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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 $64 per night

This weekend

From $254 per night

Next weekend

From $334 per night

Most popular time to visit June-August
Cheapest time to visit December-February
Local currency € 1 = $1.13
Language Dutch
Average weekend price $132 per night
Average weekday price $139 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Great restaurant, "coffee shops" museums, etc.

March 25, 2019

Great restaurant, "coffee shops" museums, etc. Staying near Centraal Station gave us access to everywhere via Tram and Bus - much cheaper than taxi. Took trip to Keukenhof (30 miles from Amsterdam via tour bus - home of the Holland tulip gardens - only open March - May). Many European hotels have only 220V power, so bring a converter to your 110 appliances. Get Euros at an ATM machine and avoid the costly transaction fees at the airport currency booths.

Andrew United States of America

Murat the hotel owner was brilliant as were ALL the staff...

March 25, 2019

Murat the hotel owner was brilliant as were ALL the staff who couldn’t have done more to please Recommend the Hotel Larende to anyone as it is within easy reach of city centre by tram which stops 1 min away from hotel

Dino United Kingdom

Terrific city for taking in canals and just meandering along...

March 25, 2019

Terrific city for taking in canals and just meandering along the row houses. Amazing architecture, history, and multi-cultural vibe. Easy museums for families with teens include the Rembrandt House, MOCO, and Anne Frank House (tickets MUST be purchased two months in advance). The introductory program at the Anne Frank House is well worth it. Amsterdam is easy to navigate with a multi-day metro pass good for the metro, bus, and tram. Available from most hotels/hostels. Staying slightly outside of the downtown canal area (hotel Meneninger) can be more budget friendly and yet still easily accesible.

Jennifer United States of America

Amsterdam is a great place to explore many new things.

March 24, 2019

Amsterdam is a great place to explore many new things. Walking through all the neighborhoods and eating your way through is a must. Buy the tram chip card, I Amsterdam discount for museums, and engage with the people who are happy to converse.

Edward United States of America

Clean city.

March 23, 2019

Clean city. Trash cans everywhere they really make an effort for that. People are very friendly and helpful and make you feel welcomed. Safe city. Never feel in danger or anything like that. A lot of fun. Red light district is a great time with lots to do. Hop on hop off bus a great idea to see the major attractions in the city

Shaumik United States of America

Beautiful, friendly city with so much to see and do.

March 22, 2019

Beautiful, friendly city with so much to see and do. Easily walkable with many museums, churches, and historical sites to visit. Must sees—the Museumplein, Anne Frank House, Hermitage, new and old churches. Also caught a concert at AFAS Live. The Heineken Experience is a bit of a tourist trap, but interesting enough (with sample included).

Denise United States of America

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