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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I Am Amsterdam

Written by gwynethmarta on 26 Nov, 2008

Snowy, rainy, freezing cold and grey. Regardless of the season or weather conditions, Amsterdam is always full of people - locals on bikes and distracted tourists crashing with bikers. I was of course the second one, clumsy tourist with her nose in her map walking…Read More


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The Brewery

Written by ripplefan2 on 21 Aug, 2007

Talk about an experience! The Heineken Brewery Tour (www.heinekenexperience.com) is something that you should stop by and try. Even for those who are not drinkers the tour is great. The tour is cheap and very informative, followed by intense periods of drinking (and for those who…Read More


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Night-time Walk

Written by Vicho on 04 Aug, 2007

You may just aimlessly wonder around or join me on this true story walk that will not miss anything important on Amsterdam night life.Lets start opposite the central station. Here you will find original medieval sluice that still function. Closed by used to stand Schreiers…Read More


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Burning Amsterdam

Written by ripplefan2 on 18 Jun, 2007

I know what you are thinking. The city that is full of purveyors of pot, connoisseurs of cannabis and controllers of kink, what the hell could this guy write about that I haven’t heard already? Nothing at all. I am just going to inundate you…Read More


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Day-Time Walk (Part 1)

Written by Vicho on 01 May, 2007

Recommended: Buy at the historical museum the pocket-sized book, "The Secrets of Old Amsterdam", or just follow the walk with this journal.The name Amsterdam was derived from the dam in the Amstel river, built in 1170. The square formed around the dam became the heart…Read More


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Day-Time Walk (Part 2)

Written by Vicho on 27 Feb, 2007

Refreshed? Lets go on then!From now onward, the walk continues around romantic canals, reflecting tall colorful buildings at any time of the day. All buildings are tall because taxes used to be based on the width of the building. Why they are so colorful I…Read More


The Red Light District, The Red Light District

Written by jim on 13 Jun, 2000

I had always heard about the Red Light District and was very curious, so we walked to this area of town after dinner (plus it was only a couple of blocks from our hotel- see the Grand Westin). The Red Light District was a…Read More


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Coffee shops

Written by britgirl7 on 02 Feb, 2006

When in Rome…..Actually if you want to enjoy the Dutch relaxed attitudes to drugs you should probably book a trip here soon, as there are serious talks about making the Coffee shops illegal to tourists.I have no idea how they will implement this law; but…Read More


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Notes & Thoughts - Amsterdam

Written by jenandfrank on 13 Apr, 2005

Overall, it was a pleasant city with a lot more to see than we initially expected. We were definitely able to cover the sights in three days. Painted as a very liberal city, I just didn’t get that vibe. I guess if…Read More


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Anne Frank House - Anne Frankhuis

Written by jenandfrank on 11 Apr, 2005

Anne Frank House – Prinsengracht 263, Amsterdam, 31-20-556-7100. The Anne Frank House is located in the center of Amsterdam, 20 minutes from Central Station. Annelies Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929, in Germany to a Jewish and German family. In 1933,…Read More


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