Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From Amsterdam canals to world-famous Amsterdam museums and historical Amsterdam sights, it is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Canal cruises are a popular way to see the city from the perspective of its canals. Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: rich culture, lively Amsterdam nightlife, international restaurants, good transport - but is quiet, and largely thanks to its extensive canals, has a little road traffic. In this city your destination is never far away, but get a bike for an authentic local experience.
Amsterdam is a unique city. Despite the obvious presence of thousands of visitors, its life remained authentic. To observe it is enough to stroll along the canal streets or to sit for a while in one of Amsterdam many cafés. Nevertheless, there are places in the city you should not miss during your visit. Here is our list of the best of the best.
- Amsterdam Canal Ring
- National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam
- Van Gogh Museum
- Oude Kerk
- Amsterdam Brown Café
- Magere Brug
- Museum Amstelkring
- Anne Frank House
Where to Stay
Trains speed in from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport to Centraal Station to the north of Amsterdam city centre, packed with restaurants and bars. Ringed by canals, its hub is Dam Square and the imposing Royal Palace. Leading from Dam Square are Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk shopping streets. To the east is the famous Red Light District around Oude Kerk (Old Church) and Chinatown’s vibrant restaurants around Nieuwmarkt. To the south-east is Waterlooplein square where Rembrandt’s House is now a museum and the stallholders at the daily flea market hawk second hand clothes and antique curiosities. Alternatively, Circling the city centre is the horseshoe-shaped canal loop of Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht and the semi-circular Singel canal. Lined by elegant houses converted into Amsterdam hotels, waterside restaurants and cycle-friendly paths, the 17th-century canals epitomise Amsterdam. The 9 Streets between Leidsestraat and Raadhuisstraat are a haven for Dutch designs and vintage fashions, while southwards is the Singel canal’s colourful Bloemenmarkt flower market and the café-lined squares of Rembrandtplein and Muntplein.
How To Reach Your Hotel
A direct link rail transport connects Schiphol International Airport with the Amsterdam central station and is the fastest and most convenient transport to get to the city centre. Trains run every 10 minutes (airport train schedule) from platforms 1 and 2 in the main arrival plaza and cost just € 4 (full rate, second class) for a single journey. You may use the major credit cards to pay at the special yellow ticket machines. There is a € 0.50 surcharge if you buy the ticket at the ticket office. A fine of € 35 will be added to the fare if you do not have a valid ticket with you on a train. Amsterdam Airport Shuttles run by Connexxion depart every 10 minutes with service to more than 100 hotels throughout the city. Tickets cost € 17 one way, € 27 for a return, and can be purchased inside the main arrival plaza. Guests of major hotels should first check the shuttle area to see if their hotel provides a complimentary service of Amsterdam transport. The tickets be purchased at the Conexxion Shuttle Desk in Arrivals 4 or the Holland Tourist Information desk at Arrivals 2.