The intriguing capital of the Netherlands is an eternally popular destination for a city break, attracting millions of eager tourists year after year. Known affectionately as the Venice of the North, Amsterdam is a distinctly old fashioned city that blends curious European café culture with stunning gardens, interlocking canals and exciting nightlife. The city is easy to explore and the medieval canals that run through its centre provide a fitting backdrop to the beautiful buildings and various sights.
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If you seek a decidedly different city break, this picturesque Dutch destination is the perfect place to relax and best of all, it's extremely easy to navigate on foot. Schiphol International Airport is just a short bus or cab ride into the centre of town and upon your arrival expect to be greeted with the sight of 1,500 beautiful bridges and awe inspiring architecture. Two wheeling is a way of life in Amsterdam, so forget the car and prepare to hop on a bike or see the city on foot - there are plenty of cycle lanes to ensure your ride around the city is a smooth as possible. From places of historical interest and galleries for a look at works by the old masters, there are plenty of cultural draws for those looking to broaden their horizons in this buzzing city. Amsterdam is also a great starting point for a trip to one of the other Dutch cities such as romantic Utrecht, Royal city by the sea - The Hague or Rotterdam with its futuristic architecture.
If you're looking to let your hair down, Amsterdam boasts countless clubs, cabarets and live music venues and the liberal attitude means you can enjoy all kinds of entertainment that you wouldn’t usually come across elsewhere in Europe.
In Leiden Square, you are bound to fall in love with the perfectly-frothed beer and abundance of delicious international cuisine - feel free to linger around after your meal and enjoy the cosy ambience or 'gezellig', as the convivial feeling is known to the locals. Johannes restaurant is a real favourite with tourists, situated in a stunning old canal house offering beautifully presented cuisine with an accent on seafood. There is an eatery for everyone in Amsterdam, from cosy cafes to brilliant budget bistros, and with plenty of international options catering to all tastes you definitely won’t go hungry.
Jordaan is a traditional area that is rising as one of the trendiest districts in Amsterdam if you seek a bohemian escape and picturesque old fashioned ambience. Discover a mesh of canals lined with beautiful 17th Century houses, quirky speciality shops, cafes and cool designer boutiques. There are plenty of vintage stores dotted across Amsterdam if you fancy a spot of adventurous shopping and for something out of the box, why not head to the famous Floating Flower Market on the Singel Canal, where you can soak up the endless array of blooms on offer on the houseboats. If luxury stores are where your heart is, try the P.C Hooftstraat, which has been the city's primary designer shopping destination since the 1970s.
The Old Centre of Amsterdam is interweaved by little canals and the iconic area boasts a seemly endless amount of cafes, pubs, bars and shopping opportunities to impress any culture vulture. Dam Square within the Old Centre is considered the nucleus of this exciting city, around which all the action takes place.
You don't have to go far to come across dazzling works of art – the Van Gough Museum is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Amsterdam, home to the world's largest collection of his world-famous post-impressionist paintings. Those interested in history should make a visit to Anne Frank house, where her original diary is on display. The Rijksmuseum (The National Museum) is one of the most popular exhibits in the city. The huge Neo-Gothic building displays a huge collection of 17th and 18th Century works of art by famous Dutch masters like Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals. It's also worth taking time to wander around the atmospheric lanes that line the canals, where you can see quaint houseboats bobbing on the Prinsengracht.
As one of the busiest tourist destinations in Europe, Amsterdam attracts visitors from all over the world and offers a huge range of hotels, B&Bs and studios to choose from during your stay. There are accommodation options for every budget and no matter what your preference, you’re sure to find somewhere comfortable to sojourn. Find your perfect place to stay with our search tool below.
IATA code: AMS
Name: Schiphol International Airport
Address: Luchthaven Schiphol, Postbus 7501, 1118 ZG Schiphol, Nederland.
If you're flying from Amsterdam and wish to bring your own car, there are parking facilities at the airport. Some of the car parks are within walking distance of the terminal, the rest are served by a free shuttle bus.
The railway station is situated directly below the airport and you can grab a free baggage trolley to take your luggage to the train. Trains operate 24 hours a day and leave Schiphol for Amsterdam every hour throughout the night, with a more regular service throughout the day. The station also offers direct trains to other Dutch cities and European countries. A bus service is also available, connecting the airport to Amsterdam and other towns in the region.
Taxis between Amsterdam from Schiphol International Airport are also available from outside the airport. A taxi can be book in advance - for more information, check the airport's website.
A number of car hire companies have offices at the airport and there is no need to book in advance. However, if you do make arrangements prior to travel, you may save money.
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