There are more canals in Amsterdam than in Venice. But do not let this fool you. The city has as many facets as a 40-carat diamond polished by one of the city’s gem cutters, from the capital and spiritual “downtown” of a nation ingrained with the principles of tolerance, to a veritable Babylon of old-world charm. While impressive gabled houses bear witness to the Golden Age of the 17th century, their upside-down reflections in the city’s canals, symbolize and magnify Amsterdam’s contradictions.
Amsterdam’s city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is filled with museums and art. You must definitely visit the Arts and the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Madame Tussauds. If you feel curious and adventurous you can always take a walk around the Red Light district, or enjoy a lazy afternoon in one of the many coffeeshops. The city has great nightclubs and open-air summer events and has one of Europe’s largest and most vibrant gay scenes.
Best Time to visit Amsterdam
There’s no bad time to visit Amsterdam, but there are two popular seasons. Tulip time, when tulip bulbs flourish, that runs from mid March to early May and summer, when everybody goes outdoors, filling up the parks, canals and cafes to enjoy the sunshine. Plus, during the summer there is a variety of cultural events and festivals.
The best time for sightseeing, without worries of others getting in the way of your view, is in late autumn and throughout the winter months, Christmas holidays excluded. If this is too cold for you, visit Amsterdam in May, early June, mid September and October, with moderate crowds and more sunny days. The best time for shopping is January and July with huge discounts up to 70%, as all shops want to clear out their inventory.
Don’t miss the chance to visit Amsterdam on King’s Day, the world’s largest street party (takes place on the 27th of April in 2020), when everybody is dressed in orange celebrating the birthday of the king, in the streets and canals of the city. There are also large-scale, DJ and artist-driven events at the outskirts of the city, like Kingsland Festival Amsterdam. Book your accommodation well in advance, since Amsterdam is fully booked on that day.
Accommodation in Amsterdam
The city of Amsterdam is one of the top European short-break destinations. Hotel rates are moderate during spring and autumn, when the city is less crowded. If you don’t mind low temperatures and cold winds, winter has the lowest hotel prices. Hotels are especially busy in top periods such as Summer, Easter and Christmas.
If you are traveling on a budget, stay away from the city centre, as prices are high especially during high season. Look for hotels near Amsterdam Central Station or Jordan district, which are located only 20 minutes away from city centre, or choose from plenty of hostels and dorms. It’s always better to book in advance for best rates.
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Amsterdam Tours & Activities
Explore and book from a wide selection of the best tours and activities for your trip in Amsterdam:
Amsterdam is one of the hottest cities to party. There are numerous clubs and plenty of events all year around. Here are some of Amsterdam’s best dance clubs: