Consistently ranked one of the most romantic cities in Europe, the Dutch capital is a must-visit for all couples.

From scenic bike rides along the canal to candlelit cruises on the river, you’ll fall more in love with each other – and the city – in no time.

Continue reading to discover 24 romantic things to do in Amsterdam for couples.

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1. Romantic 4-Course Luxury Dinner Cruise

Set sail on a two and a half hour cruise that has you winding along Amsterdam’s famous waterways.

As if the boat ride weren’t enough, you and your partner will receive a 4-course dinner cooked on board.

You’ll have a choice of meat, fish, or vegetarian main course.

Dishes are all high quality and include options like salmon ‘en papilotte.’

Of course, sightseeing is also a key part of the tour.

You’ll be able to look out the window and see famous attractions, such as the Anne Frank House and the Hermitage Museum.

Tour details

  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Departure Time: 7:30 pm
  • Departure Point: Damrak 5, 1012 LG Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: 4-course dinner, welcome drink, coffee or tea, wine, beer, and soft drinks

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2. Candlelight Cruise with Wine and Cheese

Wine and cheese by candlelight?

It doesn’t get any more romantic than that!

Take part in the one and a half hour Amsterdam cruise by candlelight where you and your partner can relax, as you make your way through the city’s iconic canals.

Aboard the glass-enclosed boat, you’ll have incredible views of the city around you.

You’ll receive a glass of wine or soft drink, as well as nuts, snacks, and a selection of local Dutch cheese.

Can you think of a better way to experience Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage canals?

Tour details

  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Departure Time: 8:30 pm
  • Departure Point: Damrak 5, 1012 LG Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: Glass of wine or soft drink, Dutch cheese selection, nuts and snacks

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3. Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum

History-loving couples, this tour is for you!

This semi-private tour of both the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum will have you exploring two of the city’s most famous attractions in one afternoon.

The trip has a capacity of just eight people, ensuring an intimate tour for all.

Through this tour, you’ll have the privilege of skipping the lengthy lines at both museums and heading straight in.

You’ll also explore the galleries at both museums with an expert guide who can answer any and all of your questions.

Why wait?

Begin your journey through Amsterdam’s history today!

Tour details

  • Duration: 5-5.5 hours
  • Departure Point: Cobra Cafe, Hobbemastraat 18, 1071 ZB Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: Entry fees, professional tour guide, skip-the-line privileges

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You came to the city at the right time!

Amsterdam’s newest attraction, the A’DAM LOOKOUT is now open.

This observation tower stands 22 storeys high and offers panoramic views of the city down below.

By booking a tour, you’ll receive fast track entry, an elevator to the top, and a digital memory of your visit.

From the top, couples will be able to spot Amsterdam’s historic center, the trendy Noord neighbourhood, and of course, the city’s famous canals.

For all the adventure-loving couples out there, you also have the option of partaking in the “Over the Edge” experience, where you’ll strap on a harness and swing nearly 328 feet above the ground.

Tour details

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Departure Point: A’DAM LOOKOUT, Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: Digital memory of your visit to the lookout

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5. Vondelpark

Vondelpark is an essential part of the city of Amsterdam.

On a sunny day, there’s simply no better place to be.

This English-style park features ponds, lawns, thickets, and footpaths.

It is the perfect place for a picnic or an afternoon stroll.

If you’re there in the summer, be sure to visit Café Vertigo’s open-air terrace.

Many walking and boat tours in the city stop at this Amsterdam attraction.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Snacks
  • Entry fees
  • Private guide

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6. Museum Van Loon

A museum and mansion rolled into one.

The Museum Van Loon is housed inside a stunning 17th century mansion that is a sight to behold in itself.

It overlooks the Keizersgracht canal and was designed in 1672 by Adriaen Dortsman.

Between 1884 and 1945, it was occupied by the Van Loon family, the founders of the Dutch East India Company.

Today, it serves as a public museum, where couples can view the estate’s ornate rooms that feature Louis XV furniture, fine porcelain, and precious silverware.

Don’t miss your chance to see one of Amsterdam’s original 17th century canal-side houses.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Snacks
  • Entry fees
  • Private guide

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7. Venustempel Sex Museum

Exploring Venustempel Sex Museum with your partner will certainly be a new experience!

This famous museum is the first sex museum in the world.

It is located in the heart of the city, inside a building that dates back to the 17th century.

As you stroll through the museum, you’ll find exhibits with erotic paintings, statues, recordings, and artefacts.

The owner personally curated each exhibit, with the overarching theme being the evolution of human sexuality.

Opened in 1985, it’s become immensely popular since then and now sees over 500,000 visitors every year.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Snacks
  • Entry fees
  • Local guide

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8. Amsterdam Bike Tour

When in Amsterdam, do as the locals do.

One of the first things people notice when they visit the Dutch capital is the number of cyclists on the road.

Biking is a prominent part of Amsterdam’s culture and this is your chance to experience it for yourself.

This small group tour will let you see the city ‘the Dutch way’!

You’ll follow an expert guide on a 2-3 hour bike ride around the city.

Along the way, you’ll pass by the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum, and even the red light district.

Tour details

  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Departure Point: Yellow Bike Tours & Rental, Nieuwezijds Kolk 29, 1012 PV Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: Local guide, bicycle rental

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9. City Segway Tour

See the city in a unique and fun way with this segway tour.

This 1.5 hour small group tour will have you exploring Amsterdam’s city center on two wheels.

Glide through the historic streets, along the canals, and even over the canal bridges!

You and your partner will see some of the city’s main attractions, including the Maritime Museum, the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, the Botanical Garden, the Hermitage Museum, and the famous 17th century townhouses.

Tours are limited to just 7 people, ensuring an intimate feel for you and your partner.

All equipment is included, along with a local guide who will teach you about everything you’re passing by on your segway.

Tour details

  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Departure Point: BestDam Holland Experiences, IJdok 159, 1013 MM Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: Local guide, equipment rental, helmet rental

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10. Amsterdam Walking Tour

There’s no better way to get a feel for a city than through exploring it by foot.

Led by a local guide, you’ll learn everything there is to know about Amsterdam in this 3 hour walking tour.

You’ll get an insider’s perspective on the city, away from the crowds.

In addition to strolling along the enchanting canals, you’ll stop at the Anne Frank House, the Royal Palace, Dam Square, the Rembrandt House Museum and the Red Light District.

More than 800 years of history, art, and culture will come to life.

By the end of the tour, you’ll know your way around this famous European city.

Tour details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Departure Time: 10:00 am
  • Departure Point: Beursplein, 1012 JW Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: Professional guide

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11. VIP Guided Red Light District Walking Tour

Are you and your partner curious about the notorious red light district?

This is the tour for you.

This official red light district tour will take you behind the scenes.

Not only will you learn about the history of the industry in Amsterdam, but you’ll have a meet and greet with a sex worker.

You’ll also get to look behind the red lit windows and see what a brothel actually looks like.

This is your opportunity to see a side of the red light district you never thought possible.

Tour details

  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Departure Time: 4:00 pm
  • Departure Point: Beursplein, 1012 JW Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: Local guide, all taxes and fees, meet and greet with sex worker, behind-the-scenes look at a brothel

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12. Guided Canoe Adventure in Waterland

Hit the water on this Amsterdam canoe tour.

This one of a kind tour takes you outside the hustle and bustle of the city to a place called Waterland.

It is located just 15 minutes from the city center, but will make you feel like you’ve escaped to the countryside.

You’ll paddle by Dutch nature and through villages in Old Holland.

You will make your way through reedlands and hear birds singing as you pass by.

End the day with a private romantic picnic lunch.

Tour details

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Departure Time: 9:30 am or 10:00 am
  • Departure Point: De Ruijterkade 9, 1011 AA Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: Local guide, picnic lunch, two beverages, use of canoe, round-trip transfer to Waterland

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13. Zaanse Schans Windmills

See a more traditional side of Holland with this Zaanse Schans tour.

Zaanse Schans is a small Dutch village, located in the countryside.

This 5 hour tour will not only take you to the picturesque fishing village, but also to several other sites.

You’ll visit the Zaans Museum, the Clog Experience (where you’ll see a live demonstration from a clogmaker), and the Cheese Factory in Volendam, where you can sample some local cheese.

To cap it off, couples will also be able to enjoy a boat trip on the Ijsselmeer.

Be sure to bring your camera – as this is where you’ll see the original windmills that the country is famous for.

Tour details

  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Departure Point: Tours & Tickets Departure Point, De Ruijterkade 34, 1012 AA Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: Professional guide, air-conditioned vehicle, boat trip, windmill visit, visit to traditional fishing village, clogmaker demonstration, visit to The Cheese Factory + The Old Dutch Bakery in Volendam.

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14. Coffee Shops Tour

If you and your partner are coffee fiends, this is the tour for you.

This 2 hour walking tour focuses specifically on Amsterdam’s famous coffee culture.

A local guide will give you an in-depth look into some of the city’s most popular coffee shops.

Of course, cafes in Amsterdam are known for selling a variety of cannabis products, so the tour will also discuss the history of cannabis legalization.

In addition to three coffee shops, your tour will also visit an Irish pub.

Snacks will be provided and there will be plenty of local food to sample throughout the walk if you choose.

Tour details

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Departure Time: 2:00 pm
  • Departure Point: Dam 4, 1012 NP Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: Local guide, snacks

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15. Jordaan District Food Walking Tour

Amsterdam is filled with culinary delights.

This four-hour walking tour is the best place to taste some of them for yourself.

A food-loving guide will take you through the Jordaan district, where you’ll grocery shop and eat like the locals do.

The tour will make 7 stops and include 12 food tastings per person.

A few delicacies you can expect to try include smoked sausage, gouda, and herring.

Tours are limited to just 12 people to ensure a personalised experience.

Tour details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure Time: 11:00 am
  • Departure Point: Het Papeneiland, Prinsengracht 2, 1015 DV Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: Local guide, 12 food tastings

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16. Dining in the Dark

Romantic and sensual, there’s nothing quite like dining in pure darkness.

This unique culinary experience will have you dining with your partner in pitch black.

You’ll wear a blindfold and be treated to a 3-course dinner.

You will have to learn how to use all your senses.

Rest assured, waitstaff will help you along the way.

A private table for just the two of you will ensure the perfect evening.

Tour details

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Departure Point: Amsteldijk
  • Inclusions: 3-course dinner, 2 amuse bouche, private table

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17. Cheese and Wine Tasting

Visit a local cheese shop in the city of Amsterdam and partake in an evening of wine and cheese.

The perfect pre-dinner tour for couples, this tasting will show you what it takes to become a cheese master.

Upon arrival, you will be brought into the special cheese tasting room where you can experience Old Amsterdam cheese, along with other Dutch cheese.

By the end of the tour, you’ll be able to tell the difference between different kinds of cheese.

Specialty select wines will be brought out just for you, so you can cleanse your palette.

You’ll also be served fig bread and water.

Tour details

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Departure Time: 5:00 pm
  • Departure Point: Central Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: Food and wine tastings

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18. Nightlife in Amsterdam

Get wild in the city known for its nightlife!

This 2-night club-hopping tour of Amsterdam will guarantee you experience the best nightclubs that the city has to offer.

Complimentary entrance to 13 clubs will be provided, as well as free shots or drinks at 8 of the clubs.

Couples can dance the night away at Club Smokey, Club Amsterdamned, Club Hartje and Club Candela.

You’ll even visit the biggest club in Amsterdam’s city center, Club Escape.

Enjoy this hassle-free nightlife tour where all entrance fees are included.

Tour details

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Departure Point: Panama, Oostelijke Handelskade 4, 1019 BM Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: Entry fees, free shots or drinks at 8 clubs

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19. Amsterdam Beer Tour

Calling all brew masters!

Amsterdam is a city known for its beer, so now’s the chance to try it for yourself.

Get your fill of beer on this 3-hour evening tour that takes you to some of the best bars and breweries in the city.

You’ll get to sample three great beers along the way and be treated to a local Dutch snack.

All tours visit one brewery in the red light district.

Your evening will conclude in a legendary local beer hall where more than 200 types of beer are served!

Tour details

  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Departure Time: 4:30 pm
  • Departure Point: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 250, 1012 RS Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: Local guide, three beers, local Dutch snack

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20. Amsterdam Chocolate Tour

They say chocolate is an aphrodisiac, making this a great activity for couples.

Amsterdam is home to some of the finest chocolate shops in the world.

Do not miss this opportunity to indulge your sweet tooth!

Chocolate tours will teach you about the history of the dessert in Amsterdam.

You’ll even get to visit a workshop that will show you first hand how chocolate is made.

And of course, you’ll get to try some for yourself and purchase some to bring home to your family.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Local guide
  • Chocolate tasting
  • All taxes and fees
  • Coffee or tea

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21. Amsterdam Cooking Classes

Authentic Dutch cooking is like nothing else.

If you love cooking, this is a great place to try out some new dishes.

There are many private lessons available, so it can be just you and your partner.

A trained, local cook will teach you how to make several traditional Dutch dishes, such as stroopwafel, stamppot, and Dutch pancakes.

This will give you an insider’s glimpse into Dutch culture and cuisine and leave you both with memories that will last a lifetime!

Plus, you’ll be able to bring your newfound Dutch cooking skills back home with you.

Inclusions for most tours

  • Private cooking lesson
  • Bottled water
  • Home cooked dinner
  • Coffee or tea
  • All taxes and fees

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22. Vacation Photographer Tour

Commemorate your trip to Amsterdam with an impromptu photo session.

Say goodbye to selfies and hello to professional portraits!

On this tour, you’ll enjoy the services of a professional photographer who will follow you around Amsterdam, capturing beautiful photos you’ll want to frame.

Plus, the local photographer is sure to know the best places for photos in the city.

Sessions last between 1 and 3 hours.

At the end, you’ll receive access to an online gallery with your photos.

Tour details

  • Duration: 1-3
  • Inclusions: Professional photographer, access to an online gallery where all images are free to download

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23. Royal Concertgebouw

Whether a classical music enthusiast or not, you’re sure to love this cultural evening with your partner.

Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is a historic and romantic site itself.

Take in the beauty of this grand European theatre while seeing a concert in the Main Hall or Recital Hall.

The theatre dates back to the 19th century and features world-class acoustics.

It has also held concerts from some of the world’s leading musicians, including Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, and Igor Stravinsky.

Royal Concertgebouw sees 700,000 visitors each year, making it one of the most well-attended concert halls in Europe.

Tour details

  • Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Departure Point: Concertgebouwplein 10 Museum Quarter, 1071 LN Amsterdam
  • Inclusions: Entry fees, all taxes and handling charges

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24. Boom Chicago Show

Laugh your head off at the Boom Chicago Show.

This show is perfect for couples who love a dose of comedy.

Boom Chicago has it all – improvisation, sharp writing, music, video, and multimedia.

The show takes place at the Rozentheater, which fits 250 people.

It began in 1993, and has become one of the main attractions in Amsterdam since then.

They’re known for taking audience suggestions so be sure to come with some ideas!

Tour details

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Departure Point: Rozentheater
  • Inclusions: Entry fees

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From history to gastronomy, Amsterdam is filled with fun activities for couples to experience.

We hope this guide has helped you plan a romantic trip to the Dutch capital!

If not, there are still plenty of romantic ideas in Amsterdam.

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