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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%

    Anonymous

    Yes I would recommend it! Great city and so much more to see then just the red light district. The Heineken experience is a must do along with the VanGogh Museum

    Insider Tip:buy your tickets online! For everything and buy weeks in advance for the Anne Frank house especially.

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    emma-hepworth366

    Amsterdam - the city of canals and crepes

    Amsterdam is a fascinating and multicultural city. Steeped in history, but at the same time, showing of its new modern day personality, Amsterdam is the place to be seen.

    Insider Tip:taking a river boat provides the chance to see the city in a new light. museums are a must

  • 80%

    kckuok

    Great city, a bit touristy.

    We cycled around Netherlands for 8 days. In comparison, Amsterdam is a big city that is busy all day long. There are bikes, cars, scooters everywhere. Be careful when cycling around the city. Green light doesn't always mean its your right of way.

    Insider Tip:Rent you bicycles from scooterplanet.nl. They have very reasonable rates with good condition bikes.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Woahhhhhhhhhh

    Quite chaotic! There is drugs everywhere, many moving vehicles to dodge, bikes, many tourists, art, culture, canals and the red light district of course. If thats your thing then you will love this place!!

    Insider Tip:Bike will take you everywhere, ann frank house will be very full

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Fun city!

    By a total coincidence, we ended up in Amsterdam on King's Day - basically a huge party day that includes everyone wearing silly bright orange outfits and drinking and dancing in the streets (all ages). It was so much fun and I recommend everyone try to get here on King's Day at least once.

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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