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City Guide Amsterdam, Netherlands

Visiting Amsterdam

Known as the ‘Venice of the North’, Amsterdam is a city built on a cobweb of canals that boasts one of the most picturesque settings in the world. True, it is a city full of hazy coffee shops where stoners smoke all day and where prostitutes standing in red-lit windows try to lure in prospective customers, but there is much more to the Dutch capital than hookers and hash. It boasts world-class museums, great architecture and a buzzing nightlife making it the perfect city for a few days break.

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Amsterdam Podcasts

Amsterdam - Ask the locals

In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty takes to the streets of Amsterdam to ask the locals where are their favourite places to eat, drink and more. He finds out where is good for couscous and what is the year's best festival among other things.

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Amsterdam Videos

10 Things You Need To Know About Amsterdam

Find out the best way to get around the canals in Amsterdam, its best museums and more with Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty.

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Amsterdam Pocket Guide

Amsterdam Pocket Guide

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Amsterdam City Reviews

  • 100%

    tonytanb

    Belle Ville

    Recommendation: Free walking tour with Sandemans company Search on google: New Amsterdam walking tour

  • 50%

    JuleSanchez

    Very unique

    The city is very beautiful, all of this old building and facades, having all this water running through, and bikes everywhere ! Problem are mainly the overcrowding and all about the coffee-shop/sex tourist attractions.

    Insider Tip:Go to Van Gogh or RijksMuseum if you have time, it definitevely worth it.

  • 90%

    qchrissiet

    Stayokay in an awesome city

    Amsterdam was one of my favorite cities I visited my last trip. All the food was delicious. I loved all the cute little shops and cafes. The people were all so friendly and welcoming. Take a canal tour- it is worth it. You must see the city from the water :) Get lost on a little side street and take in the beautiful homes and bridges. Buy your tickets for the Van Gogh and Anne Frank Home ahead of time or you will be standing in a long line. Enjoy! :) Cheers!

  • 80%

    vickerymichelle5882

    I AmSterdam

    Having never been before, I didn't know what to expect. The city has SO much to offer. Their way of life is so chill. They are so relaxed, but seem to be always busy. Also, a very strong sense of community, even though I found more foreigners working there than Dutch. But still, it's like they accept you straight away.

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    kimmyjean

    Amsterdam

    I enjoyed the city. The weather in June was nice. Whether it's checking out the pretty parks, cafés or museums I think it's quite a good time. The city is quite walkable and public transportation is good. Just be careful with bike riders and their lanes.

Netherlands: Itinerary

Known as the ‘Venice of the North’, Amsterdam is a city built on a cobweb of canals that boasts one of the most picturesque settings in the world. True, it is a city full of hazy coffee shops where stoners smoke all day and where prostitutes standing in red-lit windows try to lure in prospective customers, but there is much more to the Dutch capital than hookers and hash. It boasts world-class museums, great architecture and a buzzing nightlife making it the perfect city for a few days break.

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