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.
- when: November 14th to 25th 2018
- where: Tuschinski Theatre and other cinemas
- more: https://www.idfa.nl/en/
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.