Amsterdam

Amsterdam

With its characteristic canals (UNESCO World Heritage) surrounded by narrow, low and crooked 17th-century houses, Amsterdam is, without a doubt, one of the most charming capital cities in Europe. The rich cultural life and a wide range of entertainment make Amsterdam a full-scale city which has managed to retain its small-town feel. With over 50 museums, of which many are famous across the globe, this city is a real treat for art-lovers: highlights include the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum.
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    Sign up for a tour or excursion to discover a side of Amsterdam you might never see on your own. For example, a canal cruise is an absolute must for every first-time visitor. Amsterdam’s fantastic architecture is best seen from a sightseeing boat on the canals. But Amsterdam is also a great city to explore by bike or foot. Travel outside the city and experience the typically Dutch landscape of windmills, dikes and manicured green pastures. Stroll through quaint fishing villages, take a boat tour along the scenic waterways or cycle along the dunes.

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    Top sights in Amsterdam

    Grachtengordel

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    Van Gogh Museum

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    Heineken Experience

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    Magere Brug

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    Museumplein

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    Dam Square

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    Rijksmuseum

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    Canal Bus

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    What to do and see in Amsterdam

    Sure, everyone knows about the coffee shops — but what else is fun to do in Amsterdam? Holland’s capital city is a hub for happy cyclists, lazy beers by the canal, and art-lovers. As you start planning what to see, here are ten activities you can’t miss.

    Anne Frank House
    Whether you’ve read the diary or not, the Anne Frank House is a must-visit. If you want to avoid the tourist traffic, book a ticket in advance and hop to the front of the line.

    Amsterdam Canal Ring
    By boat or by land, you won’t be able to avoid Amsterdam’s famous canal ring. Go for a stroll, hop on a ferry tour or people-watch in a canal-side bar.

    Van Gogh Museum
    The Van Gogh Museum is home to the world’s largest Van Gogh collection, and one of the most popular museums in the world. Even the artistically uninterested love modern architecture (and free wifi).

    Museumplein
    Find your way to Museumplein, the “Museum Quarter” at the heart of the city. Three museums, lunchtime concerts in the Concertgebouw, plenty of shopping, and grassy green space.

    Red Light District
    Whether you’re looking for a museum, a “souvenir,” or some risque nightlife: the Red Light District is sure to delight and entertain.

    New Church
    A part-time wedding chapel for Dutch monarchs, New Church is Holland’s most important church and a historical cornerstone in Amsterdam. Between coronations, check out their rotating exhibits.

    Planning Your Amsterdam Visit

    How many days should you spend in Amsterdam?

    Three days in Amsterdam is more than enough time to see all the city’s biggest sights, plus head out of town for a quick day trip. That will give you enough time to hit the big sights, see the canals, and explore your way through some neighborhoods.

    Getting around town

    Amsterdam is an easy city to navigate. While the public transport is first class, most visitors find that the city is compact enough to be 100% walkable, save for the train to-and-from Schiphol Airport. Plus, you can easily rent a bicycle when the weather’s nice.

    How expensive is Amsterdam?

    While there are a couple big activities you will have to pay for (like the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum), Amsterdam is full of street markets and small independent galleries. And the city is so walkable that you won’t need to spend a lot on public transportation.

    Good to know

    Language

    Dutch and lots of English

    Currency

    Euro (€)

    Country Code

    +31

    Time Zone

    UTC (+01:00)

    Best time to visit

    There’s never a promise of good weather in Amsterdam, but you can expect milder temperatures and longer days between April and September. April is especially lovely — those famous tulips will be blooming, and you can celebrate Holland’s biggest holiday of the year, King’s Day.

    What people are saying about Amsterdam

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The best travel advice, buy the bus, tram and ferry ticket.
    I hit upon some sage advice to purchase the public travel ticket. The best advice as I used it every day it got me to everywhere I wanted to go and then some. The standard of service was exceptional, helpful staff ready to advise. Such a great time we had using this flexible travel ticket. Could not imagine visiting Amsterdam without getting it again.

    Amsterdam: Public Transport Ticket reviewed by keith

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Excellent display covering Vincent Van Gogh’s whole life
    An amazing collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s whole life from his birth to his tragic end. Very well displayed with good explanations. The audio guide was definitely worth paying for, explaining a lot. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The shop has a wide of Van Gogh themed items across a range of prices.

    Van Gogh Museum Ticket reviewed by Jon

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ One of the best tours and guides we have ever had!
    Our knowledgeable and personable guide Steve was very attuned to making the day what we wanted. His extensive knowledge of the area and its history, and his excellent command of English made listening to his comments and his sharing of the culture of his country fascinating. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR AND THIS GUIDE.

    Private Dutch Countryside Tour reviewed by Patricia

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Excellent, really convenient way to travel around Amsterdam.
    We bought the 5-day card and used the trams frequently to travel from our hotel to the center and around Amsterdam. It was a good value for money and completely took the hassle out of travelling around the city. We would definitely buy this type of card again.

    Amsterdam: Public Transport Ticket reviewed by Paul

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