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Amsterdam

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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

the niu Fender
the niu Fender
3.5 out of 5
Cruquiusweg 61, Amsterdam
The price is AU$94 per night from 23 Aug. to 23 Aug.
Located in Amsterdam East, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Tropenmuseum, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) and National Maritime Museum. Nemo Science ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (72 reviews)
"Hotel was stunning, rooms were clean, modern and we had a really nice view of the harbour. Would definitely stay here again. No faults what so ever but only thing was that every other rooms Bluetooth speaker connection was coming up except from our own room."

Reviewed on 3 Oct. 2020

the niu Fender
Room Mate Aitana
Room Mate Aitana
4 out of 5
IJDok 6, Amsterdam
The price is AU$199 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
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! (985 reviews)
"It was ok. But there was not any Expedia benefit in the hotel."

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

Room Mate Aitana
Pulitzer Amsterdam
Pulitzer Amsterdam
5 out of 5
Prinsengracht 323, Amsterdam
The price is AU$478 per night from 25 Jul. to 25 Jul.
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! (993 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 10 Oct. 2020

Pulitzer 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.
Plantage Hortus Apartments
Plantage Hortus Apartments
4 out of 5
Plantage Muidergracht, Amsterdam
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Hortus Botanicus, Artis and Hermitage Amsterdam. Rembrandt Square and ...
3.5/5Good! (147 reviews)
"This place is very unique and bigger than I anticipated. The one thing I wasn’t happy about was the shower drain, it was extremely slow draining, and when you have a group of guys who have been traveling all day it makes it a pretty big inconvenience. Thank being said it was a nice stay overall."

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

Plantage Hortus Apartments
Dutch Masters Amsterdam
Dutch Masters Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Keizersgracht 580, Amsterdam
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Foam, Flower Market and Rijksmuseum. Rembrandt Square and Leidseplein ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)
"Great location, great apartment Stairs are a little tough with suitcases (as in most of Amsterdam) but everything also was amazing"

Reviewed on 10 Feb. 2020

Dutch Masters Amsterdam
Royal Boutique Apartment Amsterdam
Royal Boutique Apartment Amsterdam
4.5 out of 5
Singel, Amsterdam
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this luxury apartment building is steps away from Amsterdam Museum and The 9 Streets. Madame Tussauds and Royal Palace are ...
5/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Luxury in Amsterdam
"We had an amazing New Year’s 2020 trip. Couldn’t have imagined that the house would be as perfect as the photos, and in the most incredible location - walking distance to everywhere. We fell in love with Amsterdam, with the Royal Boutique Apartment Hotel and with the owner Willem who couldn’t have ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jan. 2020

Royal Boutique Apartment 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.

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