Amsterdam

Netherlands

Amsterdam featuring heritage architecture, night scenes and a city

4.5/5Top Destination

Get away to Amsterdam! Enjoy the museums, monuments, and art.

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.

Known for

Museums, Biking and Boating

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Where to stay in Amsterdam

Amsterdam City Centre
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Amsterdam City Centre

Museums, Biking, Monuments

4.5/5 (1,502 Ratings)

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.

Canal Ring
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Canal Ring

Biking, Boating, Museums

4.5/5 (981 Ratings)

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

Museum Quarter
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Museum Quarter

Museums, Biking, Theaters

4.5/5 (894 Ratings)

The fascinating museums and popular shops are just a few highlights of Museum Quarter. Make a stop by Stedelijk Museum or Van Gogh Museum while you're exploring the area.

Jordaan
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Jordaan

Biking, Boating, Architecture

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.

Amsterdam South
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Amsterdam South

Skyscrapers, Family-Friendly, Museums

4.5/5 (112 Ratings)

Spend some time visiting places like Concertgebouw 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 Boelelaan - Vrije Universiteit Station to see more of the area.

De Pijp
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De Pijp

Romantic, Museums, Dining

4.5/5 (79 Ratings)

Thought to be named for its long, straight streets, this district was once the residence of artists such as Mondrian and is now one of Amsterdam’s trendiest spots.

Top Hotels in Amsterdam

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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The Student Hotel Amsterdam City
4 out of 5
Wibautstraat 129, Amsterdam
$80/night
Aug 18 - Aug 19
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,793 reviews)

"Was really cool how we got a glass of Prosecco , and the room was amazing"…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2019

The Student Hotel Amsterdam City
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam Centraal Station
4 out of 5
Oosterdoksstraat 4, Amsterdam
$179/night
Aug 25 - Aug 26
4.4/5Excellent! (2,918 reviews)

"Loved how close it was to the Metro. Wish there was a pool."…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam Centraal Station
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citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Jan Plezierweg 2, Schiphol
$85/night
Aug 25 - Aug 26
4.4/5Wonderful! (5,022 reviews)

"What a pleasant stay! Loved all lobby and the service was superb. I also loved the in-room tech"…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel

Popular things to do in Amsterdam

Anne Frank House
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Anne Frank House

4.5/5 (1,061 Ratings)

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 (1,318 Ratings)

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

4.5/5 (1,590 Ratings)

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

4.5/5 (1,459 Ratings)

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

Heineken Experience
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Heineken Experience

4.5/5 (543 Ratings)

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

Leidseplein
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Leidseplein

4.5/5 (754 Ratings)

This lively square in the heart of Amsterdam’s cultural district offers dining and entertainment, with an array of theater, movie, music, comedy and street performances.

Top activities in Amsterdam

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

$21

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

$19

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.

Canal Cruise with a 4-Course Gourmet Dinner & Drinks
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Canal Cruise with a 4-Course Gourmet Dinner & Drinks

$98

Enjoy a sumptuous, 4-course feast at your table as you sail peacefully along enchantingly lit canals. Glide by landmarks like the Anne Frank House and the Hermitage Museum. The local crew shares intriguing stories about the city while you soak in the scenery with a drink in hand.

I amsterdam City Card
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I amsterdam City Card

$61

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

$20

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.

Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam Admission Ticket
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Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam Admission Ticket

$15

Visit: Museum of Bags and Purses, Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam The Netherlands In a magnificent 17th-century canal house, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam, you will unlock the history of the bag from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Reviews of Amsterdam

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Superudon

Aug 17, 2019

Book museums in advance. Go on walking tour. Try an evening/day canal tour but on a smaller open boat (we got on the larger enclosed one and regretted it because it was too crowded, windows were too dirty and audio guide was inadequate)

5/5 - Excellent

Roselinda

Aug 17, 2019

Loved our visit to Amsterdam!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 16, 2019

A city that shocks the tourists with their bicyclists… Have to be careful not to get run over, they are good riders and they have all the rights hence the fact that there are No elders… (or very few)!!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 16, 2019

The real Venice of the North. Friendly people. Marijuana smell all over.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 16, 2019

This was my daughter ‘s first trip, but not mine. Amsterdam is a joyful, peaceful city with plenty to see and do for just about everyone

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 16, 2019

So much to see and do in Amsterdam! A beautiful city.

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