Amsterdam

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Amsterdam featuring heritage architecture, night scenes and a city

Wander around a fairy-tale lattice of canals and captivating neighborhoods, where old-world charm is fused with modern luxury and world-famous nightlife.

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.

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Where to stay in Amsterdam

ibis Amsterdam Centre
ibis Amsterdam Centre
3 out of 5
Stationsplein 49, Amsterdam
The price is ¥10,285 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Herengracht Canal, Dam Square, and Madame Tussauds. Anne Frank House ...
4/5 Very Good! (970 reviews)
"Great view of the main canal, clean and relatively spacious room, convenient to train station, tram and downtown."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

ibis Amsterdam Centre
Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel and Conference Center
Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel and Conference Center
4 out of 5
Schiphol Boulevard 101, Schiphol
The price is ¥19,015 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from World Trade Center Schiphol Airport and within 9 mi (15 km) of Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,011 reviews)
"The biggest selling point is that it's right next to the Schiphol airport. Both check-in and check-out was fast. The room was clean and had everything I needed. They offered room service with a full menu, but I didn't order anything. The staff was very friendly."

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel and Conference Center
citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Jan Plezierweg 2, Schiphol
The price is ¥12,437 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol and within 9 mi (15 km) of Van Gogh Museum and RAI Exhibition and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,907 reviews)
"Staff member at check in EXTREMELY HELPFUL. Need USB OUTLETS in rooms. Need Hand rags in bathroom."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
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.
Cityden Up Amsterdam South
Cityden Up Amsterdam South
4 out of 5
Professor J.H. Bavincklaan 3, Amstelveen
The price is ¥8,331 per night from Feb 13 to Feb 14
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Amsterdamse Bos, Wagener Stadium, and Amstelpark. RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (705 reviews)
"We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The room was nice, spacious and quiet. It has lovely duvet bedding and a well equiped kitchen (I loved the Nespresso machine). The bathroom was also quite big and I enjoyed the nice smelling handsoap and bodywash / shampoo. Very convenient were the washing ..."

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

Cityden Up Amsterdam South
Adagio Amsterdam City South
Adagio Amsterdam City South
3.5 out of 5
Professor J H Bavinckln 5, Amstelveen, NL
The price is ¥10,644 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly aparthotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Amsterdamse Bos and within 3 mi (5 km) of RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (332 reviews)
"The property is great, very quiet, easy access to several supermarkets and good restaurants The only negative thing is the wifi needs signing in everyday, and sometime id down or "not safe", as classified by google security"

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2021

Adagio Amsterdam City South
Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments Amsterdam Suites
Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments Amsterdam Suites
4 out of 5
De Ruijterkade 127, Amsterdam
The price is ¥14,530 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Public Library and Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA). Dam Square and Anne Frank ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (381 reviews)
"Stayed in 2019. Good value, spacious and clean. Close to the station and only 15 minute walk to Dam Square"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2021

Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments Amsterdam Suites
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