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So you’re thinking about throwing a hen do in Amsterdam? Great choice! This naughty but nice European party city has it all; wild nightlife, quirky culture and gorgeous scenery all just an hour’s flight from the UK.
What to Expect During a Hen Party in Amsterdam
Amsterdam might be infamous for its Red Light District and smoky coffee shops but it offers so much more than late night naughtiness (although that’s obviously well worth exploring too!). Culture vultures will love the museums. There’s actually more of them here per square metre than anywhere else in the world and they really vary in terms of subject matter from Anne Frank’s House and the Van Gogh Museum to the Sex Museum.
For the best views of the city, head up A’DAM Lookout Tower where an elevator will take you up to 100m to a 360° observation deck. Here you’ll soak up gorgeous panoramic views and explore an interactive exhibit about the city’s history and culture. If you’re feeling daring, why not hop on Europe’s highest swing that takes you back and forth over the edge of the tower?
Dam, this city is cool! When the lights go down, it’s time to sample that world-class nightlife, ladies! Trust us, you’re in for a wild ride with some of the best bars and nightclubs in Europe. This will be a weekend the bride-to-be and her hens never forget. If you’re looking for hen party ideas in Amsterdam, you’ve come to the right place!
Outdoor Hen Do Activities in Amsterdam
This is a famously pretty city so get outdoors and have a look around. It’s a great break from the bars and clubs and trust us, there’s no better way to shake off a sore head from the night before! You can explore all the sights on a bike tour or a canal boat trip as you sit back, relax and enjoy. Quad biking is also a mega popular choice for a hen do in Amsterdam, giving you a chance to really let loose as you take on hills, mounds, sharp corners and muddy puddles.
There’s so much to see and do in this exciting city so an Amsterdam hen party is an awesome choice!
Spa Day - A relaxing spa day is a quintessential hen party activity and it’s clear to see why it’s so popular. It gives you time off from all the partying to unwind and enjoy some quality time together. You’ll all get access to this top spa’s lovely facilities including the heated swimming pool, Turkish steambath, Finnish sauna and indoor beach room.
Nude Life Drawing - As we’re sure you already know, the Dutch capital is more than a little bit cheeky! Inject some naked guy naughtiness into your weekend with Amsterdam hen party life drawing. This two-hour session, led by a professional art teacher, gets you sketching the fully nude male model in front of you with hilarious results!
Canal Boat Tour - There’s no better way to soak up the beautiful Dutch views than from a canal boat tour! Cruise along the waterways for 90-minutes, learning about the city’s history and making the most of the unlimited drinks. They’ll keep you “hydrated” with a choice from wine, beer or soft drinks.
Car Smash - For something a bit quirky, give the Car Smash a go! This activity does exactly what it says on the tin and gives you a range of weapons to smash up a car with. Feel all that pre-wedding stress melt away as you shatter that glass, tear off the wing mirrors and beat the bonnet with baseball bats and sledgehammers!
Escape Rooms - If you like the sound of an Amsterdam hen do activity that tickles your grey matter and encourages teamwork, you’ll love an escape room. You’ll need to search the room for clues, crack codes and solve puzzles if you want to escape before the time runs out! Are you ready to unleash your inner Sherlock?
Good across the board. Really nice staff.
excellent, excellent, excellent, one of the highlights of the trip. Amazing and highly recommended.
the best activity, we were told we were early when we turned up, had to split our team of 10 so 5 v 5 when we thought there were going to be other teams to make it more fun so some disappointed on this again.
Brilliant way to begin our weekend. Katie (KT) from plan A was awesome. We all felt very well looked after.
Amsterdam’s most famous former resident has to be Anne Frank. You can visit the Anne Frank House Museum to take a look at the secret annex where she wrote her famous diary and hid for more than two years during WWII. It’s sure to be a sobering but fascinating visit.
Amsterdam has long been a popular destination for celebrities. Miley Cyrus and Cara Delevingne have been spotted enjoying the coffee shops and Lady Gaga and Rihanna have been seen around town before performing at the Ziggo Drome. Even Harry and Meghan have visited recently! Well, if it’s good enough for royalty!
This really is a dream location for foodie hens! With a massive range of cafes and restaurants, you can sink your teeth into some truly great grub on your hen do in Amsterdam.
Activities for Foodie Hen Parties in Amsterdam
To get an authentic taste of Dutch cuisine, you’ve got to visit a huiskamerrestaurant, also known as a living room restaurant. Cooks open their homes to show off their skills to diners who can enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal in a laid-back atmosphere.
If you have a sweet tooth, you can’t come to Amsterdam without trying a stroopwafel! Best enjoyed hot, these gooey treats are two thin waffles stuck together with syrup. Bitterballen are also a firm fave. These deep fried, crispy meatballs are the perfect post-drinking snack.
Cheese Tasting - Cheese is seriously big business in the Netherlands. There’s even a museum dedicated to the stuff! Why not try a Cheese and Wine Tasting? This fun session is led by a cheese expert (how do we apply for that job?) who’ll share fun facts, food and drink. You’ll get your hands on six taste bud tingling cheeses and three different wines.
Drag Queen Show with Dinner - If you fancy a bit of entertainment while you dine on your hen do in Amsterdam, our Drag Queen Dinner treats you to hilarious comedy, singing and dancing as you tuck into a delicious three-course meal.
Restaurants in Amsterdam - Are you a group of meat lovers with big appetites? Prove it with our Unlimited Rib Meal! You’ll have a two-hour reservation to eat as many tasty spare ribs as you like. If that wasn’t enough, you also get a portion of fries, green salad and a drink each. We also offer a range of meals at other restaurants so don’t forget to check out our listings.
The White Room - Dam 9, 1012 JS Amsterdam
- The White Room is an iconic restaurant in the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky on Dam Square that offering elegant cuisine and a sophisticated dining environment. This is the oldest restaurant in the city in original condition, first opening in 1885. Renowned chef Jacob Jan Boerma has created a menu featuring five, seven and nine-course meals so bring your appetite!
Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs - Dam 9, 1012 JS Amsterdam
- This place boasts the most authentic pancaked in Holland! Popular with locals and visitors alike, this quirky eatery is well worth a visit during your hen do in Amsterdam. It’s located inside a 16th century house on the edge of the Red Light District and serves up pancakes with a range of toppings from syrup to chicken, banana and coconut to pulled beef.
The best bars and clubs are located around Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. Wonder round these areas and see where takes your fancy. That cheeky Red Light District gives visitors one of the biggest stretches of boozers, nightclubs and brothels in Europe and it’s a must visit! De Wallen is the biggest and oldest area in the district with a network of alleys where you can spot the ladies of the night through their red lit windows and visit a naughty show if you fancy it.
Bar Crawls - Kick off your Amsterdam hen night in epic style with a private bar crawl! A fun tour guide will take you to five bars, getting you shots in each one before you end the night on a high in one of the city’s best nightclubs. If you’re new to the ‘Dam, this is best way to experience the famous nightlife in a totally hassle-free way.
Cocktail Making - Want to get those drinks flowing and everyone involved ASAP? Amsterdam hen party cocktail making does just that as a pro mixologist teaches you how to make the most delectable drinks. Get hands on to make your own flavour combinations and race against your friends. Of course, you get to drink everything you make.
Amsterdam Ice Bar - Amstel 194, 196, 1017 AG Amsterdam
Wondering what bars to visit? We know the coolest place in town! The Ice Bar is kept at a constant -10°C and features awesome ice sculptures. You’ll get three drinks and sip them from glasses made of ice and be kept warm (ish!) with coats and gloves. From comedy clubs to karaoke, you’re never short of things to do when night falls on your hen do in Amsterdam!
Club NYX - Reguliersdwarsstraat 42, 1017 BM Amsterdam
Club NYX is the place to be if you fancy on night of dancing, drinking and laughing during your Amsterdam hen do. With four floors to party across, this is one of the biggest clubs in the city. Here, you’ll dance the night away in an easy-going, gay-friendly environment for a big night out that your whole group will love.
Whatever time of year you’re planning your hen do in Amsterdam, you’ll quickly discover there’s always something going on.
National Tulip Day
Tulips are synonymous with the Netherlands and in January they have a whole day celebrating them! Every year on the third Saturday of January, Dam Square transforms into a sea of colour with 200,000 tulips. You can even pick up a free bouquet of flowers.
King’s Day in April is a national holiday where more than a million people celebrate King Willem Alexander’s birthday, dressed in orange, during one of the biggest street parties in the world! You’ll discover live music, street vendors, outdoor bars and loads of fun party people to mingle with.
Open Air Theatre
Head to the gorgeous Vondelpark in the city centre between May and September to visit the open-air theatre. They host loads of shows and events here and many of them are free. It’s also a lovely place for a walk or picnic during your Amsterdam hen do.
Red Light Jazz Festival
This city has a rich tradition of jazz and the Red Light Jazz Festival takes place every July to celebrate it. Expect performances from local and international jazz musicians in up to 30 different venues. There are a bunch of free concerts in and around the Red Light District during the festival so make the most of it.
LGBTQ Pride returns between the end of July and beginning of August and sees several hundred thousand visitors descend on the streets to celebrate. There is an amazing Canal Parade plus street parties, exhibitions, live music and sporting events.
Amsterdam Light Festival
Between December and January, the city gets illuminated by the Amsterdam Light Festival where artists and architects install themed light artworks along two routes. It’s beautiful, especially at night! At the same time, you can also visit a range of fab Christmas Markets during your hen do in Amsterdam with stalls selling gifts, food and drink plus ice rinks and an ice sculpture festival.
Getting to Your Amsterdam Hen Do
Getting to Amsterdam from the UK is nice and easy. You can fly there from most major airports in the UK, including London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, in between one hour and one and a half hours. Alternatively, you can get the Eurostar from London to Amsterdam in around four hours. You’ll also be pleased to hear that travel to your hen party in Amsterdam is surprisingly purse friendly.
Getting Around During Your Amsterdam Hen Do
Amsterdam is easy to get around and really well connected by trains, taxis and trams. If you fancy trying a bit of pedal power, you can hire a bicycle. Any hungover hens should keep their wits about them as the streets do get very busy with traffic seemingly coming from all directions. The same goes if you’ve just visited a coffee shop!
If a hen weekend in Amsterdam sounds right up your street, take a look at our top activities, all sure to help you celebrate that all-important last weekend of freedom in the most epic way!