Amsterdam

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Visit Amsterdam

A city rich in history and culture. Visit all year round and experience each season’s unique highlights and special atmosphere.

Amsterdam will enchant you as much with its beautiful historic cityscape, as with its vibrant and laid-back atmosphere. The city has earned its reputation as the Venice of the North due to its network of semi-circular canals spanned by hundreds of bridges. In fact it has more canals and bridges than Venice. Enjoy the fascinating museums and café culture during the day, and join the crowds in the many bars and clubs at night. You’ll always feel welcome in this multicultural capital, where anything goes.

Amsterdam’s compact city centre is best explored on foot, by bike or on public transport. The lack of parking and the narrow cobbled streets make it difficult to navigate by car. The waterways of the 17th century canal district offer a perfect way to explore the sights. A canal cruise is the perfect introduction to the city’s fascinating history and iconic waterfront architecture, as well as many monuments, including Anne Frank’s House. In fact, the Canal Ring has been listed as a World Heritage site.

Head to Dam Square in the centre of the city where you’ll find the beautiful old Royal Palace, as well as the stunning wax statues of Madame Tussauds. Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District is just a short walk away, where the streets are lined with adult entertainment venues. For a more family-friendly experience, make your way to Nieumarkt, bustling square surrounded by cafés and restaurants.

Catch a tour of the Museum Quarter, just outside the Canal Ring and discover collections of Dutch Old Master paintings in the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Close by, the Vondelpark is a lovely open space, perfect for spending some time relaxing on the grass. If you are in this area at night, make your way over to the Leidesplein known for great live music and a busy nightlife.

The city’s many coffee shops are great places to hang out for a while enjoying the relaxed pace of life. Sit for a while and use the opportunity for a spot of people watching. If you’re in the mood for a nice cool beer, stop off in one of the city’s numerous bars where you can sample a range of delicious local beers. Beer connoisseurs should head to the old brewery to join theHeineken Experience. This attraction includes its own tasting bar.

Amsterdam is a city full of surprises at each turn. It has legendary nightlife and a party atmosphere as well as a rich cultural heritage and beautifully preserved architecture. This is the perfect mix, which makes it an appealing destination for old and young alike.

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Where to stay in Amsterdam

Canal Ring which includes a marina, a river or creek and a city

Canal Ring

4.5/5Wonderful!(914 area reviews)

Taking a boat trip is one of the best ways to discover the historic monuments and elegant architecture along the canals of the city dubbed “The Venice of the North”.

Canal Ring
Amsterdam North

Amsterdam North

4/5Very Good!(70 area reviews)

Cross the river IJ to find one of Amsterdam’s most artistic and innovative neighborhoods, with trendy facilities and art hubs in former warehouses and ultra-modern buildings.

Amsterdam North
Amsterdam Southeast showing boating and a river or creek

Zuidoost

4/5Very Good!(184 area reviews)

For big entertainment, visit this multicultural district, home of the Amsterdam ArenA, Heineken Music Hall and the forested Gaasperpark where you can enjoy watersports.

Zuidoost
De Pijp showing heritage architecture

De Pijp

4.5/5Wonderful!(125 area reviews)

Thought to be named for its long, straight streets, this district was once the residence of artists such as Mondrian and is now one of Amsterdam’s trendiest spots.

De Pijp

Top hotels in Amsterdam

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
Jan Plezierweg 2, Schiphol
SG$107
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Van Gogh Museum and RAI Exhibition and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (5,543 reviews)

"Easy walk from the airport. Cool hotel. Friendly staff. Excellent experience."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jan,2020

citizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel
Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
4 out of 5
Piet Heinkade 11, Amsterdam
SG$170
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

This family-friendly Amsterdam hotel is located on the waterfront, just steps away from Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ and Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA). Dam Square ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,136 reviews)

"Nice hotel if you don't mind a walk into the centre."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan,2020

Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre
Corendon City Hotel Amsterdam
Corendon City Hotel Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Aletta Jacobslaan 7, Amsterdam
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
SG$94
per night
Jan 28 - Jan 29

Located in Nieuw-West, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of World Fashion Centre, Vondelpark, and Olympic Stadium. Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,023 reviews)

"It's close to the metro and slightly less close to the trams"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan,2020

Corendon City Hotel Amsterdam

Popular things to do in Amsterdam

Anne Frank House
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Anne Frank House

4.5/5(745 reviews)

See where this courageous Jewish teenager and her family hid from the Nazis during World War II, and where she penned her famous diary.

Van Gogh Museum
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Van Gogh Museum

4.5/5(700 reviews)

Delve into the life of this legendary troubled artist with this unique collection of works and mementos.

Rijksmuseum
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Rijksmuseum

4.5/5(876 reviews)

Explore The Netherlands’ largest publicly-funded museum, full of world-famous masterpieces.

Dam Square
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Dam Square

4/5(1,997 reviews)

Visit Amsterdam’s lively central square, a venue that’s seen both protests and celebrations.

Heineken Experience
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Heineken Experience

4.5/5(458 reviews)

Love beer? Sample one of Holland’s most famous beers and learn about how it’s brewed in this interesting multimedia exhibition.

Leidseplein
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Leidseplein

4/5(843 reviews)

This lively square is an entertainment hub bursting with lively bars and restaurants, theatres and music venues, as well as engaging street performers.

Top activities in Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum Tickets
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Van Gogh Museum Tickets

SG$31

Discover the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh masterpieces with tickets to this eponymous museum. The exhibits are arranged chronologically so you can follow the artist’s biography and technical development.

Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Tickets
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Skip-the-Line Rijksmuseum Tickets

SG$31

8000 artistic and historical objects tell the story of 800 years of Dutch history, from the year 1200 right up to the present. The Rijksmuseum, which in English means The State Museum, exists for more that two hundred years and today belongs to the most breathtaking museums in the world.

I amsterdam City Card
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I amsterdam City Card

SG$97

Swing through Amsterdam's can't-miss sights and must-see attractions with one convenient card. With the I amsterdam City Card, you can pop into museums, galleries, and gardens, whisk around town on the city's buses and trams, and enjoy a scenic cruise to check out Amsterdam's iconic canal houses up close.

Evening Cruise
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Evening Cruise

SG$29

Our Evening Cruise is a 90 minute night cruise that introduces you to the unique vibe of Amsterdam by night. Thousands of lights highlight the hundreds of bridges and the iconic buildings alongside the canals. Our waiter welcomes you on board our comfortable, luxurious boat.

Heineken Experience Admission Ticket
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Heineken Experience Admission Ticket

SG$27

A warm welcome, a cool beer. 1867 was a ‘dam good year for beer. It was the year Gerard Adriaan Heineken built a new brewery in the heart of Amsterdam. Today, the Heineken Experience opens up a real ‘dam experience.

Private Transfer to Cluj Napoca from Bucharest
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Private Transfer to Cluj Napoca from Bucharest

SG$168

Your professional private driver, english speaking will wait for you, showing a name card for you or for your company at your location (Hotel) in Bucharest. From there, you will get to your destination comfortable, fast and safe to Cluj Napoca, any location you prefer.

Reviews of Amsterdam

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.5181598062953996%
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2 - Disappointing 0.3389830508474576%
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1 - Terrible 0.31476997578692495%

5/5 - Excellent

Terri

Jan 26, 2020

I loved all of it except the grumpy guide on the canal boat trip. He is definitely in the wrong job. He doesnt even like people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

Amazing city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

The walking tours were very informative and interesting. Its a city packed with a tremendous amount of rich history,

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

Friendly people and beautiful scenery

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

Loved it. Have been before and will go again. Great to be there on National Tulip Day!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 24, 2020

Nice place to visit and mainly an adult city

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