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.

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.

Where to stay in Amsterdam

Hotel Casa Amsterdam
Hotel Casa Amsterdam
3.5 out of 5
Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4, Amsterdam, 1097 BC
The price is $104 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Amsterdam. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (970 reviews)
"Great design & facilities"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

Hotel Casa Amsterdam
Eden Hotel Amsterdam
Eden Hotel Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Amstel 144, Amsterdam, 1017 AE
The price is $175 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Amsterdam. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (75 reviews)
"Great location!"

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

Eden Hotel Amsterdam
Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American
Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American
4.5 out of 5
Leidsekade, 97, Amsterdam, North Holland, 1017 PN
The price is $241 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Amsterdam. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Popular attractions Leidseplein and Rijksmuseum are located ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (70 reviews)
"The front desk staff (Ana in particular) have been awesome! The location is fabulous and all of the accommodations are beautiful!"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2022

Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American
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.
Corendon Apartments Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel
Corendon Apartments Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel
285 Schipholweg, Badhoevedorp, NH, 1171 PL
The price is $146 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Badhoevedorp. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (9 reviews)
"Service,food was excellent!!!"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

Corendon Apartments Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel
EuroParcs Spaarnwoude
EuroParcs Spaarnwoude
ZUIDERWEG 2, Halfweg, 1165NA
Stay at this residence in Halfweg. Enjoy a children's pool, a sauna, and hiking/biking on site. Popular attractions Anne Frank House and Leidseplein are located ...
4/5 Very Good! (6 reviews)
"Excellent peaceful getaway from the city. Super clean and surrounded by lush greenery. Shopping and groceries are a 20-30 min walk away."

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2022

EuroParcs Spaarnwoude
Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments Amsterdam Suites
Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments Amsterdam Suites
4 out of 5
De Ruijterkade 127, Amsterdam, 1011AC
The price is $253 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 13
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Amsterdam. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and concierge services. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (388 reviews)
"Railroad noise is loud. Blackout shades help for sleeping. Washer and dryer good after many days on vacation."

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments Amsterdam Suites
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.

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.

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