Travelling to Amsterdam: The complete guide

Ah, Amsterdam. Synonymous with hedonism, but also great art. Stag parties, but also genteel canal-scapes. The thing is, when you’re in Amsterdam, you couldn’t really be anywhere else. 

With its famous gabled houses, watery “streets” and open selling of vices other cities try to keep hidden, Amsterdam may be intensely iconic but it’s also very human in scale. Hop on a bicycle or stroll the canals – this isn’t a city to rush through, but to chill out in. 

The best of Amsterdam

10 things you have to see in Amsterdam

Don't know where to begin? Check out our round-up of things to do in Amsterdam.

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The ultimate Amsterdam bucket list: 14 things to see and do

Take it from us, there are some things you can't leave without doing. Tick them off one by one!

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Beyond the Red Light District: Nightlife in Amsterdam

Amsterdam knows how to party. Whether you fancy a drink or a quiet night, there are plenty of options.

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Amsterdam for first-timers

Learn Dutch: Essential phrases for your Amsterdam getaway

Want to chat with the locals? You’re in the right place.

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10 things not to do in Amsterdam

Avoid a faux-pas on your trip and try to fit in with the locals with our handy tips.

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24 hours in Amsterdam

Got a layover or a short stay? Here is the perfect itinerary for a day in Amsterdam.

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Dine out in Amsterdam

5 foodie experiences in Amsterdam

Foodies, look no further! Learn more about Amsterdam's mouth-watering cuisine with this guide.

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Amsterdam dining: What to eat and drink

From stroopwafels to jenever, there is a lot to thrill your taste buds in Amsterdam. Here's everything you have to try on your trip.

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The best bars and cafés in Amsterdam

Whether you're after a G&T or a coffee, these are our favourite spots for a drink stop in Amsterdam.


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Amsterdam by interest

Art and culture: A guide to Amsterdam's best museums

From film, to street art, to canals, there's a museum for everyone in Amsterdam. Here are our picks.

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Bag a bargain: Shopping in Amsterdam

If you like to shop till you drop, this is the Amsterdam guide for you.

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Amsterdam for families: Things to do with children

With child-friendly museums and plenty of activities, Amsterdam makes for a great family holiday.

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Did you know?

Amstedam has 165 canals with a combined length of over 100km.

Where to stay in Amsterdam

The Old Centre: Amsterdam's most vibrant district

Historic buildings, beautiful canals, phenomenal restaurants, and of course, the Red Light District.

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Everything you need to know about the Grachtengordel

The "girdle of canals" is one of Amsterdam's most scenic and charming parts.

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7 things to do in The Jordaan


If you’re after quirky shops, trendy boutiques and delicious restaurants, this is the spot for you.

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The best of Jodenbuurt & Plantage: 14 things you can't miss

Amsterdam’s former Jewish Quarter has a lot of history. Plantage also offers plant lovers a great escape with Hortus Botanicus.

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The eastern docklands & Amsterdam Noord

You’d be hard-pressed to find somewhere cooler than this up-and-coming neighbourhood.

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Museumplein & the West: The district for art and culture

Amsterdam knows how to party. Whether you fancy a drink or a quiet night, there are plenty of options.

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Planning your trip

Trams, boats and bikes: How to get around Amsterdam

Here's everything you need to know about trams, buses, boats, bikes and taxis in the city.

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When to go to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is great all year round but some festivals just make it that little bit more special. Check them out here!

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Go further: day trips from Amsterdam

Why not head further afield? Haarlem, Volendam and Keukenhof Gardens are calling your name.

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