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Amsterdam
Travel Guide

A city rich in history and culture. Visit all year round and experience each season’s unique highlights and special atmosphere.

Amsterdam will enchant you as much with its beautiful historic cityscape, as with its vibrant and laid-back atmosphere. The city has earned its reputation as the Venice of the North due to its network of semi-circular canals spanned by hundreds of bridges. In fact it has more canals and bridges than Venice. Enjoy the fascinating museums and café culture during the day, and join the crowds in the many bars and clubs at night. You’ll always feel welcome in this multicultural capital, where anything goes.

Amsterdam’s compact city centre is best explored on foot, by bike or on public transport. The lack of parking and the narrow cobbled streets make it difficult to navigate by car. The waterways of the 17th century canal district offer a perfect way to explore the sights. A canal cruise is the perfect introduction to the city’s fascinating history and iconic waterfront architecture, as well as many monuments, including Anne Frank’s House. In fact, the Canal Ring has been listed as a World Heritage site.

Head to Dam Square in the centre of the city where you’ll find the beautiful old Royal Palace, as well as the stunning wax statues of Madame Tussauds. Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District is just a short walk away, where the streets are lined with adult entertainment venues. For a more family-friendly experience, make your way to Nieumarkt, bustling square surrounded by cafés and restaurants.

Catch a tour of the Museum Quarter, just outside the Canal Ring and discover collections of Dutch Old Master paintings in the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Close by, the Vondelpark is a lovely open space, perfect for spending some time relaxing on the grass. If you are in this area at night, make your way over to the Leidesplein known for great live music and a busy nightlife.

The city’s many coffee shops are great places to hang out for a while enjoying the relaxed pace of life. Sit for a while and use the opportunity for a spot of people watching. If you’re in the mood for a nice cool beer, stop off in one of the city’s numerous bars where you can sample a range of delicious local beers. Beer connoisseurs should head to the old brewery to join theHeineken Experience. This attraction includes its own tasting bar.

Amsterdam is a city full of surprises at each turn. It has legendary nightlife and a party atmosphere as well as a rich cultural heritage and beautifully preserved architecture. This is the perfect mix, which makes it an appealing destination for old and young alike.

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Where to stay in Amsterdam

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Damrak 1-5, Amsterdam
The price is AU$217 per night from 12 Apr. to 13 Apr.

Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church, National Monument and Madame Tussauds. Amsterdam ...

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Jan Plezierweg 2, Schiphol
The price is AU$123 per night from 12 Apr. to 13 Apr.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Van Gogh Museum and RAI Exhibition and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,445 reviews)

"Very helpful staff. Excellent service. Great location for travelers. Thank you!"…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar. 2021

citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
Hotel Mai Amsterdam
Hotel Mai Amsterdam
4 out of 5
30 Geldersekade, Amsterdam, NH
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$88 per night from 15 Apr. to 16 Apr.

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! (121 reviews)

"Wonderdull .. on all the point .."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 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.
Cityden Up Amsterdam South
Cityden Up Amsterdam South
4 out of 5
Professor J.H. Bavincklaan 3, Amstelveen
The price is AU$108 per night from 12 Apr. to 13 Apr.

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! (683 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 31 Oct. 2020

Cityden Up Amsterdam South
Short Stay Group Eastern Docklands  Serviced Apartments
Short Stay Group Eastern Docklands Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Zeeburgerpad 28-29, Amsterdam

Located in Amsterdam East, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tropenmuseum, Artis and Nemo Science Museum. Rembrandt Square and National Maritime ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (64 reviews)

"Property was very clean and beds comfy. A little further"…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020

Short Stay Group Eastern Docklands Serviced Apartments
Cityden The Garden Amsterdam South
Cityden The Garden Amsterdam South
4 out of 5
Stroombaan 1, Amstelveen
The price is AU$114 per night from 12 Apr. to 13 Apr.

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 3 Aug. 2020

Cityden The Garden Amsterdam South
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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16 Jan. 2020

A vibrant city with something for everyone. Although a large group of people, we did not feel unsafe at any time.

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3 Jan. 2020

Loved Amsterdam! It’s got a great vibe. Loads of things to do and see. Easy to walk and explore. Felt very safe at all hours.

4/5 - Good

Kath

2 Jan. 2020

Recommend doing a canal cruise - a great way to see the city.

4/5 - Good

MR

30 Nov. 2019

only stay in Amsterdam for one day, will come again if there is chance in the future.

5/5 - Excellent

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28 Nov. 2019

Beautiful city. Would love to move here.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Nov. 2019

I live Amsterdam as it’s so very entertaining

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