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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

    The lovely city that is Amsterdam

    Very lovely city, has a strong smell to it but has interesting sites to see such as the Red Light District and historical sites such as the Anne Frank Musuem which if you visit Amsterdam you must visit this place!

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    Anonymous

    Amsterdam

    I got separated from my friend on the tram and got very lost. I was pretty stoned so no one really wanted to help me and people were talking shit about me in spanish, which i understand, and it was very rude and unhelpful. Needless to say Amsterdam is fun, but don't get too fucked up and lost.

    Insider Tip:Download an offline map and translator if you don't know the area or speak the language.

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    A City of Tourists

    Amsterdam is quite a strange city that seems more full of tourists than locals. It was so cool to see everyone ride bikes and i wish I had had the time to do it.

    Insider Tip:Rent a bike on your first day to ride around and see all the city has to offer. Then pick and go do it!

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Amazing City

    I have been traveling for the past 4 weeks and have visited 7 different countries. In that time, Amsterdam has been my favorite city by far. The people are extremely friendly. It is probably not an ideal location for those traveling with children as it is nearly impossible to walk down a street without seeing a cafe or sex shop (granted I never traveled too far outside of the red light district). For those that like things of a green nature, Amsterdam is the place for you!

    Insider Tip:Check out City Hall Cafe, located right next to the Green House in the Red Light district. Green house is also a great location, but don´t buy the pre-rolls there, they are pretty sloppy. Dam Square is also a great place to go explore some of the many museums and shops that Amsterdam has to offer.

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    Anonymous

    Amsterdam is my top 3 must go places

    Its just amazing. The locals were nice, very very clean. You can see The locals wiping the glass window and sweeping the floor every morning. Easy to walk around. Good public transport as well.

    Insider Tip:Amsterdam is not mainly about marijuana. The city itself were amazing.

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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