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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

    Must-see city!

    Amsterdam is amazing! From the canals, to the multitude of museums, to the old funky buildings everything is so fascinating and beautiful. I spent three days there and I already want to go back. The party scene is great of course but the city is also very interesting for people who are more into the historic and sightseeing aspects. It's a very liberal and green city, and walking or biking through the city is very relaxing. The only downside is the cost but if you're careful it can be reasonable

    Insider Tip:Buy tickets to anything you know you are going to visit far in advance as lines for certain attractions can be hours long. Also, definitely take public transport whenever you can instead of cabs, especially to and from the airport. The public transport system is incredibly easy to understand and use and cabs are very, very expensive. The trip to the airport only takes 20 minutes from central station and costs 5€ instead of 60€ by cab.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    I love here a lot!

    For me, here just like the heaven of art and parties. I love Van Gogh and all kinds of museums. and the china town here!

  • 90%

    aninaroth3610

    One Week Amsterdam

    One of the lovliest cities I've ever visited`with an amazing atmosphere. people are really friendly and cumminicative. Even though there are not that many sights as you might see in other capitals the city bewitches with all the lovely streets, houses and canals.

    Insider Tip:VAN STAPELE cookies (no weed!) at Spui Place in a little sidestreet, sweetest things ever! "MELKWEG" for going out, different floors with different music and not only electronic stuff like usually in A'dam. Book a canal tour if the weather is nice and later on relax at Vondelpark Anne Frank House

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    City contrast

    It's a beautiful city with amazing potential, but is quite stained by the vicious business. It has amazing architecture and lovely sights all around the city. Vice tourism is a contrast of the beauty of the city. Red light district is populated, dirty and noisy; whilst neighborhoods around and tidy, clean and full of bycicles.

    Insider Tip:If you are traveling not thinking about Red Light District, go to Jordaan or the East and South. Lots of things to see there and around.

  • 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.

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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