Things to do in Amsterdam on an Extended Stay

Amsterdam is like the rings of a tree: It gets older as you get closer to the center. — John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Each year millions of people pay a visit to the Netherlands’ capital city. And if you are lucky enough to be spending time in Amsterdam on an extended stay, then you will be the envy of many of them. Filled with history, culture, food, and entertainment, there is plenty to keep you busy.

Explore some of the lesser known museums

You’ve already been to the Rijksmuseum and admired the sunflowers at the Van Gogh Museum, so now it is time to dive a little deeper. An extended stay in Amsterdam is the perfect time to check out the museums that the tourists are less aware of. For example:

  • Electric Ladyland – the world’s first museum of fluorescent art
  • Kattenkabinet – a feline monument located inside a beautiful canal house
  • Below the Surface – the unearthed remains found during the construction of the newly opened North/South metro line
  • Museum Willet-Holthuysen – a house originally built for the Amsterdam Mayor in the late 1600s


Become part of the community

With such an international mix of people living in the city, there are plenty of opportunities to become part of the Amsterdam community. Take an adult education course, learn some Dutch, join a sports team, or simply become a member of the local library.

Eat until you burst

Once you have ticked off the ten foods you must eat while living in the Netherlands, it’s time to move on to the other culinary opportunities in Amsterdam. Whether you are trying out the restaurants on our recommendations list or you have made a list of your own, it is time to pick up that fork and knife!

Learn about Amsterdam’s history

From a fishing village around the thirteenth century to becoming the staple market of the world during the Golden Age, Amsterdam is and was an interesting place. While most short-stay visitors only get to scratch the surface of all that history, those on an extended stay can really learn more. Whether you grab a history book, participate in a history walk, or find your own historical discoveries, delving into Amsterdam’s history is bound to give you a deeper understanding of the city.

Get out of the city

It might seem unusual for us to tell you to leave Amsterdam in a post all about what to do in Amsterdam but trust us on this one. We are huge fans of the capital city, but it is also a great location to begin your extended adventures from. Amsterdam is a well-connected city and with the country being fairly small, the two combine to create the ideal launchpad for exploring further afield. Our favourites: Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Utrecht, The Hague.

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