About Amsterdam

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.

 

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.
  • To Amsterdam
    by train

    The ICE International connects Frankfurt am Main and Amsterdam in less than four hours, stopping in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Oberhausen, Arnhem and Utrecht. Once a day, there is a direct ICE connection to Basel in Switzerland too. Five direct connections from Berlin, arrive at the central train station Amsterdam Centraal every day. The train journey from Berlin to Amsterdam takes about six and a half hours. With the Thalys, you can easily go to Paris; the route passes through Schiphol airport, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels and Lille.

    To Amsterdam
    by bus

    Amsterdam can easily be reached by long-distance bus. There are several services. Flixbus, for example, stops at Sloterdijk in the west of the city, about six kilometres from the main railway station. Eurolines, on the other hand, controls the station Duivendrecht in southern Amsterdam, about eight kilometres from the main railway station. Depending on the connection, your bus will take you to one of the two stations.

    To Amsterdam
    by plane

    The international airport Amsterdam-Schiphol is the fourth largest airport in Europe, after London Heathrow, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle and Frankfurt am Main. The Dutch capital is therefore easy to reach from anywhere in the world. The airport has its own long-distance railway station and is directly connected to the Dutch Railway network. The easiest way to get to the Amsterdam city centre is by public transport in about twenty minutes.

    To Amsterdam
    by carpool

    Being a popular destination, you will find many car lifts to the city with the beautiful canals. Especially cities near the border like Cologne, Osnabrück or Duisburg are popular starting points – from there, you can find a lift to Amsterdam for about 10 Euros.