The beautiful canals with the nicely lined gabled houses in Brouwersgracht, the picturesque landscapes and, of course, the wild parrots in Vondelpark… Amsterdam is irresistible. Because of its small city centre, the most important sights, good restaurants and bars are never far away. Thanks to Amsterdam's well-functioning network of metro trains, busses, trams and free ferries, you can easily move around in the city.
Even the laziest couch potato will enjoy exploring the flat terrains of Amsterdam on foot or, even better, by bike (there are bike rentals at every corner). You'll find a lot of beautiful and historical sights right in the old town: start with a visit to the Oude Kerk (Old Church), the Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam (Royal Palace) and the Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (no translation) and stroll out of town from there. The Amsterdam ring of canals, which is the reason for the city’s spider web-like layout, is made for beautiful walks! A boat trip where you can see the city from the water is also one of the most beautiful must dos in Amsterdam.
Although the Anne Frank House can get very crowded, it is a must see, as well as the Van Gogh Museum. The Heineken Experience is a treat for beer lovers! The Red Light District is situated in the old town as well. The rich nightlife, that mainly takes place in the districts of Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein, offers great entertainment for every other taste. In De Pijp, you can turn night into day. And if you're looking for trendy cafes, culinary hotspots and unusual delicacies, the Jordaan district should be your cup of tea.
Our top tip:
IDFA (film festival)
The world's largest documentary film festival is THE attraction in Amsterdam's autumn. The independent meeting place for documentary film professionals and audiences impresses with its special diversity and creates a contrast to mass entertainment and media uniformity. In the course of the award ceremony, various side competitions will also be presented. And in addition to the documentaries, there will often be an opportunity to engage in discussions with the filmmakers.
- when: November 14th to 25th 2018
- where: Tuschinski Theatre and other cinemas
- more: https://www.idfa.nl/en/
In Amsterdam from A to B
This may be a surprise to you, but if you want to move from one place to another in Amsterdam, you don’t have to use a bicycle! There are more options for you:
- The GVB is responsible for public transport in Amsterdam. Apart from the 4 underground lines, it also offers trams, buses and ferry connections - even at night. In order to use it, you need an “OV-chipkaart”, the successor of the Strippenkaart. A mini questionnaire from GVB will tell you which type of ticket is best for your visit to Amsterdam.
- The small city centre is not the only reason for the popularity of bicycles in Amsterdam. There is also as a dense network of beautiful cycle paths running through the city.
- Driving in Amsterdam is not ideal - the motorway connections are excellent, but there is not much space in the city centre, so you often get stuck in traffic jams. Renting a car will therefore only be interesting if you’re planning a trip into the surrounding region.