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About Amsterdam

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Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has been a rich cultural hub for centuries thanks to travelers and traders. Located in North Holland, the city is famous for its iconic canal system, distinctive row houses, and eclectic range of museums, including the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Rijksmuseum.

Great public transit options include buses and streetcars, but bicycles are the quintessential mode of transportation in Amsterdam. The 250 miles of bike paths and 8,000 bike parking spaces make exploring the city on two wheels easy and fun.

The city's medieval center, or "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 during tulip season, stop by Keukenhof's botanical garden in mid-April for its vibrant collection of blooming flowers.

A variety of accommodations can be found across the city, from high-end hotels to cozy homestays and hostels. Schiphol—Amsterdam’s main airport—is just 9 miles southwest of the city and is connected by regular train services from the city center to the main terminal.

Tonight

From $43 per night

This weekend

From $109 per night

Next weekend

From $110 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.14
Language Dutch
Average weekend price $153 per night
Average weekday price $154 per night
Average 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.

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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 travelers say about Amsterdam

10

I loved Amsterdam!

December 15, 2021

I loved Amsterdam!!! Visited for 9 days, stayed in a boutique hotel & a hostel at the edge of Oosterpark called The Generator. Highly recommend the hostel, it was one of my favorite places I've stayed out of all my travels. They have their own restaurant, the chicken sandwich was delicious! On the opposite corner of the park is this nice little cafe/bar called Bar Bukowski. Great coffee, tasty red velvet cake, cool vibes. I loved eating breakfast cake here & just watching the morning scoot by. Getting around was easy peasy, it's a super walkable city with lots to see down every alleyway. You can rent a bike if you're brave enough to battle traffic! I just enjoyed moseying down streets & admiring the buildings & shop-lined streets, It's a supremely picturesque place to visit, stunning architecture, lush greenery, very easy to navigate. I took a million photos! As a solo traveler, it was fun to grab a snack (try fresh Stroopwafel!) & walk through the markets in City Centre. So much shopping! My absolute number 1 favorite shop is called Pansy, female-led art, illustration & design studio that specializes in pottery & cute bits. The owner of Pansy, Alina, is one of the sweetest cool girls I've ever met. Definitely a must visit! Right next door to Pansy is the BEST I'm not kidding the BEST pizza in the world. Pizzeria Romana. Not only are the people darling & funny but the food is to die for. I popped in on a rainy evening & they welcomed me like an old friend, it was lovely. I saw the new Wes Anderson movie at the Kriterion theater, what a cool place. I had a blast in Amsterdam, I highly recommend it whether you're traveling solo or with a group, there's so much adventure to be had!

Isacanbe
Isacanbe United States of America
8.0

Right now with the current limitations due to Covid (public...

December 7, 2021

Right now with the current limitations due to Covid (public venues, like restaurants, museums, etc. must close at 17h and supermarkets at 20h) you have just the chance ot grabbing some food in a supermarket and eat it in your hotel room. The entire city is dead after 17h. So probably a weekend is more than enough to visit what you can visit right now. Be careful when buying the tickets. GVB and Dutch railways tickets are not exchangeable (as it happens if you're used to Germany, when you buy tickets from the city public transportation system no matter who operates the transport).

NachoCR
NachoCR Spain
10

It’s a beautiful city that has so much to offer: food,...

November 26, 2021

It’s a beautiful city that has so much to offer: food, culture, history, architecture, beautiful scenery, and most of all FUN! Even though it is expensive, it’s worth the visit, and I’d do it again to be honest. Also, if you stay somewhere close to the train station, it’ll make your life so much easier😁

Anonymous Lebanon
10

I enjoyed my trip really much.

November 15, 2021

I enjoyed my trip really much. The atmosphere was great. There are many good places to eat and drink. Street food is good quality. In public transport dogs are allowed, this was super important for me. Although I was a bit disappointed because dogs are not allowed in canal cruises. However you can take your dog on a ferry.

Anna
Anna Poland
10

We had room service for dinner, the food/ service was...

November 14, 2021

We had room service for dinner, the food/ service was excellent. They DO NOT offer a hard copy menu in the room so that became a hassle. The intent is to order on line…we are too non-tech for that. They solved that by coming up to room and taking our order…now I call that “ 5 star room service”! The concierge was wonderful too, offering directions, trolly info and the best Chinese restaurant/ food we ever had.

Albert
Albert United States of America
10

One of the most beautiful, friendly, welcoming cities in...

October 23, 2021

One of the most beautiful, friendly, welcoming cities in Europe. The food, the people, the sights, the sounds, and most importantly the canals. With all the coffeeshops, musuems, parks, and restaurants there isnt enpugh time to explore the magnificent beauty of the dutch city of Amsterdam.

Mikels
Mikels United States of America

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