Amsterdam, capital and tourist jewel of the Netherlands... It is impossible not to succumb to the charm of this capital on the waves, a tangle of large canals with changing waters, like so many veins that flow towards its heart. In Northern Venice, the weather changes as quickly as the hues of the Amstel, the pure sky follows the mist, the storm arrives without saying a word. A capricious and contrasting city, both modern and classic, wise and cheerful, conservative and innovative, it will captivate any visitor who takes the trouble to really discover it, beyond 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 renewal. The city seems to enjoy prosperity in contrast to the sometimes more difficult daily lives of its inhabitants. If some people fear that "their" Amsterdam will become a museum city, the A'dam Toren, a recent attraction of the city, seems to be another symbol of the city's limitless ambition. The maison d'Anne FrankVan Gogh Museum is one of the city's other must-see attractions. There is also an increase in the power of peripheral districts, 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 IJburg district, the real city of the future.

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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.

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  • 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.

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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 that is even expire...
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Health

No vaccination is mandatory and no disease is to be feared. However, make sure your vaccinations are up to date. The...
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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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