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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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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

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Great weekend

    You hear about Amsterdam and all the going-ons your whole life, you develop an idea of what it would be like and my idea was not the cleanest or greatest. I love being wrong. The place is gorgeous and a really fun place to be for a short break!!

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Wonderful and exciting city!

    We loved Amsterdam. Stayed there for 4 days, and luckily everything was easy to reach by foot. We walked everywhere and visited lots of things. It's interesting in terms of culture with the Van Gogh museum, Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House, and at the same time very exciting concerning the architecture and the houses along the grachten. You can do a canal cruise to get an overview of the main sights, and spend so much time simply walking around admiring the city.

    Insider Tip:Toastable Café, located at Singel: such a cute and lovely café with great snacks and drinks. Can highly recommend it! Typical tourist attractions like Van Gogh museum and Anne Frank House are definitely worth a visit. Biking in the Vondelpark, which is so much fun.

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    Anonymous

    Amsterdam

    It is warm but windy in winter. Thus, get prepared to deal with the strong wind. It is easy to get around and the city is pretty walkable. It will be great if you spend some time on walking in the city.

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Leaning houses and concentric canals

    Amsterdam is a beautiful city with very interesting history and lots to do and see. The city is organized in concentric streets, what makes places more close to each other than they should be in regular cartesian cities. The city centre has chaotic transit and is crowded with marijuana, other drugs and the sex industry, and all those things get annoying really fast. But as soon as you walk a little farther from the touristic centre (Red Light District and the Dam), it shows itself a cozy city!

    Insider Tip:Walk off the city centre. There is plenty to see other than the Red Light and the streets become less crowded, with no more stores of drugs and sex. It is incredible how these industries are sponsored by tourism! Amsterdam has much more to offer, and all is just a walk far. Go to the NEMO Science Center or to the Bibliotheek (6 floors high and you can see the entire city from the last one). The I AMsterdam sign near the port is not there anymore! Go near the Van Gogh Museum to find the other one.

  • 100%

    tonytanb

    Belle Ville

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

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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