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AmsterdamNetherlands

One of the loveliest, oldest and most famous cities in the Netherlands is of course its capital! It's a great place to shop, club and take in some culture.

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

Amsterdam featuring flowers, interior views and a garden

Amsterdam City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,168 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, charming cafes and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Amsterdam City Centre. Top attractions like Madame Tussauds and Dam Square are major draws. Catch the metro at Nieuwmarkt Station or Waterlooplein Station to see more of the city.

Amsterdam City Centre
Amsterdam West, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Amsterdam West

4.5/5Wonderful!(365 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and charming cafes, there's plenty to explore in Amsterdam West. You can visit top attractions like Vondelpark and Westergasfabriek Culture Park, and jump on the metro at Jan van Galenstraat Stop (19) or Hugo de Grootplein Stop to see more of the city.

Amsterdam West
Canal Ring which includes a marina, a river or creek and a city

Canal Ring

4.5/5Wonderful!(972 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Canal Ring. Check out top attractions like Flower Market and Rembrandt Square, and jump on the metro at Rembrandtplein Stop or Koningsplein Stop to see more of the city.

Canal Ring
World Trade Center showing city views and a city

Amsterdam South

4/5Very Good!(159 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Amsterdam South. Spend some time visiting top spots like Vondelpark, and catch the metro at Amsterdam Zuid Tram Station or Prinses Irenestraat Stop to see more of the area.

Amsterdam South
Amsterdam

Jordaan

Get to know Jordaan and its many features like its breweries and churches. You might want to explore sights like The 9 Streets and Electric Ladyland, and you can jump on the metro at Bloemgracht Stop or Marnixplein Stop to get around the city.

Jordaan
Leidseplein featuring outdoor eating, a city and street scenes

Museum Quarter

4.5/5Wonderful!(971 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Museum Quarter. Check out top attractions like Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, and jump on the metro at Van Baerlestraat Stop or Museumplein Stop to see more of the city.

Museum Quarter

Top hotels in Amsterdam

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam Amstel
MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam Amstel
3 out of 5
Julianaplein 6, Amsterdam
The price is £76 per night

Located in Amsterdam East, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Amstel Business Park, Artis and Heineken Experience. Royal Theater Carre and RAI Exhibition ...

4.1/5Very Good! (465 reviews)

"This hotel doesn’t have telephones in the room, mini fridge or coffee makers, there are no conventional dressers to put your clothes in BUT, we made due and we loved the staff and the property. Everyone was wonderful to us, especially Jan, who makes the BEST latte Machiatto that we have ever had. ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

MEININGER Hotel Amsterdam Amstel
citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Jan Plezierweg 2, Schiphol
The price is £84 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol, and within 9 mi (15 km) of RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (5,863 reviews)

"Great hotel to spend a night during a long layover, or just to have a meal between flights."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
4 out of 5
Schiphol Boulevard 701, Schiphol
The price is £154 per night

Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of World Trade Center Schiphol Airport and Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol. Amsterdamse ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,387 reviews)

"Very nice hotel. Easy access to the airport and a very friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Popular places to visit in Amsterdam

Anne Frank House
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Anne Frank House

4.5/5(778 reviews)

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(723 reviews)

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(901 reviews)

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(2,088 reviews)

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

Johan Cruyff Arena
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Johan Cruyff Arena

4.5/5(280 reviews)

Catch an event at Johan Cruyff Arena and enjoy other activities in Amsterdam such as cycling.Experience the acclaimed art galleries and great live music in this vibrant area.

Heineken Experience
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Heineken Experience

4.5/5(478 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam XtraCold Icebar Tickets with Drinks
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Amsterdam XtraCold Icebar Tickets with Drinks

80% of travellers recommend
£20
Per adult
I amsterdam City Card
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I amsterdam City Card

86% of travellers recommend
£58
Per adult
Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Canal Cruise
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Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Canal Cruise

82% of travellers recommend
£25
Per adult
Blue Boat Company Evening Cruise
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Blue Boat Company Evening Cruise

86% of travellers recommend
£17
Per adult
Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam Dining with Priority Seating

88% of travellers recommend
£23
Per adult
Guided Small-Group Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills
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Guided Small-Group Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills

94% of travellers recommend
£35
Per adult

Reviews of Amsterdam

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 70.56442545536316%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 26.107488194288283%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.630987182370137%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.31481897908702494%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.38228018889138743%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

watch the birds in dam square they land on your head

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