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Fabulous nightlife, friendly locals, beautiful backdrops and a wilder side that’s just begging to be explored - what’s not to love about a hen weekend in Amsterdam? The lively Dutch capital has been a hotspot for stag shenanigans for decades, but it’s also brimming with plenty of allures for the ladies...
If you’d rather avoid the alleyways of the Red Light District and steer clear of the city’s infamous coffee shops, you’ll find plenty of other attractions and activities to tickle your fancy in Amsterdam. Tick off cultural gems like the monumental RijksMuseum and the moving Anne Frank House, lose yourselves in a vibrant market or get your hearts pumping cycling over bridges and through beautiful parkland.
First time visiting Amsterdam? You might need a few extra pointers to help navigate a hen weekend in this crazy city. That’s where we come in. As well as offering up plenty of amazing tips on what to see, eat and experience in the Dutch capital, our experts can also help you pick out your accommodation, arrange your transport and take care of any other necessary yet often stressful tasks such as chasing the group for deposits.
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Hen activities in Amsterdam

Putting together an itinerary the bride will never forget is effortless in Amsterdam. Whether the group are keen to relax and soak up the sights or you all want to let your hair down with a truly unique outing, there’s no shortage of brilliant hen activities in Amsterdam. Here’s just a glimpse at what’s on offer.

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Cocktail class

Get tipsy off your favourite spirits while learning a new skill during a cocktail masterclass hosted by a hunky mixologist.

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Prosecco bike tour

See the city’s top sights, stretch out your legs and sip on some chilled prosecco. What’s not to love?

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Go Karting

Let off some pre-wedding steam with a competitive few hours racing around an indoor go kart track.

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Amsterdam bar crawl

Head to a hip neighbourhood like De Pijp for a night out sipping on cocktails, mingling with locals and showing off your moves on the dancefloor.

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Anne Frank House

Visit the former home of Anne Frank that’s been turned into a moving museum of her life, death and the city’s WWII history.

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Guided bike tour

We may have mentioned Amsterdam cycling culture a few times already, however, it’s undeniable that a bike tour is the ultimate way to explore the Dutch capital!

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Van Gogh Museum

Admire over 800 works of art by Vincent Van Gogh (a Dutch native) at this fascinating gallery in Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter just west of De Pijp.

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Heineken brewery tour

Beer drinkers won’t want to pass up the chance to sample one of the world’s favourite lagers in its home country. Head to the Heineken Experience in De Pijp for tours and tastings.

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Champagne canal cruise

A canal boat ride is a must when in Amsterdam. If you really want to rock the boat though, splash out on a champagne or dinner cruise.

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Dance workshop

As a city that’s notorious for its sultry side, why not book the gals a sexy pole dancing lesson or a masterclass in burlesque?

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Keukenhof tour

Tactically plan an Amsterdam hen do in May to make the most of the country’s gorgeous tulip blooms on a tour of Keukenhof Gardens 40 minutes south of the city.

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Laze around in Vondelpark

Spend the day pootling around Amsterdam’s best-loved park where you can enjoy a picnic by the lake or a cup of coffee in the sunshine at De Vonteltuin.

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Visit the Floating Flower Market

Holland is famed for its beautiful blooms. If you’ve not booked a hen do in Amsterdam during the spring bulb season, the Floating Flower Market is the next best thing.

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Cycle along the canals

Rent bikes and go an adventure around Amsterdam’s waterways. Stick to the city centre or venture into the countryside during the warmer months to glide through pretty flower fields.

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Shop on the Nine Little Streets

Keen to pick up some souvenirs? The Nine Little Streets in Jordaan are lined with cool boutiques and independent stores selling everything from jewellery to art prints.

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Must-see neighbourhoods in Amsterdam

Jordaan

If you’ve got the Anne Frank House on your must-see list, this is the district to base yourselves near as the museum is right on its eastern edge. In addition to boasting picture-perfect canals criss-crossed with pretty bridges, Jordaan is a mecca for shopaholics thanks to dozens of indie boutiques in the Nine Little Streets and amazing antiques markets such as the Antiques Centre Amsterdam.

De Wallen

Amsterdam’s medieval heart is perfect for photo ops and also where you’ll discover buzzing nightlife spots nestled alongside centuries-old monuments. De Wallen is additionallly home to the neon-lit Red Light District, several sex museums that’ll definetely make you blush and numerous coffee shops which sell a little more than just espresso…

De Pijp

This cool and creative neighbourhood sits just south of the city centre and is home to some of Amsterdam’s best bars and shops. Unofficially known as the Latin Quarter, head there for an eclectic range of restaurants, lively markets like the popular Albert Cuypmarkt street market or to sip on Holland’s most famous alcoholic beverage at the Heineken Experience.

Hen accommodation in Amsterdam

Catching up on your beauty sleep after a full day of exploring and partying in Amsterdam is made simple thanks to the city’s litany of great accommodation options.

Strike a balance between comfort and cost at a trendy hostel, splash out on unrivalled luxury at a five-star retreat or find something ideal for your group in between. Gals who prefer the freedom that comes with self-catering will also find numerous apartment rentals lodged in cool heritage buildings and situated on the doorstep of Amsterdam’s top attractions.

Get a good night’s sleep at one of the following Amsterdam hen do accommodation picks or hit us up on Whatsapp if you have something more specific in mind.

Here's a slice of what's on offer to give you an idea:

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Meininger Amsterdam Amstel

Handily located right next to Amsterdam Amstel station, this chic hotel not only has bundles of style, but also a purse-friendly price. Split the ladies between Meininger’s modern and comfortable triple rooms or bunk up together in a spacious six person dorm.
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Generator Amsterdam

Generator hostels are renowned for their fun decor and sociable vibes - and Amsterdam’s newly opened branch is no exception. Nestled on the fringes of leafy Oosterpark inside a former zoological building, it has super trendy interiors (think lightwood and vibrant wall murals). Order up cocktails in the high-ceilinged lounge or seek out Generator Amsterdam’s hidden bar that’s rumoured to be located in the boiler room...
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Apollo Hotel Amsterdam

Bed down for the night at this fancier option found on the edge of the De Pijp neighbourhood. As well as luxuriously designed bedrooms with all the modern amenities you’ll need to stay comfortable and connected, you’ll also be able to relax by the water with a glass of wine on the Apollo’s canalside terrace.
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NH Amsterdam Centre

Housed inside an atmosphere red brick building, the NH Amsterdam Centre has been a hotel since the 1920s. It’s within walking distance of Vondelpark and is the perfect place for some R&R during a hen do in Amsterdam thanks to spacious suites and a plush wellness centre complete with a spa and sauna.
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Hotel V Fizeaustraat

Those keen to splash out and treat the bride before her big day should consider this sleek design hotel just minutes from Amsterdam Amstel station. Snooze in cosy rooms with carefully chosen decor that wouldn’t look out of place in an interiors magazine and make the most of sophisticated shared facilities like the huge sun terrace.
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W Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s branch of this upscale hotel chain certainly won’t disappoint gals after a little luxury. Located a short stroll from the Anne Frank House and inside an elegant former bank building, W Amsterdam not only offers luxe rooms with king size beds and beautiful ensuites, but also a spectacular heated rooftop pool and spa ideal for lazy mornings.
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Hotel Boat & Co

Few things are more quintessentially Amsterdam than staying right next to a canal. Don’t think that sounds very glam? Hotel BOAT & CO in Houthaven will challenge your expectations with its swish one and two bed apartments. Wake up to uninterrupted waterfront views, enjoy easy access into the city by bus or bike and look forward to amazing onsite amenities like a chic restaurant, a spa and daily yoga classes on the deck.
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Amsterdam City Center Apartments

Want the ease and freedom of an apartment, but still keen to stay in the heart of the city? Amsterdam City Center Apartments are located slap bang in the middle of De Wallen. As well as being surrounded by great bars, restaurants and other after dark attractions, the modern apartments come expertly well-equipped and can comfortably sleep up to six people.
There’s plenty more where this came from so use these as a guide when you chat to your travel planner.

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Whether you’re struggling to find the right accommodation for your group size or your fellow hens are simply useless at getting themselves together, why not take the stress out of an upcoming hen do in Amsterdam by getting us to plan it all for you?

We’re not afraid to say we’re experts when it comes to smoothly coordinating group travel AND coming up with awesome hen do shenanigans. As well as booking hotels and organising the ideal activities for every day of your trip, we’ll take care of flight bookings and make sure you get from A to B without a hitch.

Have your own Amsterdam hen do ideas? Hit us up on WhatsApp or Messenger and we’ll come up with a tailored itinerary. From the best restaurants and the hottest nightclubs to the most insane hen do experiences in the city, there’s nothing (well, nearly nothing) we can’t organise.

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