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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

citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Jan Plezierweg 2, Schiphol
The price is ¥9,996 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 11
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,249 reviews)
"I loved Citizen M. A room with a beautiful view: departing planes. The staff was very friendly and all the modern stuff (lights, tv, windows) , all ‘remote controls’ centrally organized on one Ipad. The shower was very nice. It is the 4th time I stayed in still hotel and I hope there will be many ..."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
Pulitzer Amsterdam
Pulitzer Amsterdam
5 out of 5
Prinsengracht 323, Amsterdam
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥41,986 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
This family-friendly Amsterdam hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of The 9 Streets and Anne Frank House. Madame Tussauds and Royal Palace ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (992 reviews)
Gorgeous hotel, highly recommend.
"Georgeous hotel in a perfect location in Amsterdam. Absolutely recommend - we were lucky enough to be upgraded from a 'Cosy Suite' to a full suite with a canal view - they also left some wine with a card and some cute balloons for our anniversary. Highly recommend a stay here - only downfall I will ..."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2020

Pulitzer Amsterdam
Room Mate Aitana
Room Mate Aitana
4 out of 5
IJDok 6, Amsterdam
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥14,161 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Herengracht Canal and Anne Frank House. Dam Square and Royal Palace are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (982 reviews)
"It was ok. But there was not any Expedia benefit in the hotel."

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

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