Amsterdam Travel Guide

Amsterdam Travel Information

From a relaxing stroll along one of its scenic canals, to its museums and cafés or a taste of the city's exciting nightlife, Amsterdam has something for everyone. One of Europe's most romantic capitals, the city's mix of perfectly preserved 17th century architecture and modern convenience draws millions of tourists each year to explore the city's rich cultural heritage. Some choose to take part in a tour of Amsterdam in order to make the most of the many tourist attractions on offer.

With over 50 museums, including the world-famous Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam houses hundreds of Golden Age works by Dutch masters including Rembrandt and Van Gogh. The Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Stedelijk museums are among the city's most visited, while the Sex, Hash and Erotic museums draw a more alternative crowd.

Allard Pierson Museum contains an impressive collection of artefacts, and kids will enjoy the Amsterdam Historical Museum, Madame Tussauds, and the interactive scientific displays of the NEMO.

Amsterdam Tourist Attractions

The Anne Frank House, a very important stop on any tour, has her original diary, and more can be learned about WWII at the fascinating Jewish Museum, housed in four synagogues. For a real taste of Dutch culture, it's worth a visit to the Houseboat and Tulip museums, or the 17th century Museum Geelvinck Hinlopen Huis.

In the centre of town stands Dam square, where the imposing façade of the Royal Palace looms over an idyllic scene of chattering tourists and pigeon feeders. Hidden gems like Begijnhof show the city's character, with its medieval church and antiquated houses home to Béguine nuns. A large part of the city's charm is centred around its distinct neighbourhoods and enigmatic café culture, making walking or biking the most pleasurable ways to experience the sights.

Rembrandt and Leidse squares are the heart of the entertainment district, offering fabulous places to stop for a drink, or enjoy the city's bustling nightlife. But no trip to Amsterdam is complete without a romantic cruise on a canal, a stop at one of the city's eight windmills, or a trip to the Red Light district where the Oude Kerk church stands.

Transport Around Amsterdam

Several roads in the town centre are closed to cars, which can be confusing to drivers. However, the city provides an excellent public transportation system with points of interest easily accessible by tram, bus or metro. Taxis are readily available, but for a more authentic experience many tourists opt for a quaint ride on a canal bus or museum boat. Amsterdam is serviced by Schiphol International Airport and holds one major train station in the city centre.

Travel insurance is recommended while visiting Amsterdam. While it is considered a safe place to visit, medical bills can be expensive when dealing with an accident or serious illness. Enjoy your trip knowing that you and your loved ones are covered in the event of a medical emergency.