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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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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%

    kayashino3439

    tourist friendly place

    everyone speaks english, so its easy to ask your directions, the train from airport is quite fast, about 25mins you will reach, routes are pretty straightforward, just go straight you will see it. Friendly people, nice buildings and environment.

    Insider Tip:buy the metro pass if you're gonna travel for few days, at town, buy your airport train tickets with coins, it will be cheaper than credit card.

  • 70%

    sanmon

    The city of surprizes

    Amsterdam is known for the smoking stuff, so naturally as non-smoker I was skeptical. But the people there are friendly, you can walk around all day, discover the cute houses and quiet neighborhoods and when you get lost, you just ask. The red light district was fun!

    Insider Tip:Take a sandwich and beer and sit at the canal at the red light district to watch the crowd... for free and very entertaining!

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    amsterdam

    it's a great city if you ignore the weed and the red light district. i'd recommend going to nemo, the amsterdam dungeon, artis or some of the really good musea amsterdam has to offer.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Amsterdam, the friendliest place

    Its a nice place to holiday, people are friendly and everyone knows English here. Best place to get high and party. Weather is quite pleasant although bit windy. Clean City. Shopping is quite decent. You can find cheap places too.

    Insider Tip:Can be entirely covered on foot, no need for tram or bus. Visit the markets at Bos En Lomar/Albert market you get cheap stuff at this market cum flea market. Fresh fruits and vegetables and Fish.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    On of my reasons to visit he city was to visit the Anne Frank house and I really recommend it to those who like history

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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