Amsterdam Travel Guide


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    Amsterdam was originally a small fishing village that turned into one of the Old World's busiest ports. It later became the center of culture and commerce. Also known as the Venice of the North, this Dutch city has numerous seventeenth-century canals that have been included in the UNESCO World Heri...

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Hotels in Amsterdam (458 Hotels) See All Amsterdam Hotels

  • Hotel Fita

    Seen within Amsterdam, Hotel Fita is comfortably located in close proximity to Ab Donkers, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Other crowd-pleasing tourist at...

  • The Toren

    The Toren is among the ideal, premium places to lodge in Amsterdam. Nicely located nearby Gallery Hamer, See Amsterdam - Canal Cruises and Walking Tours and Architectura ...

  • AMBASSADE HOTEL

    AMBASSADE HOTEL is among the ideal, premium places to lodge in Amsterdam. Nicely found near Koan Float, Bible Museum (Bijbels Museum) and Evenaar, AMBASSADE HOTEL is sinc...

  • Hotel Estheréa

    Found in Amsterdam, Hotel Estheréa is a luxury hotel opportunely located in close proximity to Amsterdam Boat Center, Evenaar and Cafe the Minds. Some other visited touri...

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  • Concertgebouw

    Concertgebouw

    2 Concertgebouwplein

    The Royal Concertgebouw is a concert hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Dutch term "concertgebouw"...

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  • Van Gogh Museum

    Van Gogh Museum

    Paulus Potterstraat ...

    The Van Gogh Museum is an art museum in Amsterdam in the Netherlands dedicated to the works of Vinc...

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  • Mark Raven Art

    Mark Raven Art

    Nieuwezijds Voorburg...

    Local Stores and Services, Attractions, Stores, Arts and Culture
  • Rockarchive

    Rockarchive

    Prinsengracht 110

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About Amsterdam

Amsterdam was originally a small fishing village that turned into one of the Old World's busiest ports. It later became the center of culture and commerce. Also known as the Venice of the North, this Dutch city has numerous seventeenth-century canals that have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Netherland's capital offers many historic and cultural sites to explore, plus world-class cuisine and great camaraderie with the locals.

Must-See Attractions

Three canals divide Amsterdam into 90 islands, which mimic the city of Venice in Italy. Explore the streets and bridges interlinking these islands. Swing by the old Jewish quarters known as Waterlooplein, which has an open-air market, and visit Anne Frank's house, which is open to the public at Prinsengracht 263. Check out the numerous buildings, churches, museums, and award-winning bridges all over the city. These include the Heineken Brewery, which is now a museum; Artis, which is the country's oldest zoo; Keukenhof or the Garden of Europe, which is the largest spring flower garden in the world; and Bloemenmarkt, which is the world's only floating flower market.

Things to Do

Whenever you're in Amsterdam, don't miss the opportunity to visit Madam Tussauds and be amazed at the lifelike wax replicas of famous people around the world. Bring the kids to the NEMO Science Centre, which is housed in a building that's shaped like a ship's hull, and experience the wonder of scientific discovery and technology as you learn with them. Other child-friendly places to see include a glow-in-the-dark mini golf and an all-you-can-eat pancake cruise through the city's beautiful canals as well as animal farms, outdoor and indoor playgrounds, sandy beaches, and many more.

Meanwhile, adults can check out Amsterdam's vibrant nightlife on Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein, and also the city's well-known red light district in the quays. The city also has terraced cafes and bistros like Venice, multicultural restaurants, and discotheques, among others. Other suggested activities include taking the Amsterdam Canal Cruise, which travels through the city's world-famous waterways, and riding the Hop On Hop Off City Sightseeing bus.

Events and Festivals

Throughout the month of June, Amsterdam celebrates an international festival for music, film, art, theater and opera. In October, a canal race along with a marathon and dance event is held. Apart from the 420 celebration in April, the city holds its own cannabis competition every November.

Basic Visitor Info

At the heart of the city, people mostly walk or bike everywhere they go because parking fees are expensive and many streets are either one-way or permanently inaccessible to vehicles. If a car is needed for long-distance transportation, then carpooling or car sharing is encouraged. Other forms of transportation include buses, trains, coaches, ferries, and water taxis.

Amsterdam's appeal is in the myriad of experiences that it offers to millions of tourists from around the world. As a flourishing center of culture, commerce, music, film and the arts, the Kingdom of Netherland's capital city has become one of the highly progressive model societies we have today.

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