Amsterdam, capital and tourist jewel of the Netherlands... It is impossible not to succumb to the charm of this capital city set on the waves, a tangle of large canals with changing waters, like so many veins flowing towards its heart. In the Venice of the North, the weather changes as quickly as the colours of the Amstel, the clear sky follows the fog, the storm arrives without a word. A capricious and contrasting city, both modern and classic, wise and wild, conservative and innovative, it will captivate any visitor who takes the trouble to really discover it, beyond the clichés and clichés. Amsterdam currently seems to be at a crossroads, its historic centre has never been so beautiful with the Rijksmuseum as a symbol of its revival. The city seems to enjoy a prosperity in contrast with the sometimes more difficult daily life of its inhabitants. If some fear that "their" Amsterdam is becoming a museum city, the A'dam Toren, the city's newest attraction, seems to be another symbol of the city's boundless ambition. The Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum are other must-sees in the city. There is also an increase in the number of peripheral districts, the Jordan and the west, the north (with the NDSM district in particular) and the east will probably be the subject of a separate district section in the near future with the new district IJburg, a real city of the future.

What to visit Amsterdam?

When to go to Amsterdam?

Early spring (April and May) is undoubtedly the best time to visit Amsterdam: if the air can be fresh then it is usually the driest time of the year and Holland is adorned with flowers in a thousand colours. The high season is in summer, but Amsterdam is a city that can be visited all year round. So plan to book your hotel nights before you leave! On the other hand, you will then be very numerous to visit the city and the queues of museums and attractions will sometimes seem endless.

How to go to Amsterdam? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Many tour operators offer holiday packages. The most frequent ones are escapades (3 days and 2 nights or 4 days and 3 nights) and long weekends. Prices vary according to the means of transport chosen and the time of booking; last minute offers remain the most attractive. In Amsterdam, since it is a suitable place to do so, there are quite a few cultural trips, but the prices are higher.

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It is very easy to travel alone in Amsterdam. Public transport and hotel facilities are abundant, you can make your choice. To avoid wasting too much time queuing in front of each monument, remember to buy your tickets in advance on the Internet or on site the day before. Queue-cutting tickets also save time for a few extra euros.

It is completely unnecessary and expensive to carry a car inside Amsterdam. All tourist attractions, even the most remote, are accessible by bus or metro. Offers are available for a few days or by the week. Outside Amsterdam, the main attractions around are accessible by public transport.

Prepare for your trip Amsterdam

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

Early spring (April and May) is undoubtedly the best time to visit Amsterdam: if the air can be fresh then it is usua...
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Weather forecast

The weather in Amsterdam can change very quickly. In general, Amsterdam has a temperate ocean climate subject to stro...
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Budget

The currency in Amsterdam is of course the euro. From a budgetary point of view, Amsterdam is a city that can be live...
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Formalities

European residents visiting the Netherlands must travel with a passport or national identity card, even if expired (w...
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Health

No vaccinations are required and there are no diseases to worry about. However, make sure your vaccinations are up to...
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How to travel by yourself?

It is very easy to travel alone in Amsterdam. Public transport and hotel facilities are abundant, you can make your c...
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How to get organized?

Many tour operators offer holiday packages. The most frequent ones are escapades (3 days and 2 nights or 4 days and 3...
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Getting around

It is completely unnecessary and expensive to carry a car inside Amsterdam. All tourist attractions, even the most re...
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