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Amsterdam
Travel Guide

The capital of the Netherlands is famed for its 17th-century canal network, gabled houses, museums and coffee shop culture.

Known as the Venice of the North, Amsterdam is a city based on a network of semi-circular canals, with hundreds of bridges. Amsterdam’s famous museums and trademark coffee shops are popular daytime haunts, while the crowds flock to the bars and clubs around the squares at night. Amsterdammers love speaking English and are known for their liberalism. This multicultural capital welcomes everyone!

Narrow, cobbled streets, limited parking and crisscrossing trams make sightseeing by car too complex. Instead, explore the compact city center by foot, rent a bike or take public transport. Book a canal cruise to see the old city center in just an hour. You’ll learn about Amsterdam’s remarkable history and see fine examples of its iconic gabled houses.

Amsterdam has its roots in the 13th century, but its famous canal district was developed in the 17th century. The Canal Ring is now a world heritage site. One of the many monuments here is the Anne Frank House.

On central Dam Square, tour the old Royal Palace and admire the wax statues in Madame Tussauds. Nearby is the Red Light District. Its narrow streets full of adult entertainment venues lead to the more family-friendly Nieuwmarkt, a square surrounded by eateries.

Just outside the Canal Ring is the Museum Quarter. Don’t miss the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum; both have collections of paintings by world-famous Dutch masters. Relax on the grass of nearby Vondelpark. From here, it’s an easy stroll to the Leidseplein, a hub for music and nightlife.

Since the 1970s, coffee shops have allowed visitors to enjoy the city in a more relaxed state of mind. If you’d rather drink than smoke, visit a pub to order the local beer. A typical Dutch lager tastes even better after visiting the old brewery for the Heineken Experience.

Young travelers are drawn to Amsterdam for its promise of revelry. Those after a more refined cultural experience are also easily entertained in this beautifully preserved city with typical Dutch hospitality.

Where to stay in Amsterdam

Top Hotels in Amsterdam

YOTELAIR Amsterdam Schiphol - Transit Hotel
YOTELAIR Amsterdam Schiphol - Transit Hotel
3 out of 5
Vertrekpassage 118, Schiphol
The price is CA $277 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from World Trade Center Schiphol Airport and within 9 mi (15 km) of Vondelpark and Leidseplein. Melkweg ...

3.8/5Good! (351 reviews)

"It was too expensive and the shower gets water everywhere."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 15, 2020

YOTELAIR Amsterdam Schiphol - Transit Hotel
Ramada by Wyndham Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Ramada by Wyndham Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
4 out of 5
Sloterweg 299, Badhoevedorp
The price is CA $72 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

This family-friendly Badhoevedorp hotel is located near the airport, 5.4 mi (8.7 km) from Van Gogh Museum, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Leidseplein and Heineken ...

4/5Very Good! (1,132 reviews)

"Good and convenient shuttle service.... the COVID restrictions are limiting their services"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

Ramada by Wyndham Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Hotel Mai Amsterdam
Hotel Mai Amsterdam
4 out of 5
30 Geldersekade, Amsterdam, NH
The price is CA $77 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Amsterdam Chinatown, Body Worlds, and Rembrandt House Museum. Dam Square and Madame ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (118 reviews)

"Wonderdull .. on all the point .."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2020

Hotel Mai Amsterdam
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Amsterdam

Cityden The Garden Amsterdam South
Cityden The Garden Amsterdam South
4 out of 5
Stroombaan 1, Amstelveen
The price is CA $103 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Located in Stadshart, this aparthotel is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Amsterdamse Bos and within 6 mi (10 km) of Johan Cruyff Arena and Van Gogh Museum. Rijksmuseum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (291 reviews)

"Country, Town, Hotel- places to return and enjoy. Staff ready to advice and help."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

Cityden The Garden Amsterdam South
Cityden Up Amsterdam South
Cityden Up Amsterdam South
4 out of 5
Professor J.H. Bavincklaan 3, Amstelveen
The price is CA $99 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Amsterdamse Bos, Wagener Stadium, and Amstelpark. Vondelpark and RAI Exhibition and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (694 reviews)

"It was very comfortable stay with all facilities."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 31, 2020

Cityden Up Amsterdam South
Short Stay Group Amsterdam Harbour Serviced Apartments
Short Stay Group Amsterdam Harbour Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Prins Hendrikkade, Amsterdam
The price is CA $103 per night from Mar 28 to Mar 29

Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Nemo Science Museum and Artis. Rembrandt Square and Dam Square are also ...

3.6/5Good! (280 reviews)
Love it!

"Beautiful!!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 31, 2020

Short Stay Group Amsterdam Harbour Serviced Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Amsterdam

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Apr 16, 2020

Just an all round good place to stay, great staff and perfect location.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 12, 2020

Amsterdam is an amazing city with so much to do and see. Ranging from the Anne Frank house, to the Van Gogh Museum; it has something for everyone. The cafes are amazing and cute, and the food is delicious!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 11, 2020

Amsterdam are good city. Bikers are crazy. a lot of nice and interstig places.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 20, 2020

Well worth the visit! Not for earlier risers but for late nighters it was a playground. A great walking or biking city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 9, 2020

We went clubbing and it was an amazing experience. Escape is a good size club and packed with people. Amsterdam is clean and people are friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 6, 2020

Best city in the world

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