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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

  • 80%

    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.

  • 80%

    AndreMayrand

    Worth the trip for a few days

    Great city to party in that's for sure. Although, after leaving the city, I felt like I was enclosed in a drunken-male-only town. The Netherlands have so much more to offer, don't just stay in Amsterdam! The Vondelpark is a must-see, and the Triposo app can be pretty handy for suggestions on where to go/what to do.

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Very interesting city not unlike any other European cities I have visited. Didn't love it, but worth a visit.

    Insider Tip:Eat stroopwafles at the Albert Cuyp Market.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Great vibe!

    I loved Amsterdam! It has a great chilled out vibe and people are super friendly. Combined with lots of world famous attractions this is a great place for spending a holiday.

    Insider Tip:Don't plan too much sightseeing per day and suck up the great atmosphere...

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Must-see city!

    Amsterdam is amazing! From the canals, to the multitude of museums, to the old funky buildings everything is so fascinating and beautiful. I spent three days there and I already want to go back. The party scene is great of course but the city is also very interesting for people who are more into the historic and sightseeing aspects. It's a very liberal and green city, and walking or biking through the city is very relaxing. The only downside is the cost but if you're careful it can be reasonable

    Insider Tip:Buy tickets to anything you know you are going to visit far in advance as lines for certain attractions can be hours long. Also, definitely take public transport whenever you can instead of cabs, especially to and from the airport. The public transport system is incredibly easy to understand and use and cabs are very, very expensive. The trip to the airport only takes 20 minutes from central station and costs 5€ instead of 60€ by cab.

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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