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Amsterdam

Lively, lascivious Amsterdam has a unique atmosphere that belies the caricature of the dour Dutch.

Radiating out from the Dam Square, the historic centre of the city is ringed by quaint canals and cobbled streets, thronged with bicycles, tourists, houseboats, students, and street performers. The city wears two faces: on one it smiles and beckons hedonistic youth with its notorious Red Light District and liberal view of marijuana use, while on the other it offers some of Europe's finest museums and art galleries.

For the tourist the joy of Amsterdam is its compactness. The old part of town is a pleasure to explore on foot, strolling across ancient bridges and down narrow lanes past gabled houses, dropping in to browse in inviting souvenir boutiques crammed with blue and white Delft china and wooden clogs. Pavement cafes and cosy bars offer rest and refreshment. An alternative is to take a circular canal-boat cruise and see the city from the water, peering in on the lives of the locals who live on houseboats lining the waterways.

At night even the most conservative visitor is drawn by the lively atmosphere of the infamous Red Light District, known as De Wallen, which is bounded by the Oudezijds Voorburgwal and Oudeziujds Achterburgwal canals near the Dam Square. Here prostitutes display their charms in brightly lit shop windows and touts encourage passers-by to view raunchy floorshows. The best nightclubs, bars, and the theatres and cinemas are mainly to be found in the bustling Leidesplein and Rembrandtplein.

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Currency

Euro (EUR)
 

Climate

Amsterdam has a mild, damp climate but the weather can be variable with temperature extremes even in summer. Spring and autumn especially bring changeable, unsettled weather. In the winter months clear, frosty days are the norm, the coldest months being December to March. Rain is likely all year round.
 

Airports

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)
 

Top hotels in Amsterdam

Hotel Estheréa
Hotel Estheréa is set along the Singel canal in the centre of Amsterdam, only 300 metres from Dam Square. This hotel is in a quiet area and benefits from classically-styled decor with wooden paneling. Each…
Hotel Estheréa
Hotel Estheréa is set along the Singel canal in the centre of Amsterdam, only 300 metres from Dam Square. This hotel is in a quiet area and benefits from classically-styled decor with wooden paneling. Each…
Hotel Estheréa
Hotel Estheréa is set along the Singel canal in the centre of Amsterdam, only 300 metres from Dam Square. This hotel is in a quiet area and benefits from classically-styled decor with wooden paneling. Each…
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV, just a 5-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station. It features a modern atrium breakfast room and a stylish bar. The air-conditioned rooms are…
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV, just a 5-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station. It features a modern atrium breakfast room and a stylish bar. The air-conditioned rooms are…
De Lastage Apartments
De Lastage Apartments are luxurious apartments situated in a modern building in central Amsterdam. There is free internet access. All apartments have Hästens beds and a fully-equipped Smeg kitchen. Furthermore, each accommodation has a flat-screen…
De Lastage Apartments
De Lastage Apartments are luxurious apartments situated in a modern building in central Amsterdam. There is free internet access. All apartments have Hästens beds and a fully-equipped Smeg kitchen. Furthermore, each accommodation has a flat-screen…
Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam
The luxurious 5-star Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam is only 350 metres from Central Station. It benefits from free Wi-Fi, a wellness centre and spacious rooms with free use of the minibar. The hotel offers rooms…
Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam
The luxurious 5-star Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam is only 350 metres from Central Station. It benefits from free Wi-Fi, a wellness centre and spacious rooms with free use of the minibar. The hotel offers rooms…
Amsterdam Marriott Hotel
Amsterdam Marriott Hotel is a 5-star accommodation offering luxurious rooms and facilities in the city’s heart, around the corner from Leidse Square. It is within a 5-minute walk of many famous attractions. The warm coloured…