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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  • 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

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

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    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.

  • 100%


    My favorite city top1

    They have everything. The museums, the tulip, the muffin, the Netherlands waffles, cheese....everything!

    Insider Tip:Do not go to Keukenhof on April 3rd. The tulips on the field haven't blossomed yet.

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    Its Amsterdam.I don't need to sell it. The architecture is beautiful. Streets are full of character. Try and go for things OTHER than the red light district and coffee shops. Multi cultural. Food as well.

    Insider Tip:Ques into museums are crazy. Get the online passes or those with time slots. Rijksmuseum is a must. So is the Van Gogh Museum. Don't forget to get tickets online. Anne Frank House will have ques no matter what, so bring a friend, a foldable chair and enjoy the ques. If you can live without going to museums, then head to Albert C Market and the 9 streets instead, and admire the architecture. Get the tram/metro tickets for 3 days, 2 days or 24 hours. Worth it. Get them at the station.

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    Forget sex and drugs, Amsterdam is so much more than that.

    Amsterdam is a fantastic city. A lot of people probably only go to see the Red Light District and smoke marijuana but honestly that is really not what the city is about. Dutch history and culture is everywhere and I´ve never been anywhere so picturesque and beautiful in my life. There are spectacular canals everywhere and I think instead of referring to Amsterdam as the "Venice of the North" we should refer to Venice as the "Amsterdam of Italy."

    Insider Tip:Be sure to check out the museums (Anne Frank Huis, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum), canals, etc. but also take the time to utilize the Netherland´s amazing train system to visit areas outside of Amsterdam. There are tulips at Keukenhof, windmills at Zaanse Schans, and a beautiful castle called Kasteel de Haar outside of Utrecht. I spent 7 days in and around Amsterdam and can say it is not a place to rush through. It´s also a fun and safe place to get lost and have unusual adventures. Try Dutch food!

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