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Visit Amsterdam

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.

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Where to stay in Amsterdam

Amsterdam showing flowers, interior views and a garden

Amsterdam City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,150 area reviews)

The Old Church (Oude Kerk) and Madame Tussauds are a few top attractions in Amsterdam City Centre. Hop around the city on the metro at Nieuwmarkt Station or Waterlooplein Station and check out the area's fascinating museums, charming cafés, and popular shops.

Amsterdam City Centre
Amsterdam. Again. Never get tired of it though.

Amsterdam West

4.5/5Wonderful!(343 area reviews)

The fascinating museums and charming cafés are top of the list for many visitors to Amsterdam West. A stop by Vondelpark or Westergasfabriek Culture Park might round out your trip.

Amsterdam West
Canal Ring which includes a river or creek, a marina and a city

Canal Ring

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,322 area reviews)

Visit these semi-circular canals built in the 17th century to see why Amsterdam got the nickname “The Venice of the North.”

Canal Ring
Shame got too windy for me to go on them swings on the roof.. Maybe 😁

Amsterdam North

4/5Very Good!(38 area reviews)

Cross the river IJ to find one of Amsterdam’s most artistic and innovative neighborhoods, with trendy facilities and art hubs in former warehouses and ultra-modern buildings.

Amsterdam North
Amsterdam

Jordaan

You'll enjoy the breweries and churches in Jordaan. You might want to make time for a stop at The 9 Streets or Electric Ladyland.

Jordaan
Heineken Experience which includes interior views

Museum Quarter

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,160 area reviews)

Fascinating museums and popular shops are a few of the things travelers enjoy most about Museum Quarter. A visit to Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum is also recommended, and you can jump aboard the metro at Vijzelgracht Station to get around town.

Museum Quarter

Top Hotels in Amsterdam

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Jan Plezierweg 2, Schiphol
¥10,534
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (5,527 reviews)

"I was there for business. First time at this hotel I was very surprise (good) New style!!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
4 out of 5
Piet Heinkade 11, Amsterdam
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥14,014
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31

This family-friendly Amsterdam hotel is located on the waterfront, just steps from Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ and Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA). National Maritime ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,135 reviews)

"It’s wonderful in general and the environment perfect , the staff was amazing and the breakfast very tasty and services excellent and everything there is . Thank you so much if I come again to Amsterdam I will choice you again ."…"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel & Conference Center
Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel & Conference Center
4 out of 5
Schiphol Boulevard 101, Schiphol
¥15,131
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Situated near the airport, 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. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,998 reviews)

"Just a few steps away from the terminal, great for an overnight layover at Schiphol. The great international selection of TV channels was great - languages running the gamut, English, Dutch, German, Russian, French, Spanish, Chinese, at least. Fast checkout by just dropping keys and a form into a ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Popular things to do in Amsterdam

Anne Frank House
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Anne Frank House

See where this brave and famous Jewish teenager hid from the Nazis during World War II and recorded her world-famous diary.

Van Gogh Museum
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Van Gogh Museum

This modern museum houses the world’s largest collection of the legendary Dutch master painter who led a troubled life and never saw his work become famous.

Rijksmuseum
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Rijksmuseum

This palatial building full of Dutch paintings and international artifacts is the country’s largest public-funded museum.

Dam Square
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Dam Square

Amsterdam’s iconic square, with its cobbled stones and grand historical buildings, is a lively gathering place and venue for protests and celebrations.

Johan Cruyff Arena
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Johan Cruyff Arena

Catch an event at Johan Cruyff Arena, and enjoy other activities in Amsterdam such as biking. Experience the acclaimed art scene and great live music in this vibrant area.

Heineken Experience
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Heineken Experience

Learn how a well-known Dutch beer is made, then drink a sample at this famous former brewery.

Top activities in Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum Tickets
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Van Gogh Museum Tickets

¥2,562

Discover the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh masterpieces with tickets to this eponymous museum. The exhibits are arranged chronologically so you can follow the artist’s biography and technical development.

Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Tickets
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Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Tickets

¥2,562

8000 artistic and historical objects tell the story of 800 years of Dutch history, from the year 1200 right up to the present. The Rijksmuseum, which in English means The State Museum, exists for more that two hundred years and today belongs to the most breathtaking museums in the world.

NIGHT CRUISE AMSTERDAM
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NIGHT CRUISE AMSTERDAM

¥2,714

Our Evening Cruise is a 90 minute night cruise that introduces you to the unique vibe of Amsterdam by night. Thousands of lights highlight the hundreds of bridges and the iconic buildings alongside the canals. Our waiter welcomes you on board our comfortable, luxurious boat.

I amsterdam City Card
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I amsterdam City Card

¥7,841

Swing through Amsterdam's can't-miss sights and must-see attractions with one convenient card. With the I amsterdam City Card, you can pop into museums, galleries, and gardens, whisk around town on the city's buses and trams, and enjoy a scenic cruise to check out Amsterdam's iconic canal houses up close.

Heineken Experience Admission Ticket
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Heineken Experience Admission Ticket

¥2,196

A warm welcome, a cool beer. 1867 was a ‘dam good year for beer. It was the year Gerard Adriaan Heineken built a new brewery in the heart of Amsterdam. Today, the Heineken Experience opens up a real ‘dam experience.

Master Pianist Concert at The Royal Concertgebouw
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Master Pianist Concert at The Royal Concertgebouw

¥7,943

Visit: Concertgebouwplein 10 Museum Quarter, 1071 LN Amsterdam The Netherlands Master Pianists series The Master Pianists series has existed since 1987 and is organised by Riaskoff Concert Management, an internationally renowned management agency for classical musicians.

Reviews of Amsterdam

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Ashwak

Jan 17, 2020

Clean, nice , best things tulips and cheese this is my self find it there and the river everywhere nice view

5/5 - Excellent

J

Jan 16, 2020

Love Love Love Traveling to Amsterdam. Its a great

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 15, 2020

Best part of my trip! Amsterdam was lovely

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 9, 2020

Amsterdam was a mixed bag but we were only in the touristy area near the Centraal station.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 7, 2020

We just loved loved loved Amsterdam Can’t wait to go back!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 7, 2020

The neat thing about Amsterdam is that it's enough just to be in Amsterdam. The additional tourist attractions are a plus.

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