Amsterdam

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Amsterdam

What makes Amsterdam so attractive is its combination of 17th century historic atmosphere and the mentality of a modern international metropolis. This combination makes for a friendly and relaxed environment. The small-scale buildings and intimacy of the streets, canals (4) and squares create an atmosphere that is experienced by visitors as unique. No other European capital has so many orientation points and museums per square meter as Amsterdam. The name of the city dates from the 12th century, when a dam was built in the Amstel river.

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The capital of Amsterdam has had a wonderful international reputation for centuries and still draws visitors from all around the world. Today, 850,000 people of more than 176 nationalities enjoy Amsterdam’s free spirit.

  • Discover the canals in Amsterdam on a great boat tour.
  • Discover the many museums, like the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Hermitage Amsterdam.
  • Visit the Anne Frank Museum.

Intimate metropolis

What makes Amsterdam so attractive is its combination of 17th century historic atmosphere and the mentality of a modern international metropolis. This combination makes for a friendly and relaxed environment. The small-scale buildings and intimacy of the streets, canals and squares create an atmosphere that is experienced by visitors as unique. No other European capital has so many orientation points and museums per square meter as Amsterdam. The name of the city dates from the 12th century, when a dam was built in the Amstel river.

Museums in Amsterdam

There are many museums in Amsterdam. The city has the world’s highest density of museums and boasts cultural highlights like the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, and Rijksmuseum, where Rembrandt’s world-famous work The Nightwatch is on display. Other well-known interesting spots in Amsterdam are the Royal Palace on the Dam, Amsterdam Museum, Artis Zoo, Jewish Historic Museum, and Rembrandthuis.

Book a boat tour on the Amsterdam canals and discover the historic canal belt, which was put on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2011. The best way to explore Amsterdam is on a bicycle. Ride through the city as if you were a true native.

More about Amsterdam

You can go on a shopping spree in the Negen Straatjes, de Bijenkorf and Magna Plaza, or go to one of the countless markets throughout the city. Go for a bite at a restaurant on Nieuwmarkt square, in Chinatown or De Pijp. Go for a drink at one of the typical ‘brown pubs’ in the traditional  Jordaan area or experience the dance scene at one of the clubs near the bustling nightlife squares: Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. The famous coffeeshops, red-light district, and hundreds of restaurants, cafes and clubs ensure that Amsterdam is one of the buzzing cities in Europe.

Accommodations

Whether you like a low budget place to stay, a romantic hideaway or a boutique hotel, in the city centre, with a view of the canals or on the outskirts of the city, Amsterdam has a great hotel to offer for every preference and budget. Check out the comprehensive selection and book your perfect hotel here!

Accessibility and parking in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is about twenty minutes by car from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. If you travel by car, make sure to check where you are allowed to park your car. Parking in Amsterdam is allowed in streets, an car park, or free of charge on a P+R car park. Most parking spaces in Amsterdam require payment and the rates are high!

Editors’ tip:

If you want to spend time among the local population, want to find tips about Amsterdam or prefer to seek out more surprising spots, check out this list. “Amsterdam Secrets” presents the hidden spots and unknown stories of Amsterdam. Walk the unknown paths in Amsterdam and discover the pearls of the city.

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