6 Unusual Places to Visit in Amsterdam this Summer

July, 10th 2020

unusual things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is for the adventurous; one finds themselves never running out of places to explore and things to do. And since it is finally summer, we are all searching for those fun, unique sites to see. So, here are some of our favorite places that we believe never fails to capture the hearts of the locals and foreigners; in true Amsterdam style:

  1. Electric Ladyland: The Museum of Fluorescent Art

 Do you love cool colours, art and creativity as much as we do? If so, you have to visit the world’s first museum that is dedicated to the beauty and complexity of fluorescent lights. We’ve heard that when the black lights are on, Electric Ladyland comes to life from the magic of mesmerizing shapes and colours. It is definitely one of the top 10 museums in Amsterdam 🔮

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  1.   Amsterdam Lookout and Over the Edge Swing

 This one’s for the adrenaline junkies out there – don’t think we forgot about you. Amsterdam’s Over the Edge Swing, one of the top tourist attractions in Amsterdam, is the highest swing of Europe and it allows you to get a peek of the entire city at 100 M above the edge of the tower! We think it’s a high risk, high reward kind of experience that must not be missed.

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  1.   IN’T AEPJEN

 In’t Aepjen’ is one of Amsterdam’s oldest bars with a history that lives up to our imagination. With a name that translates to ‘In the Monkeys’, the bar captures the essence of the Dutch Golden Age when sailors would return from extensive voyages and would have no money to pay for their drinks. So, what does a sailor do when he doesn’t have money to pay his due? He pays in actual monkeys 🐒

 Soon, the bar was crowded with monkeys, leading to the start of one of Europe’s oldest zoos – Amsterdam’s Artis Zoo.

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  1.   Homomonument 

 In commemoration of June’s pride month, the Homomonument is a must see in our Amsterdam to-do list. Very centrally located, this monument was inspired by the symbol worn to identify gay men in Nazi concentration camps. 

 While we believe it is important to celebrate you 💙 we urge you to celebrate others who were brave enough to follow their hearts 🏳️‍🌈

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  1.   Mark Bischof’s Studio

 Located in Amsterdam-Oost is artist Mark Bischof’s studio, whose art is a series of impressive, kinetic installations. His works are mostly wood and metal based and will open your eyes (and mind) to the wonders of physics and motion! This is definitely a place not to miss in Amsterdam!

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  1.   Youseum 

 Last, but not least, Youseum is an interactive museum that dedicates itself to detangling the complexities of social media. At this Instagram museum, you are the artist and the muse, so it is imperative that we celebrate you! Youseum is quickly becoming one of the most cool places in Amsterdam so you definitely don’t want to miss it 😉

unusual things to do in Amsterdam