Amsterdam Hen Do

The European party city is a perfect contradiction, beautiful but wild, naughty but nice! Find out why a hen do in Amsterdam is so popular with groups from all over the world.
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Amsterdam Hen Parties

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.

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!

Hen Party Activities in Amsterdam

There’s so much to see and do in this exciting city so a Amsterdam hen party is an awesome choice! 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.

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 hen party Life Drawing in Amsterdam. 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!

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.

Who wouldn’t love the fun combo of sightseeing and drinking? Amsterdam are bicycle crazy! Join them by hopping on a Bubbles Bike! This is no ordinary bike though, it’s actually a portable bar that you’ll pedal around the city. Did we mention, it’s stocked with 12 bottles of prosecco? Get ready for bubble trouble, girls!

If you’re a group of active hens, why not celebrate your Amsterdam hen party with something action-packed? Let loose on a quad bike or tear up the track on a go kart to get those fast and furious feels we all love. 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!

Reviews for Amsterdam hen activities

Drag Queen Dinner

The food was amazing and the atmosphere was electric. The Drag queens were funny, cheeky but overly welcoming and friendly.

Michelle Taylor
Quad Bike Mania

excellent, excellent, excellent, one of the highlights of the trip. Amazing and highly recommended.

David Doherty
Paintballing with 100 Balls

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.

Russell Holt
Heineken Brewery Tour

Brilliant experience. cannot fault it.

Mike Diack

Did you know?

  • Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands.
  • All structures in the city are supported by 15 to 20m wooden poles that elevate them above the swampy peat. Around 11,000,000 poles support the city’s buildings in total with a whopping 9,000 poles support Centraal Station alone.
  • Three Xs appear on Amsterdam’s coat of arms. They represent St Andrew who was martyred on an X-shaped cross.
  • Amsterdam is proud to be the most multi-cultural city in the world, home to the highest number of nationalities.
  • Anne Frank’s Diary is the most translated Dutch book of all time. It has been translated into 70 different languages and published in more than 60 countries.
  • Dutch people are said to be, on average, the world’s tallest people. Men here are an average height of 6ft 1 inch and women are on average 5ft 6 inches tall.
  • It’s been illegal to smoke tobacco in cafes and restaurants since 2008 but in coffee shops you’re still allowed to smoke a joint.
  • If you’re a gin fan, you owe the Netherlands a big thank you! It was invented here in the 16th century for medicinal purposes. Any excuse to drink some during your hen do in Amsterdam, eh!
  • Amsterdam boasts a pretty low crime rate, some say thanks to the legalisation of cannabis and prostitution, making it frequently rank in the world’s top 20 safest cities.
  • French impressionist Money painted Zuiderkerk (South Church) 13 times during his visits to the Netherlands.
  • The narrowest house in the city is just 2.02m wide and 5m deep with just one small room per floor.
  • Rijksmuseum is the only museum in the world to have a cycle lane running through it.
  • Condomerie on Warmoesstraat was the world’s first specialised condom shop.
  • Amsterdam’s home to the world’s only floating flower market.
  • It’s also home to the only floating animal sanctuary in the world. De Poezenboot is a refuge for stray and abandoned cats. You can even go and visit them during your Amsterdam hen do.

Amsterdam in numbers

  • There are 165 canals in Amsterdam, adding up to around 60 miles of waterway.
  • It’s estimated that approximately 25,000 bicycles end up in the canals every year.
  • You can find more than 1,500 bars here, so you’re spoilt for choice if you’re after a drink on your Amsterdam hen weekend.
  • Schiphol Airport is 4m below sea level.
  • There’s a total of 1,281 bridges in Amsterdam with 80 in the city centre alone.
  • Amsterdam has three times more bridges than Venice.
  • There are 881,000 bicycles in Amsterdam. That actually means there’s more bikes than people in the city!
  • 2,500 houseboats line the canals. There’s even a museum dedicated to them!
  • 85% of Amsterdam’s residents are multi-lingual.
  • There are more than 200 coffee shops in the city that sell a lot more than coffee including cannabis and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Local Celebs

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. 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 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.

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. 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.

The best bars and clubs are located around Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. Wonder round these areas and see where takes your fancy. 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.

Want to get those drinks flowing and everyone involved ASAP? Hen party Cocktail Making in Amsterdam 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.

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.

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 Amstedam!

Whatever time of year you’re planning your hen do in Amsterdam, you’ll quickly discover there’s always something going on. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Fancy a Hen Party in Amsterdam?

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!

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