiso are two of the most famous music venues in the area, as they showcase acclaimed international artists in addition to local acts.
 
Leiden Square is a stop on many walking tours of the city, as well as on hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing tours and hop-on hop-off boat tours. For a taste of the area’s famed nightlife, you can join an Amsterdam pub crawl that takes you through the area or, for a deeper cultural experience, take a tour that is focused on Amsterdam’s history.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Leiden Square is a must-visit for those with an interest in local Amsterdam life and culture.
  • Café Americain at the American Hotel Amsterdam is a long-running popular spot, noted for its Jazz Brunch on Sundays.
  • The square is within a 10-minute walk of such attractions as the Rijksmuseum and the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market.
  • Leidseplein is usually noisy and busy with a mix of tourists and locals, making it a great place for people-watching.
 
How to Get There
To get to here from Central Station, take trams 1, 2, or 5 to the Leidseplein stop. From other parts of the city, trams 7 and 10 are the most useful. If you’d rather walk, you can follow Leidsestraat from the city center, cutting through the southwestern edge of the canal ring. Leiden Square is a major transport hub, so you’ll easily find taxis here.
 
When to Get There
Whether the sun is shining or snow is falling, Leidseplein is at the heart of much of the city’s festivities. Throughout the summer months, sun worshipers spill from café terraces out into the square, while holiday season brings a giant open-air ice rink and food stalls serving seasonal delicacies and hot snacks late into the night.
 
Surrounding Architecture
Even in quieter times, there’s plenty to admire around the square. Impressive architectural landmarks in this area include the neo-Renaissance facade of the famed Stadsschouwburg theater, now home to the Dutch National Ballet, and the impressive art deco building that houses the renowned and historic American Hotel Amsterdam.
Address: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat OptionBus Tours

City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat Option

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See Amsterdam at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, including the option of a hop-on hop-off tour by boat. Select a 24- or 48-hour ticket with 11 bus stops around town, enhanced by optional sightseeing around Amsterdam’s postcard-perfect network of waterways on the canal cruise. From the open-top double-decker bus, you pass by the Anne Frank House, National Maritime Museum, Heineken Experience and eclectic neighborhoods like Jordaan and the historical Red Light District, where you can disembark to explore.
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Private Tour: Amsterdam City Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Private Tour: Amsterdam City Walking Tour

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Discover the delights of Amsterdam on a private half-day walking tour of the city’s historical and cultural highlights. With a your personal guide, go to the Museum Square where the Van Gogh Museum is located; delve into the city’s renowned houseboat culture at the Houseboat Museum; and pleasure your palate with traditional Dutch snacks at Albert Cuyp, the largest street market in the Netherlands. Then, absorb the verdant beauty of Vondelpark and learn the poignant history of Anne Frank’s House on this comprehensive tour.
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury Open Boat - Small Group - from Anne Frank HouseDay Cruises

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury Open Boat - Small Group - from Anne Frank House

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Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch CheeseDay Cruises

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

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Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 75-minute boat tour. Hop aboard the classic wooden saloon boat and sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by. See landmarks while nibbling on Dutch cheese and having a drink.
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City Canal Cruise with Bar on board - Departure Anne Frank HouseDay Cruises

City Canal Cruise with Bar on board - Departure Anne Frank House

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Amsterdam is a a canal city so see it the best way possible: from the water. Aboard a well-equipped boat, cruise through the city's canals, soaking up the sights, while your skipper and hostess provides background information about each of the landmarks.
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Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board - Small-Group & Live Guided Day Cruises

Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board - Small-Group & Live Guided

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On our 1 hour evening cruise you will explore Amsterdam, its famous landmarks, culture, and rich trading history whilst relaxing on our 100% electric luxury boat. At night all the bridges light up in the city so it will feel like sailing through a fairytale. The cruise will be done with a small group of people, so expect an interactive tour, with enough space for questions and any needed recommendations for your further stay in Amsterdam.
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2-Day Nightclub Admission Ticket: Best Nightlife in AmsterdamNightlife

2-Day Nightclub Admission Ticket: Best Nightlife in Amsterdam

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Dance till you drop and make the most of Amsterdam’s electric nightlife with this all-access 2-day nightlife pass to many of the city’s top clubs. Enjoy two days of complimentary entry to a wide range of venues, and kick-start the fun with a complimentary welcome drink at most of them. Your ticket also includes special discounts and deals at select venues. Participating dance spots include Club Prime, Panama, ClubNL and more.
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Small Group Tour by Captain Jack 90 min. All-InclusiveWine Tastings

Small Group Tour by Captain Jack 90 min. All-Inclusive

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Cruising the canals of Amsterdam is a must for first-time visitors to the city. This family-friendly cruise provides a personalized experience with a small boat and a maximum of 20 passengers on-board. Get to know each other as you sip drinks, tuck into snacks, and enjoy entertaining commentary from Captain Jack. Cruise around the UNESCO-listed canal ring, spot landmarks including the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, and hear fun facts and stories about Amsterdam as you discover the city.
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Luxury Summer Boat Tour with Bar on boardDay Cruises

Luxury Summer Boat Tour with Bar on board

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Board a customized electric boat for a one-of-a-kind cruise on the canals of Amsterdam. Choose your sailing time and relax during a luxurious 1-hour ride on a small, open boat. The narrated tour begins and ends at a convenient location, in front of the Anne Frank House. Blankets and pillows are provided.
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Explore Amsterdam at your own pace, without being tied to itineraries. The hop-on hop-off City Bus features double deckers and a roof made of glass, so you won’t miss a sight. With 7 conveniently located stops and departures every 20 minutes, you can easily access historical sights, museums, shopping and sightseeing. Choose from 24 or 48 hour passes depending on your schedule.
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Luxury Canal Tour with Local Live Guide - Sightseeing - from RijkmuseumDay Cruises

Luxury Canal Tour with Local Live Guide - Sightseeing - from Rijkmuseum

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We depart from the Rijksmuseum and sail through a beautiful area that was created by the Dutch in the 18th century. From here we will discover old Amsterdam and the beauty of the canals. The view from our 100% electrical luxury boats is amazing and a must when visiting Amsterdam. Sit back and relax on our boats and let our skipper and hostess guide you through the small canals where all large boats can't come. Relax with a drink and enjoy the best tour of the city!
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Half-Day Tour of Red Light District and Jordaan District with Private Guide in AmsterdamHalf-day Tours

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Venice of the north, colourful, cosmopolitan, cultural, multicultural capital of the Netherlands. A tailor made tour can show you many attractions in the city with one of our personal qualified guides. We can arrange a guided walking tour, boat tour, bicycle tour, old timer trip, tuc-tuc or bus tour. Combinations of many different tours can also be arranged to meet your abilities and interests.
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Joy is for the grab. Just run at easy (!) pace. Inhale the warm atmosphere of Amsterdam. The pretty sights are waiting for you. Meanwhile, you burn some calories. Our guide will tell you about past, current and future developments in Amsterdam. On an entertaining way, just read the reviews! You can let go of all your worries, except one: Being hit by a bike:-)
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Hop-On Hop-Off Amsterdam Canal Sightseeing Cruise Day Cruises

Hop-On Hop-Off Amsterdam Canal Sightseeing Cruise

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With the hop-on hop-off boat day pass, enjoy an easy overview of Amsterdam at a pace that suits you. Step aboard boats that operate along Amsterdam's canals and travel along the route that passes highlights like the Anne Frank House and the Heineken Experience. While on board, listen to engaging commentary on the city and sights you see along the way. Choose between a 24- or 48-hour pass, and get on and off as often as you like.
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