Amsterdam is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. Smaller than a lot of other European capitals, it’s the perfect place to explore on two wheels or solo. You can take in the canals, stop at one of the many coffee shops or take a trip outside the city centre to experience local life.
Known for its vibrant nightlife, there are a number of cheap youth hostels in Amsterdam central that cater to backpackers and budget travellers. Check out our blog post on the best clubs in Amsterdam if you need a bit of inspiration, and keep in mind that youth hostels in Amsterdam are one of the best places to meet new people and get involved with social activities like walking tours, movie nights and more.
Looking for somewhere to stay with a lot of added extras? The best hostels in Amsterdam also come with a lot of extras, like in-house bars, free hot and cold breakfasts, self-catering kitchens, pool tables, cocktail-making masterclasses, live music and more.
You can choose from shared dorms and private rooms in most Amsterdam hostels. If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, why not stay in a 1930s townhouse that used to be a brothel, a former 1920’s testing lab, or even a hotel boat right on the river?
The Old Centre is the best option if you want a cheap youth hostel close to the city centre. If you prefer to experience a bit more of the local life, then you might want to stay in Grachtengordel West or The Jordaan, which are both still within easy reach of Amsterdam central. Finally, there’s The Old Jewish Quarter, which doesn’t attract many tourists, but will ensure a quiet night.
One of the top attractions in Amsterdam is the Red Light District, which is also close to popular nightlife areas like Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. For a bit more history, you can visit the Anne Frank House or one of the city’s many museums, including the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.
Getting from Schiphol Airport to the city centre is a breeze. There’s a bus that only takes half an hour, or you can jump on the train which takes you straight to Centraal Station.
As for exploring the city, you can reach most places in Amsterdam on foot if you visit during the warmers months. If you’re feeling brave, there’s also the option of renting a bicycle for the duration of your stay, which means you can save money on taxis and public transport.
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