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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

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Amsterdam

    Came to visit in July and the weather was fantastic!! Lovely city although on the expensive side of course. Super easy and cheap to get to Germany or Belgium.

    Insider Tip:I love the place but would stay there no more than 3 days.

  • 90%

    ucmfowler

    My favorite place EVER

    So much to do in this city. Before my vacation, I joked with my friends that I would enjoy "the architecture" in Amsterdam. Little did I know that this city is breathtaking in every way. The beautiful buildings, the romantic canals. So much to see and so much to do. Truly the land of the free. I spent three days straight walking the streets of Amsterdam and I wasn't bored for a single second. I will be back as soon as I can and I cant wait! Go here and have the time of your life.

  • 50%

    TheHikingCanadian

    Had a blast in Amsterdam, there is so much to see! Although definitely rent a bike. They were so cheap and this city is so bike friendly its almost silly. They have the right of way and bike lanes are larger than roadways and it seems everyone bikes.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Yes.

    Gorgeous and easy to navigate, Amsterdam's the place to be. The people are chill, there's no lack of places to visit or eat, and everything is beautiful. Even in the dead of winter.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Amsterdam

    Amsterdam was a beautiful city! It exceeded my expectations and I would love to go back. Highly recommend the free walking tour to get an overview of the city.

    Insider Tip:Rent bikes to get around! Quickest and easiest way to travel through the city.

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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