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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

Red Light District which includes street scenes, a city and a church or cathedral

Red Light District

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

The fascinating museums, popular shops and acclaimed art galleries are notable features of Red Light District. Make a stop by National Monument or Body Worlds while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Amsterdam Central Metro Station to get around town.

Red Light District
Amsterdam which includes a river or creek, a city and boating

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

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

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Damrak 1-5, Amsterdam
The price is €135 per night from 21 Oct to 22 Oct

Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church, National Monument and Madame Tussauds. Amsterdam ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,354 reviews)

"I love Amsterdam! This hotel is very modern and convenient to everything. Will definitely stay here again and again."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2020

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
Citiez Hotel Amsterdam
Citiez Hotel Amsterdam
3 out of 5
Osdorpplein 372A, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
The price is €46 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

Located in Nieuw-West, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of De Meervaart Theater and Sloterpark and Sloterplas. World Fashion Centre and Van Gogh Museum are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (984 reviews)

"30 minute tram ride into the centre of Amsterdam. Rooms extremely small but very clean and comfortable bed."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

Citiez Hotel Amsterdam
The Alfred Hotel
The Alfred Hotel
3 out of 5
Cornelis Schuytstraat 58-60, Amsterdam
The price is €42 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Located in Museum Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Concertgebouw, Vondelpark and Museum Square. Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are also within ...

3.9/5Good! (1,575 reviews)

"Enjoyed my experience staying at the Alfred Hotel."…"

Reviewed on 25 May 2020

The Alfred Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Amsterdam

Adagio Amsterdam City South
Adagio Amsterdam City South
3.5 out of 5
Professor J H Bavinckln 5, Amstelveen, NL
The price is €86 per night from 19 Nov to 20 Nov

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Amsterdamse Bos and within 3 miles (5 km) of World Trade Center and RAI Exhibition and Congress ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (304 reviews)

"The hotel was clean, the only recommendation is to paint the walls. The aparthotel was displayed on their website was exactly what we experienced. Two bedroom and two bathrooms was big enough for three guest. Full kitchen was convenient and saved money for eating out. The hotel also offered breakfast ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Adagio Amsterdam City South
Plantage Hortus Apartments
Plantage Hortus Apartments
4 out of 5
Plantage Muidergracht, Amsterdam
The price is €60 per night from 22 Oct to 23 Oct

Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Hortus Botanicus, Artis and Hermitage Amsterdam. Rembrandt Square and ...

3.5/5Good! (143 reviews)

"This place is very unique and bigger than I anticipated. The one thing I wasn’t happy about was the shower drain, it was extremely slow draining, and when you have a group of guys who have been traveling all day it makes it a pretty big inconvenience. Thank being said it was a nice stay overall."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Plantage Hortus Apartments
Amsterdam ID Aparthotel
Amsterdam ID Aparthotel
3 out of 5
Naritaweg 51, Amsterdam
The price is €69 per night from 21 Oct to 22 Oct

Located in Westpoort, this spa aparthotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Anne Frank House, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Flower Market and University of Amsterdam. Heineken ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (733 reviews)
Great Spot!

"The hotel is very convenient for travel from Airport and going around town. Couple mins walk to sloterdijk station. Staff was very helpful & friendly, Trevor was pleasant and informative. Rooms are great, large bathroom and all you need under one roof. Comfy hard beds, warm shower, lots of towels, ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Amsterdam ID Aparthotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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.

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.

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.

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

I amsterdam City Card
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I amsterdam City Card

€65
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Van Gogh Museum Tickets
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Van Gogh Museum Tickets

€21
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Blue Boat Company Evening Cruise
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Blue Boat Company Evening Cruise

€23
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Heineken Experience Admission Ticket
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Heineken Experience Admission Ticket

€18
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Volendam, Marken & Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam
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Volendam, Marken & Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam

€31
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Amsterdam: Brothel Tour with Sex Worker Guide
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Amsterdam: Brothel Tour with Sex Worker Guide

€15
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Amsterdam

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 26.10161870503597%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.6303956834532376%
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5/5 - Excellent

Sam

7 Jun 2020

Would recommend for all ages

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.

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