Amsterdam Travel Guide
There are many iconic canals, old townhomes, cobblestone lanes, and flower-adorned bridges. Amsterdam has charm like a postcard. It is also a rare place that attracts backpackers, couples looking for romance, and luxury-minded travelers.
The Dutch capital is home to many cultural attractions such as The Anne Frank House or The Concertgebouw. It also has hip shops, leafy parks and a strong sense of the past. It’s easy to narrow down the activities you want with world-class museums and bicycle tours. We wouldn’t recommend trying to fit too much into your day, even though it is lovely to wander the streets and sit outside at the sidewalk cafés.
This burgeoning culinary paradise boasts top-notch restaurants that will make your meal an unforgettable experience. There are plenty of activities to enjoy after the sun sets. There are many options for nightlife: there are plenty of bars and cozy speakeasies to choose from, as well as bustling bars. You can’t talk Amsterdam without talking about “coffee shops”, but not the ones that only brew espresso.
Amsterdam will deliver whatever you want from a European vacation.
The Best Time to Go
The best time to visit Amsterdam is late spring. Mild temperatures are ideal for cycling around Amsterdam and exploring the countryside. The famous tulips bloom in April and attract tourists from all over the globe. Another major attraction is the King’s Day carnival on April 27.
The “Venice of the North”, as it is affectionately called, enjoys an oceanic climate so it doesn’t get too hot. We love the idea that Amsterdam can be a summer destination, unlike the rest of Europe which flocks to Saint-Tropez and Santorini. While you might need to deal with some other travelers, it is not going to stop you from having a great time.
The first fall season is marked by mild temperatures and lots of outdoor activities. Winter is not to be dismissed. While winter is shortening days and the air is frosty, it’s still a wonderful time because of the holiday spirit, sparkling frozen canals and lack of crowds. There are also great deals available on hotels and airfare.
How to get around ?
Trams Amsterdam’s iconic blue-and white trams continue to be a reliable, economical way to move around the city’s center ($3.80/hour or $19.50/day). Amsterdam Central Station, which is the city’s main transport hub, has 14 lines.
Buses The bus network is extensive and efficient, with 35 lines. Are you looking for a flight to take? You can hop on the shuttle that runs every 15 minute between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, and the city center. You are planning an evening out in the city? The metros and trams are open between 6 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; night buses are available for your after-dark transportation needs.
Ferries Amsterdam’s ferry is also managed by GVB. One-way connections across the Noordzeekanaal, (North Sea Canal), cost $1.50. The IJ river is free for pedestrians, bicyclists, and moped users.
Metros This metro system includes five routes and 39 stations. It is the best way to reach outlying areas.
Rideshare If Centrum is your only option, driving is not necessary. You can hail an Uber to transport you to the outer boroughs.
Trains The Netherlands have a great national railway system. The Amsterdam Central Station train station is a convenient option for day trips to the countryside, and nearby cities.
Bicycles Cycling technically isn’t considered public transportation. However, Amsterdamers should follow the example of locals when cycling. It’s possible to hire a bicycle (download Donkey Republic, or visit a local rental shop) for your journey. It’s an excellent way to explore the city, and it helps you burn all those pannenkoek.