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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%

    vishwamitra

    Must visit in Europe

    This city has a very different vibe. Though I felt Dutch are bit aggressive, this city is pretty chilled out. Narrow streets, winding canals, coffee shops, old buildings with beautiful architecture. and Bikes. Walking is the best way to explore this city. Go for a walk after dark and those canals are nicely lit which looks very beautiful

  • 70%

    carolinaveloso

    A non usual symbol of Europe

    I spent 8 days in Amsterdam. The city is full of life and full of people - bikes, trams, cars, everything. It can be all a little too much, specially if you're high. But the city has the drugs side and also has the "common" side. It was one of the most beautiful cities we've been through, it has nice and crooked buildings, full of color, it has flowers, the supermarket (Albert Heinj) is perfect.

    Insider Tip:It can be a little too cold at the winter.

  • 100%

    logan-johns5764

    A.M.S - Not enough words to describe its beauty!

    I had a seriously off the books time here!!! .. It's exiting, full of culture, beautiful and the Dutch peoples could not of been more welcoming! .. I had heard allot of bullsh*t from others about the Dam and its all untrue!

    Insider Tip:DON'T LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN ... JUST GO!

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    The location in the very near Anne Frank House. One can have a meal in the cafe floor, and breakfast is also not bad. Overall, the atmosphere was not bad. I yelled just stay in the 8 room, the room was a small piece. And I do not know what it was like the other rooms are, in my room was uncomfortable because only one outlet in the room entrance.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Great weekend

    You hear about Amsterdam and all the going-ons your whole life, you develop an idea of what it would be like and my idea was not the cleanest or greatest. I love being wrong. The place is gorgeous and a really fun place to be for a short break!!

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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