About Amsterdam

The picturesque canals with the nicely lined gabled houses in the Brouwersgracht, the picturesque landscapes and of course the parrots of the Vondelpark make Amsterdam irresistible. Due to the compact size of the city centre you are never far away from the most important sights, good restaurants and bars. Amsterdam's well-functioning metro, bus, tram and free ferry network also makes it easy for you to get around the city.

There is something fun for everybody, exploring flat Amsterdam on foot or, even better, by bike (you can find bicycles for hire at every corner). You'll find plenty 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 (not translatable) and stroll out of town from there. The canal belt, which gives Amsterdam its net-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 to-dos in Amsterdam.

Although the Anne Frank House can get very crowded, it is a must see along with the Van Gogh Museum. For beer lovers, the Heineken Experience is a treat! Also in the middle of the old town is the red light district; the rich nightlife that mainly takes place in the districts Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein, offers great entertainment for every other taste. You can enjoy De Pijp from night to day. 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 shines through its special diversity and offers mass entertainment and media uniformity. In the course of the award ceremony, various side competition series will also be presented, and in addition to the documentary films taking part in the festival, there will also often be the opportunity to engage in discussions with the filmmakers.


In Amsterdam from A to B


Although this may be surprising, if you want to move from one place to the next in Amsterdam, you are not forced to use a bicycle! The following possibilities are open to you:

  • The GVBis responsible for public transport in Amsterdam. In addition to 4 underground lines, it also offers trams, buses and even ferry connections - even at night. To use it you need an OV chip card, 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 fact that cycling is so popular in Amsterdam is not only due to the compact city centre, but also to the many (and beautiful) cycle paths that run through the city as a dense network.
  • Driving in Amsterdam is not a pleasure - the motorway connections are excellent, but in the city centre it is very narrow, here you often get stuck in traffic jams.
  • Driving a car in Amsterdam is no pleasure – the motorway connections are excellent, but in the city centre it is very narrow, here you are often in a traffic jam. A car rental will therefore only be interesting if you plan trips into the wider surroundings.
  • To Amsterdam
    by train

    The ICE International connects Frankfurt am Main and Amsterdam in less than four hours. Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Oberhausen, Arnhem and Utrecht are approached on the route. Also to the Swiss Basel, there is a direct ICE connection which runs once a day. From Berlin, five direct connections per day to the central station start from here Amsterdam Centraal. The train journey on the route takes about six and a half hours. Berlin-Amsterdam. With the Thalys you can also easily Paris; the route passes through Schiphol airport, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels and Lille.

    To Amsterdam
    by bus

    Amsterdam can be easily reached by long-distance bus via several providers. How to get there? 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 located in London-Heathrow, Paris. Charles-de-Gaulle and Frankfurt am Main is the fourth largest airport in Europe. 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 connected. The easiest way to get to the Amsterdam city centre is to in about twenty minutes by public transport.

    To Amsterdam
    by rideshare

    As a popular tourist destination, the canal metropolis is often also used as a destination. for car pools are offered. Especially cities near the border like Cologne, Osnabrück or Duisburg are popular starting points - there are carpooling opportunities here already from 10 Euro.