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AmsterdamNetherlands

Famed for its picturesque canals, famous museums, numerous coffee shops and laid-back vibe, this is the perfect destination for a weekend break or a longer stay.

It’s hard not to fall in love with Amsterdam the minute you set foot on its ancient cobblestone streets and colourful canal banks. This hospitable city has been welcoming travellers from all corners of the globe for centuries, and will make you feel immediately at home. Amsterdamers love to speak English and their friendly, laid-back attitude is catching; it’s an easy place to wind down and relax before setting out to explore the city’s rich cultural heritage.

The compact city centre is easy to explore by foot or by using the excellent integrated public transport system of buses and trams for longer journeys. A canal cruise is a great way to get your bearings, taking around an hour to cover all the main sights, or take a tip from the locals and hire a bike to navigate this gently undulating terrain.

The city’s famous canal district dates back to the Golden Age of the 17th century, when city’s increasing importance led to rapid expansion beyond its old 13th-century boundaries. The Canal Ring is now a world heritage site, where you can admire some of Amsterdam’s finest merchants’ houses and warehouses and visit the Anne Frank House to learn the moving story of this brave young diary writer.

The Royal Palace on Dam Square is one of the city’s most striking landmarks; take a tour of its lavish state rooms painted by Rembrandt, or head for the top floor of the Peek & Cloppenburg department store for a bird’s-eye view of the busy square from the windows of Madame Tussauds waxwork museum. Art-lovers will be open-mouthed at the priceless collection of Dutch masters on show in the historic Rijksmuseum, while the strikingly modern Van Gogh Museum houses the iconic paintings of this troubled genius.

Take an eye-opening wander through the notorious Red Light District or mingle with the locals in the friendly bars and restaurants of Nieuwmarkt before heading for the nightlife in Leidseplein. The following morning, take a refreshing walk through the green spaces of Vondelpark or grab a coffee in one of Amsterdam’s famously liberal coffee houses. Beer lovers shouldn’t miss the Heineken Experience where you can visit the old brewery and find out more about the production of this famous local lager.

Whether you’re in search of historic buildings and tranquil waterways, world-class culture and fine cuisine, or great shopping and pulsating nightlife, this cosmopolitan city ticks all the boxes.

Amsterdam Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Amsterdam

Red Light District showing a city, a river or creek and a church or cathedral

Red Light District

The fascinating museums, popular shops and acclaimed art galleries are notable features of Red Light District. Make a stop by National Monument or Body Worlds while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Amsterdam Central Metro Station to get around town.

Red Light District
Amsterdam featuring a river or creek, boating and a city

Canal Ring

4.5/5Wonderful!(82 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Canal Ring. Check out top attractions like Flower Market and Rembrandt Square, and jump on the metro at Rembrandtplein Stop or Koningsplein Stop to see more of the city.

Canal Ring
Amsterdam North, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Amsterdam North

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Amsterdam North is a destination travellers like for its waterfront views, and you might hop aboard the metro at Noord Station or Noorderpark Station to explore sights like NDSM Werf.

Amsterdam North
Amsterdam Southeast featuring boating and a river or creek

Zuidoost

4/5Very Good!(15 area reviews)

Known for its ample dining options and great live music, there's plenty to explore in Zuidoost. You can visit top attractions like Johan Cruyff Arena and Ziggo Dome, and jump on the metro at Gaasperplas Station or Kraaiennest Station to see more of the city.

Zuidoost
De Pijp, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

De Pijp

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

Known for its abundant dining options and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in De Pijp. Top attractions like Albert Cuyp Market and Sarphatipark are major draws, and you can catch the metro at 2e van der Helststraat Stop or Ceintuurbaan Stop to see more of the city.

De Pijp

Top hotels in Amsterdam

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Damrak 1-5, Amsterdam
The price is NZ$239 per night from 2 Oct. to 3 Oct.

Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church, National Monument and Madame Tussauds. Amsterdam ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,334 reviews)

"I love Amsterdam! This hotel is very modern and convenient to everything. Will definitely stay here again and again."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep. 2020

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
Citiez Hotel Amsterdam
Citiez Hotel Amsterdam
3 out of 5
Osdorpplein 372A, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$92 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.

Located in Nieuw-West, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of De Meervaart Theater and Sloterpark and Sloterplas. World Fashion Centre and Van Gogh Museum are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (981 reviews)

"30 minute tram ride into the centre of Amsterdam. Rooms extremely small but very clean and comfortable bed."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar. 2020

Citiez Hotel Amsterdam
The Alfred Hotel
The Alfred Hotel
3 out of 5
Cornelis Schuytstraat 58-60, Amsterdam
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$69 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.

Located in Museum Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Concertgebouw, Vondelpark and Museum Square. Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are also within ...

3.9/5Good! (1,600 reviews)

"Enjoyed my experience staying at the Alfred Hotel."…"

Reviewed on 25 May 2020

The Alfred Hotel

Popular places to visit in Amsterdam

Anne Frank House
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Anne Frank House

4.5/5(60 reviews)

Anne Frank’s world-famous diary chronicles the moving history behind this much-visited Amsterdam landmark.

Van Gogh Museum
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Van Gogh Museum

4.5/5(80 reviews)

The work of one of the art world’s most enigmatic geniuses is the focus of this fascinating Amsterdam museum.

Dam Square
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Dam Square

4/5(175 reviews)

History and heritage, fun and festivities come together in the beating heart of old and new Amsterdam.

Rijksmuseum
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Rijksmuseum

4.5/5(101 reviews)

View one of the finest collections of Dutch masters in the world alongside priceless treasures from Asia and elsewhere.

Heineken Experience
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Heineken Experience

4.5/5(46 reviews)

Beer is the star attraction at this exhibition dedicated to Holland’s world-famous export.

Leidseplein
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Leidseplein

4/5(54 reviews)

From fine dining to fast food, concerts to clubbing, this popular entertainment hub in the heart of the city has something for everyone.

Top activities in Amsterdam

I amsterdam City Card
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I amsterdam City Card

NZ$115
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Blue Boat Company Evening Cruise
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Blue Boat Company Evening Cruise

NZ$40
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Guided Small-Group Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills
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Guided Small-Group Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills

NZ$70
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam Dining with Priority Seating

NZ$45
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Countryside Tour : Edam, Volendam, Marken & Zaanse Schans
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Countryside Tour : Edam, Volendam, Marken & Zaanse Schans

NZ$51
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Amsterdam: Brothel Tour with Sex Worker Guide
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Amsterdam: Brothel Tour with Sex Worker Guide

NZ$36
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Amsterdam

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 32.8%
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3 - Okay 5.866666666666666%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Jan. 2020

A vibrant city with something for everyone. Although a large group of people, we did not feel unsafe at any time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Jan. 2020

Loved Amsterdam! It’s got a great vibe. Loads of things to do and see. Easy to walk and explore. Felt very safe at all hours.

4/5 - Good

Kath

2 Jan. 2020

Recommend doing a canal cruise - a great way to see the city.

4/5 - Good

MR

30 Nov. 2019

only stay in Amsterdam for one day, will come again if there is chance in the future.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Nov. 2019

Beautiful city. Would love to move here.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Nov. 2019

I live Amsterdam as it’s so very entertaining

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