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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

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    I liked Amsterdam

    Arrived in Amsterdam for the Buiten Westen music festival. Amsterdam is very convenient to get around. Lots of trams, buses and night buses. Very safe! I found the people polite. Many instances of being very helpful, some instances where it was better not to ask. If you don't speak Dutch, many ND's speak English. But do your homework and know where you want to go. Google maps was not up to date and the bus references were not correct. Over-all, I want to return for a longer stay.

    Insider Tip:Like London or Paris, its not important to stay in the center of town. The transport is that good, (tram, buses, intercity train, night buses) moreover the suburbs are calming. Downtown can be very packed and its nice to stay in lodgings out of the way. Its easier to get form one tourist spot to the next than London or Paris.

  • 100%

    LHimmelmann3206

    Amsterdam! The best city!

    Amsterdam is incredible. There is so much to take in between the sites, culture, history, nightlife. 2 days wasn't enough so make sure to stay longer than you think you need.

    Insider Tip:BEST NIGHTLIFE, PEOPLE, BEAUTY, AND FOOD IN EUROPE

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    lazy monkeys #1

    I have been to the dam many times, wish I had found this place earlier. Everything is within walking distance, and the staff (owner) is very helpful and pleasant.

    Insider Tip:Go and enjoy yourself and make sure you stay here ideal for couples or groups

  • 90%

    Bdietz30

    Fun city

    The city is fun, there is more things to do than we thought there would be. Definitely go out and explore, need at least 3 days there or more. Kinda dirty in the morning time, but they do take time and clean up the streets from the nights before.

    Insider Tip:Rent a bike, but not at night time, go to the heineken experience, and take the canal boats

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    good atmosphere but expensive public transportation

    A very nice area called Noordwijk Aan zee an hour away from downtown. People come to this clean beach for a walk etc. However, their public transportation will cost you a lot more than whatever city you are from. They don't even have a return/one day ticket unless you're two people.

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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