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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

  • 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.

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    Anonymous

    Amsterdam

    Very fun city. Go to the coffee and shops and see the red light district. Anne Frank Museum is free, but the line is long. Other museums are very cool but too pricy for a student on a budget.

    Insider Tip:Rent bikes for at least one day!

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    Anonymous

    More than just weed

    I know one of the main attractions of Amsterdam are the notorious coffee shops, but this city has way more to offer than legal weed. It actually has a very interesting history and some cool sights if you make the effort of finding them. It's very easy to get lost in the small side streets, but that's where all the good stuff is hidden.

    Insider Tip:If you're a history nerd and want to see the Anne Frank House, you need to get there at least an hour before they open or be prepared to stand in line for 2-3 hours. If you have a good pair of shoes then don't bother with buying tickets for public transportation because Amsterdam is very easy to walk around. Also, be aware of the bikes!! It's very easy to confuse the bike lane with the sidewalk, so pay attention!

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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