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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Hotel Pulitzer - Amsterdam

Written by jenandfrank on 11 Apr, 2005

Hotel Pulitzer - Prinsengracht 315-331 Amsterdam 1016 GZ, (31)(20) 5235235. Overlooking the Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals, this hotel is located near the old city center of Amsterdam, the Anne Frank House, and a 10-minute walk from Dam Square. The Pulitzer is unique because it…Read More


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Getting to the Grachtengordel

Written by jaybroek on 17 Nov, 2004

A newborn son has brought many exciting and wondrous things to my life. One thing I am surprisingly grateful for is the dawn. The Little Tomato has long since surrendered to his mother’s fierce regime and sleeps through to a respectable hour, but I still…Read More


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The Old Centre...mostly in the dark

Written by jaybroek on 15 Nov, 2004

My two days in Amsterdam left precious little time for sightseeing. I was here to prove my worth as a ‘Usability Consultant’, or at least find out what one was before I went home. This meant that exploring was restricted to evenings and early morning…Read More


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Another Guide to Amsterdam Coffee Shops

Written by Mr. Wonka on 17 Nov, 2005

Here are some quick reviews of a few coffee shops I recently visited. Keep in mind that prices change often, as do the available products. Siberie - Whether you’re a regular local or wide-eyed tourist, you won’t catch any attitude at Siberie, which is sandwiched…Read More


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Pedaling to Haarlem

Written by Mr. Wonka on 17 Nov, 2005

I’m not exactly sure what's in Haarlem’s food and water supply, but everything and everyone in this small Dutch city gleams like the crown of Mr. Clean’s head. Residents with pearly white smiles, pressed and ironed clothes, and rosy dimples stroll through narrow, spick-and-span streets.…Read More


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Public Transportation: the Strippenkaart.

Written by Illion on 11 Mar, 2002

Public Transportation in Amsterdam, the Trams. Public transportation in Amsterdam is pretty good, especially when travelling within the old City centre, the ‘Grachtengordel’. From almost any spot in this three-quarter of a circle you can reach a Tram-stop within five minutes. Maybe this isn’t such a…Read More


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Amsterdam: Cultural Capital or a Wild Weekend?

Written by Jim Rosenberg on 30 Sep, 2000

Mention a visit to Amsterdam to people and the reaction will often include a wink, a raised eyebrow or a silly grin. Amsterdam is well-known for its tolerance for certain drug use and its famous Red Light district. Perhaps it is Europe's version…Read More


Amsterdam at large

Written by nickj on 06 Jul, 2001

So what’s to see in Amsterdam? To tell the truth I was a bit concerned when, resorting to my usual favourite guide book, I failed to turn up the usual stunning list of must see attractions. Okay, so there were a few galleries to see,…Read More


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Moody in Amsterdam

Written by Chrystyna on 24 Aug, 2000

My former boyfriend, with his Guatemalan accent, asked me before I left, 'Why do you do this traveling?' I quoted Bill Bryson, 'I love to feel like I'm five years old again.' Down to basics. Make connections. Make sense of the world...or at least try…Read More


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Amsterdam Street Markets

Written by Re Carroll on 23 Jun, 2001

An enjoyable way to spend a day in Amsterdam is to browse through some of the many markets that are spread throughout the city.The most advertised is the Albert Cuyp Markt, easily accessed via Tram #20. It is in the middle of a quiet…Read More


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