Amsterdam Pocket Guide

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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. Sometimes known for all the wrong reasons, 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. Find out the best restaurants, bars and more in our free pocket guide.

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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what the Dutch put on top of their French fries, and where to go for Dutch cuisine and more.
  • Don't Miss The best museums, the best canal trip and more.
  • Budget Tips When you can catch free concerts in the Dutch capital.
  • A Day in Amsterdam... We give you our ideal day in the Dutch capital.

Amsterdam City Reviews

  • 70%


    Laid back city.

    Great museums. Crazy stuff is there for you if you want it but it's mainly for visitors, the Dutch seem to be doing other things. Great weather, Great food too. Bicycles everywhere and old mostly old style. Nothing seemed crazy outstanding to me, it was just a nice place to hangout. If you want to get into the bad stuff you'll have a blast for sure.

    Insider Tip:See the Rijksmuseum. Don't take the water taxis. Get out of Amsterdam to see other parts of Holland. Good Veggie restaurants. Bicycle it if you can. Skip long lines and find something else. Relax in the city, don't power travel it.

  • 70%


    Mellow Amsterdam

    I really like this city and it was great to come to after traveling through a near 3rd world country. I guess it's like Vegas you can find what you want... very naughty or very nice. I find the Dutch pretty laid back. Great museums. Food is good in town, and if you're a veggie vegan type there's lots of restaurants to help you. All the naughty stuff I found to be mostly a bunch of visitors. The locals don't seem to be the type to get into that.

    Insider Tip:If the line is too long, I'd say skip it and find something else to do, there's plenty. I didn't do this myself, but leave Amsterdam and go to another city in the Netherlands. Don't take the water taxi.

  • 80%


    No Big Attractions, but Still Fun

    I don't really have anything negative to say about Amsterdam. The one knock on it is that there isn't really anything that is "must see" such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Big Ben in London. However, if you just want a place to have a relaxing, fun weekend, Amsterdam is a great place to be. Riding bikes around the city is awesome, even if scary at some points, and chilling out in coffee shops is fun as well. There is always the Red Light District, which is a very interesting place to check out

    Insider Tip:Do one of the Sandeman's Free Walking Tours. One of the best parts of the trip.

  • 60%


    Nice city, weird mix of culture and vices.

    The city has many wonderful things to see, the Van Gogh museum and Rembrant house are fantastic and the Anne Frank house is harrowing but incredible. Sadly I found the Red Light District brings it down, it's not pleasant seeing girls bored out their brains in lingerie whilst old men gawp at them, however I understand that is why some people choose Amsterdam!

    Insider Tip:Skip the Red Light District and instead head for the lawns by the Van Gogh museum, it's the loveliest place to be when the weather is good!

  • 90%


    City of heaven

    totally awesome weather, nice friendly people , the good features of Red Light District , museums in Amsterdam , Cafes , beer bars , hash brownies , marijuana etc

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