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About Amsterdam

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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.


From £33 per night

This weekend

From £71 per night

Next weekend

From £72 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit May–July
Local currency € 10 = £9.06
Language Dutch
Average weekend price £101 per night
Average weekday price £102 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Amsterdam reviews

What other travellers say about Amsterdam


Anne Frank haus is worth a visit and worth paying a few euro...

16 October 2020

Anne Frank haus is worth a visit and worth paying a few euro extra for the talk at the beginning (We did this as all the other tickets were sold out online but proved worthwhile).Person working there was very informative.

Daisy United Kingdom

avocado show is really nice place to eat.

14 October 2020

avocado show is really nice place to eat. Alot of coffeeshops have cats so that was really cool. Everything within walking distance of each other. Beware drinkers!!! £7 a pint, not a drinking destination but you go to Amsterdam to get stoned not drunk so...….

Mark United Kingdom

important is to find out about the tickets for bus* and what...

10 October 2020

important is to find out about the tickets for bus* and what you need and where is the busstop. All attractions can be found on internet, but if you ask any tourist-information-office, you´ll get all information/ideas matching your taste. We had 3 different hotels (on water), that was new for me. "the ultimate flight" the Splashbus or just walking through the city, we enjoied also the variety of food/different restaurants

siegbert Germany

My 3rd time visiting Amsterdam and not our last!

8 October 2020

My 3rd time visiting Amsterdam and not our last! I will be back very soon. This city is like marmalade you either love it or don’t, but if you do love it, you’ll definitely be returning every year😊

Courtney United Kingdom

fascinating and full of history;

7 October 2020

fascinating and full of history; enjoyed walking around canals and particularly enjoyed the Nemo Science Musueum (especially loved by our two older teens) . The Rijks Museum was fabulous and it was eery but incredibly worthwhile to follow in the footsteps of Anne Frank at her house.

Anonymous Australia

The hostel location was so central to everything I wanted to...

7 October 2020

The hostel location was so central to everything I wanted to do. I did all my traveling on foot. Everyone who worked at The White Tulip was so friendly and welcoming, and the food was amazing. There was a discount for those of us staying in the hostel for food and drink which is explained on arrival. I stayed in a mixed dorm, each bunk has a small ring light charger in the wall so you always have a little light. The facilities were modern, clean, and comfortable and kept to a good standard of cleanliness throughout the day. I would highly recommend this hostel to anyone wanting a little break away in Amsterdam.

EstherAlice United Kingdom

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