Amsterdam Travel Guide

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You're Going to Love Amsterdam

There are so many great reasons to visit Amsterdam and it really is a city with something for everyone. The capital of the Netherlands may be compact in comparison with other major European cities, but it packs a lot into a relatively small space.

The Old Center and the Canal Ring are a must for history lovers, as are the world-class museums and galleries. Music fans flock to the city for its clubs and nightlife while its unique coffee shop culture is known all over the world.

If cafes, coffee shops, and bars are of limited appeal, the city also boasts spacious parks, like Vondelpark in the center of the city, and Ooosterpark close to the Eastern Docklands. Amsterdam is popular with shoppers and fashion fans as well as with visitors who come for historic attractions like Anne Frank's House and the scenic canals.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Amsterdam

What to do in Amsterdam

Museum Square
Anne Frank Huis
De Dam
Vondel Park
Top activities in Amsterdam

When to Visit Amsterdam

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Amsterdam can become extremely busy during the summer season from May to September, but it's the ideal time to enjoy cycling along the canals or outdoor events in the parks. You can expect long queues for major attractions like Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum, but there are often fast track deals available in hotels and tourist information centers or when you buy tickets online. Many people visit from April to May or September to October when it's less busy. The weather is still mild, and accommodation and flights are cheaper. Low airfares from November to February also make Amsterdam a great choice for Christmas shopping trips or New Year festivities.

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How to Get to Amsterdam

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Where to Stay in Amsterdam

There is accommodation to suit every budget in Amsterdam, from family bed & breakfasts, hostels, boutique hotels, or luxury 5-star hotels. Choose central areas like the Old Center and Jordaan or explore cheaper options in the Red Light District or further afield.

Popular Areas in Amsterdam

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How to Get Around Amsterdam

The Cost of Living in Amsterdam

Shopping Streets

Shop for everyday fashion and clothing in streets like Nieuwendijk, Kalverstraat, Heiligeweg, and Leidsestraat or designer goods in PC Hoofstraat, the city's only truly upmarket street. Ethnic wares can be found on Javastraat or look for quirky boutiques and stores in Jordaan or Ferdinand Bolstraat and Sarphatipark in De Pijp.

Groceries and Other

Buy basic groceries at a local Albert Heijn stores - the biggest supermarket chain in the Netherlands stocks everything from food to clothing and baby, pet, and beauty products. Alternatively, visit the massive Albert Cuyp Market or the Dappermarkt in Jordaan for Dutch cheese, beer, and other specialties.

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$3.27
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Where to Eat in Amsterdam

Try Dutch favorites like Ossenwoorst, a spiced raw beef sausage at the city's famous markets or fill up with a herring sandwich or 'broodje haring' from a street stall. You will also find many Asian and Suriname restaurants in Amsterdam. The biggest concentration of Asian restaurants can be found along the Zeedijk in Nieuwmarkt while those wishing to sample Suriname cuisine can find some of the best restaurants at Albert Cuypstraat.

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