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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

    Fun city!

    By a total coincidence, we ended up in Amsterdam on King's Day - basically a huge party day that includes everyone wearing silly bright orange outfits and drinking and dancing in the streets (all ages). It was so much fun and I recommend everyone try to get here on King's Day at least once.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    amsterdam

    freedom city, really, great cheap food at the supermarket, lots of great museum, gorgeous architecture.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Amsterdam

    A great place to be, even if you're not looking to party. There's quite a bit to do outside the Red Light district and lots to see at the museums. Even just walking around is quite pleasant, especially around all the canals.

    Insider Tip:Don't bother wasting your money on transit tickets or site seeing tours. The whole city is easily walkable, and you can hope on a ferry for free from right behind Centraal Station.

  • 90%

    mcerqueira10011308

    Lovely

    Although the city is known for other stuff, there nice museums and the city is lovely, although I found it really expensive!

  • 80%

    Blanghenry

    Amsterdam Tips

    I absolutely love Amsterdam. This is now my fourth time to the city and each time its a new and different experience.

    Insider Tip:Try to not get stuck in the Red Light district for too long, yes it is fun and worth checking out but there is much more to the city than just that area. Make sure to go to the vodnelpark, rijksmuseum and van gogh if it is your first time.I also enjoy taking the canal tour by boat. you can get on by the centraal station and take an hr long tour of the city. really pretty by boat. Lastly, I would highly recommend checking out the Jordaan neighborhood. Very authentic and non-commercialized.

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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