Amsterdam: relaxing, artistic and exciting

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AMSTERDAM

AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam: relaxing, artistic and exciting

Quick facts

  • Name: Amsterdam;
  • Founded: 12th Century;
  • Population: 1.3 million;
  • Area:
    • Land    165.76 km2 (64.00 sq mi)
    • Water  53.56 km2 (20.68 sq mi)
  • Known as: ‘Venice of the North’

Amsterdam, Netherlands’ capital, is world known for its canals, typical narrow houses with charming facades, and vast artistic history. It is also known for its relaxed policy on marijuana use and famous Red Light District, lined up with brothels, sex shops and the Erotic Museum.

Amsterdam’s museums host masterpieces of Netherlands’ native old masters such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer, each representing unique style of Dutch painters. Numerous galleries are offering various art exhibitions, from historical art to modern and postmodern styles.

One of the main landmarks is Anne Frank House, where the Jewish teenage diarist hid during the WWII, until captured y Nazis.

And Amsterdam experience would not be complete without tulips in spring and bicycle ride throughout the year through narrow streets and across many bridges.

2-Hour Amsterdam Bike Tour

Main attractions. Anne Frank House. Now a museum, it was a house where famous author of Diary of Anne Frank was hiding together with her family during WWII until Nazis captured them. Rijksmuseum.  A 19th century art museum, hosting European and Dutch Golden Age painting masterpieces. Van Gogh Museum. Naturally, this museum hosts world’s largest collection of van Gogh works, including paintings, drawings and letters. Dam Square. Large main square with Royal Palace, popular gathering place since 17th century. Vondelpark. Massive park with an open-air theatre, playground and ponds. Heineken Experience. For beer lovers – an interactive beer museum with guided tour to learn about this beer producer and enjoy some beer in the end.

Top things to do. Renting a bike and going for a ride (if weather is nice) is a must, you will experience real Amsterdam. There are plenty bike paths and city is completely bike friendly. Visiting main attractions from the list above is also a must, that’s why we placed Heineken experience at the end, so you can go back to your hotel and relax after a beer (or a few) 🙂

Festivals and events. Museum Night (first week of November), Arrival of Sinterklaas (Like Santa Claus, but Dutch version, November), Amsterdam Light Festival (December-January), Christmas markets and New Year’s Eve celebrations (December), National Tulip Day (January), King’s Day (April), Awakenings Easter Special (April), and many more.

More information about Amsterdam festivals and events.

Deluxe Amsterdam Dinner Cruise

Best time to fly to Amsterdam. The peak season for flights to Amsterdam is April, May and December. The low season for purchasing tickets is January, February and March.

Amsterdam is served by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS).  Direct flights to Amsterdam are offered by 60 airlines.

Cheap Flights to Amsterdam

OriginDeparture dateReturn dateFind Ticket

Milan

02.10.2019

08.10.2019

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Liverpool

16.12.2019

20.12.2019

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London

10.09.2019

13.09.2019

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Venice

02.12.2019

09.12.2019

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Dublin

20.09.2019

23.09.2019

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Manchester

07.10.2019

10.10.2019

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Eindhoven

15.06.2019

22.06.2019

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Berlin

26.09.2019

30.09.2019

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Geneva

19.06.2019

22.06.2019

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Brussels

31.08.2019

02.09.2019

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More info about flights to Amsterdam

Interesting facts about Amsterdam:

  • Amsterdam has total of 165 canals.
  • Amsterdam has over 1,500 bars and cafes.
  • Approximately 20,000,000 tourists and day-trippers visit Amsterdam in a year.

More interesting facts about Amsterdam

Amsterdam City Tour with Volendam, Marken, and Zaanse Schans Windmills

Top hotel offers for Amsterdam

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