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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 £36 per night

Next weekend

From £83 per night

Most popular time to visit June–August
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.95
Language Dutch
Average weekend price £101 per night
Average weekday price £105 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Amsterdam reviews

What other travellers say about Amsterdam


We travelled to Alkmaar and Delft which can be enjoyed in a...

26 March 2020

We travelled to Alkmaar and Delft which can be enjoyed in a day trip.Amsterdam has a very laid back as well as a bustling atmosphere and it felt very safe to go out and about.We really enjoyed our stay and will go back.

David United Kingdom

I would NOT recommend Monet Garden Hotel, I made this...

23 March 2020

I would NOT recommend Monet Garden Hotel, I made this booking in December 2019. Due to Covid19 my flights were cancelled and also the conference that I was due to attend was also cancelled. I contacted the hotel and booking.com as soon as to discuss the options. I was told I was not allowed to receive any refund. I was told that if i wanted to re schedule the dates to July which is when the conference has been re arranged for, it would cost me an additional £2,800!!! Booking.com constantly referred me to the hotel and the hotel constantly referred me to booking.com therefore I did not receive any support. Absolutely shocked and saddened at the lack of support and humanity during a worldwide PANDEMIC!! I will NOT be using booking.com again or travelling to Amsterdam thanks to this horrendous experience with The Monet Garden Hotel during this crisis.

Anonymous United Kingdom

Lots to do and see.

22 March 2020

Lots to do and see. Recommend a boat trip to get background to the city and it gives the legs a rest. Only down side was the dreaded coronavirus which is not Amsterdam's fault !! Very picturesque buildings and everyone speaks English.

Brian Nelson
Brian Nelson United Kingdom

Amsterdam is a great city to visit!

21 March 2020

Amsterdam is a great city to visit! There is so much to do and see, great places to eat and drink at too! We enjoyed wandering around the areas whilst grabbing a cake or sitting for a drink on route to the places we wanted to see We enjoyed the canal cruise

Anonymous United Kingdom

Visually so much to look at when you visit Amsterdam.

20 March 2020

Visually so much to look at when you visit Amsterdam. In the many years we have travelled we both agree that the most welcoming people have been in Amsterdam. We enjoy the variety of foods and places to go eat in which has always been highly anticipated. Many happy memories from previous visits.

zstormz United Kingdom

Our review is a little off as during our stay, public spaces...

19 March 2020

Our review is a little off as during our stay, public spaces closed due to Covid-19, but what we saw, we really enjoyed. This is a walking city. Oranage shirt free walking tour was a great way to get coles notes history of the city. Saw the big museum and an art gallery near it but we didn't get to any castles. We didn't purchase the Amsterdam card, but I would suggest people look at it if they can do 3 or 4 sites in a day. Grocery stores had decent selection of food for meals when we didn't eat out. Street food at the market was delicious. Headed to the beach one day on train when things were closing in the city which was great. If you are there for 5 days, just buy the five day intercity transit pass right off the hop.

Myrna Canada

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