Amsterdam City Guide

Amsterdam, with its abundance of bars and infamous Red Light District, is known around the world as the premier party city. But the Dutch capital is famous for much more than partying, it’s internationally renowned for its 17th-century canals, its canal houses with beautiful facades, its museums great and small, and, of course, its coffee shop culture.

The city, sometimes known as the "Venice of the North ', is built along a network of canals spanned by countless bridges. Amsterdam's museums and coffee shops are the main attractions during the day, while the masses hit the bars and clubs around the various squares and the Red Light District in the evenings. The people of Amsterdam are a truly cosmopolitan folk and are known for their liberal world view, making the city a multicultural capital that welcomes everyone.

 

Narrow cobbled streets, limited parking and a tangle of trams make a ride by car pretty much impossible. No worries though, you can easily cover the compact city centre on foot or by bicycle, or alternatively use the extensive public transport network. Book a canal cruise and admire the old city centre in leisure and learn more about the strange town history and discover fine examples of commerce with typical Amsterdam facades.

A truly historic city, Amsterdam has its roots in the 13th century, but the network of canals has its origins in the 17th century. The canal is now a world heritage site. But Amsterdam is also home to modern history, with many famous monuments and the heartbreaking Anne Frank House.

Head to the centre of the city and check out Dam Square, visit the Royal Palace and admire the wax figures at Madame Tussauds. Nearby you'll find the red light district, its narrow streets known for their bars and kinky establishments. But it’s not all adult entertainment; the family-friendly Nieuwmarkt is a square full of restaurants and eateries of all kinds.

Just outside the Canal is the Museum Quarter. No trip to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, both showing off collections of the world famous Dutch school. Then once you’ve taken in the cultural offerings, relax on the grass of the nearby Vondelpark or stroll at your leisure to the Leidseplein, a hub for music and nightlife.

Younger tourists feel particularly attracted to Amsterdam for its free spirit, and they won’t be disappointed. Tourists looking for a refined cultural experience will find plenty in this old but beautifully preserved city. Whatever you want from a holiday, Amsterdam has it.


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