Amsterdam guide - practical information for your trip to Amsterdam
Amsterdam is winding canals, fantastic art, tasty brews, and epic parties. Check out this mini-Amsterdam guide to get to know everything on the Netherlands cultural capital. Then let your love of Amsterdam guide you on your holidays!
But first...why visit Amsterdam?
Why visit Amsterdam? A simple question with so many answers! Firstly, for the history - the city center almost hasn’t changed since Rembrandt’s time. Secondly, for the art and culture - Amsterdam houses some of the most important museums in the world. And last but not least, when asking ‘why visit Amsterdam,’ don’t forget the vibrant nightlife.
How to get to and around Amsterdam?
Easy! Fly - Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the second largest hub airport in the world, so flights are easy to come by. Or take a train, coach, car or even boat. Once there, enjoy the outrageously excellent public transport system, walk, or hire a bike.
When to go?
Any Amsterdam guide will tell you that the city is enjoyable at any time of year. Summer brings long, hot days in the Vondelpark, breezy canal cruises, and drinks on the city’s plethora of terraces. Fall sees one of Europe’s leafiest cities become a blaze of yellow and gold leaves, while winter offers lashings of beer-drinking and museum-hopping. And then there’s spring when the Keukenhof Gardens bloom for all and sundry.
What to see?
You’ve got to go to the museums. The Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Van Gogh Museum are perennial favorites. But also try the wacky, interactive Madame Tussauds, the Heineken Experience, the Red Lights Secrets or prostitution museum, and the Torture Museum.
The canals are a must see. Take a cruise through the heritage-listed Grachtengordel, and enjoy sights of the wealthy merchant houses and myriad bridges.
Finally, you’ve got to party on your holidays! Down some delicious Dutch beers, sample the juniper-flavored jenever and enjoy techno beats at the world’s best clubs. For a guide to Amsterdam nightlife and tickets, check out the following.
Where to stay?
Hotels abound in the city center, which is quaintly beautiful and traversed in 30 minutes. You can get everything from high-end to budget. Consider the trendy Jordaan district or the quiet waterside hotels of Grachtengordel West.