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Amsterdam

Why go?

Visit the world-famous 17th century capital of Holland. Enjoy the historic buildings, beautiful museums and pleasant ambiance. Go for a boat tour on the canals, stroll through Vondelpark, and go shopping in the inner city. Amsterdam is a unique city!

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Eating & drinking

Soul food, French or international cuisine? Amsterdam boasts several Michelin star restaurants as well as many great bistros and terraces. Go for a tour on the Pannenkoekenboot (Pancake Boat), enjoy a vegan snack, or grab a quintessentially Dutch frikandel 'from the wall' at Febo. Where to eat in Amsterdam? This city has it all!

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Events in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s hidden gems

Explore Amsterdam’s hidden gems, including museums, music venues, restaurants and breweries.

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Experience Amsterdam

Come to Amsterdam and discover the world-famous 17th-century inner city. The pleasant Jordaan district boasts narrow streets, bustling cafés and stately merchant houses lining the famous canals. Go shopping in small boutiques and art galleries in de 9 straatjes (9 streets) or visit one of the large department stores for indoor shopping.

Museums for all ages

Amsterdam has the world’s highest museum density and it home to cultural treasures like the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, and Rijksmuseum with its world-famous “The Night Watch’’ by Rembrandt the painter. Are you visiting Amsterdam with children? Micropia near Artis and Science Center NEMO are must-see attractions!

Exploring Amsterdam by boat and bicycle

The name of the city dates from the 12th century, when a dam was built in the Amstel river. Today the water is still a defining element of Amsterdam. You should definitely go on a boat tour of Amsterdam and discover the historic canal ring, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

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How to get to Amsterdam

By public transport

Amsterdam is easily accessible by public transport from Schiphol Airport. For travel within the city you can buy an Amsterdam Travel Ticket or an Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket.

By car

If you are coming by car, make sure to seek out information about parking in Amsterdam.

Transport in Holland

Distances within Holland are easily bridged. Any location you might want to visit can be reached within three hours. The train, bus and tram will taken you pretty much anywhere you want to go. You can also explore Holland by bicycle. With over 32,000 kilometers worth of bicycle paths, Holland is a real cycling country with many fantastic cycling routes.

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