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Amsterdam
Travel Guide

Amsterdam which includes heritage architecture, street scenes and night scenes

Wander around a fairy-tale lattice of canals and captivating neighborhoods, where old-world charm is fused with modern luxury and world-famous nightlife.

It doesn't matter when you go to Amsterdam, it's always a great city destination. Stroll through the shopping streets, bump into a film crew, enjoy some great markets and visit world-famous museums. You'll soon understand why millions of people flock to this city every year!

After the Spanish conquered Antwerp at the end of the 15th century, a lot to rich Flemish Jews fled to Amsterdam. When the Dutch East India Company was established in 1602, a lot of these Belgian immigrants invested in it. Amsterdam became a major business centre creating a long period of wealth, the Golden Age. The city grew quickly and the famous canals were built.

Today, most people visit Amsterdam for its historic buildings and canals. But the city has a lot more to offer than that! For example, great shopping in The Nine Streets and lovely cafés in P.C. Hooftstraat, the street to be if you’re looking for exclusive boutiques. From P.C. Hooftstraat, you can walk to the Albert Cuyp Market and take in the typical atmosphere of Amsterdam.

If you’re in town with the kids, take them to Artis or NEMO. Step out onto NEMO's roof and enjoy a great view of the city. And don’t forget, the 'must sees' such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and of course the Anne Frank House.

If you want to go out and would like to avoid tourists, steer clear of Leidseplein and head for the Jordaan or the Pijp instead.

Most of the sights and shopping streets are within walking distance of each other. But if you want to go from the Dam to Vondelpark and from there to Artis, the trams and buses are the best way of getting around.

You can fly to Amsterdam from all of the major cities in the UK or take the train from St Pancras. If you're travelling by car or bus, you can take the ferry from Harwich, Folkestone or Dover. Parking, however, can be a more costly option in Amsterdam, but the least expensive choice is one of the many park and ride (P+R) parking lots just outside the city centre. The most practical ones are to be found Olympic Stadium or Amsterdam Sloterdijk station.

It doesn't matter how often you've been to Amsterdam, you'll always find something new to experience.

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Where to stay in Amsterdam

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Damrak 1-5, Amsterdam
The price is £126 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church, National Monument and Madame Tussauds. Amsterdam ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,312 reviews)
Qulity stay
"Great food, great service. Highly recommended"

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2020

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
The Hoxton, Amsterdam
The Hoxton, Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Herengracht 255, Amsterdam
The price is £126 per night from 18 May to 19 May
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Herengracht Canal and The 9 Streets. Madame Tussauds and Royal Palace are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (829 reviews)
Ambiance location.
"Hotel service was friendly & helpful, they tried to meet needs and requests. My arrival had lovely staff assisting me. They moved my room when I didn’t find the original so compatible. The ambiance in the common areas very nice, beautiful Xmas decorations and the standard Hoxten vibes but unfortunately ..."

Reviewed on 20 Dec 2020

The Hoxton, Amsterdam
Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel and Conference Center
Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel and Conference Center
4 out of 5
Schiphol Boulevard 101, Schiphol
The price is £139 per night from 7 May to 8 May
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from World Trade Center Schiphol Airport, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Van Gogh Museum and Heineken ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,376 reviews)
"The hotel is literally 250 feet from the terminal, very convenient and very clean and I would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2021

Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel and Conference Center
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.
The Wittenberg
The Wittenberg
4 out of 5
Nieuwe Kerkstraat 157, Amsterdam, North Holland
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dutch Resistance Museum, Artis and Hermitage Amsterdam. Rembrandt Square and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (93 reviews)
"I had to travel to AMS during covid and was worried as I am a single woman and have never been there before. 1. The location is excellent! Very close to everything and a very safe area!!! I even went for walks in the evening Alone by the canals. Extremely beautiful. 2. Quiet area so sleeping is no ..."

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2020

The Wittenberg
Cityden The Garden Amsterdam South
Cityden The Garden Amsterdam South
4 out of 5
Stroombaan 1, Amstelveen
The price is £68 per night from 24 Apr to 25 Apr
Located in Stadshart, this aparthotel is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Amsterdamse Bos, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Johan Cruyff Arena and Van Gogh Museum. Rijksmuseum ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (291 reviews)
"Country, Town, Hotel- places to return and enjoy. Staff ready to advice and help."

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Cityden The Garden Amsterdam South
Cityden Up Amsterdam South
Cityden Up Amsterdam South
4 out of 5
Professor J.H. Bavincklaan 3, Amstelveen
The price is £65 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Amsterdamse Bos, Wagener Stadium and Amstelpark. Vondelpark and RAI Exhibition and ...
4.2/5Excellent! (684 reviews)
"The front desk was the extremely helpful and courteous."

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2021

Cityden Up Amsterdam South
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.

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Reviews of Amsterdam

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7 Jun 2020

Would recommend for all ages

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30 Mar 2020

Amsterdam is a beautiful country and can’t wait to visit agen

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Mar 2020

I do like Amsterdam. It is a unique city and worth seeing. Full of history and things to see & do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Mar 2020

This place has so much to do, transport is easily accessible and easy to use. I hope to go back one day!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Mar 2020

Unfortunately for us the bars and museums were closed due to the coronavirus. we had a good time all the same.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Mar 2020

I enjoyed a canal trip very much. I would have gone to the Rijksmuseum but government museums were closed because of the coronavirus. Damm Inn Square was noisy, double glazing would be a great improvement.

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