So, you’re visiting the Dutch capital – but where to start? If you’re looking to see the sights of Amsterdam without the hassle of out-of-date maps and boring tour guides, then it’s time to try a fun walking tour with Urbs. Just by using your phone, the Urbs app gives you total freedom over your trip. Plan a route that works for you, going at your own pace, whilst taking in the sights you want to see. The good thing about the app, is that you can listen as you walk, and since the Netherlands is so visual you won’t miss out either. Whether you’re checking out the countryside with friends, or heading to its famous Red Light District, an audio tour of Amsterdam is the way to go. And it couldn’t be easier. Simply download the Urbs app to your phone and choose from the many attractions and places of interest to add to your itinerary. You can even book tickets and bypass the queues.Intrigued to learn more? Check out some of the highlights below, which you can add to your self-guided walking tours of Amsterdam.
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Getting Around Amsterdam
One of the most popular destinations in Europe, Holland’s capital is a fun place to visit, especially with friends, or as a couple. But, there’s more to Amsterdam than tulips and windmills! Here are a few of the top picks for your audio tour of Amsterdam.
Canals and Culture
Whether you choose to get off the beaten track or take a popular route on your self-guided walking tour of Amsterdam, give yourself enough time to experience the city by foot. There are more than 160 canals in Amsterdam, although you can just head to ‘De Negen Straatjes’ and experience this quaint area in the central canal belt. From here, take a leisurely walk past the impressive Koninklijk Palace before a cheeky visit to Amsterdam’s Red Light District for some adult entertainment (if that’s your thing).
During your trip, be sure to join in the local cuisine. Foodhallen, is a humongous hall with over 30 food stalls and bars – ideal for a big group. Pick up a taco, try out a waffle and don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a craft beer or two! Speaking of which, beer lovers will enjoy the Heineken Experience, where you can learn about the world-famous beer from the region.
History and Culture
Amsterdam has a rich history to uncover. A must-visit is Anne Frank’s former home, this 17th-century property is today transformed into a museum and educational centre, featuring snippets from diaries she has written, offering a fascinating insight into its wartime past. For a very different type of local culture, the Johan Cruijff Stadium Tour at Ajax’s stadium is a must for football fans.
Flowers and Tulips
During your audio tour of Amsterdam, be sure to experience the local tulip fields. June and July are the best months for the flower bulb region, with events such as the Aalsmeer Flowers Festival and Sailing Flower Parade taking place. For more of this, take in the fragrant smell at Keukenhof Gardens – home to flower fields galore. Spread over 32 hectares, the beautifuldisplay includes everything from daffodils to tulips to enjoy in this photogenic area.
For Art Lovers
The unmissable Van Gough Museum is a great place to spend an afternoon, with the largest collection of his works anywhere in the world. For those who appreciate architecture, the iconicRijksmuseum is one of the most impressive sights, with a huge collection of art and artefacts to photograph.
Discover More with Urbs
Good news – the Urbs app has a number of helpful features to enjoy during your self-guided walking tour of Amsterdam. Here are just a few of them.
Go At Your Own Pace
No two people are the same, and no two tours should be either. The app allows you to pick and choose a route that works for you, going at your own pace.
Find new and exciting things to do on your visit. There are many engaging audio descriptions and loads of bars, shops and restaurants recommended by local writers and insiders.
Jump the queues and book tickets to key attractions in advance. Save tickets to your app for quick and easy access, without the need for printing them out. It’s a smarter way to travel sustainably.
The Modern Tour Guide
Our self-guided audio tour offers a truly immersive way to see the sights of Amsterdam. Once you download the app you can start adding attractions to your list. When you’re ready, simply plug in your headphones and enjoy a lovely tour using GPS navigation.