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Amsterdam Travel Guide

One of the top tourist destinations in The Netherlands, Amsterdam (Capital of Netherlands) is a city of charming and sometimes quirky variety. The city is easy to navigate both on foot, by public transport, or on the traditionally preferred bicycle and these you can choose by using Amsterdam trip planner.

There are many amazing tourist attractions in Amsterdam right from historical building, to famous museums, and from fascinating market places to unique boutiques and department stores. It also offers variety of parks and green space where you can unwind. Amsterdam tourism can provide you with top things to do and places to visit in Amsterdam city.

Best Time To Visit Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a climate similar to Ireland and Britain, characterized by a combination of dampness and mildness, although there are occasionally extremes of temperature.

Spring (March to April): During spring the temperature is cool and it gradually becomes warm in April. If you love cool conditions then you can visit Amsterdam in spring. Visiting Amsterdam in spring could be more affordable than in the summer. Accommodations, hotels and hostels rate in spring are cheaper than in the summer. One can enjoy events and festivals in Amsterdam in spring season like Queen’s Day, Easter, Liberation Day, national cycling day and more...

Summer (June to August): This is the ideal time to visit Amsterdam. The temperature in summer is much hot and warmest. As this is the peak season for tourists and backpackers, the rates of accommodation, hotels, hostels, flights, and other activities go up in this high season. So, visiting Amsterdam in summer can be expensive. Many events, performances and open air concerts begin in summer. Canal Gardens in Bloom festival, Gay Pride Canal Parade and De Parade are major festivals in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Winter (December to February): If you are planning Christmas and New Year holiday trip then look for Amsterdam. In Amsterdam winter days are short, dark and with the heavy snow fall.

Autumn (September to November): Amsterdam autumn begins with many cultural and film festivals, exhibitions and theatres shows. It’s worth to travel Amsterdam in autumn. For every age there are many activities and fun things to do in Amsterdam in autumn. Take help of Amsterdam travel guide for planning optimized Amsterdam trip itineraries.

How To Reach Amsterdam

GET TO

There are many ways to get to Amsterdam, by flight, by train, or by road. The main airport is Schiphol, but there are also other smaller regional airports. If arriving by train, you are likely to arrive at Amsterdam Central Station. There are eight other stations in the city. If you arrive by car, learn about the city’s motorway, parking options and road structure; and of course, Amsterdam has number of waterways allowing visitors to enter into the city.

GET AROUND

Once in Amsterdam it is easy to get around with the impressive public transport network of buses, metros, ferries and trains to help you visit various Amsterdam destinations. One of the most fun ways to get around is by cycling like the locals do. There are plenty of cycle rental shops all over the city.

Tourist Attractions In Amsterdam

THINGS TO DO IN AMSTERDAM

There are many unique things to do in Amsterdam for families, kids and travel backpakers.

  • Rijksmuseum : This is a Netherlands national museum. You can enjoy Dutch art & history from Middle Ages to the present day.   
  • Anne Frank MuseumHere you can visit the actual hiding place of the famous diarist, revisiting the horrors of living as a Jew during the Nazi era. This museum is dedicated to promoting freedom from oppression and instills cultural understanding. 
  • Vondelpark: This is the largest park in the city and is also one of the most famous in the country. Every year, this park welcomes about 10 million visitors from all over the world.
  • Rembrandt House MuseumVisit the beautiful house where Rembrandt worked and lived for 20 years! This is a  is a historic house and art museum in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
  • JordaanThis is a famous neighbourhood of the city of Amsterdam.  You can explore and introduce yourself to the culture of Amsterdam here.
  • The Van Gogh MuseumAlthough this famous artist only sold a painting after his death, his life and development as an artist is interestingly documented in this museum, offering an insight into the little-appreciated genius.
  • De Nieuwe Kerk: Every year, thousands of visitors enjoy the magnificence and splendor of De Nieuwe Kerk with its guided tours taking you behind the scenes of the building, as well as the regular religious and musical festivals held here.
  • Artis Zoo (Natura Artis Magistra) : This is one of the oldest Zoos Mainland Europe. There are more than 700 species of animals and 200. You can visit an aquarium and a planetarium also in this Artis Royal zoo.
  • Canal House Museum: This top museum is one of Amsterdam’s newest, having opened in April 2011.
  • Heineken Experience: This is brewery and corporate visitor center for Heineken beer. (Note:Minors below the age of 18 will be admitted only with an adult)
  • Begijnhof : Basically it is an enclosed courtyard, but in reality there is a lot more to unleash. This place links itself to the ancient historical era. This sanctified place is considered to be one of the best loved places, in the city of Amsterdam.
  • Royal Palace of AmsterdamIf you are interested in royal life and want to see that from close, then this is the most crucial place for you. This is palace built in 17th Century but still it is more than a museum and like a unique building to visit.
  • Amsterdam Canals:
  • Amsterdam Tulip Museum: IF you are more curious about Tulips then you must visit this place. It covers history of tulips.
  • Oude Kerk: This is the 800 years old church. This is the church where the organ festival is celebrated here during summer every year.
  • Stedelijk Museum: This is international museum for modern art, designs and contemporary art.
  • The National Maritime Museum : This is the place which is most commonly known as the Maritime museum, as it shows the relics of the sea voyages from the past till the present.
  • Flower Market: This is a beautiful place where all the flower stalls are situated on houseboats and it is open in all seasons. You will be able to find tulips of every kind, narcissus and other flowers.
  • Albert Cuyp Market: This is one of the largest and busiest outdoor markets in whole Europe
  • Dam Square

Take a Amsterdam canal cruise tour and see top ten tourist attractions in Amsterdam which are located on Amsterdam tourist map.

WHERE TO BE IN AMSTERDAM

Hangouts and Nightlife:

Amsterdam streets may be quiet in the early evening, but as the sun goes down they become a lively hub of activity. The Red Light District is particularly popular with tourists, small cafes and restaurants nearby are full of people. Rembrandtplein Square is another busy area of cinemas, clubs, and cafes. Amsterdam city has pool of places to visit for all age group travellers.

Escape: This trendy night club is located right in Rembrantplein Square. The club features a number of different rooms designed with style.

Rain: Also situated in the square, Rain is another luxury nightclub and bar characterised by careful planning and an elitist style.

Hotels & Restaurants In Amsterdam

PLACES TO STAY

Hotels: There are over 350 hotels in the city, so finding a hotel to suit your budget and ideal location is relatively easy; from 1-star basics to 5-star luxury.

Youth Hostels: Youth hostels are one of the city’s cheapest accommodation options, as you share a dormitory with a number of people.

Bed & Breakfast: Staying in a bed and breakfast affords you more personal comfort and homely feeling than a large hotel.

Houseboats: Staying in a housebout on the water is an original way to explore what Amsterdam has to offer.

Apartments: Especially if you will be staying for a longer period of time, renting an apartment can be a cost-effective way to save money on eating out as you have access to your own kitchen.

Campsites: There are plenty of campsites in and around the city for you to enjoy some fresh air after the bustle of the city.

PLACES TO EAT

Blauw aan de Wal: Situated in the Red Light District, this restaurant offers an exciting and unusual experience due to its colourful location. You enter the restaurant through a tunnel of graffiti, but find yourself at the end of it in a serene courtyard garden. 

Cafe De Prins: This restaurant is close to the Anne Frank House in Jordaan. Eating a meal here feels like a step back in time with the old-world atmosphere.

Festivals & Events In Amsterdam

Plan a trip to Amsterdam according to the events and festivals held every year in the city. There are lot of things to do in amsterdam in May, June, July, October, November and in December 

Holland Festival: This June event is the Netherlands’ biggest international performing arts festival held annually in Amsterdam. Music, opera, dance, theater and a host of other performances are drawn from all over the world. Films and art are also showcased, and conferences and workshops are organized.

Gay Pride Parade: First weekend of August. A huge gay pride festival, include a canal parade down the river on boats.

Koninginnendag (Queen’s Day): In the month of April. This is a national holiday and a “free market” day, so everyone sells everything on the streets. There are games, concerts, performances, and parties on boats in the canals.

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE): In the month of October.

Amsterdam Halloween Festival: From 25 to 31 October.

Cinekid Festival: In the month of October from 12 to 25 October.

Amsterdam Marathon: In the month of October from 12 to 25 October.

Camera Japan: From 1 to 6 October.

Buddhist Film Festival Europe: From 1 to 4 October.

Museum Night Amsterdam: Takes place on 2 November.

Arrival of ‘Sinterklaas’: Takes place on 17 November.

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam(IDFA): Takes place from 20 November to 1 December.

PAN Amsterdam: Takes place from 24 November to 1 December.

Amsterdam Light Festival: Takes place from 28 November to 19 January.

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