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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%

    Anonymous

    A true new world to get lost in

    I loved my experiences with visiting Amsterdam. The people are friendly, The city is beautiful and there is a lot to see and do. I found the city layout very hard to get my head around (even with a map) as I'd walk towards one direction and find myself in a different destination that I wanted but I enjoyed this as every path was filled with something interesting. A true new world to get lost in. I swear there were more bikes than people but this created such a pleasant atmosphere with few cars.

    Insider Tip:Invest in a good map and plan your trip. Time can soon run away from you, especially after a taste of the local delicacies and enjoying the relaxing comfort of this beautiful city.

  • 60%

    cmpattinson16982

    Slightly disappointing

    I stayed in the city for 2 days with a mate. The canals really add to the beauty of the city and overall it is definitely one of the prettier in Europe. In the day, apart from exploring by bike, the rijksmuseum and Van Gogh are worth a visit but there isn't loads of culture of offer. What's more, the red light district was underwhelming and the mid-week nightlife was virtually non existent.

    Insider Tip:Go on a weekend and don't take pictures in the red light district...you may get a surprise!

  • 80%

    deleo1

    Heart of the RLD

    We stayed in the heart of the Red Light District, which was interesting and fun. Not sketchy at all, which was a relief.

    Insider Tip:We felt safe walking around everywhere, especially the Red Light District, since it is always so packed with people. Do a free walking tour!! Research the best coffeeshops, they're not all created equally. Watch out for bikes.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Amsterdam

    AMAZING city, one of my favourites in the world. Picturesque, beautiful and so laid back, everyone is really friendly and they all speak English which really help! Great night life too.

    Insider Tip:The streets around the West church and Anne Frank house are the better ones, less touristy and more traditional food and boutique shopping.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    A very special city

    The museums are very good, especially Van Gogh Museum. Food there are very delicious. Better to go there in spring

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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