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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.

Guide to Exploring Amsterdam

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citizenM Hotel Amsterdam Airport

citizenM Hotel Amsterdam Airport

Jan Plezierweg 2, Schiphol
of 5, from 920 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of World Fashion Centre, Stedelijk Museum, and Van Gogh Museum. Concertgebouw and Leidseplein are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Hotel Internationaal

Hotel Internationaal

Warmoesstraat 1-3, Amsterdam
of 5, from 41 reviews
1.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oude Centrum, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sexmuseum and The Old Church. Dam Square and New Church are also within 10 minutes.

Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport

Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport

Rijnlanderweg 800, Hoofddorp
of 5, from 710 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from Aalsmeer Flower Auction and within 12 mi (20 km) of Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum. Leidseplein and Concertgebouw are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Bastion Hotel Amsterdam Airport

Bastion Hotel Amsterdam Airport

Vuursteen 3, Hoofddorp
of 5, from 565 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Aalsmeer Flower Auction, World Fashion Centre, and Olympic Stadium. Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Best Western Amsterdam Airport Hotel

Best Western Amsterdam Airport Hotel

Vuursteen 1, Hoofddorp
of 5, from 961 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is 2.5 km from Schiphol Airport. Central Amsterdam attractions, including the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, Dam Square, and Royal Palace, are about 14 km (8.6 mi) away.

Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam

Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam

Prins Hendrikkade 108, Amsterdam
of 5, from 2,355 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This hotel, built in 1912, is located in the monumental Scheepvaarthuis and adjacent to the harbour. Nieuwmarkt Square and the Public Library are nearby and Central Station is 500 meters away.

XO HOTELS CITY CENTRE former Tulip Inn Amsterdam Centre

XO HOTELS CITY CENTRE former Tulip Inn Amsterdam Centre

Beursstraat 11 - 19, Amsterdam
of 5, from 464 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This city-center hotel is a 3-minute walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station. Dam Square, Nieuwe Kerk, and the Royal Palace are among the many popular destinations within 0.4 km (0.3 mi).

Hotel ibis Schiphol Amsterdam Airport

Hotel ibis Schiphol Amsterdam Airport

Schipholweg 181, Badhoevedorp
of 5, from 727 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of VU University Medical Center, Stedelijk Museum, and Concertgebouw. Van Gogh Museum and Leidseplein are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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