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Amsterdam

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

The city, sometimes known as the "Venice ofthe North ', is built along a network of canals spanned by countless bridges. Amsterdam'smuseums and coffee shops are the main attractions during the day, while themasses hit the bars and clubs around the various squares and the Red LightDistrict in the evenings. The people of Amsterdamare 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 atangle 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, oralternatively use the extensive public transport network. Book a canal cruiseand admire the old city centre in leisure and learn more about the strange townhistory and discover fine examples of commerce with typical Amsterdamfacades.

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

Head to the centre of the city and check out DamSquare, 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 theirbars and kinky establishments. But it’s not all adult entertainment; thefamily-friendly Nieuwmarkt is a square full of restaurants and eateries of allkinds.

Just outside the Canal is the Museum Quarter. Notrip to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to the Van Gogh Museum andRijksmuseum, both showing off collections of the world famous Dutch school. Thenonce you’ve taken in the cultural offerings, relax on the grass of the nearbyVondelpark or stroll at your leisure to the Leidseplein, a hub for music andnightlife.

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

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Where to stay in Amsterdam

Canal Ring showing a river or creek, a marina and a city

Canal Ring

4.5/5Wonderful!(972 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Canal Ring. Check out top attractions like Flower Market and Rembrandt Square, and jump on the metro at Rembrandtplein Stop or Koningsplein Stop to see more of the city.

Canal Ring
Amsterdam North

Amsterdam North

4/5Very Good!(88 area reviews)

Amsterdam North is a destination travellers like for its waterfront views, and you might hop aboard the metro at Noord Station or Noorderpark Station to explore sights like NDSM Werf.

Amsterdam North
Amsterdam-Zuidoost showing boating and a river or creek

Zuidoost

4/5Very Good!(206 area reviews)

Known for its ample dining options and great live music, there's plenty to explore in Zuidoost. You can visit top attractions like Johan Cruyff Arena and Ziggo Dome, and jump on the metro at Gaasperplas Station or Kraaiennest Station to see more of the city.

Zuidoost
De Pijp featuring heritage architecture

De Pijp

4.5/5Wonderful!(133 area reviews)

Known for its abundant dining options and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in De Pijp. Top attractions like Albert Cuyp Market and Sarphatipark are major draws, and you can catch the metro at 2e van der Helststraat Stop or Ceintuurbaan Stop to see more of the city.

De Pijp

Top hotels in Amsterdam

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam Amstel
MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam Amstel
3 out of 5
Julianaplein 6, Amsterdam
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €78 per night

Located in Amsterdam East, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Amstel Business Park, Artis and Heineken Experience. Royal Theater Carre and RAI Exhibition ...

4.1/5Very Good! (465 reviews)

"This hotel doesn’t have telephones in the room, mini fridge or coffee makers, there are no conventional dressers to put your clothes in BUT, we made due and we loved the staff and the property. Everyone was wonderful to us, especially Jan, who makes the BEST latte Machiatto that we have ever had. ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam Amstel
citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Jan Plezierweg 2, Schiphol
The price is €99 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol, and within 9 mi (15 km) of RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (5,872 reviews)

"Great hotel to spend a night during a long layover, or just to have a meal between flights."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
4 out of 5
Schiphol Boulevard 701, Schiphol
The price is €162 per night

Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of World Trade Center Schiphol Airport and Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol. Amsterdamse ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,388 reviews)

"Very nice hotel. Easy access to the airport and a very friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Popular places to visit in Amsterdam

Anne Frank House
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Anne Frank House

4.5/5(778 reviews)

See where this brave and famous Jewish teenager hid from the Nazis during World War II and recorded her world-famous diary.

Van Gogh Museum
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Van Gogh Museum

4.5/5(723 reviews)

This modern museum houses the world’s largest collection of the legendary Dutch master painter who led a troubled life and never saw his work become famous.

Rijksmuseum
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Rijksmuseum

4.5/5(901 reviews)

This palatial building full of Dutch paintings and international artifacts is the country’s largest public-funded museum.

Dam Square
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Dam Square

4/5(2,088 reviews)

Amsterdam’s iconic square, with its cobbled stones and grand historical buildings, is a lively gathering place and venue for protests and celebrations.

Heineken Experience
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Heineken Experience

4.5/5(478 reviews)

Learn how a well-known Dutch beer is made, then drink a sample at this famous former brewery.

Leidseplein
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Leidseplein

4/5(892 reviews)

This lively square in the heart of Amsterdam’s cultural district offers dining and entertainment, with an array of theater, movie, music, comedy and street performances.

Top things to do in Amsterdam

Blue Boat Company Evening Cruise
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Blue Boat Company Evening Cruise

86% of travellers recommend
€20
Per adult
Dutch Countryside Tour with Windmills, Volendam & Marken
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Dutch Countryside Tour with Windmills, Volendam & Marken

88% of travellers recommend
€59
Per adult
Amsterdam XtraCold Icebar Tickets with Drinks
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Amsterdam XtraCold Icebar Tickets with Drinks

80% of travellers recommend
€23
Per adult
Guided Small-Group Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills
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Guided Small-Group Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills

94% of travellers recommend
€40
Per adult
Bruges Day Trip from Amsterdam
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Bruges Day Trip from Amsterdam

86% of travellers recommend
€85
Per adult
Blue Boat Company City Canal Cruise
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Blue Boat Company City Canal Cruise

82% of travellers recommend
€14
Per adult

Reviews of Amsterdam

4.7

Top Destination

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5 - Excellent 70.56442545536316%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 26.107488194288283%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.630987182370137%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.31481897908702494%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.38228018889138743%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Mar 2020

Amsterdam is a beautiful country and can’t wait to visit agen

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Mar 2020

I do like Amsterdam. It is a unique city and worth seeing. Full of history and things to see & do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Mar 2020

This place has so much to do, transport is easily accessible and easy to use. I hope to go back one day!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Mar 2020

Unfortunately for us the bars and museums were closed due to the coronavirus. we had a good time all the same.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Mar 2020

I enjoyed a canal trip very much. I would have gone to the Rijksmuseum but government museums were closed because of the coronavirus. Damm Inn Square was noisy, double glazing would be a great improvement.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

watch the birds in dam square they land on your head

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