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As the Netherlands' culture-packed capital, Amsterdam has always been a hotspot for holidaymakers. This enticing slice of North Holland is renowned for its iconic criss-crossing canals, distinctive narrow houses and an eclectic range of museums including the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.

Main public transport options include buses and trams, but bicycles rule when it comes to getting around. With around 400 km of bike paths and almost 8,000 parking spaces, exploring on two wheels makes taking in the main sights a breeze.

The city's medieval centre, known as Centrum, showcases many points of interest synonymous with Amsterdam tourism, including canals, traditional architecture and the famous nightlife of the Red Light District. If you're visiting in tulip season, a stopover at nearby Keukenhof's botanical garden in mid-April provides sweeping views of multicoloured flowers in bloom.

A variety of accommodation can be found all over the city, from high-end hotels to cosy hostels and homestays. The main airport of Schiphol is 15 km southwest of the city and offers regular train services between the main terminal and city centre.


From £46 per night

This weekend

From £191 per night

Next weekend

From £162 per night

Most popular time to visit June–August
Cheapest time to visit December–February
Local currency € 10 = £8.90
Language Dutch
Average weekend price £133 per night
Average weekday price £137 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Going Dutch – 15 of Amsterdam’s favourite foods

World-famous cheese, sweet treats and unusual flavours.

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Amsterdam in winter

With cosy cafés and frozen canals to skate on, Amsterdam in winter is pretty as a picture.


A seasonal guide to Amsterdam

Summertime might be Amsterdam’s peak season, but the city has much to offer year-round.

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8 Amsterdam craft beer spots you can’t miss

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Amsterdam’s overlooked parks: A photo journal

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Amsterdam reviews

What other travellers say about Amsterdam


We loved everything about it, great place, people very...

20 November 2018

We loved everything about it, great place, people very friendly, would definitely go back again. For atmosphere, you have to visit The Three Sisters pub in Rembrandtplein, great staff, drinks and food. If you want a laugh you must visit the sex museum up near central station.!! A canal cruise is a must too.


Amsterdam is a great place.

20 November 2018

Amsterdam is a great place. It is easy to get around, by public transport, bikes or walking. If you are walking, please be aware of the cyclists, they are everywhere! If you want to visit the Anne Frank museum, you must book online beforehand.

Anonymous United Kingdom

Love it but disappointed the red light district is not what...

19 November 2018

Love it but disappointed the red light district is not what it used to be. Also it’s a shame Anne franks house is now a commercial money making scheme. I saw the original and I’m happy about that. Lilly’s serves really good food. Are there twice.

BALBIR United Kingdom

Beautiful Amsterdam.

19 November 2018

Beautiful Amsterdam. Travelling with two kids we visited the Nemo science museum and stayed on the Boatel there in the harbour. The boatel was noisy, the walls are just plywood, the kids slept through the drunken girls who crashed into their room at past midnight. The science museum was world class, really really good and lots in’ English Too. We loved Ripleys believe it or not. It was great to soak up the atmosphere. We would have liked to have visited Anne Franks house but the queue was too long for the kids. We can always get a good green juice in this city and it’s such a visual feast, the canals and streets. I particularly love the Old Town to just wall around.

Anonymous France

The historical monuments, beautiful landscape, canals and...

18 November 2018

The historical monuments, beautiful landscape, canals and the great people of Holland made it a worthwhile experience. The well connected road and rail networkets made getting around so easy. Great places to eat including African restaurants.

Femi Nigeria

Body Worlds was so interesting, Anne Frank house a must but...

18 November 2018

Body Worlds was so interesting, Anne Frank house a must but if you don’t like crowds in small places give it a miss! General area is beautiful, canals lovely, night life lively if you want it, quiet if you don’t. La Perla the best pizzas outside Italy!

Lynn United Kingdom

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