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With about 800,000 people, Amsterdam is one of the smaller capitals in the world, but it is a very popular city for tourists visiting the Netherlands or just the city itself. And, if you just have several days in the Netherlands, make a visit to Amsterdam your main thing.
Of course, Amsterdam is well known for its Red Light District, but it has much more to offer. Amsterdam is teeming with museums, like the famous Van Gogh Museum and of course the National Rijksmuseum. Also the Anne Frank House is one of the hotspots to visit, if you want to know more about the time during the war. It has some more strange museums as well, like a Torture Museum, a Sex Museum and a Hash(!) Museum. As Amsterdam is a major trading centre for diamonds, you will also find a museum about this precious jewel as well.
Walk along the canals and over the many squares Amsterdam offers, and enjoy a city that has something to offer for both the culture and art lovers, and the more kinky type of person. All put in a beautiful setting with water and typical Dutch historical building styles.
This section gives some introductory information on the neighbourhoods that are most interesting for tourists. Note that the names used here do not always correspond to the administrative divisions used by the city.
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The Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) is one of the best known features of Amsterdam. The bridge (about 90 metres long in total) spans the Amstel River in the centre of the city and connects the banks of the river at the Kerkstraat (Church Street), between Keizersgracht (Emperors' Canal) and Prinsengracht (Princes' Canal). The central part of the bridge is the most spectactular one and is a so-called bascule bridge and maid out of wooden which was painted white later on. Although there had been bridges across the river here since the late 17th century, the current one is build in 1934 and since then has been opening automatically instead of by hand. Since 2003, the bridge can only be passed by pedestrians and cyclists, and tour boats can pass underneath the bridge without closing the bridge for other traffic. At night, the 1,200 light bulbs or so are usually turned on for a spectactular view as well. The bridge has been featured in my (Dutch) movies, including the 1971 James Bond productions Diamonds Are Forever.
The museum part of the Amsterdam tourist track typically leads through the Rijksmuseum to see Rembrandt's Night Watch and the Van Gogh Museum for his famous sunflower painting. However, you should also consider seeing some of Amsterdam's less visited museums, which harbour art just as breath-takingly beautiful. For an overview of Amsterdam's principal museums, have a look at the Museums in Amsterdam article.
Amsterdam gets frequently visited by interesting bands from all over the world. The centre has two good places: De Melkweg and Paradiso (situated in a nice old church, this is sometimes called the Temple of Pop). Both are a 1-minute walk from Het Leidseplein.
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In 2013, the Dutch throne was passed on to King Willem-Alexander and what used to be Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) will from 2014 become Koningsdag (King's Day). The date will be changed to the 27th of April, which is the king's birthday. In 2014 however it will be on the 26th of April because the 27th falls on a Sunday. On this day the streets of almost every sizable town in the country come alive with activity. The centre of the action is in Amsterdam, but, if you prefer things a little less crowded, Utrecht is also a popular destination. Both cities have canals and it's just perfect to watch a boat parade with music while you are drinking a beer along the canal side terrace. There are also large outdoor concerts throughout the country, though the one in Amsterdam is the most popular. Several cities have night-markets which actually start the night prior to Koningsdag and last for about 24 hours.
Amsterdam weather is typical of what you get in the Netherlands. This means mild winters with rare snow and some frost at night, and reasonably warm summers with temperatures slightly above 20 °C during the day on average. Still, differences througout the summer can be huge, with sometimes temperatures hitting well over 30 °C when the wind blows from the southern and eastern directions. Often, these warmer periods are ended by heavy thunderstorms. On the other hand, days of less than 20 °C can go on and on with sometimes autumn-ish conditions although rarely cold. Spring is a good time for a visit to Amsterdam, as you avoid most of the crowds in summer and the weather is generally dry and sunny. September is equally good, although days are shorter. Temperatures are great though and on warmer days the heat is less oppressive.
Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, (external link: Schiphol), is a major European hub with flights arriving from hundreds of destinations worldwide. It is located 17.5 kilometres southwest of Amsterdam and can easily be reached by train, a journey that will take roughly 20 minutes to the centre of Amsterdam. Also cities like Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague can be reached within 30 minutes to one hour. Dozens of airlines serve the airport, including the national airline KLM, which serves many destinations throughout Europe and destinations as far away as Los Angeles, Singapore, Tokyo, Cape Town, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.
Amsterdam Central Station offers direct service to and from a number of destinations in Belgium, France and Germany. The station is located smack in the middle of town. Check the Dutch Railways website for more information about schedules and prices. Schiphol is just a short ride away and cities like Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam are all within an hour.
National Highway A10 is built around Amsterdam and offers the easiest approach to town. Many other roads connect to this ringroad, including the A4 to Schiphol and The Hague, the A2 towards Utrecht, the A1 towards Apeldoorn and Germany and the A7 towards the north of the country, via de Afsluitdijk. Bear in mind that parking within the city limits is extremely expensive. The city promotes the use of four Park & Travel facilities, strategically located around town where you can park at strongly reduced prices and take public transport or a bike into town. You'll find more information on iamsterdam.com.
Long-distance buses operated by Eurolines arrive near Amstel Station in the southeast of town. To get from there to the city centre, take a train or metro.
The Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) receives cruise ships from a large number of companies. PTA is located very close to Central Station.
Cycling is the preferred mode of transport for locals, thanks to the abundance of cycling lanes and bicycle-friendly infrastructure. It's also a great option for travellers. A bike is definitely the most expedient way to get around. The city is very old, and the streets are not particularly car friendly owing to the non-grid pattern. A bike makes it easier to navigate the crooked, diagonal streets!
There are some larger and numerous smaller rental stores, conveniently located near tourist hotspots such as Central Station, Leidseplein and Dam Square. A helmet is not legally required, but definitely is still a good idea.
Using two locks is an absolute necessity as well; never leave your bike unlocked, not even for a second.
When it comes to your cycling, bear in mind that most other people on the road are not on holiday, and have no sympathy at all for the fact that you're a less experienced cyclist than they are. In other words, stick to the traffic rules closely!
Taking a cab in Amsterdam should be left to those with very deep pockets who don't mind losing a couple of tens to a scam. The only time when they come in handy is at night when public transport is not available, or when you have loads of luggage.
Driving a car in Amsterdam takes a lot of patience while driving, perseverance in finding a parking spot, and a bottomless wallet to pay for parking money. Unless you are disabled, other means of transport are preferable in every respect.
The best-known sights are all within walking distance of the Central Station. Also, the city centre is small and the streets are narrow, which makes going on foot an excellent choice. It pays off buying a real map and most bookstores have them on sale. As a pedestrian, pay close attention to other traffic, especially cyclists. You won't make any friends among the Amsterdam citizens by inadvertently wandering off the sidewalk onto the road.
From mid-2011, almost all public transport (bus, metro, tram, train) in the Netherlands has to be paid by the OV-Chipcard (OV = Open Vervoer, meaning Public Transport). Only train tickets can be bought as paper tickets at least until the end of 2012. There are 3 types: the personal card, anonymous card and disposable card. The latter one is the one which are only used for certain travel legs and for tourists and are thrown away afterwards. This is the one visitors to the Netherlands should buy, unless they regularly visit the country. In that case, the anonymous card is the best. The personal card is especially interesting for people who can travel with a discount (children, elderly, disabled etc.) or people with a monthly or annual season ticket. For more information, visit the official website mentioned above or for a quicker and better overview visit the wikipedia website about the OV-Chipcard.
In the tourist centre you're better off just walking, since public transport sticks to the bigger streets only. To get further afield, though, public transport is your means of choice. The Amsterdam system comprises buses, trams and metro, as well as a number of free ferries crossing IJ Lake behind Central Station. The system has been designed such that you can get everywhere from everywhere with a most one change; you can view an interactive map here. Note that most, but not all lines join at Central Station.
One unmistakable feature of Amsterdam are its canals. Some 160 of these waterways crisscross the city and its surroundings. The city of Amsterdam is actually divided into approximately 90 mini islands. This network of islands is joined together by a vast number of bridges, totaling over 1,000. Most of its canals are suitable only for barges and pleasure craft. One can explore the city of Amsterdam by boat, which will give you a completely different insight into what this historical centre has to offer. Water taxi or water bikes are for rent through Canal.nl. Alternatively you can rent your own boat with or without skipper through different agencies.
The centre of Amsterdam is easily walkable as distances are small between popular areas like the Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein, Vondel Park and the Dam Square. Many of the streets contain little to no car traffic, so other than the occasional tram, pedestrians own the streets.
Even though one should not visit Amsterdam for its cuisine, decent food is to be found. Just avoid the area around Leidseplein like it were the Plague. It is one giant tourist trap, and the food served there varies from mediocre to downright awful. There is one exception, though: Wagamama, just off Leidseplein, serves good Asian fastfood for low prices.
The situation in Jordaan and around Utrechtsestraat is much better, and there you'll find plenty of restaurants, offering a variety of cuisines at a variety of price levels. If you have a taste for Chinese food, you should head for the Amsterdam Chinatown, on and around Zeedijk.
A particularly useful website is Iens Independent Index, a directory of restaurants compiled and reviewed by customers. It gives you a clear overview as to what is hot, and what is better avoided.
Top 12 Rated Eateries in Amsterdam
If you want to play the tourist, try one of the many drinking holes that line Leidseplein or Rembrandtplein. Much nicer locales however are to be found on Nieuwmarkt and in the streets surrounding it. Jordaan also has a lot of nice bars.
Whether or not you leave a tip is entirely at your discretion. Unlike in certain other countries, staff does not have to live off tips, since the basic pay rate is decent. Drinking wine at bars is hardly ever a good idea because it is relatively expensive, and it is not the best wine at all. The more likely scenario is that you get something strongly resembling vinegar. Better stick to beer; most bars have an impressive selection of draughts these days, and it is great fun sampling some of them. Cocktails are also risk-free, except that they cause substantial wallet-ache.
Luden Café Amsterdam has a wide choice of drinks and relatively affordable lunch and dinner.
Amsterdam is a very popular destination for tourists of all kinds and age groups, which means that accommodation, especially in top periods like Easter, Christmas/Newyears and around Queensday (30 April), fills up quickly. It is therefore always a good idea to book well in advance.
|Adamgoodstay Guesthouse||Leidsestreet 86||Guesthouse||-|
|Amsterdam Bed & Breakfast Flynt||Eerste Helmersstraat 34 1054 DH||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Amsterdam Bed and Breakfast CTS||Amstelveenseweg 114-2||Guesthouse||79|
|Amsterdam Bed and Breakfast DCK||Da Costakade t/o 1||Guesthouse||78|
|Amsterdam Cribs||Oude Hoogstraat 7||Hostel||82|
|Amsterdam Cribs / Red Light||Oudezijds Voorburgwal 41||Hostel||78|
|Amsterdam Hostel Centre||Leidsekruisstraat 13||Hostel||73|
|Hostel Cosmos Amsterdam||Nieuwe nieuwstraat 17||HOSTEL||76|
|Amsterdam Hotelboat||Postbus 16645 Oosterdok, steiger 3||Guesthouse||84|
|Amsterdam Park Holiday Rooms||Overtoom 251||Guesthouse||-|
|Amsterdam Truelove Guesthouse and Antiques||Prinsenstraat 4 1015 DC||Guesthouse||82|
|Antonia Houseboat||Dijksgracht 12b Dijksgracht 14a||Guesthouse||82|
|Apartment Van Gogh||Van Ostadestraat||Apartment||71|
|Apple Inn||Koninginneweg 93||Hotel||-|
|Arknoa Houseboat||Westerdok 11||HOSTEL||78|
|AWA Amsterdam Budget Youth Guesthouse||71 Oosterpark||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|BackStage Hotel||Leidsegracht 114 Amsterdam||Hotel||80|
|Beagle Houseboat||Prins Hendrikkade 500 / Oosterdoksdam||Hostel||81|
|Bed & Coffee||Rustenburger straat nr. 427 code 1072GZ||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Bed and Breakfast Amsterdam||Sloterkade 65||Guesthouse||-|
|Bees Studio||Leliegracht 30B||Apartment||86|
|Bethany B&B||Haarlemmerdijk 52||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Bicycle Hotel Amsterdam||Van Ostadestraat 123 1072 SV||Hotel||79|
|Bloembed B&B||Bloemgracht 189||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Bob's Youth Hostel||Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 92 1012SG||Hostel||69|
|Boogaard's Bed and Breakfast||Langestraat 34||Guesthouse||-|
|Borgmann Villa Hotel||Koningslaan 48 1075 AE||Hotel||75|
|Bostel Amsterdamse Bos||Kleine Noorddijk 1||HOSTEL||73|
|Botel Zebra||PObox 2430, NL 1000CK Oosterdok t/o 4,||Hostel||79|
|Budget Hotel Tourist Inn||Spuistraat 52||Hotel||80|
|Continental Centre Hotel||Damrak 40||Hotel||76|
|Damrak Inn||Damrak 58-59||Hostel||74|
|David Boat||Conradstraat 417 1018 NE||Guesthouse||80|
|DB's b&b||Lindenstraat 85, 1015 KW Amsterdam. The Jordaan||GUESTHOUSE||79|
|Edwin's Art Guesthouse -former Downtown Guesthouse||Reguliersdwarsstraat 31||GUESTHOUSE||81|
|Durty Nellys Inn||Warmoesstraat 117 1012 JA Amsterdam||Hostel||84|
|Euphemia Hotel||Fokke Simonzstraat 1-9||Hostel||76|
|Eve's Guesthouse||spuistraat 44||Guesthouse||-|
|Flying Monkey||Prins Hendrikkade 102||Apartment||-|
|Flying Pig Downtown||Nieuwendijk 100 1012 MR||Hostel||86|
|Flying Pig Uptown||Vossiusstraat 46||Hostel||85|
|AmicitiA||Oosterdok Dock3 (Prev Friesland)||Hostel||82|
|Funky Chickin||Spuistraat 90||Apartment||-|
|Gandalf Passenger Ship||Oosterdok 2 Dock 1||Guesthouse||84|
|Garden View Bed and Breakfast||Stadionkade 70-1||Guesthouse||80|
|Hans Brinker Budget Hotel||Kerkstraat 136-138 1017 GR Amsterdam||Hostel||77|
|Heart Of Amsterdam||Oudezijds Achterburgwal 120||Hostel||77|
|Hem Budget Hotel||Voorburgstraat 250||Hotel||-|
|Hostel Centraal||Plantage Kerklaan 19||Hostel||73|
|Hostel Croydon||Warmoesstraat 75 1012 HX||Hostel||70|
|Hostel Linda City Centre||Stadhouderskade 131||Hostel||-|
|Amsterdam Hostel Orfeo||Leidsekruistraat 14||Hostel||68|
|Hostel Slotania||Slotermeerlaan 131||Hostel||72|
|Hostel Sphinx||Weteringschans 82||Hostel||-|
|Hostel the Globe Center||Oudezijds Voorburgwal 3||HOSTEL||70|
|Hostel Utopia||nieuwezijds voorburgwal 132||Hostel||68|
|Hostelboat Anna Maria II||Oosterdok t/o 4 Pier 4||Hostel||77|
|Hotel Ajax||Rokin 104 1012 KZ Amsterdam||Hotel||77|
|Amsterdam Hostel Annemarie||Jan Willem Brouwstraat 14, 171 LG||HOSTEL||68|
|Hotel Belfort||Surinameplein 53 1058 GN Amsterd||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Bellington||P.C. Hooftstraat 78-80||Hotel||-|
|Hotel de Lantaerne||Leidsegracht 111||Hotel||-|
|Hotel de Stern||Utrechtsestraat 18, 1017 VN||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Flipper||Borssenburgstraat 5||Hotel||76|
|Hortus Hotel||Plantage Parklaan 8||Hotel||78|
|Hotel Internationaal||Warmoesstraat 1-3 1012HT||Hotel||78|
|Hotel Jupiter||Tweede Helmersstraat 14||Hotel||78|
|Hotel Manofa||Damrak 47-48||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Max in Mokum||Hemonystraat 7 1018 ep||Hotel||-|
|Hotel My Home||Haarlemmerstraat 82||Hotel||80|
|Hotel Oosterpark||Oosterpark 72||Hotel||75|
|Hostel Paganini||Stadhouderskade 68 stadhouderskade 76||Hostel||74|
|Hotel Plantage||Plantage Kerklaan, 25 1018 CV||Hotel||78|
|Hotel Ramenas||Harlemeerdijk 61||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Verdi||Wanningstraat 9 1071 LA||Hotel||79|
|Hotel Y Boulevard||Prins Hendrikkade 144-145||Hotel||-|
|Inner Amsterdam||Wanningstraat 1||Hostel||70|
|International Budget Hostel||Leidsegracht 76 Amsterdam 1016 CR||Hostel||75|
|Intersail||Oosterdok st. 3||Hostel||81|
|Lucky Lake Hostel||Vinkenkade 75 Vinkeveen||Hostel||89|
|Maggy's Guesthouse||Martelaarsgracht 9||GUESTHOUSE||73|
|Marie-Anns Houseboat/Deo Volente||Dijksgracht 7 1019 BT||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Marnix City Centre||Marnixstraat 382||HOSTEL||70|
|MPS Noorderzon||Postbus 273||Hotel||83|
|Nemo||Prins Hendrikaade 133 Amsterdam, 1011 AR||Apartment||-|
|Ohmkar Guesthouse||Langebrugsteeg 2||Guesthouse||-|
|Amsterdam Orange Tulip Hotel||Damrak 32,||hotel||66|
|Passenger Ship Anna Maria IV||Oosterdok Steiger 4 amsterdam postbus 2921||Guesthouse||78|
|Passenger Ship Avanti||Oosterdok , Jetty 2||Hostel||85|
|Passenger Ship Maria Alberta||Oosterdok||Guesthouse||82|
|Pension De Laurier||1e Laurierdwarsstraat 52 1016 PZ||Guesthouse||80|
|Rembrandt Park House||Orteliuskade 57||Guesthouse||80|
|Rembrandt Square Hotel||Rembrandtplein 24||Hotel||-|
|Sharm Hotel||Raadhuisstraat 33b||Hotel||-|
|Shelter City||Barndesteeg 21 1012 BV||Hostel||84|
|Shelter Jordan||Bloemstraat 179||Hostel||82|
|Sleep at Amys||Haarlemmerdijk 26||Guesthouse||-|
|St Christopher's at The Winston||Warmoesstraat 129||Hostel||86|
|Stargate Amsterdam||Hekelveld 7||Hostel||78|
|Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen||Kloveniersburgwal 97 1011 KB||Hostel||81|
|Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark||Zandpad 5 1054 GA||Hostel||83|
|Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg||Timorplein 21||Hostel||80|
|Studio-Rooms Amsterdam||several apartments in Holendrechtstraat||Apartment||74|
|The Bulldog||Oudezijds Voorburgwal 220||Hostel||83|
|The Friendship||Singel opposite 77||Hostel||78|
|The Quentin Arrive||Haarlemmerstraat 65 1013 EL||Hotel||76|
|The Quentin England Hotel||Roemer Visscherstraat 30 1054 EZ||Hotel||78|
|The Quentin Hotel||Leidsekade 89 1017 PN Amsterdam||Hotel||78|
|The White Tulip Hostel||Warmoesstraat 87||Hostel||72|
|Townhouse Hotel||Prinsengracht 816 1017 NJ||Hotel||-|
|Travel Hotel||Beursstraat 23 1012JV||Hostel||70|
|Trianon||J.W. Brouwersstraat 3||Hostel||73|
|Ultraviolet Studios||Oude Hoogstraat 12||Apartment||82|
|Vita Nova||Oosterdok T/O 4||Hostel||82|
|Waterfront B & B Amsterdam||Jacob Catskade 46 1052 CB||GUESTHOUSE||81|
|Xaviera Hollander B&B||Stadionweg 17||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Youth Hostel Meetingpoint||Warmoesstraat 14 1012 JD||Hostel||76|
|Hotel Waterfront||Singel 458||hotel||80|
|Amstel Riverview Bed & Coffee||Amsteldijk 22 Amsterdam||GUESTHOUSE||78|
|Hotel De Mallemoolen||Warmoesstraat 7||hotel||82|
|Brian Hotel||Singel 69||hotel||-|
|Amsterdam Hostel Leidseplein||Korte Leidsedwarstraat 79||Hostel||73|
|Central Guest Rooms||Vijzelstraat 71||Guesthouse||80|
|Hotel Liberty||Singel 5||hotel||-|
|Hostel Continental City Centre||Oude Burg Steeg 21||Hostel||77|
|The Greenhouse effect||Warmoesstraat 53||Hotel||86|
|France Hotel||Oudezijds Kolk 11||hotel||78|
|Hotel De Koopermoolen||Warmoesstraat 5||hotel||79|
|Hotel The Globe Centre||Oudezijds Voorburgwal 3||hotel||80|
|Season Star||Martelaarsgracht 18||hotel||-|
|Hotel Tamara||Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 144||hotel||68|
|Flying Pig Beach Hostel||Parallel Boulevard 208 2202H2, Noordwijk||Hostel||81|
|Johanas B & B||Van Hogendorpplein 62||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Jacob's Home||St. Jacobsstraat 17||Apartment||78|
|Jordan Beds||Binnen Oranjestraat 91||APARTMENT||-|
|Hotel Mevlana||N.Z.Voorburgwal 160||Hotel||74|
|Houseboat Hostel Alternatief||Dijksgracht 8b||Guesthouse||78|
|Easynuhman near Van Gogh||van Baerlestraat 18-1||APARTMENT||81|
|Amsterdam Hostel Janson||Frans van Mierisstraat 69-A1 HG||HOSTEL||75|
|Amstel Botel||NDSM-Pier 3||HOTEL||77|
|Alexander Guestrooms||Lijnbaansgracht 252||Guesthouse||85|
|Ijplein Bed and Breakfast||Motorwal 189||Guesthouse||-|
|Bed & Breakfast Boat||Zeenburgerpad 178||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Cocomama||Westeinde 18, 1017 ZP Amsterdam||Hostel||86|
|Vondelpark Bed and Breakfast||Overtoom 129-1 first floor 1054 HE Amsterdam||Guesthouse||73|
|AmsterdamHouse B/B||Dirk van Hasseltssteeg 54 II||Guesthouse||-|
|Stephi's B&B - West House||Orteliusstraat 26||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotelboot Angeline||Oosterdok 2, Pier 3||HOTEL||84|
|Aivengo Hostel||Spuistraat 6 Amsterdam||HOSTEL||76|
|AmicitiA (former Friesland)||Oosterdok Dock 3 (Nemo Museum)||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Central Park Garden||Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat||Apartment||-|
|Bloemgracht Residence||Bloemgracht 189||Apartment||-|
|Crooked House||Nieuwe Looiersstraat 112||Guesthouse||80|
|Latest Style Apartment||Koningin Wilhelminaplein||Apartment||-|
|Houseboat Pantheos||Prinsengracht 225-T||Apartment||-|
|Easy Rooms||Prins Hendrikkade 48H||Apartment||-|
|Hostel Van Gogh||Van de Veldestraat 5||Hostel||82|
|Live like a Local||Aalsmeerplein||Apartment||-|
|Amsterdam Hostel Sarphati||Sarphatipark 58||Hostel||67|
|The Amstel River View||Amstel Nearby Underground Station: Green Park||APARTMENT||-|
|Lazy Monkeys||Geldersekade 106||Guesthouse||80|
|Central Station Deluxe||Prins Hendrik Kade||APARTMENT||-|
|Amsterdam Room Centre||Leidsedwarsstraat 104 1||Guesthouse||-|
|Short Stay Triplehouse||Rozengracht 9||Apartment||-|
|The Amber Apartment||Monnikenstraat New Market||APARTMENT||-|
|Amsterdam Central Station Apartment||Newezijes Voordurgwal 56||Apartment||-|
|Garden Studio CS||Prins Hendrik Kade||APARTMENT||-|
|ShangHai Amsterdam||New Market||APARTMENT||-|
|The Rocking Rokin Apartment||Rokin Dam And Rembrandt Square||APARTMENT||-|
|The Leidseplein Escape||Leidsekruisstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|The Penthouse Elite||Monnikenstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Gerard's Home B&B||Woestduinstraat 155||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Mallees Houseboat Apartment||Jacob van lennepkade (opposite) 168 Amsterdam||GUESTHOUSE||78|
|Fabulous Stay Apartment||Monnikenstraat 1012 BP||APARTMENT||-|
|China Town Apartment||--||APARTMENT||-|
|Diamond Capital Apartment||--||APARTMENT||-|
|Purple Apartment||Admiraal de Ruijterweg 371||APARTMENT||-|
|Hazen Studio||Hazenstraat 65||APARTMENT||80|
|Butter Scotch||Monnikenstraat 1012 BP||APARTMENT||-|
|Central Guesthouse||warmoesstraat 47||Guesthouse||-|
|Houseboat Waterloo||Dijksgracht 8a||Guesthouse||78|
|The Midnight Star||--||APARTMENT||-|
|The H2O House||--||APARTMENT||-|
|Oosterpark Apartment||Eerste Oosterparkstraat 35||Apartment||-|
|Inn Old Amsterdam||Nieuwmarkt 5||Guesthouse||-|
|Museum District Guest House||Peter Cornelisz Hooftstraat 52-II||Guesthouse||-|
|B&B Wladimir Studios||Lijnbaansgracht 166, 1016 VX Amsterdam||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Home Comfort Apartment||Warmoestraat 77 Haringpakkersstg 7||Apartment||-|
|Silo Apartment||Silodam 384||Apartment||-|
|Amsterdam Guest House||Haringpakkersstg 8||Apartment||-|
|Camping Amsterdamse Bos||Kleine Noorddijk 3||Campsite||78|
|Hotelboot Zwaan||Oosterdok Pier 5 Steiger 5||Guesthouse||-|
|Staying in the Pijp||Albert Cuypstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Superplayer Apartment||Nieuwezijds voorburgwal||APARTMENT||-|
|Leidseplein Grand Deluxe||Lange leidsedwarsstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|The Rubiks Apartment||Heijestraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Red Rose||Oude Hoogstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Stay Well||Cycladenlaan 108||Apartment||-|
|Rembrandtplein Hotel||Groenburgwal 27||Hotel||75|
|Hostelle - Female Only Hostel||Frankemaheerd 2||HOSTEL||80|
|B&B The Rose||Egelantiersgracht 217 1015 RK Amsterdam||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Rose-Hip Apartment||Egelantiersgracht 217||APARTMENT||-|
|B&B Riverview||Binnenweg 18a Dress||GUESTHOUSE||78|
|Amigo Hostel Amsterdam||Linnaeusstraat 199-201||HOSTEL||71|
|Under The Sea||--||APARTMENT||-|
|Prinses D.||Prins Hendrikkade||APARTMENT||-|
|On The Spot||Singel||APARTMENT||-|
|Linnaeustraat Charm Apartment||--||APARTMENT||-|
|MEININGER Amsterdam City West||Orlyplein 1-67||HOSTEL||82|
|Houseboat Ripple||Jacob van Lennepkade 546||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|RedLight House||warmoesstraat 77||Apartment||-|
|Amsterdam Hostel Leidseplein||Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 79||Hostel||-|
|Prins Harry||Prins Hendrikkade||APARTMENT||-|
|Brouwersgracht canal house||Herenmarkt||APARTMENT||-|
|Captain Apartment||Admiraal de Ruijterweg||APARTMENT||-|
|The Hudson River Apartment||Herengracht||APARTMENT||-|
|Christopher Robin Budget||--||APARTMENT||-|
|Dam Square Experience||--||APARTMENT||-|
|The Glass Lounge Gallery||--||APARTMENT||-|
|B&B by Vondelpark||Derde Schinkelstraat 26-2h||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Jordaan Dreams Superior||Westzaanstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|City's Heart Apartment||--||APARTMENT||-|
|Downtown Dreams||Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 1012 Binnenstad||APARTMENT||-|
|Flying Swan Apartment||--||APARTMENT||-|
|Authentic Town House||Singel||APARTMENT||-|
|Central Park Superior||Van Baerlestraat||APARTMENT||-|
|The Central Park||Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Nieuwmarkt Studio||St Antonies Breestraat HB Amsterdam||APARTMENT||-|
|Executive Suites||Lijnbaansgracht Binnenstad, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherla||APARTMENT||-|
|Gilded Dragon Apartment||--||APARTMENT||-|
|Hotel Victorie||Victorieplein 40-42||HOTEL||-|
|Great Brook Apartment||--||APARTMENT||-|
|The Monumental TownHouse||--||APARTMENT||-|
|Half Moon Apartment||Valkenburgerstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Flying Dutchmen Apartment||Valkenburgerstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Amstel Deluxe||Sharphatiestraat, 1017 WS Binnenstad, Amsterd||APARTMENT||-|
|President Choice Apartment||Leidsekade 1016 Binnenstad, The Netherlands||APARTMENT||-|
|Nieuwmarkt City Center||Koestraat Binnenstad||APARTMENT||-|
|Hotel Bronckhorst||Bronckhorststraat 14 1071 WR Amsterdam||HOTEL||78|
|Dreamtime Houseboat||Jacob van Lennepkade (opposite House Number 170||APARTMENT||-|
|Loft Gallery Amsterdam||Spuistraat 6a||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Dandelion Studio||Heisteeg Binnenstad||APARTMENT||-|
|Orchid Studio||Heisteeg 1012 Binnenstad, The Netherlands||APARTMENT||-|
|Anna houseboat||Prins Hendrikkade 549||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Twilight Twinkle||Jacob van Lennepkade 1054 Amsterdam, The Netherl||APARTMENT||-|
|Ambrosia Studio||Heisteeg 1012 Binnenstad||APARTMENT||-|
|Flower Market Apartment||De Reguliersdwarsstraat 1017 BK||APARTMENT||-|
|View Apartments||Kloveniersburgwal Binnenstad||APARTMENT||-|
|Prinsen Canal Residence||Keizersgracht||APARTMENT||-|
|Qbic Amsterdam WTC||Mathijs Vermeulenpad 1||HOTEL||79|
|Jordaan Superior Apartment||Haarlemmerplein 1013 Binnenstad, The Netherland||APARTMENT||-|
|New Market City Center Deuce||Binnen Bantammerstraat 1011 Binnenstad, The Net||APARTMENT||-|
|Budget Hotel Titus||Leidsekade 74||HOTEL||77|
|Hotel Blyss||Vondelstraat 74-78||HOTEL||78|
|Vintage Wine Apartment||--||APARTMENT||-|
|Jacuzzi Bubbles||Prins Hendrikkade, 1012||APARTMENT||-|
|Vondelpark Deluxe||Van Eeghenstraat 4 1071 Oud-Zuid, The Netherlands||APARTMENT||-|
|Amsterdam Hostel Uptown||Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 147||HOSTEL||75|
|North Church Prinsengracht Living||Prinsengracht 37||APARTMENT||-|
|Olympic||Stadionplein, 1076 Amsterdam, The Netherlands||APARTMENT||-|
|Vondelpark||Zocherstraat, 1054 Oud-West, The Netherlands||APARTMENT||-|
|Riverview Bed & Breakfast||Silodam 167||APARTMENT||-|
|Central and Stylish||Hekelveld 1012 Binnenstad, The Netherlands||APARTMENT||-|
|Admiral Apartment||Bos en Lommerplein, 1055 Bos en Lommer,||APARTMENT||-|
|A Frosted Chocolate Apartment||Haarlemmer Houttinen||APARTMENT||-|
|The Westerpark Studio||Van Noordtstraat, 1013 Westerpark||APARTMENT||-|
|Hotel Atlantis Amsterdam||Ceintuurbaan 215||HOTEL||77|
|Pharaoh||Van Hogendorpstraat Westerpark||APARTMENT||-|
|Contrast Deluxe||Willem de Zwijgerlaan, 1056||APARTMENT||-|
|Damrak 2D||Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal||APARTMENT||-|
|Central Station Hostel||Steenhouwerssteeg 5||HOSTEL||75|
|B&B Alexander||Alexander Boersstraat 15 1071KT Amsterdam||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Metropolitan Holiday Rental||Foeliedwarsstraat, 1011||APARTMENT||-|
|De Pijp Apartment||--||APARTMENT||-|
|The Ivory Apartment||--||APARTMENT||-|
|Crystal Apartment||Tweede Helmersstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|King Midas||Van Hogendorpstraat, 1051||APARTMENT||-|
|Symphony||Koninginneweg , 1075||APARTMENT||-|
|Da Costa apartment||--||APARTMENT||-|
|Renaissance Apartment||Koninginneweg, 1075||APARTMENT||-|
|Art Gallery II||Linnaeusstraat, 1092 Watergraafsmeer||APARTMENT||-|
|Art Gallery I||Linnaeusstraat, 1092 Watergraafsmeer,||APARTMENT||-|
|The Perfect Spot||Singel, 1012||APARTMENT||-|
|MPS Waterland Amsterdam||Oosterdok 1011 VX Amsterdam Postbus 390 Nijmegen||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|The Brownie||Bilderdijkstraat , 1053||APARTMENT||-|
|Broadway||Ferdinand Bolstraat, 1072||APARTMENT||-|
|Leidseplein Residence||Eerste Weteringdwarsstraat, 1017 Binnenstad||APARTMENT||-|
|Luxer Eploitaitie BV||Warmoesstraat 11||HOTEL||-|
|Armada Hotel Canal View||Keizersgracht 713-715||HOTEL||-|
|Bed and Breakfast Groenendael||Nieuwendijk 15||Guesthouse||-|
|Jasmina B&B||Sint Nicolasstraat 12||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel and Apartments Monopole||Amstel 60||HOTEL||77|
|Canal Studio||Singel, 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands||APARTMENT||-|
|Your home in Amsterdam||Singel||APARTMENT||-|
|Ben & Richard's||Reguliersdwarsstraat 39||APARTMENT||-|
|Cool One A||--||APARTMENT||-|
|The Pearl||Bos en Lommerplein, 1055||APARTMENT||-|
|Pop Art Apartment||Jacob van Lennepstraat, 1053||APARTMENT||-|
|City View Apartment||Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, 1012 Binnenstad, The Ne||APARTMENT||-|
|Ace of Spades||Ferdinand Bolstraat 13, 1072||APARTMENT||-|
|City View II||--||APARTMENT||-|
|Cool Two A||Vierwindendwarsstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostel Cosmos Amsterdam||Nieuwe nieuwstraat 17-1||Hostel||-|
|Canal Rose 1||Westermarkt||APARTMENT||-|
|Canal Rose 2||Westermarkt||APARTMENT||-|
|Canal Rose 3||Westermarkt||APARTMENT||-|
|Hotel Iris||Sarphatikade 17||HOTEL||-|
|Studio room in charming Apartment Amsterdam Centre||Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 88-II||APARTMENT||-|
|City Center Nights||Hekelveld||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Ferdinand Apartment||Van Ostadestraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Staying in the Pijp II||Govert Flinckstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Di Ann Hotel||Raadhuisstraat 27||HOTEL||77|
|Royal Flush||Gerard Doustraat||APARTMENT||-|
|The Loft Apartment||Govert Flinckstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Canal apartment in Jordaan area||Brouwersgracht 1013 Amsterdam, The Netherlands||APARTMENT||-|
|Jordaan 1||Tweede Anjeliersdwarsstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Houseboat Jordaan area||Prinsengracht||APARTMENT||-|
|Piccolo||Willem de Zwijgerlaan||APARTMENT||-|
|Troost Apartment||Cornelis Troostplein||APARTMENT||-|
|Pouwel Jonas||The Pouwel Jonas: Traditional Houthaven Gevleweg, Westerpark||Guesthouse||-|
|Hummingbird Apartment||Ten Katestraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Du Jardin Dreams Apartment||Karel du Jardinstraat||Apartment||-|
|Utrechtsestraat Luxe apartment||Utrechtsedwarsstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Houseboat Tante Piet||Dijksgracht 22||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Apollo Jordaan||Korte Prinsengracht||APARTMENT||-|
|Queensize Apartment||Eerste Helmersstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Villa Milano||Marga Klompélaan||APARTMENT||-|
|Supreme Radiance||Zeedijk 122 1012 Binnenstad,||APARTMENT||-|
|Houseboat Heaven||Weesperzijde Frankendael||Apartment||-|
|Panorama | Comfort | Location | Space||Ardennenlaan 167||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel The Veteran||Herengracht 561 1017 BW||HOSTEL||-|
|Amsterdam Bridge 1||Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal||APARTMENT||-|
|AmsterGuestHouse Apartment||Haringpakkerssteeg 8||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Amsterdam Bridge 2||Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 36 1012 Binnenstad,||APARTMENT||-|
|Central Budget Apartment||Haringpakkerssteeg||APARTMENT||-|
|Heart of Amsterdam Apartment||Oude Leliestraat||APARTMENT||-|
|1 Bedroom Apartment - Amsterdam||Wolbrantskerkweg, Amsterdam||APARTMENT||-|
|Golden Flower l||Goudsbloemstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Avenue apartment||Nieuwendijk 117||APARTMENT||-|
|Alberts Studio Apartment||Rapenburg 27||APARTMENT||-|
|Amsterdam Centre Experience Apartment 1||Haringpakkerssteeg||APARTMENT||-|
|Aroza Hostel||nieuwendijk 23||Hostel||-|
|Golden Flower ll||Goudsbloemstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Amsterdam Centre Experience Apartment 3||Haringpakkerssteeg||APARTMENT||-|
|Very Nice B&B in Amsterdam West||Admiraal de Ruijterweg 523 II, 1055MK Amsterdam||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Amsterdam Center Experience||Haringpakkerssteeg||APARTMENT||-|
|Peter Martensstraat||Peter Martensstraat||APARTMENT||-|
|Downtown Dreams 2||Nieuwezijdsvoorburgwal 46 1012 sc||APARTMENT||-|
|Floating Hostel||Gevleweg AJ Amsterdam||Hostel||-|
|Residence Sweets||Langebrugsteeg 2||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Quentin Hotel||Leidsekade 89||Hotel||79|
|Comfort & Charm||Leidsestraat 30 D||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Big Bertha Canal Cruiser||Houseboat Ripple, Jacob van Lennepkade 546||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Old Quarter||Warmoesstraat 22||HOSTEL||77|
There are dozens of hostels in or near Amsterdam, including a few with central locations.
For those of you who are not afraid of braving the elements, there is always camping to consider. With prices ever rising it is becoming more and more difficult to spend an extended period of time in this fantastic city. You can rock up at any time, whether its 6:00pm or 6:00am and just pitch your tent at Camp Zeeburg and pay as little as €6.50 a night. You are literally 20 minutes from the centre of Amsterdam and with bike hire available on-site you can see the city the way the locals do. The amenities on-site are fantastic and if you like to be woken by the smell of fresh bread, this is definitely the place to stay.
There are nice mid-range options, but compared to many other cities, the price level at mid-range accommodation options is somewhat higher. You can find some 2-4 star hotels in this category as well as some appartments, guesthouses and Bed & Breakfasts.
Besides world-renowned Amstel Hotel, there are a number of other high-end hotels in town that are worth staying if you can afford it. These are Hotel the Grand, located in the former City Hall,
Hotel de l'Europe located near Muntplein (this one has an excellent restaurant), the Dylan Hotel on Keizersgracht and Krasnapolsky on Dam Square. If you have an upscale budget and you are looking for a more homely feeling, one might consider a private guesthouse like 717 Hotel on the Prinsengracht.
Self catering accommodation has become increasingly popular in many European capitals and Amsterdam is no exception. A studio or apartment that offers the luxury of a living room and your own kitchen means that you don't have to eat all the time. Especially amongst families travelling with kids or in groups, there is a lot of benefit to staying in self catering accommodation which can contain up to 4 bedrooms typically.
Unless you have a working permit (and at least a basic knowledge of Dutch), forget about finding a job in Amsterdam or anywhere else in the Netherlands. No-one will be interested in hiring you.
If you have a working permit, a Dutch bank account, and you are looking for temporary employment, consider paying a visit to one of the employment agencies. Most of them have branches on Rokin and Vijzelstraat (both very close to Mint Square). Depending on your assets, they should be able to fix you up with an employer.
Depending on your situation, your tuition fee can be anything between €1,150 and €9,000 per annum. Furthermore, aspiring Amsterdam students should take the cost of living into account, which is likely to be your other main expense. Student quarters don't come cheap; for less than €500, you will have big trouble finding something acceptable.
Internet cafés are not as widespread as you would expect, but you can easily find one in the popular cities. Most hostels, hotels and camp sites have several computers, so you can keep connected with folk at home. Here is a list of internet cafés that could come in handy for travellers. Otherwise, most libraries have lots of computers and prices are around the €2-3 per hour range, although sometimes it can be even more expensive.
Wireless internet access using wifi is becoming more popular and is usually available at most hotels and increasingly at train stations. Also in trains (at least in most first class wagons, but also more and more in second class) and some buses you can use wifi. Finally, places like McDonald's and Starbucks have free wifi, and smaller individual business like cafés and restaurants are on the rise too offering these services. More often than not, these service tend to be free of charge, though there might be a limited time you can use the internet.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country code for the Netherlands is 31. The outbound international prefix is 00. The general emergency number is 112, like many other countries.
0800 numbers are toll-free and for 09xx numbers are charged at premium rates. Mobile phones have numbers in the 06 range, and calls to cell phones are also priced at higher rates.
From internet cafés, it is also usually possible to make long distance international calls. Like in other countries, telephone booths have almost disappeared, though some are still found around public transport stations, where you can use a few coins to make calls. It is only recommended for local calls.
The cellular phone network in the Netherlands is GSM 900/1800. The main providers of cell phone networks are KPN (Dutch only), T-mobile and Vodafone, who cover the whole country. Other operators, like Hollandsnieuwe, Simyo or Tele2, use one of these 3 networks basically.
It is best to buy a SIM card when in the Netherlands for use in your cellphone, as this usually works out cheaper than using the one from home. If you are planning to study or work in the country and stay for several months, buying a cellphone is the best option. A simple one, sometimes with €10 worth on it, can be bought from around €25. The simplest smartphones are around €75.
The rate for sending a postcard or letter up to 20 grams within the Netherlands is €0.64 (2014). Since 2010 there are stamps available for domestic post which no longer include the value in €. Instead, there are stamps available with either a '1' or a '2' as a substitute for value. The '1' can be used for letters and postcards up to 20 grams, while 20-50 grams require you to use the '2'-valued stamps (or two '1'-valued stamps of course).
Sending items to other EU countries and the rest of the world (there is one price since 2014) will cost €1.05. Stamps are sold at post offices, supermarkets and smaller shops/kiosks; often the place where you buy your postcards can also supply you with stamps.
Sending parcels abroad is more costly. A standard-sized parcel between up to 2 kilograms will cost you €9 for destinations within the EU and €18 (both without Track & Trace) to the rest of the world. Prices with Track & Trace start at €13 and €24.30 respectively. Parcel service is available from major post offices only; standard-size boxes are on sale there as well. For sending parcels, it might be just as competitive and fast to use a company like TNT, UPS or DHL.
If you need to receive mail while moving around, you can have it sent poste restante (to be called for) to a post office of your choice, where it will be kept for a month. If you come to claim it, bring a valid ID, and make sure to have told the sender that the name on the envelope must be an exact match with that in your passport. For addresses of post offices, as well as more information, consult the TNT website.
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Ask Sam I Am a question about Amsterdam
I studied in Amsterdam for 4 years, and lived about half an hour away from the city for many a year. Feel free to inquire about anything.
Ask Melly82 a question about Amsterdam
I've lived in Amsterdam for over a year now, and although that may not sound a long time, Amsterdam is quite a small city! My best friend also lived here for almost three years and armed me with some invaluable tips on where to go to experience the 'Real Amsterdam' on my arrival. Many of my favourite haunts are places I have stumbled across, which is a great way of discovering a secret gem in the city. However, if you are short on time whilst you're here, its handy to have some advice and visit the places that the travel guides haven't discovered yet!
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