Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are 400km of cycle paths.

Amsterdam Things To Know

    Places to see: Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, Vondelpark, Jordaan
    Main currency: Euro
    Main language: Dutch
    Tipping: Waitstaff and Bartenders 5% or round up, Tour Guides 10% – 15%
    What to eat: Cheese, Chocolate, Appeltaart, Bitterballen

Getting around in Amsterdam

Public transport

Amsterdam is a wonderful city to walk through and if you want to get somewhere quick Amsterdam has an excellent public transportation system. The most convenient options for visitors are the one-hour and (multi) day cards which can be purchased in any tram, bus or when entering the metro or train stations.

Bicycles

This city is one of the most bicycle-friendly places in the world. You should definitely not leave without experiencing the city’s famous bike culture. So rent a bicycle and find your way through the city, passing by places a tour bus would not take you. It’s absolutely an activity you should not miss out on.

Weather

In Amsterdam there is never a promise of good weather. Thus bring an umbrella or raincoat with you. If you want to have a better chance of milder temperatures and longer days, travel to Amsterdam between April and September. April is especially lovely, the tulips are blooming and you can celebrate King’s Day.

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Rijksmuseum

Visit the Rijksmuseum and be astonished, not only by the museum’s enormous collection, but also by the architecture of the building. Get drawn in by the beautiful stained windows and gothic like ceiling structures. Once inside the large collection of paintings dating from the 16th to the 21st century will amaze you. The top piece of the collection is without a doubt “The Night Watch”. Thus, all the more reason to make your stay in Amsterdam complete with a visit to the Rijksmuseum.

Canals

If you are visiting Amsterdam you will want to spend some time exploring the history of the canals. The 165 canals define the city’s landscape and were recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2010. The best way to explore the canals is by taking a scenic sightseeing cruise, which will take you through the heart of the city. Listen to the audio commentary and learn about the rich heritage while admiring Amsterdam’s highlights including the royal palace and the Anne Frank House.

The city

Amsterdam is much more than a city chock-full of museums, souvenir shops, the red light district and coffee shops. After a day of visiting museums, enjoying concerts or comedy shows walk through the city and broaden your cultural view of Amsterdam. Venture into the Nine Streets or de Jordaan to see some cute boutiques or go to the largest park in Amsterdam, the Vondelpark, and enjoy the relaxing scenery. Finish your day with a visit to De Pijp, a vibrant neighborhood with lots of cafes and terraces where you can enjoy a bite or drink.

Heineken Experience

While you are at De Pijp, find your way to the Heineken Experience, in the former brewery of Heineken. Learn everything there is to know about this world famous beer brewery, watch the brewing process of this delicious beer and enjoy a small beer tasting lesson. After being educated in the production of Heineken beer go to the bar, where you will get a free Heineken beer to finish your Heineken Experience visit. It is advisable to go in the morning, as it will get really busy during the day.

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