Amsterdam City Centre
In the city centre
Take a stroll along Damrak, filled with curio shops and restaurants geared up for tourism. Reach the square to see the Royal Palace and New Church standing side-by-side in their majestic glory. Madame Tussauds offers waxy fun for the family, while Kalverstraat is a high street shopping extravaganza.
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1.4 miles from city centre
The ‘Old South’ is Amsterdam’s most elegant neighborhood and contains a mix of commercial and residential areas. Luxurious PC Hooftstraat features designer label clothing and accessories, while a stroll along the Northern Amstel Canal will bring you to one of the many parks in the area.
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1.1 miles from city centre
There’s an urban feel in this hugely multi-cultural area in the streets between Overtoom and Kinkerstraat. With numerous ethnic shops and restaurants, the area is a smorgasbord for food lovers. Ten Katemarkt street market is in the centre of the district, known for its Turkish food vendors selling delicious treats.
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As the Netherlands' culture-packed capital, Amsterdam has always been a hotspot for holidaymakers. This enticing slice of North Holland is renowned for its iconic criss-crossing canals, distinctive narrow houses and an eclectic range of museums including the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
Main public transport options include buses and trams, but bicycles rule when it comes to getting around. With around 400 km of bike paths and almost 8,000 parking spaces, exploring on two wheels makes taking in the main sights a breeze.
The city's medieval centre, known as Centrum, showcases many points of interest synonymous with Amsterdam tourism, including canals, traditional architecture and the famous nightlife of the Red Light District. If you're visiting in tulip season, a stopover at nearby Keukenhof's botanical garden in mid-April provides sweeping views of multicoloured flowers in bloom.
A variety of accommodation can be found all over the city, from high-end hotels to cosy hostels and homestays. The main airport of Schiphol is 15 km southwest of the city and offers regular train services between the main terminal and city centre.
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|Most popular time to visit||July–September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January–March|
|Local currency||€ 10 = £8.43|
|Average weekend price||£98 per night|
|Average weekday price||£98 per night|
|Typical stay||2 nights|
Amsterdam is a very nice city. Just simply walking around allows you to see many different things and reaching the many attractions is quite easy by foot or public transit. There are many, many different restaurants to eat at so you can eat each meal at a different place with a different menu even if you stay a week like I did.
Amsterdam is a great city, whether visiting for the first time or over the years. The transportation is so good, it is foolish to rent a car while staying in the city. Great food, beautiful vistas, great museums. The only caveat is that prices for food and for entrance to the attractions have risen astronomically.
If you've never been to Amsterdam, it requires a couple of days of orientation. It is a complex city with a lot to offer. It's important if you want to see any of the great museums there, that you book your tickets in advance. The boat rides are informative and a good way to get out of the rain and see things you'd never thought of seeing. It's nice to spend a lot of time walking or riding bikes or trams to see the different neighborhoods and enjoy the incredible architecture.
Pros: Lots of culture, arts, museums, restaurants, bars, canal cruises. Beautiful architecture, sculptures. Cons: Literally thousands of bicyclists and mopeds zooming all around you all the time while you're trying to walk, view the sites and enjoy your day.
We walked( 14 miles one day) we rented bikes, we used our Eurail pass and took day trips. Amsterdam is a perfect destination and starting point to see some of Belgium and The Netherlands. Everyone speaks English. You can eat every type of food and it’s often very good. Not an inexpensive city but worth the cost overall
a beautiful city with a lot to offer despite the cold rain. sunny canal walks, thousands of restaurants/bars/desert shops/coffee shps are just waiting for you with an energetic vibe and different tastes and smells. you just have to go out of the hotel and you'll be electrified.
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