Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Overview

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, Golden Age architecture, museums, iconic canals, lively food scene, nightlife, and an eye-opening Red Light District, along with bustling streets, markets, and bikes everywhere. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.

Country

Netherlands

Approx. Duration

Full-day Tour, Overnight Tour

Accessibility Level

Accessibility Level – High

Flights & Accommodations

Local Currency

Euro

Price Level

$$

Min. Price

Not Relevant

Address

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Spoken Languages

Dutch (official language). English, German and French are widely spoken

Recommended Age

Babies, Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors, Any Age

Detailed Pricing

If you plan on going to many museums and attractions, consider buying the Iamsterdam card, which covers many over 70 locations, and can save you a lot of money.

Electricity

Dutch (official language). English, German and French are widely spoken

Safety

Amsterdam is a relatively safe place to travel. However, there are some streets, if you go at night, it’s always better to be cautious. If you’re on a bike, make sure it is well locked up. Bike thefts are common.


Things To Do

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Frequently Asked Questions

Coffee shops (different than cafés) in Holland are allowed to sell small amounts of cannabis and are strictly regulated and taxed. Furthermore, coffee shops must not sell to anyone under 18 and they must not sell more than 5g to any customer.

Yes, Amsterdam is a safe city to visit.

Amsterdam in general is on the more expensive side. Meal prices can vary, and breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner.

Additional Information

If you are staying for a few days, I recommend taking day trips from Amsterdam to see also the surrounding towns and villages. They are full of great nature and many things to do. Use our Trip Planner to find nearby trips.  If you want to make your trip even more interesting and wish to get familiar with the local culture, definitely learn a bit of the Dutch language. Either learn some basic words or take Duch lessons from home with an online private teacher.

 

Reasons to visit

Amsterdam is one of those rare cities attracting history lovers, luxury-minded travelers, couples seeking romance, families, and backpackers. It offers many cultural attractions, world-class museums, art schene, leafy parks, hip shops, and quaint streets packed with cafes and world-class restaurants, architecture, and canals, making wandering around the streets a fun activity. When the sun goes down, it’s time to enjoy Amsterdams’ vibrant nightlife. You’ll find plenty of bustling bars, nightclubs, and its famous “coffee shops”. If it’s your first visit to Amsterdam, make sure you see the most obvious sights – the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank’s House, and Van Gogh Museum are all worth your time and money. If you got time and you want to see more of Amsterdam, we have many other things to do to show you.

Neighborhoods to Know

  • Nieuwmarkt en Lastage: This is the area that trails southward from Central station towards the River Amstel. The northern side revolves around a former industrial harbor called Oosterdok, which has developed into one of the most architecturally innovative parts of the city, including the NEMO Science Museum and Amsterdam’s towering central library. The southern section houses many historical sites, such as the Rembrandt House Museum, the first Protestant church in Amsterdam, Zuiderkerk, and several sites associated with the city’s Jewish Quarter. If you want to visit some markets, visit Waterloopleinmarkt market or Nieuwmarkt, which features a wide selection of food stalls.
  • Grachtengordel (Canal Belt): Postcards of Amsterdam often feature this neighborhood. The lively streets of Grachtengordel, surrounded by Amsterdam’s main canals (Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht), are known for their colorful townhomes, and waterfront eateries, upmarket hotels, and attractions such as the Anne Frank House.
  • Jordaan: Amsterdam’s most in-demand neighborhood, Jordaan offers a maze of narrow lanes, canals, high-end boutiques, and cozy cafes.
  • Museumkwartier: The Museumkwartier is home to many museums, such as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum, as well as the Royal Concertgebouw (a concert hall in Amsterdam). Additionally, it is home to several fine jewelry stores and designer outlets.
  • De Pijp: It is easy to spend hours in Amsterdam’s lively Latin Quarter, which offers a colorful mix of cuisines, terraces, and friendly cafés. This neighborhood turned hipster haven has an urban industrial edge and bohemian flair. Enjoy the beautiful gardens of Sarphatipark and the famous Albert Cuypmarkt Street market. De Pijp oozes bohemian flair from every angle, and it has been a popular haunt for creatives, students, and bohemian spirits since the 60s.
  • De Wallen: Amsterdam Red Light District is known worldwide. It is a residential and entertainment area in the historical city center. This area entices travelers with the promise of peep shows, sex shops, cannabis cafes, and nightclubs.

 

How to get around?

  • Trams: Amsterdam’s iconic blue-and-white trams remain a reliable and economical way to get around the city center. There are 14 lines convening at Amsterdam Central Station, the city’s main transportation hub.
  • Buses: The bus system is quite extensive and efficient. You can easily catch a shuttle, which runs between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the city center every 15 minutes.
  • Metros: With five routes and 39 stations, the metro is the best way to access the suburbs.
  • Ferries: Like trams, buses, and metros, Amsterdam’s ferries are also operated by GVB. For pedestrians, cyclists, and mopeds, Amsterdam’s ferries provide essential, free connections across the River IJ. You can easily find the blue-and-white ferries right behind Amsterdam Central Station, providing frequent and free service to and from Amsterdam Noord.
  • Rideshare: If you’re sticking to the center of Amsterdam, you can skip the car and easily book an Uber if needed.
  • Trains: The Netherlands has a well-developed national railway system. Trains from Amsterdam Central Station are a convenient and easy way to reach the countryside and neighboring cities on day trips.
  • Bicycles: Want to feel like a local? Then bicycles are the way to go. You can find bikes In terms of getting around that means hiring a bike (download ‎the Donkey Republic or pop into a local rental shop). The bike trails are very developed and it’s a great fun way to see the city.
  • Taxi: If you got luggage, it might be more convenient to take a kiwi taxi between the airport and Amsterdam.

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Things you should avoid in Amsterdam

  • Avoid walking along the bicycle lanes – The lanes are usually clearly marked with a bike symbol on the way. Avoid walking or standing in bike lanes!
  • Avoid using cannabis in public places – It is illegal to smoke in the public. If you have to, use the cannabis in the privacy of the coffeeshop.
  • No pictures of the Red Light District’s windows – Never take pictures of the occupied red windows in Amsterdam Red Light District, to respect the privacy of both the visitors and the workers of the district.
  • Do not talk to the individuals on the streets who try to sell you something (most likely drugs or bikes) – this is illegal and you can be robbed. The drugs will not work and the bikes are likely stolen.

  * Lead photo Dewi Madden from Pexels


Travelers Experiences

All experiences are written by TravelingFAQ users and subjective of their opinion and not of TravelingFAQ.

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February?2022 |?Adults, Seniors, Teens |?1-2 Hours Tour

Make sure you book tickets well ahead as it’s hard to get tickets. The experience at Anne Fran’s House is very emotional, moving, and it will open your eyes to an important piece of history.

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Expect a long line outside, but I think it is worth the wait


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