School Trips to Amsterdam

With elegant canal houses, largely traffic free roads and a relaxed atmosphere Amsterdam has the air of a large cosmopolitan village rather than a bustling European capital. Around every corner is a picture postcard view, drenched in history and bound to captivate your students.

In terms of educational interest, it ticks all the boxes. For Art & Design students a visit to Amsterdam presents an opportunity to visit some World-Renowned Art Museums and see many paintings by the Dutch masters, Rembrandt, Vermeer and of course Van Gogh. Business & Economics students can visit the Stock Exchange which provides an interactive, educational guided tour. Amsterdam is rich in history including the Home of Anne Frank where she and her family hid from the Nazi regime and for Science students there is the Nemo Science Centre, the Science Park and Faculty of Science.

To get the feel and vibe of the city you must go on an Amsterdam Canal Cruise and for a bit of fun and rollercoasters take a side trip to the Walibi Holland Theme Park or the Efteling World of Wonders.

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Amsterdam Canal Cruise

An essential component of any trip to Amsterdam, a boat cruise along the canal can be arranged for you.

Palace Op De Dam

Situated in the centre of Amsterdam the palace was built as the city hall in 17th century. Renowned sculptors were brought to Amsterdam and famous painters such as Rembrandt contributed to the interior.

Willet-Holthuysen Museum

Owned by the Willet-Holthuysen family this 17th century mansion was left to the city on the proviso that it be preserved and opened as a museum. The house is lavishly decorated and furnished in the fashion of the time and contains many rare objets d’art; glassware, silver, fine china and paintings.

Walibi Holland Theme Park

This theme park enjoys a reputation as Europe’s top spot for rollercoasters. There are more than 50 attractions and shows.

Efteling World of Wonders

The most popular tourist attraction in the Netherlands and one of the leading theme parks in Europe. The attractions are themed around ancient myths and legends, fairy tales, fables, and folklore.


This is the largest museum in the Netherlands. There is a large selection of paintings from the 15th century, until around 1850, as well as decorative and oriental arts. If you only have limited time, head for the Dutch Masters on the 2nd floor, including Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’.

Rembrandt House Museum

About 250 of Rembrandt’s etchings are on display in this 3-storey house (built 1606), where he lived for almost 20 years. The only paintings here are by Rembrandt’s teacher, Pieter Lastman and those painters who worked under Rembrandt in his studio.

Van Gogh Museum

Over 200 paintings and 500 drawings by Van Gogh are housed here, as part of the permanent collection as well as a selection of his Japanese prints and a good selection of work by his contemporaries, such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin and Monet.

Anne Frank's House

Anne Frank was one of the Jewish victims of Nazi persecution during the Second World War. She died of typhus aged 15 years old in Bergen-Belsen. Her diary saved by one of the family’s helpers was first published in 1947. It has since been translated into 55 languages and is one of the most widely read books in the world.

Royal Coster Diamond Factory and Museum

On their tour you will learn why Queen Victoria, Empress Sisi and King Rama V of Siam not only trusted them with their diamonds but took the time to travel all the way to Amsterdam to witness with their own eyes how we crafted the most sparkling diamond jewellery. The tour also demonstrates how the diamonds are cut and polished and the museum has excellent interactive exhibits with a 5 - 10 minute introductory video presentation.

BodyWorlds Exhibition

Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project is an absolute must-see exhibition in the heart of Amsterdam. It tells the amazing story of our own body and the impact of happiness on our health. More than 200 anatomical specimens of real human bodies show the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the body.

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