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Amsterdam: the city's best neighborhoods

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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 $44 per night

This weekend

From $71 per night

Next weekend

From $78 per night

Most popular time to visit June-August
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.09
Language Dutch
Average weekend price $160 per night
Average weekday price $164 per night
Average stay 2 nights

Points of interest in Amsterdam

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Going Dutch – 15 of Amsterdam’s favourite foods

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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

8.0

Depends on why you are going and when.

May 20, 2020

Depends on why you are going and when. If you are into the museums, history, and charm, then I think 3 - 4 days will do it. Highlights for me: Va Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Resistance Museum, Royal Palace, and just walking around. Also, I recommend the Prostitution Museum, which is about more than prostitution. It also talks about the sex trade. I've heard you can do a walking tour of the red light district, so I would do that if I could. You can get more information about the sex trade and social issues; it's not all just about sex and drugs. Transit passes are easy to obtain and good for getting around, but you can also just walk. If you use the transit pass, remember to flash it getting on and off. I've been twice for work, and I was having trouble finding a lot to do the second time around, as it was raining a lot. If the weather had been nicer, I would have been able to find more to do. Also, if you take day trips out of the city, that would increase the time you want to spend there. Note that many museums are only open on certain days. If you want to party and get high, you could probably stay longer. The city seemed grittier my second visit, and smelled more of pot than my first visit. Could have been due to spring break timing of second visit. My hotel helped me find a part of town that locals inhabit, and it was far nicer than the main tourist area. If you need a message, there is a small place in the square where the main church and palace is located, near a transit stop. It's run by a group of Asian women, and it was the best massage I've ever had in a sitting position. She made me what to puke, but she worked that knot right out of my shoulder. Cash only.

lucasjam
lucasjam United States of America
10

well Amsterdam is a must visit city and I have done it four...

April 4, 2020

well Amsterdam is a must visit city and I have done it four times till now. Let me start with people, a cultural citizens is what I can describe the city people, friendly and never hesitate to offer help and directions. Food is amazing for all nationalities and restaurants are covering all tastes, Mappa , the sea food bar, chicken bar, Lebanese sajeria , butcher and more are places that everyone must try. shopping is amazing here not only at Amsterdam but at the two hours by train roermond outlet. trains, trams and even taxis are always available. the city is safe in general. I have always stayed at dam so that is my advice do not go far from it as all attractions can be reached from there. hotels recent attitude towards offering upgrade is annoying honestly as if they want to make the maximum profit out of you but I only suffered it during my last trip. Of course museums for art lovers can be found in Amsterdam.

Ahmed
Ahmed Bahrain
10

We arrived 5 March, a few days before aggressive measures...

March 21, 2020

We arrived 5 March, a few days before aggressive measures were needed to control coronavirus. So, things were pretty normal at first but ultimately all museums and the like, then all restaurants and bars, had to be closed. But, we loved our Amsterdam experience (apart from corona virus worries) and the staff of our hotel, Hotel Beethoven, went out of their way to be helpful and supportive. Amsterdam is very walkable city, public transportation cheap and easy to use, food options are endless and wonderful, and the well publicized sites and museums (Riksmuseum, Van Gogh, etc.) are, if anything, better than advertised.

Wilbur
Wilbur United States of America
10

The city is very beautiful for walking.

March 20, 2020

The city is very beautiful for walking. There are many interesting shops, cafes to visit. I would recommend to visit the city during late spring - summer - autumn when the trees have leaves, then you will get the right image of the city landscape. Take a boat tour to enjoy the canals view and just walk in the parks, it's beautiful.

Anonymous Estonia
8.0

I booked a trip to Amsterdam to see a live TV event, only to...

March 15, 2020

I booked a trip to Amsterdam to see a live TV event, only to discover that the event was canceled due to coronavirus concerns and I couldn't change my booking. Luckily I was able to find a group of people who still needed a teammate for an escape room. It took some effort and some money, but that saved my weekend. (We escaped The Cabin in the Woods from Escape World in 55 minutes and 59 seconds). Getting around is easy, all public transport is properly signposted. If you are nearby Vondelpark, go eat in Vondel CS.

StijnH
StijnH Netherlands
10

love Amsterdam.

March 14, 2020

love Amsterdam.Lots to see and do for all ages.Very easy to get around with trams to all the main sites Rained a lot when I was there but there is so much to see at all the museums so the rain didn't bother me and the canal cruise was a favourite and picked a good day for that. Was my third trip to Amsterdam but this trip was after a very long time when I had small children in tow so was now able to really appreciate all the archtecture and history.

Anonymous United Kingdom

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