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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.


From $47 per night

Next weekend

From $121 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.17
Language Dutch
Average weekend price $132 per night
Average weekday price $131 per night
Average stay 2 nights

Points of interest in Amsterdam

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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

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


We walked( 14 miles one day) we rented bikes, we used our...

September 11, 2021

We walked( 14 miles one day) we rented bikes, we used our Eurail pass and took day trips. Amsterdam is a perfect destination and starting point to see some of Belgium and The Netherlands. Everyone speaks English. You can eat every type of food and it’s often very good. Not an inexpensive city but worth the cost overall

Linda United States of America

a beautiful city with a lot to offer despite the cold rain.

August 30, 2021

a beautiful city with a lot to offer despite the cold rain. sunny canal walks, thousands of restaurants/bars/desert shops/coffee shps are just waiting for you with an energetic vibe and different tastes and smells. you just have to go out of the hotel and you'll be electrified.

Andreea Romania

Great museums.

August 29, 2021

Great museums. City is beautiful during the day before the tourists and city workers take over every seat at every cafe, bar and restaurant. City was very busy with tourists despite Covid. Skip the canal cruises. Don't see much, just meandering through the canals.

Ronald United States of America

Nice city with loads of things to do, good to book the boat...

August 25, 2021

Nice city with loads of things to do, good to book the boat trip which shows you most of the sightseeing, the 1 hour trip is ca 12€ p.p., you can also try all kind of cheese in the cheese houses in their show rooms, all museums are reachable in short walk distance tickets to buy in the same adventure centrum, train station close as well, you can also rent a bike and make a bike tour, I will definitely come back - and if you love pancakes, try one at the original Dutch pancake company, they´re amazing!

Pavlína Ireland

The people of Amsterdam complain too much about tourists.

August 16, 2021

The people of Amsterdam complain too much about tourists. They should realise these tourists are keeping their local taxes relatively low. Tourists should respect the Dutch/Amsterdam habits more. If you don't know how to use a bicycle or how to stay in the cycling lanes; don't rent one. This is not the place to learn how to use these things and annoy the native inhabitants of Amsterdam. Try your backyard to learn

Wim United States of America

Great for solo travelers, but also great for couples,...

August 4, 2021

Great for solo travelers, but also great for couples, friends... it's fun city no matter the circumstances. I traveled in 7/2021, so the COVID precautions were still in place - I recommend reserving your activities (museum entry, for example) prior to arriving. I can't wait to go back - I only had a few days and wish I did more!

Nicole United States of America

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