Famous for its "Red Light District" and winding canals, Amsterdam is home to less than 1 million inhabitants which gives it a "village like" atmosphere. In this "Venice of the North" where hundreds of miles of canals provide transportation to just about any area of the city, road traffic (and noise) is limited and many people prefer to navigate the streets on a bicycle. A lively city exuding diversity and tolerance, Amsterdam is home to more nationalities than any other country (180 at last census).
When to visit
If you are looking to enjoy the biggest street party of the year, then head to Amsterdam on "King's Day" (formerly known as "Queensday"). April 27th (26 if the 27th falls on a Sunday) is the national celebration of the King's birthday. During Koningsdag, the city bursts with orange on the streets, canals, parks and kids show off their various talents in the Vondelpark. In June, artists from all over the world flock to the Holland Festival to showcase their music, operatic, dance and theatrical talents. Another exciting time to visit the Dutch capital is through mid-November until mid-January. The entire city becomes then the stage of the Amsterdam light festival, an international art festival focusing on the use of light as artistic expression.
Amsterdam's climate is typically mild throughout all seasons due to its proximity to the North Sea coast. Spring and summer are the warmest seasons, with daily temperature averages of 70F/2C. Humidity is low although the city experiences measurable rain in the summer and many cloudy days. Daylight lasts until 10 pm in mid-summer, which makes it an ideal time for long walks in the evening. Winter temperatures range from highs in the 40s F/10s C to lows around 30 F/0 C.
The city offers plenty to do besides visiting coffee shops or the Red Light District, from canal cruises to bicycle tours and bbq in the leafy oasis of the Vondelpark. Amsterdam also offers many shopping options from vintage items at the Waterlooplein flea market to luxurious brands on the PC Hooftstraat. The Kalverstraat is the main shopping street with renown international brands but if you are looking for more local flavors then head to the small boutiques at De Negen Straatjes (The Nine Streets). You can also shop for beautiful tulips and other flower bulbs at the Bloemenmarkt (flower market), a complex series of stalls and shops floating atop a canal in the heart of the city.
Amsterdam overflows with some of the finest art museums in the world. At Museumplein (Museum Square) you will find the Stedelijk Museum exhibiting modern art, the Van Gogh Museum and you will be able to observe Rembrandt's famous De Nachtwacht at the Rijksmuseum. Temporary art exhibitions are also commonly found in churches, such as the World Press Exhibition held every year in either the Nieuwe Kerk or in the Oude Kerk (a 700 year old church). Other very popular attractions in the city include the Royal Palace on Dam Square as well as the Anne Frank’s house, where Anne and her family remained hidden from the Nazis during World War II for two long years.
Tips & Recommendations
• Try one of the many typical Dutch delights: poffertjes, stroopwafels, bitterballen or Hollands nieuwe haring.
• Avoid walking on bike paths--they are expressly meant for bikes.
• If you drive while in Amsterdam, take care not to let the meter expire. Tickets are very expensive.
• Rent an “omafiets” (Dutch bike) and discover the city by bike, as it is the typical Dutch way to get around the city.
Saras Boutique Hotel is one of the smaller Amsterdam holiday accommodations. The 3-star rating ensures a memorable stay here. The Melkweg, Stadsschouwburg and Paradiso can all be reached on foot from this location. A fun-filled option nearby is Artis Zoo. Famous sites such as Spui are close by. Just a short distance away you'll find DeLaMar Theater.
The modest-sized Hotel 83 offers attentive service. If you're looking for an affordable rate, 1-star rooms are available here. Major transportation routes can be accessed at Amsterdam Central Station. Nearby museum choices include Museum Our Lord in the Attic and Madame Tussaud Wax Museum. Near this location, you can visit Waag monument. It'll be easy to visit Artis Zoo from here.
Looking for something that's a cut above? You'll find it at 3-star himanshu. With so many rooms, you'll find a comfortable one to call home. Recommended attractions: Hortus Botanicus, Tuschinski Cinema and Albert Cuyp Market. Museum goers will enjoy Hermitage and Jewish Historical museum, both in the property's proximity. It'll be easy to visit Artis Zoo from here. Here for business? The Royal Theatre Carré is nearby.
For a small, friendly experience, Amsterdam Boutique Apartments offers no more than 20 rooms. The 4-star rating ensures a memorable stay here. Sight-seeing and travel is available via nearby Amsterdam Central Station. Main post office, Royal Palace and Leidseplein are within a short walk from here. Artis Zoo is close to this property. Conference facilities nearby include Felix Meritis.
From Luxury Keizersgracht Group House you can visit easily accessible Main post office, Leidseplein and Royal Palace. Experience the thrills of Artis Zoo. Nearby museum choices include Canal museum and Historisch Museum. You'll be central to several attractions in the area, including Spui, just 0.3 km (0.2 miles) away.
For easy travel, Amsterdam Romance Apartment is a short distance from Amsterdam Central Station. West Indisch House, Canal boat tours and Amsterdam Dungeon are popular destinations you can easily reach from this accommodation. Staying here puts you within easy access of Jordaan area, Amsterdam City Centre and Damrak. Felix Meritis is nearby.
With its 4 star rating, Cityden Centre Apartments guarantees a comfortable stay. Sometimes the best things come in small packages, and this is one of those. Transportation is available at nearby Amsterdam Amstel Station. You can walk to Sarphati Park, Pijp area and Rembrandtplein from here. Artis Zoo isn't hard to reach from this accommodation. Be assured that Royal Theatre Carré is easily accessible.
Tulip of Amsterdam B&B has 3 stars. You won't get lost in a crowd here, as there are fewer than 20 rooms. Amsterdam Dungeon, Canal boat tours and Tuschinski Cinema can all be reached on foot from this location. One of the many attractions in this popular area is Oude Kerk. For a memorable Amsterdam visit, be sure you see Waag. Don't miss Rembrandt House and Museum Our Lord in the Attic, both are near this property.
Stay at the 3-star Las Vegas for an enjoyable Amsterdam experience. The rooms here are small in number and the hospitality is highly regarded. Vondelpark, located nearby, is an interesting landmark. The location of nearby Artis Zoo is one good reason to stay at this accommodation. The major local venue, WTC Amsterdam is close by. Nearby is picturesque Olympic Stadium .
The Posthoorn boasts a rating of 4 stars. Experience the personalized attention offered by this intimate lodge with fewer than 20 rooms. From this area you can easily visit Amsterdam City Centre, Jordaan area and even Damrak. Inspiring Zuiderkerk is located nearby. Beurs van Berlage can be found in the area nearby. Artis Zoo is recommended for family fun.
With fewer than 20 rooms, Old City Amsterdam is more intimate than many Amsterdam lodgings. The comfortable rooms are 3-star rated. You'll easily access all the city has to offer: Amsterdam Central Station provides public transit connections throughout Amsterdam. The location of nearby Artis Zoo is one good reason to stay at this accommodation. Nearby, National Monument on the Dam is well worth a visit. Nearby Stopera is a big draw for business travelers.
For a budget property, the 2-star Hostel Cosmos Amsterdam is good value. Sometimes the best things come in small packages, and this is one of those. The famous landmark Museumplein Amsterdam is conveniently close, as are Vondelpark and Pijp area. For a memorable Amsterdam visit, be sure you see Spui. Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum are in the neighborhood of this accommodation. Be assured that Concertgebouw Amsterdam is easily accessible.
The affordable 1-star Amsterdam Hostel Annemarie offers value for your budget. With fewer than 20 rooms here, you'll avoid big hotel crowds. For convenient connections, WTC Station Zuid is easy to reach from here. Popular landmarks near this property are Museumplein Amsterdam, Vondelpark and Leidseplein. Not to be missed in Amsterdam are the museums Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum. You can easily get to Spui from here.
St. Christopher's at The Winston is a 2-star establishment. You'll have a lot of great options here, given the large collection of rooms. Canal boat tours, Amsterdam Dungeon and Begijnhof are popular destinations you can easily reach from this accommodation. Inspiring Oude Kerk is located nearby. Beurs van Berlage is one monument that you can visit when you stay here. Be assured that Stopera is easily accessible.
The Flying Pig Uptown Hostel is a 2-star establishment. Popular landmarks near this property are Museumplein Amsterdam, Leidseplein and Vondelpark. Nearby are numerous museums, including the fine Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum collections. Spui is close to this location. If you come to Amsterdam for a special event in Concertgebouw Amsterdam, note that it is close by.
The small Maggy's Guest House offers warmth and hospitality. Here, great value for the money means you'll have more to spend on sightseeing, dining and other travel priorities. By public transit, your best choice is Amsterdam Central Station. This area offers several museums, including the popular Museum Our Lord in the Attic and Madame Tussaud Wax Museum. Recommended: A visit to Amsterdam's famous nearby monument Beurs van Berlage. Artis Zoo isn't hard to reach from this accommodation.
Hotel IX offers 3-star service. This is a great choice for a more private, intimate stay. Plan to visit Artis Zoo? This property is a good choice! You'll be close to Historisch Museum and Anne Frank House, where you can spend hours admiring the collections. From here, Westerkerk is 0.3 km (0.2 miles). Less than 2km (1.25mi) away is Spui.
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