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Amsterdam: the city's best neighbourhoods

Find a great area to stay in Amsterdam

About Amsterdam

Including tips for the best time to visit Amsterdam

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

Next weekend

From £85 per night

Most popular time to visit June–August
Cheapest time to visit March–May
Local currency € 10 = £9
Language Dutch
Average weekend price £153 per night
Average weekday price £158 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

Points of interest in Amsterdam

Stay near the top sightseeing spots in Amsterdam

Latest articles featuring Amsterdam

Inspiration and insider tips for what to do in Amsterdam

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

Beer in the Dutch capital has never tasted so good.

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Amsterdam’s overlooked parks: A photo journal

A photographic journey through Amsterdam’s often overlooked green spaces.

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Amsterdam reviews

What other travellers say about Amsterdam


There is plenty for every need: culture, nature, socializing...

4 June 2020

There is plenty for every need: culture, nature, socializing, shopping, drinking, food, (naughtiness), and boats! The only thing to keep in mind is that drinks (including water and soda), and transport are more expensive here, other prices are fairly normal. If you like combining 'culture, museums, and history' with 'shopping, going out, and dining in' this is a place for you! And all in a few minutes walking! But if you don't like walking you can always can a public transport (ov) card for the day, or more.

marij Belgium

Dutch are very friendly :)

20 May 2020

Dutch are very friendly :) Just been for a long weekend, what a great place. Travelling around is so easy and the choise of restaurants and places to visit is endless and the dutch are so friendly and helpfull.

Anonymous United Kingdom

Amsterdam is my favourite city to visit.

14 May 2020

Amsterdam is my favourite city to visit. There is so much to do and everywhere is so accessible either by foot, bus or of course bicycle. The people are some of the friendliest in the world and are always happy to help travellers along the way. Amsterdam is great for both a short and longer stay, I personally think 3nights/4 days is perfect!

Aisling Ireland

Communication to the client.

11 May 2020

Communication to the client. I did not receive any update in regards to the the COVID-19 situation this is extremely unprofessional. No communication in regards to what happened to my booking there was a travel restriction to Amsterdam like common!!!!

Adaeze United Kingdom

the beach area is my favourite place to go Zandvoort...

5 May 2020

the beach area is my favourite place to go Zandvoort bloemendaal all along that coastal area i also like to visit utrecht in the winter time to the jaarburs arena still to visit other places in the netherlands it feels like part of me belongs there and my partner We love the people the music festivals and culture not so keen on the busy areas only through personal choice overall 10/10 been every year the past 5 years

Anonymous United Kingdom

Love the atmosphere of this city!

10 April 2020

Love the atmosphere of this city! Would recommend walks or bike rides along the canals and Amstel river. I've been here many times and just can't get enough of the views. Great (rooftop) bars and restaurants. Not like any other European capital because of the Dutch architecture, canals, infrastructure for walking and biking and of course the red light district.

Rianne Netherlands

Popular places to stay in Amsterdam

Stay in some of the best accommodation Amsterdam has to offer