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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

  • 30%

    Anonymous

    Amsterdam the home of no one

    I found Amsterdam to be a huge let down. It did not live up to it's reptuation as a fun, young, exciting and creative place. Mostly tourists and it seemed few people that worked there were from the Netherlands. As well someone attempted to rob me in a crowded tourist spot and they were dumbfounded when I called their bluff. Overall I was unimpressed.

    Insider Tip:Don't go.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Not what I expected

    When planning a trip to Amsterdam I was expecting prostitutes and weed everywhere, and I am not one to partake in either so I was a little nervous, but in reality Amsterdam is not like that at all. If you want that you can find it but you also don't have to work to avoid it. The city is beautiful, probably one of the most beautiful I have ever seen, and it has a very calm atmosphere.

    Insider Tip:Just wander around and appreciate the beauty, but watch out for the bikes. For real though, they will run you over.

  • 40%

    Anonymous

    Amsterdam is a good place to visit. It is exceptionally busy in peak season however. It is unsurprisingly not that cheap but not extortionate. There is plenty to see and do and the options to get around Amsterdam are undoubtedly superb. The weather does seem very variable but it shouldn't spoil your activities in Amsterdam as there are many shops and things to do indoors. However personally, I wouldn't want to stay in Amsterdam more than a few days at a time.

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Do you have the money?

    Amsterdam is an amazing city, but I suggest if you are going you are prepared to pay the high prices. Alcohol is extremely expensive compared to other countries and food isn't any better but in all honesty it's worth the price of being able to see this amazing city

    Insider Tip:Doing a €15 canal trip can last the whole day if you get off at every stop, if you are short on money just hit the amazing market near the opera house! Lot try a space cake... Always kills some time.

  • 60%

    TomiArgentina

    Relaxed and Nice

    Beautiful city, it was a pitty that we got very bad weather, but we had a good time,a little expensive but affordable.

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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