Amsterdam

Overview

Almost more like a village than a city Amsterdam’s compact streets and winding canals make it a wondrous place to visit with its historical buildings and strong art galleries and museums. Amsterdam is ‘naughty but nice’, with a lax attitude towards all the guilty pleasures you could dream up. So stuff your face with delicious foods, wander the windows of the red light district and relax in an Amsterdam café.
Best Time to Visit

July and August are popular—and busy. If you want to see the tulips, come mid-April to early May. You’ll find better deals and quieter crowds October to March, with the exception of New Year’s Eve. This is a unique and riotous celebration in Amsterdam, and well worth experiencing.
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Transportation
Amsterdam is compact, so walking or renting bikes to make use of the great bike lanes is easy. Yet public transport (trams, metros, and buses) also is excellent. Buy a chip card at a ticket vending machine or counter, or ask the driver for a tourist pass (there are one- to seven-day cards starting at €5).
Amsterdam Weather
August is the hottest month, with an average high of 17°C (63°F), and the coldest is January, with an average 3°C (37°F).

Know Before Visiting
Some attractions (especially the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House) get very busy, especially in summer, so booking a ticket and time to visit in advance. The city is generally safe, but pickpockets operate widely; be careful on the tram and at the market.
Language
Dutch.

Electric
C, E and F type plugs generally fit on Dutch electricity sockets.

Currency
Euro (€)
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Things to do
Red-light district

Despite the city’s wealth of art and culture, Amsterdam’s leading attraction remains its prostitution zone, where skimpily clad sex-service workers solicit customers from the windows of their street-level rooms. Crowds file through a series of narrow alleys to gawk (snapshots will be severely chastised), and services are offered round the clock by a global rainbow of girls occupying nearly 300 red-lit windows. If you can get beyond the sleaze, this is actually one of the loveliest and most ancient sections of the canal ring, revolving around Amsterdam’s oldest church.
Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes.
Address: De Wallen, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Anne Frank Huis (Anne Frank House)

Of enduring interest to all is the historic home where Anne Frank, her family and four other Jewish people hid from the occupying Germans during WWII, after fleeing their native Germany. The small but highly popular exhibit annually attracts up to one million visitors, so expect lengthy queues.
Opening Times: Daily from 0900-1900 Nov-Mar, 0900-2100 Apr-Oct.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Prinsengracht 267, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Eye Film Institute Netherlands
A must for movie buffs, the Eye maintains an archive of 37,000 films and screens pristinely restored prints of cinematic classics at its various festivals. Perhaps the main draw, though, is the café with its fabulous views of the river and an endless procession of cruise boats, freighters and ferries. To get here, hop on a free Buiksloterweg ferry behind Central Station.
Opening Times: Exhibition daily 1000-1800.
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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NEMO Museum
Looking like a massive green seagoing vessel rising from the water, the cutting-edge NEMO Museum is an unmistakable sight on the banks of the IJ, a short stroll from Central Station. Within the factory-like interior, there are plenty of films, workshops and hands-on exhibits to introduce both youngsters and adults to the wonders of science and technology such as blowing giant bubbles, looking at cosmic rays, generating green energy and maybe even creating life. The cascading rooftop terrace is a splendid place to take in the rays on a warm day and in summer it’s outfitted as a beach resort.
Opening Times: Tues-Sun 1000-1730.
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace)
This formidable structure on the central Dam Square was built in 1648 as Amsterdam's city hall. When King Louis Napoleon arrived in 1808, he had it turned into a palace. Paintings and sculptures dating from Holland’s Golden Age grace the halls and archways, with allegorical scenes and figures alluding to the values that underpin Dutch society. The admission price includes an audio tour.
Opening Times: Daily 1100-1700 when not being used for official functions.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Rijksmuseum
The largest and most popular museum in the Netherlands reopened in spring 2013. Established in 1885, the museum showcases a collection of masterpieces with the seminal works of Dutch giants Rembrandt (‘The Night Watch’) and Johannes Vermeer (‘The Milk Maid’). The collection spanning over 8,000 works has been reorganised across three floors in chronological order.
Opening Times: Daily 0900-1700.
Admission Fees: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Van_Gogh_Museum_amsterdam_beatthetravelagentVan Gogh Museum
Easily the world’s largest collection by the renowned artist, this much-visited museum houses 200 paintings by the Dutch master, many of which come from the collection of his brother Theo. Art workshops for children are offered and on Friday nights museum-goers can unwind until 2200 with cocktails and special DJ programmes.
Opening Times: Sat-Thur 0900-1800, Fri 0900-2200.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Paulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam Museum
Housed in a former orphanage that dates from 1524, the museum is filled with paintings, prints and archaeological finds that illustrate how Amsterdam grew from a small medieval town into a modern city.
Opening Times: Mon-Fri 1000-1700, Sat-Sun 1100-1700.
Admission Fees: Yes.
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Vondelpark
Just a short walk from Leidseplein, the sprawling Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s ‘green lung’, the 49-hectare (120 acres) park makes a splendid retreat with ponds, gardens, lakes, playgrounds, a skating rink and a resident colony of parakeets. In good weather, the lawns are taken over by groups barbequing.
Opening Times: Daily 24 hours.
Admission Fees: No
Wheelchair Friendly: Yes
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Food & Drink
The Pancake bakery

famous for their Massive sweet & savoury pancakes this restaurant is one to try when visiting Amsterdam. A 2-storey converted warehouse with canal views located just off the Prinsengracht canal and just a stone throw away from the Westerkerk and Anne Franks house.

Address: Pancake Bakery, Prinsengracht 191, 1015 DS, Amsterdam 

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Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx

Holland’s most popular snack actually comes from Belgium: Vlaamse Frites (Flemish fries). These fried potato spears come with a dollop of mayonnaise and nobody makes them better than this hole-in-the-wall establishment, as evidenced by the perpetual line down the street.

Address: Voetboogstraat 33, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Bazar

Alongside the city’s biggest street market, Bazar is a North African fantasy within a former house of worship, with spectacular tiled arabesques on the walls and dining on two levels. The big hall is usually buzzing, while the food, abundantly served and beautifully presented on traditional tableware. Daily lunch specials are a real bargain.

Address: Albert Cuypstraat 182, 1073 BL Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Chocolate Bar

Hip cocktail bar in De Pijp area with a 70s-inspired interior serving international dishes but you must try the chocolate dessert, that is to die for.

Address: Eerste van der Helststraat 62-A, 1072 NX Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Heineken_Experience_amsterdam_beatthetravelagentHeineken Experience
An interactive tour through beer giant's Heineken. Exploring the history and brewing of the popular drink. Open 365 days a year and comes with two complimentary glasses of Heineken at the tasting room finale.
Address: Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Twenty Third Bar

This Hotel Okura’s top bar gets its name from its floor number and with that height, you can expect some great views across Amsterdam with a side of cocktails and a bar menu with great snacks it’s a perfect location for a romantic night.

Address: Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Brasserie Ambassade

Classic Michelin star French cuisine restaurant overlooking the Herengracht canal, surrounded by colourful paintings by famous CoBrA artists. French/International cuisine by Executive chef Erik Zonjee in combination with fine wines. An excellent balance of price/quality, served by professional and above all, friendly staff.

Address: Herengracht 339, 1016 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Green House Centrum
This small little coffeeshop has good quality herbs and a great atmosphere. The Green House is the winner of 38 High Times Cannabis Cups. It delivers some of the best cannabis in Amsterdam and it is a great hangout for a traveller in Amsterdam. You can find many interesting pictures on the wall of celebs that visited the Green House. The coffee shop is situated nicely in the red light district next to a canal.

Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 191, 1012 EW Amsterdam

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Snappers is a cute and charming restaurant and bar on the Reguliersdwarsstraat. You’ll find a great selection of G&Ts and other cocktails as well as hearty food like burgers and ribs.
The ambience is warm and cosy with palm frond wallpaper and a homey vibe. Grab a table upstairs or downstairs, or sit at the bar and order a cocktail.

Address: Reguliersdwarsstraat 21, 1017 BJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

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De Dampkring

Another High Times golden child, Da Dampkring had a cameo in the Hollywood film Ocean’s Eleven, which is why blurry pictures of Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon adorn the walls – somehow they manage to fit in with the psychedelic, sixties décor. The warm colours, hackneyed bar and indoor plants conjure a laid-back living room vibe, which attracts a youthful crowd. The weed is top-drawer, particularly the hash.

Address: Handboogstraat 29, 1012 XM Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Nightlife

Sugar Factory

Not just electronica fans will appreciate this dance cave around the corner from Leidseplein. The ingeniously illuminated space stirs art, poetry, comedy and dance into the mix for a richly varied theatrical experience. A mostly Dutch, twentyish set crowd in for the famous and almost famous DJs who customarily kick the club.
Address: Lijnbaansgracht 238, 1017 PH Amsterdam, Netherlands
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De School
Amsterdam’s famous for its clubs scene and De School is no exception, a new 24-hour bar/club/restaurant, brought to us by the legendary owners of Trouw which unfortunately closed at the start of 2015. De school is on the grounds of a former school (hence the name) and follows the layout of an old school in Amsterdam with its halls and classroom-esque theme it is a haven for both tourists and locals .
Address: Dr Jan van Breemenstraat 1,1056 AB AMSTERDAM
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Delirium Café Amsterdam

The Amsterdam branch of the Delirium Café is a true beer lover’s paradise, with more than 500 beers on offer, hearty food to soak it all up and even a team of beer sommeliers offering their services. This wonderful Café has branched out from its Brussels original and is always worth a stop both for the best beer and best enjoyment.
Address: Piet Heinkade 4-6-8, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The legendary ‘Milky Way’ has been a key component in Amsterdam’s pop scene since the 1960s. Concealed in an old dairy factory just off the nightlife nexus of Leidseplein, it remains a cultural playground with three concert halls, a gallery, cinema, theatre and café. The old hall is an intimate space with excellent sound, while the Max pulls in a bigger crowd for old and new heavyweights.
Address: Lijnbaansgracht 234A, 1017 PH Amsterdam, Netherlands
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De Nieuwe Anita
Surely Amsterdam’s most alternative space, this friendly club west of the centre has a rough-hewn charm and is consistently crowded by the brainier set. The beer’s cheap and dispensed from a handsome circular bar, along with wine and herbal teas, and there are plenty of mismatched armchairs and sofas to lounge around on. A hall at the rear serves as a venue for fiercely varied programming, from anti-Hollywood film nights to Burlesque to wrestling, plus all kinds of bands.
Address: Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, 1052 HN Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Bimhuis
Perched at the top of the Muziekgebouw, a short distance from Centraal Station, the Bimhuis is the city's top jazz venue. An intimate space with windows that offer wonderful views across the city actually form the backdrop for the stage, and the venue’s size encourages direct communication between audience and artist. Every jazz luminary has performed here, including the stars of the Dutch scene. Most performances are divided into two sets, and it’s usually possible to mingle with the artists in the bar afterwards.
Address: Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Transportation

Flying to Amsterdam
Airlines offering direct flights to Amsterdam from the UK include British Airways, CityJet, easyJet, Flybe, Garuda Indonesia and KLM. Delta, KLM and United operate direct flights from the USA. No-frills airlines provide cheap flights to Amsterdam year-round.
Flight times:
From London - 1 hour 10 minutes; New York - 7 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles - 10 hours 20 minutes; Toronto - 7 hours 25 minutes; Sydney - 24 hours (including stopover)

Public transport:
The best way to get around Amsterdam is either by bike or by using the extensive tram, metro, bus and ferry networks, all run by GVB , which has an information office at Centraal Station. Trams are a great way of getting around Amsterdam, with routes heading out from the centre in all directions.
The best option is to purchase single or multi-day cards, allowing unlimited travel on public transport during a specified period. You can buy these at the GVB ticket outlets or vending machines. OV-chipkaarts are smart cards, which you can use for travel throughout the Netherlands; you can load these up with any GVB travel products. It's also possible to purchase a one-hour paper ticket when you get on a bus or tram.

Taxis:
Rather than hailing a taxi on the street, it is more common to phone for one (tel: +31 20 777 7777) or picks one up at an official taxi rank, including ones at Centraal Station, Waterlooplein and Museumplein and Nieuwmarkt. Taxis are metered and have standard rates. It’s customary to tip your driver a euro or two.
*Uber is also available in and around Brussels and is a great alternative than Taxies. Click here for your first journey free.
Driving:
Driving in Amsterdam is not recommended: motorists need to watch out for cyclists and trams, while parking regulations are strict. It makes more sense to park at a P+R (park and ride) car park and use bus, tram and subway lines into the city centre from there, Locations of these.
Bicycle hire:
You can hire bicycles from Bike City on Bloemgracht 68-70 and Macbike at Stationsplein 5. A deposit or a credit card imprint is usually required, along with an additional form of identification. Bicycles should always be securely locked.
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Tips
-Make sure during a busy period to book some attractions in advance (especially the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House) as queues can get very busy.
-Remember Coffeeshops in Amsterdam are permitted to sell up to 5 grams of cannabis to customers over the age of 18 but Smoking tobacco is not permitted in coffeeshops.
-There have been some recent deaths of tourists taking drugs purchased from street dealers - please exercise caution.
-Bikes are quite common in Amsterdam so try to avoid walking in bike lanes and listen out for a bike bell.
-You can always hop on a quick train journey to Rotterdam for a day trip to explore what else the Netherlands has to offer for €14.
-Check out the GVB app to make sense of the bus, tram and metro lines to travel around.
Download iPhone App. Download Android App.
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