Romantic things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam for couples

Amsterdam, with its enchanting appeal, stands out as a capital of superlatives, boasting more canals than Venice and more bridges than Paris. It's also hailed as one of Europe's most beautiful cities. This allure makes it a favourite for couples seeking a romantic getaway, and with our Amsterdam flights and hotel packages, experiencing this charming city has never been easier.

  1. Take a romantic boat ride
  2. Marvel at pretty blooms
  3. Go diamond shopping (and maybe pop the question!)
  4. Stroll through the tranquil Amsterdamse Bos
  5. Explore a pretty village near Amsterdam

Photogenic canals, lush green parks and serene surroundings make Amsterdam a top choice for a couples' break. If you’re yearning for some time away with your loved one, check out our excellent choice of Amsterdam holidays.

1. Enjoy a romantic boat ride around the city of Amsterdam

Cruising the canals is an excellent way of viewing the city. Many bridges and historic buildings are lit at night, and it is possible to have dinner while cruising along. Most of the canal boat tour companies offer at least one evening cruise that includes wine and cheese or a full dinner.

It’s one of the most romantic things to do in Amsterdam for sure. Lovers canal cruises is an aptly named choice, with a range of tours including food and drink options.

Best for: Magical views of the city

Good to know: Multilingual commentary keeps you informed about the attractions as you float along past them.

2. Marvel at pretty blooms with your loved one

The Netherlands is famed worldwide for its flowers, and particularly the beautiful spring tulip displays in the fields to the west and southwest of Amsterdam. Blooms are produced all year in hothouses scattered across the countryside and can be purchased, along with bulbs, at the Bloemenmarkt on the Singel.

Best for: Nature lovers

Good to know: Another way to appreciate Amsterdam’s natural beauty is to take a bike ride in Vondelpark.

3. Go diamond shopping in Amsterdam (and maybe pop the question!)

Before World War II, Amsterdam was a major centre for the buying and polishing of diamonds. The industry deteriorated but a slow recovery ensured its survival. Today the industry is known for the quality of its polishing and the expertise of its independent traders. Two main diamond houses in the city are responsible for buying and polishing the majority of the stones. They sell to smaller dealers but also to the public. You will be able to see diamond polishers at work on free guided tours before you buy.

The two houses are Gassan at Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173–5, with a branch at Rokin 1–5, at the Dam and Coster Diamonds on Paulus Potterstraat 2–6, at Museumplein. It’s one of the best couply things to do in Amsterdam if you’re thinking of popping the question!

Best for: Shopping

Good to know: A summer Antiekmarkt (Antiques Market) meets at Nieuwmarkt on Sunday from May to October.

4. Stroll through the tranquil Amsterdamse Bos

The Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Wood) was created as the largest recreation area in the city. In 1967, it was enlarged to its present 800 hectares (2,000 acres). The trees and plants are now well established, and the wood has become an important habitat for birds, small mammals and insects, making this an ecological centre as well as a park. It has meadows, woodland and a huge lake for rowing, sailing and hourly rowing-boat hire. It features nature reserves, animal enclosures and a botanical garden.

With around 48km (30 miles) of bicycle paths and close to 160km (100 miles) of footpaths, there is room for everybody. The stables at Amsterdamse Bos offer woodland horse rides, a perfect way to clear the city air from your system (Amsterdamse Manege). There's also an open-air theatre, which holds performances in the summer.

Best for: A break from the city

Good to know: The park is on the southern fringes of the city and can be reached by bus and tram. On Sundays, you can also travel to the park on the historic Museum Tram which departs from Haarlemmermeer station.

5. Head to a pretty village near Amsterdam for a romantic wander

The village, Zaanse Schans, is a patch of archetypal Dutch landscape just a few kilometres north of Amsterdam centre, near the town of Zaandam. This is a living museum created in 1960, which has brought together a number of farmhouses, windmills, dairies and barns - agricultural buildings that would have been demolished had they not been relocated here.

Zaanse Schans has working mills, craft shops, cheese-making factories and a clog workshop on a canalside. You are free to explore at your own pace and maybe enjoy a pannenkoek (pancake) while you’re there.

Best for: A romantic day trip

Good to know: Broek in Waterland is another great day trip. A small collection of quaint wooden houses, it is surrounded by canals and streams.

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