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Around 750,000 people live in this part of North Holland.
Your entire family will have an absolute blast at the Madame Tussauds and the Eye Film Institute. Are the little ones still not worn out? Keep the adventure going with a trip to Zuiderbad and theater Tuschinski.
The little ones will be filled with awe on an excursion to the Artis. They'll get an up-close look at how its animals behave while learning about what it takes to look after them.
Gather your travel buddies and head on over to the Heineken Experience for a round or two. Their tap range is deliciously tempting, so make sure you free up the whole afternoon!
The Holland Casino is the place to go for high-stakes gambling and a sparkling atmosphere. Place a bet or two, have a beer and take in the sights and sounds.
Amsterdam has some gorgeous green spaces where you can find a wide range of flower and plant species. The Hortus Botanicus and the Historische Tuin Aalsmeer Horticultural Museum are where you want to head.
From a friendly ball game to simply relaxing on the grass, there are lots of reasons to head to a green oasis like Begijnhof or Museum Square. There's also lots of fun to be had at Amstelpark and Spaarnwoude.
Whether you're looking for tours or tickets to an attraction, Tourist information Center Monnickendam is the place to go. Its friendly team of local staff will make sure you get the most out of your visit to Amsterdam.
If you're a big believer in the rejuvenating effects that being close to the water can bring, you're in the right place. Het Ij and Prinsengracht are just a few of the peaceful natural waterbodies around here that you should add to your list. Don't forget to go and see the vibrant waterbirds at Singel and Emperor's Canal either.
Travellers that love the outdoors will have plenty to include in their itinerary. A day trip to Volendam Harbour and Sloterpark and Sloterplas is sure to recharge those batteries. Want to have a few options on hand? Western Islands is also worth stopping by.
If you're in need of a few quiet places to collect yourself and maybe discover a thing or two, you can't go past the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum. Ask about walking tours or just study the interesting displays at your own pace. Want more? Also pencil in visits to the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum.
Boats have played a large role in the past of many countries. See for yourself how the region was shaped by these courageous sailors at the National Maritime Museum. For even more interesting stories and artefacts, continue your voyage to the Het Scheepvaartmuseum National Maritime Museum and the Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum.
Satisfy your inquisitive mind with a visit to the Nemo Science Museum. While there, don't forget to ask about any travelling exhibitions. Believe us, you won't want to miss a thing!
As everybody knows, our world is an unbelievable place. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the jam-packed display cabinets at the Tropenmuseum and the Allard Pierson Museum.
In a place that's brimming with excellent art exhibitions, the Hermitage Amsterdam and the Rembrandt House Museum somehow manage to stand out from the bunch. The Cobra Museum of Modern Art and the Electric Ladyland shouldn't be skipped either.
Calling all history fans! You can explore the rich and captivating past of this area at the Amsterdam Museum and the Dutch Resistance Museum. For an even deeper peek into times gone by, also check out the Jewish Historical Museum and the Zaans Museum.
To properly get a sense of the history of Amsterdam, take your time and experience Zaanse Schans and the University of Amsterdam. Why not also check out Munttoren and the VU University of Amsterdam?
Skinny Bridge and Blauwbrug are enduring crossings that should intrigue visitors that have an interest in civil engineering. Torensluis offers a way to take in the waters of Amsterdam from a third angle.
If you find it difficult keeping up with the Joneses, consider for a second the neighbours of Royal Palace. The striking façade and lavish furnishings of this famed residence would be near impossible to top!
The watchful turrets and impenetrable stone walls of Muiderslot were purpose-built to help guard its inhabitants from enemy invasion. This eye-opening architecture alone makes the trip worthwhile, not to mention the captivating history that lies within.
Whatever your beliefs, you're sure to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere at New Church and The Old Church. In addition, enquire into touring Westerkerk and Zuiderkerk.
Don't grab your passport just yet, there's still lots to do! Have you paid a visit to the Public Library and Kalverstraat yet? You'll also find plenty to keep you busy at P.C. Hooftstraat and Amsterdam Chinatown.
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Who said that good service had to have an expensive price tag? You'll have a solid night's sleep at a great price at the Amsterdam Wiechmann Hotel and the Hotel des Arts. But if luxury is more your thing, then the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam or the Amsterdam Boutique Apartments will fit the bill.
These are two unmissable spots for getting your fill of the art and history of Holland. The Dutch Golden Age is on full display at the prestigious Rijksmuseum, which features classics by Rembrandt and Vermeer, among other famous works.
The Van Gogh Museum boasts the largest collection of the Post-Impressionist’s work, with more than 200 paintings and 500 drawings that track the artist’s development. From his self-portraits to sunflowers, the collection and other exhibitions show the depth of Vincent Van Gogh’s talent, torment, and influence on 19th-century art.
Visit the historic home where the 13-year-old Jewish Anne Frank wrote her famous diary, while she and her family hid from Nazi persecution during Germany’s occupation of Holland in 1940. Kept in a similar state as during the war, the home is a memorial to Anne Frank, her family, and the more than 100,000 Dutch Jews sent to concentration camps.
This 120-acre public park is the green jewel of Amsterdam, complete with expansive lawns, bike paths, ponds, and flower gardens. A perfect place for people-watching, the park also hosts an open-air theatre and concerts during June, July, and August. Catch classic and contemporary films at the Netherlands Filmmuseum located in a 19th-century pavilion inside the park.
In the city’s Red Light District, known as De Wallen in Dutch, scantily clad women can be seen posing in red window displays offering, well, themselves. At the numerous “coffeeshops” in Amsterdam, the sale and consumption of cannabis is permitted.
Still, exercise tact, as “drug tourism” has become a concern and many shops keep cannabis menus behind the counter.
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No visit to Amsterdam would be complete without a visit to this historic house. Avoid the long lines buy purchasing your ticket online.
Take a relaxing boat tour on this amazing body of water.
This waterside public library has more than 500 free computer stations, three restaurants, and periodicals from across the world.
This neighbourhood offers the charm of New York City's Greenwich Village. Dine, shop, and entertain yourself.
Sample and learn about all the rare cheeses the Netherlands produces.
Visit the former residence of Rembrandt while viewing his classical artwork.
Take the kids to this historic park built in 1850. Bike, hike, jog, or just enjoy a tasty picnic.
This specialty museum showcases the world's best purses and handbags.
This quirky neighbourhood offers clothing stores, galleries, and restaurants.
Visit one of the largest parks in Europe. The park houses 150 indigenous species of trees and more than 200 species of birds.
Visit this popular historic concert venue to hear the world's most beautiful orchestra concerts and acoustic bands.
This casual restaurant that locals patronize regularly serves home-style Dutch fare.
This top-rated restaurant serves authentic Dutch cuisine. Everything is fresh and prepared to order.
Greetje serves high-end Dutch cuisine in an exceptionally classic atmosphere. Book ahead of time to reserve a table.
Alto Jazz Cafe
Enjoy live jazz at this popular bar.
Amsterdam has an oceanic climate, which means winters are mild. The best time to travel to Amsterdam is between April and September, when the weather is mild and comfortable. The summer months have an average temperature of 20Â°C. Spring has an average temperature of 10Â°C. The winter months have an average temperature of 4Â°C, while fall has an average temperature of 8Â°C.
If you want to see Amsterdam the way 40% of its locals do every day, get on a bike. With well-kept bike lanes running through the entire city and respected by drivers, biking in Amsterdam is a safe and environmentally friendly way to see the diversity of neighbourhoods within the city.
Many places offer rentals for less than €10 a day, and there are a host of bike tours that will take you through town or to the countryside to see the classic Dutch windmills, clog and cheese factories, and some of the natural beauty that surrounds the city.
Take in the vibe of the city by simply strolling. One walk that won’t disappoint is along the Western Canal Belt, where you can peek into cafés, explore museums, and get a good look at the 17th-century architecture of the bridges and building façades.
Start at the Herenmarkt, a small square featuring the former headquarters of the Dutch East India Company.
Alternatively, check out Jordaan, the once working-class neighbourhood now home to a number of new art galleries, boutiques, and coffee shops.
Head to the world-famous street market, Albert Cuypmarkt, for a chance to savour and take home Dutch cheese, olives, fresh vegetables and fruit, or a sweet syrupy stroopwafel. Crafts, clothing, and even cosmetics and cameras are on sale at low prices. The city’s immigrant population—Surinamese, Turkish, and Moroccan, among others—set up regular stalls as well, making the market a great way to experience the multicultural Amsterdam of today.
The Noorderkerk market, located in front of the 17th-century Protestant Noorderkerk church, hosts a flea market on Mondays (8am to 2pm) and a bird market on Saturday mornings, followed by a farmers’ market in the afternoon.
For flower lovers, there is the Singel flower market, which stands on top of two houseboats. Admire a wide variety of tulips, narcissus, and other beauties—or take them home as bulbs.
Amsterdam generally has a cool climate with warm summers. Best time to visit is flower season, April and May, or in the warmer months, June to September.
Best bets for transportation are to go on foot, by public transport, or by bike. Driving is discouraged in the city centre as many streets are for pedestrians and bikes only.
Public transport consists of the GV bus, metro, and tramlines. To ride any and all of them, purchase an OV-chipcard at a station or supermarket.
Trams run regularly until 12:15 a.m., night buses from midnight to 7 a.m., and the small blue Stop/Go bus from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (it runs through Old City and makes all requested stops).
Cruises, electric boats, water taxis, and buses traverse the canals, and there are three free ferries that take pedestrians and cyclists over to Amsterdam-Noord across the IJ waterway.
Think about car hire in Amsterdam if you want to explore the environs of the city. Head out to Volendam, a magnificent little village a few dozen kilometres outside of town.
From the Schiphol International Airport, there is a Direct Rail Link that runs every 10 minutes to Amsterdam’s central station for under €5. Purchase tickets before boarding the train to avoid a €40 fine. There are also Connexxion airport shuttles leaving every 10 minutes that service a number of major hotels.
Dialing code: 00 31 (20) for Amsterdam.
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