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Get the most out of this fascinating city with information on everything from its museums and iconic Golden Age architecture, to quirkier sights and essential Amsterdam experiences, from canal boat trips to bike rides.

Find detailed practical advice on what to see and do in Amsterdam, relying on up-to-date descriptions of the best hotels, bars, clubs, shops and restaurants for all budgets. With clear maps of Amsterdam, a Dutch language section to help you negotiate your way around, and expert background on everything from Dutch art to Amsterdam’s coffee shop culture. Make the most of your trip with What’s On Amsterdam.

Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands! These days the city has a population of just over 790,000 inhabitants and is the largest city in the country. Amsterdam is located in the province ‘Noord-Holland’, situated in the west. It is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, receiving more than 4.5 million tourists annually.

Amsterdam has a great history. It is very unique for its large and untouched historic centre. It has a rich architectural history, dominated by water. It is a meeting point for all different cultures around the world and has a welcoming attitude towards visitors. Well known for its museums, red light district, coffee shops but also the great variety of eating & drinking places and night life. It even claims to be the ‘Gay capital of Europe’. Therefore a lot of hotels and hostels can be found on different locations, value for money and ambience.

It is a beautiful and romantic city with its antique houses, lovely bridges, famous canals and of course the list of world class attractions!

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s top destinations. It prides itself on its artistic heritage, and rightly so! With its elaborate canal system, Museums with works by renowned artists such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. It’s not surprising that Amsterdam is the most sought after destination in Europe and narrow houses with gabled facades modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are 400km of cycle paths.

 

Besides providing a stunning backdrop to the city’s historical centre, floating down Amsterdam’s canals is one of the most memorable ways to discover the city’s sights and attractions. Whether you’re a first-time or frequent visitor, everything in Amsterdam seems a bit more magical when viewed from a boat.

Most canal cruises take around an hour, in which you’ll explore Amsterdam’s UNESCO protected canal ring and discover plenty of interesting facts about the city along the way. As well as the excellent one-hour options, other types of canal cruises available include practical hop-on-hop-off services, romantic candle-lit tours, child-friendly adventures and intimate guided boat tours for smaller groups.

A few of the best-known operators include Holland International, Canal, Blue Boat and Lovers. If you’d like to break up your canal cruise with some sightseeing, then the ‘hop-on hop-off’ service offered by Canal Bus is an excellent option.

 

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