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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

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Amsterdam

    Nice party or museum location for all ages. Local can be both friendly and rude at times. Best to not let the few bad apples affect your trip. People from all over the World. Alot of tourists. Try and venture further away from the town and experience the true city if you have time.

    Insider Tip:Watch out for the bicycles! Know your way around the town (google maps). Don't buy drugs in the street! Use the trams to get around instead of walking everywhere. Wear comfortable shoes! Say hello/ good morning before you buy or ask for something. The locals will remind you of this which can make for an awkward situation. Smile and enjoy yourself!

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    Anonymous

    Amsterdam Review

    I enjoyed the city but I wouldn't go back. I would have really enjoyed this place if i went in college or a little bit after. Now, I'm not so much into smoking, mushrooms, or prostitutes. There are definitely a good number of things to do that don't involve those 3 things but you don't need three full days. Van Gogh museum was great and I would definitely recommend that. Ann Frank House was also an amazing museum. It was very moving an absolutely worth the 1.5 hour line.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Amsterdam - Amazing City!

    If you want to explore the Dutch culture and lifestyle, Amsterdam is a city that you should visit. Go explore great and interesting things to do there. It is a very great city with so much openness from the people. It is a safe city too!

    Insider Tip:Go experience the canal trip. Try new things while out there. Learn Dutch culture and history. It is so interesting. Stay near the city for easy journey around. You can just walk around the city to explore.

  • 60%

    afrocosmopolitaine

    Chill out place

    What more can I say? Need a break? Just go to A'Dam X X X

    Insider Tip:Grab a joint, Grab a bike, meet the world, sit next to the canal or on the beach and just feel the love. X

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    catlady23

    Off the beaten track

    I have been to Amsterdam many times in the past and so decided on this trip to stay nearby but away from the center and so glad I was too. There are some lovely places to visit not too far away from Amsterdam center. I stayed a few nights at Noordwijk and a few nights near Abcoude both absolutely lovely. Abcoude offers a lake where you can hire a kayak and paddle you way around canals and the lake but still close to Amsterdam center.

    Insider Tip:If you fancy something a bit different from Holland head to the lucky lake hostel near Abcoude, it's not far from Amsterdam Central but offers countryside and lakes - beautiful!!!

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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