We hope it’s not raining when you are visiting Amsterdam, but even if it is there’s plenty to do without getting drenched. In the Netherlands, it does rain once in a while, but it doesn’t take down Amsterdam’s buoyant character. What to do on a rainy day? We’ve made you a top 5 list of things to do.
1. Spend a whole day at the Rijksmuseum
Some say the Rijksmuseum was made for rainy days, but we think it is a must visit in Amsterdam. It is one of the many Dutch National museums and features both art and history. The Rijksmuseum has a rich collection of over 1 million pieces from the years 1200-2000, of which 8000 are on display in the recently renovated building. It’s also the home of Rembrandt van Rijn’s most well-known painting ‘The Night Watch’. Make sure to book your tickets online to avoid getting wet while waiting in the line outside.
– Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam Rijksmuseum.nl
2. Shelter for the rain at an Amsterdams Café
While the weather outside is turbulent, why don’t you stop by and enjoy a drink in a typical Dutch Café. With their classic wood heavy décors, these traditional and often historical places look like time stood still. As you might not know yet, Amsterdam is full of these kind of places. These ‘Brown Café’s’ feature a laid-back cozy atmosphere and serve local and regional beers as well as other (non-)alcoholic beverages.
Some of our suggestions, but there are plenty to find around the city:
– Café Hoppe, Spui 18-20, Amsterdam Caffehoppe.com
– Café Chris, Bloemstraat 42, Amsterdam Cafechris.nl
– ’t Smalle Drinken, Egelantiersgracht 12, Amsterdam T-smalle.nl/
3. Avoid getting drenched while indoor shopping at the Bijenkorf
Shopping in the rain isn’t a lot of fun. Since there is no big roofed-over mall to find in the city center, Amsterdam’s biggest department store can keep you busy for hours. In this department store, which also is a National Heritage Site and located next to the Royal Palace, all major brands are represented on five different floors.
– Dam 1, Amsterdam Debijenkorf.nl
4. The Amsterdam City Archives
Always wanted to explore the history of Amsterdam? The city archive offers 32 kilometers of original archive material, a perfect shelter for the showers outside. The building itself is a stunning piece of architecture and was used before as headquarters of the Netherlands Trading Association that became the ABN-AMRO bank later. In this archive you’ll find an impressive range of papers, photographs and audio material all telling the story of time.
– Vijzelstraat 32, Amsterdam (Closed on Mondays) Amsterdam City Archives on IAmsterdam.nl
5. Visit an Amsterdam brewery
The Belgians will tell you something else, but Amsterdam is a city that has beer deep in its roots. In the middle-ages Amsterdam hosted over one-hundred breweries. In the last 3 decades the small and local breweries made a comeback and a worth a visit!
Brouwerij ‘t IJ is the oldest (1985) and most well-known. Located in East Amsterdam, at the foot of Holland’s largest windmill artisan beers are created in this award winning microbrewery.
– Funenkade 7, Amsterdam Brouwerijhetij.nl
Amsterdam insider tip: the website and app of ‘Buienradar’ (Dutch for rain radar) will tell you when and where its showering quite accurately. This will help you to run between the raindrops.
No luck with Buienradar, or a dawn to dark monsoon? Don’t forget to use the umbrella in your room!