Overview Amsterdam

Visiting Amsterdam

The largest city and capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam’s world-class museums, vibrant history and excellent recreation make it a popular destination for over 4 million tourists a year. Founded in the 14th century, Amsterdam is rife with history at every turn, from the 16th century orphanage that now houses the Amsterdams Historisch Museum, to the Reformation-era secret chapel in the attic of Amstelkring. One of the city’s most frequented historical sites is more recent, however; millions of people visit the Anne Frank Huis each year, to learn about the history and plight of the Frank family, and pay homage to the famed diarist’s memory. Amsterdam is the cultural capital of the Netherlands, and boasts the country’s greatest museums. The massive Rijksmuseum on the Museumplein is home to an impressive collection of Dutch Golden Age Paintings, while the smaller but ever-popular Van Gogh Museum boasts... Read More The largest city and capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam’s world-class museums, vibrant history and excellent recreation make it a popular destination for over 4 million tourists a year. Founded in the 14th century, Amsterdam is rife with history at every turn, from the 16th century orphanage that now houses the Amsterdams Historisch Museum, to the Reformation-era secret chapel in the attic of Amstelkring. One of the city’s most frequented historical sites is more recent, however; millions of people visit the Anne Frank Huis each year, to learn about the history and plight of the Frank family, and pay homage to the famed diarist’s memory. Amsterdam is the cultural capital of the Netherlands, and boasts the country’s greatest museums. The massive Rijksmuseum on the Museumplein is home to an impressive collection of Dutch Golden Age Paintings, while the smaller but ever-popular Van Gogh Museum boasts the largest collection of the post-Impressionist’s works in the world. The city is also world-famous for its nightlife, from the adults-only offerings of its infamous Red Light District, to the many bars and beer halls like In de Wildeman. Heineken also calls the city home, and visitors are welcome to enjoy a pint or two while touring the Heineken Brewery. So once you’ve booked your flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers to Amsterdam.    Close

Stories and Tips Amsterdam

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Living for less in Amsterdam

Written by PeaceLoveTravel on 03 Jul, 2013

I’m really not sure what we were thinking when we planned a backpacking trip to London, Paris and Amsterdam – three of the most expensive European cities going. But alas, they are stunning places and who could realistically say no to the Paralympics in London…Read More


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Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport

Written by Slug on 04 Aug, 2012

I'm always a little nervous about flying into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport as it is one of the largest airports (actually 17th biggest in the world, and 4th biggest in Europe handling almost 15m passengers each year), and one of the worst for a reputation for…Read More


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A long wait in Schiphol

Written by Praskipark on 04 Jul, 2012

You think the thought of having to spend 21 hours in an airport would scare most people unless they were Mehran Karimi Nasseri or Tom Hanks. Both these chaps have spent hours, days, weeks, even years in a terminal. You may remember Mehran Karim…Read More


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Delay in Amsterdam

Written by Praskipark on 03 Jul, 2012

Having spent a 10 hour wait in Schipholl Airport we were so pleased to actually get on the huge KLM plane that was going to fly my husband and I to Shanghai. The stay in the airport hadn't been too bad and we coped very…Read More


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Amsterdam has it all!

Written by Slug on 05 Feb, 2012

I've been lucky enough to have visited Amsterdam three or four times to get the measure of the city. I struggle to find anywhere else that has the sheer diversity of Amsterdam.Old world charm? Yes, just wander along one of those canal streets lined with…Read More


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Amsterdam-Where Anything Goes

Written by Bev24 on 15 Oct, 2009

We literally planned our Amsterdam trip the night before we jumped on the train and headed up there. Sure it was more expensive then we thought. At 202(almost 300usd) Euros each for roundtrip train tickets only, it added more pain to the already expensive trip…Read More


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Amsterdam Top 10

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 04 Oct, 2009

People come to Amsterdam for all kinds of reasons: to see paintings and to get stoned, to admire the 18th century canal houses and to see the best examples of the modernist style, to eat Indonesian food and to sample the dubious delights of the…Read More


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Boat, Bike, Tram and Bus: Transport in Amsterdam

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 04 Oct, 2009

It's easy – and pleasant too - to walk or cycle in Amsterdam, while public transportation system includes excellent tram network, metro (subway) and canal bus boats.The centre of Amsterdam, where most of the attractions, sights, entertainment and night-life is concentrated, is easily walkable. In…Read More


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Amsterdam Museum Picks

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 04 Oct, 2009

Amsterdam has over 50 museums, covering everything from Van Gogh to prostitution, Rembrandt to beer, diamonds to Anne Frank, modern art to marijuana. You are not likely to want - or be able to - visit all or even most of them during your visit,…Read More


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Guidebook reviews: Rough Guide to Amsterdam

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 08 Sep, 2009

This Rough Guide is as comprehensive, up to date and well researched as most if not all Rough Guides seem to be. I have used numerous examples of their guides and I found them to be among the best if not the best ones there…Read More


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