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

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital city and an important European hub with a rich and multicultural character. Explore the historic harborside and admire the distinctive 19th-century architecture of the tall, narrow buildings that huddle over meandering canals. Forming a U-shape around the historic port, the city’s medieval center features charming façades that front boutique stores, art galleries, coffee shops and atmospheric bars.

The city’s best-known area is its Old Center, which is crisscrossed with arched stone bridges and cobblestone streets. Explore Dam Square and its historic landmarks, including the neoclassical Royal Palace, the Gothic Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) and the National Monument that honors victims of World War II. The square is adjacent to the city’s notorious Red Light District. The neighboring districts of Plantage and the Canal Ring feature beautifully preserved buildings from the 17th and 19th centuries, as well as leafy parks and tree-lined canals. Check out the Jewish Heritage Museum and the Amsterdam Botanic Gardens nearby Waterlooplein. A short walk will bring you to the Artis Zoo and a selection of fascinating museums. Popular museums are Stedelijk, the Van Gogh Museum and Hermitage Amsterdam.

Discover the renewed district of Jordaan, where a former working-class neighborhood transformed into a chic area for galleries, cafés and shops. Further south from here is Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter. Stretch out on the grassy lawns of Vondelpark with a cold beer or peruse the stalls at Albert Cuyp Market. Grab a table in the hip De Pijp district to experience fantastic multicultural cuisine.

Explore the city on a scenic canal boat tour or rent a bicycle to experience the streets the true Dutch way. Don’t miss trying local sweets, such as stroopwafels and licorices. Amsterdam has a fast and reliable public transit network that is comprised of buses, trams and trains. Reach the picturesque harbor city by plane to Schiphol Airport, on a cruise ship or via intercity train from several major hubs in Europe. Visit in summer to experience the city’s lively peak period or in winter to enjoy the romance of the snow-dusted Old Center.

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Where to stay in Amsterdam

Flower Market featuring a river or creek, markets and a city

Amsterdam City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,270 area reviews)

Madame Tussauds and Dam Square 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
Red Light District showing a river or creek, a church or cathedral and street scenes

Red Light District

National Monument and Body Worlds are a few top attractions in Red Light District. The fascinating museums, popular shops and acclaimed art galleries are also highlights of the area, and you can hop around the city on the metro at Amsterdam Central Metro Station.

Red Light District
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Amsterdam West

4.5/5Wonderful!(354 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and charming cafés, there's plenty to explore in Amsterdam West. You can visit top attractions like Vondelpark and Westergasfabriek Culture Park, and jump on the metro at Jan van Galenstraat Stop (19) or Hugo de Grootplein Stop to see more of the city.

Amsterdam West
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Canal Ring

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,372 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Canal Ring. Check out top attractions like Flower Market and Rembrandt Square, and jump on the metro at Rembrandtplein Stop or Koningsplein Stop to see more of the city.

Canal Ring
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Jordaan

Jordaan is well-liked for its breweries and churches. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, The 9 Streets and Electric Ladyland are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Bloemgracht Stop or Marnixplein Stop to get around.

Jordaan
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Amsterdam South

4.5/5Wonderful!(148 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Vondelpark while getting to know Amsterdam South, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Amsterdam Zuid Tram Station or Prinses Irenestraat Stop to see more of the area.

Amsterdam South

Top Hotels in Amsterdam

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Damrak 1-5, Amsterdam
The price is $147 per night

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,342 reviews)
Good location but need some new carpeting

"Location is terrific. Staff are extremely helpful and courteous. We got an upgraded room but room is huge but there is a strange stench from the carpet in the sitting area."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
Citiez Hotel Amsterdam
Citiez Hotel Amsterdam
3 out of 5
Osdorpplein 372A, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
The price is $54 per night

Located in Nieuw-West, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of De Meervaart Theater and Sloterpark and Sloterplas. World Fashion Centre and Van Gogh Museum are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (988 reviews)

"30 minute tram ride into the centre of Amsterdam. Rooms extremely small but very clean and comfortable bed."…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Citiez Hotel Amsterdam
The Alfred Hotel
The Alfred Hotel
3 out of 5
Cornelis Schuytstraat 58-60, Amsterdam
The price is $47 per night

Located in Museum Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Concertgebouw, Vondelpark, and Museum Square. Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are also within ...

3.9/5Good! (1,660 reviews)

"Enjoyed my experience staying at the Alfred Hotel."…"

Reviewed on May 25, 2020

The Alfred Hotel

Getting around Amsterdam

The first thing to do when you arrive in Amsterdam is to get an OV chip card, which can be topped up with money to cover all your tram, bus and metro journeys. Some areas of the city can be reached by ferry, while trains will take you to destinations further afield. Make sure you rent a bike at least once, so you can travel just like the locals do, along the city’s many famously flat bike paths. Visit the Gemeente Vervoerbedrijf (GVB) website. Browse Amsterdam rental cars.

Best time to visit

Spring through fall offer moderate temperatures in Amsterdam. You will need a jacket in the evenings, but daytime highs in the warmest months of July and August will be a pleasant 72 F (22 C). These are also the most popular months to visit. Come between mid March and early May instead to see the colorful tulip fields near the city in full bloom, but do keep in mind that this time of year is cooler.

Popular places to visit in Amsterdam

Anne Frank House
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Anne Frank House

4.5/5(1,347 reviews)

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

4.5/5(1,687 reviews)

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.

Dam Square
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Dam Square

4.5/5(2,026 reviews)

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

Rijksmuseum
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Rijksmuseum

4.5/5(1,978 reviews)

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

Johan Cruyff Arena
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Johan Cruyff Arena

4.5/5(469 reviews)

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

Heineken Experience
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Heineken Experience

4.5/5(721 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum Tickets
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Van Gogh Museum Tickets

$24
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Blue Boat Company Evening Cruise
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Blue Boat Company Evening Cruise

$22
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
I amsterdam City Card
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I amsterdam City Card

$74
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Guided Small-Group Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills
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Guided Small-Group Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills

$45
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Volendam, Marken & Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam
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Volendam, Marken & Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam

$66
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Amsterdam Landscape Windmill Private Bike Tour
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Amsterdam Landscape Windmill Private Bike Tour

$130
Per adult

Reviews of Amsterdam

4.7

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 3.872238022314592%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 25, 2020

I love you Amsterdam.! I will visit you again and love you despite how much others make me feel otherwise about you.

5/5 - Excellent

RichardSybesma

Apr 25, 2020

I have planned this trip my whole life. I have relatives in Friesland and Groneigen and my grandparents and mother were born in the Netherlands. Although we have not it to the Netherlands yet due to the coronavirus the checked off sites I visited

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 14, 2020

Very disappointed the museums were closed due to COVID-19, but did get to take a canal tour, Brussels trip, and tour of the countryside. Will be back soon to see the museums, my sole purpose for going to Amsterdam.

5/5 - Excellent

Ocprtony

Mar 27, 2020

My favorite place in the world! A must visit if you have not been here

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

I really hope to come back some day and enjoy the city. I'm sure it's wonderful. All of the museums shut down, and now the country is basically under lock down, so we just had bad timing.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

This is what the tourist industry calls a 3 day city. you can see most of the major sites in three days. Too much emphasis on weed and the bike lanes, plus tram lanes, plus cars make it very challenging with kids.

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