Quirky and Fun Things to Do in Amsterdam

It’s no secret that Amsterdam is a city that’s bursting with charm, character, and plenty of life. But beyond the famous canals and historic museums, there’s a whole world of quirky and fun activities waiting to be explored. So, if you ever find yourself in this gorgeous place, and you feel the desire to dive into some unique adventures, this guide is for you. Let’s explore some quirky and fun things that you can do in Amsterdam.

Explore the Houseboat Museum

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live on a houseboat? Amsterdam is famous for its houseboats, and the Houseboat Museum on the Prinsengracht canal gives you a chance to step inside one. This former freighter was converted into a cozy home and lived in until the 1990s. Now, you can wander through the living quarters, kitchen, and captain’s cabin, and learn about life on the water. It’s a charming glimpse into a truly unique way of living. And because the museum isn’t too overwhelming, this visit can also be a quick stop while you’re just wandering around exploring the city.

Visit the Catboat Sanctuary

Cat lovers, this one’s for you! The Catboat Sanctuary (De Poezenboot) is the world’s only floating cat sanctuary. Located on a houseboat in the Singel canal, it’s a haven for stray and abandoned cats. You’ll be able to meet the furry residents, learn about their stories, and even adopt a cat if you want to! The sanctuary also relies on donations, so feel free to support their mission while getting your fill of cat cuddles.

Dancing at Silent Disco at Hush

If you love dancing but hate the noise, a visit to Hush Silent Disco is a must. Here’s how it works: you put on a pair of wireless headphones and dance to the music of your choice. There are multiple channels to choose from, so you can switch genres and join a different party with a simple flick of a switch. It’s surreal to watch everyone grooving in silence, and it’s hilariously fun to be part of it. Whether you’re into pop, rock, or electronic, there’s something for everyone. Also, this could be a great way to meet new people, start conversations, and just have a lot of fun. No one who takes themselves too seriously would dance in silence, right?


Take a Look at Microscopic Art at Micropia

If you’re into biology, this one is for you! Micropia is a museum dedicated to the invisible world of microbes. Located next to the Artis Royal Zoo, this fascinating museum reveals the hidden microcosm that exists all around us. Through interactive exhibits and high-tech displays, you’ll learn about the crucial roles these tiny organisms play in our lives. It’s an educational yet captivating experience that will change the way you see the world. So, if you’re into anything biology or science related, this place has to be on your radar. But even if you’re not, this could be the perfect opportunity to learn more about the importance of microbes.

Relax in a Floating Sauna

After a day of exploring, why not unwind in a floating sauna? These saunas drift along Amsterdam’s canals, offering a unique way to relax and take in the sights. You can book a session with friends, and some floating saunas even come with a plunge pool to cool off in between steamy sessions. It’s a perfect blend of wellness and Amsterdam’s unconventional way of living. Just imagine sitting in a warm sauna, floating on a peaceful canal – pure bliss! And also the perfect way to end your day of quirky explorations.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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