Visiting Amsterdam | Everything You Need To Know

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Are you looking into visiting Amsterdam in the future?

Well, look no further. We wrote this page for you!

Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The city has charming buildings and lovely canals running through the entire city.

There are friendly people everywhere you go. And most of them actually speak English!

And let’s not forget Amsterdam is one of the best partying cities in the world! Between all the clubs, coffee shops, and the Red Light District…

You can almost guarantee you’ll have a great time visiting Amsterdam!

In this article, we’re going to cover:

  • Getting Around Amsterdam
  • What Currency Does Amsterdam Use?
  • Top Things To Do In Amsterdam
  • Where To Stay When Visiting Amsterdam
  • Best Time To Visit Amsterdam

Continue reading below to learn more about this amazing city!

 

Getting Around Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the easiest cities to get around!

You can get on all the tram lines at the front of Central Station. The trams can be a little confusing to figure out what line you need to get on. But don’t worry! There is a tourist information center across the street from the train station!

Once you figure out what line you need to get on, it’s super easy to get around the city.

A 1-day adult ticket to use the tram costs €7.50. If you’re going to use the trams for more than one day, you can purchase a multi-day pass for up to 7 days. And that only costs €34.50 for the week!

Another great way to get around the city is by bike. In fact, Amsterdam is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world!

Don’t worry, riding a bicycle is safe in Amsterdam because there are separate bike lanes.

There are 100,000’s of bicycles in the city and there are plenty of them for you to rent for a day. You can really explore the city in a different view if you’re up for going on a day-long bike ride.

Flying Into The Airport?

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the city’s major international airport.

The airport is only 9 km southwest of the city center. And the best part is there is a train stop at the airport!

The airport station can take you directly to Amsterdam Central Station in about 15 – 20 minutes.

The following major US airlines fly in and out of the airport:

  • American Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • United Airlines

 

What Currency Does Amsterdam Use?

Amsterdam currently uses the Euro as its form of currency. It’s important to keep in mind that the Euro is usually valued slightly higher than the US dollar.

This is important for you to know when it comes to planning your trip to Amsterdam. Knowing that 1 US dollar only equals around €0.85 can help you set the appropriate budget for your trip. Make sure you check the exchange rate before you leave.

 

Top Things to Do In Amsterdam

Leidseplein

Leidseplein is the center of the entertainment district in Amsterdam. It has an assortment of concert halls, theaters, coffee houses, casinos, and nightclubs. You’ll even see street performers when you’re outside too!

Leidseplein is a busy tourist area that has tons of hostels and hotels. You’ll also be near a wide variety of restaurants and shopping too.

This area can be pricey to stay at, but it’s well worth the price if you want to be near the action.

 

The Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is a museum that depicts the story of Anne Frank and her family hiding from the Nazi’s. She wrote a famous journal chronicling her experiences.

The museum has a timeline and the history of World War II during the Nazi occupation. It depicts the history of the Frank Family’s hiding place as they hid during the Nazi occupation. It also has a diary room and exhibits about her family.

The museum has guided tours geared to adult and children.

 

Nine Little Streets

Nine Little Streets is a scenic area near the canal district. This area has 9 upscale streets with shops,  boutiques, and restaurants.

The shops and boutiques have items that include:

  • art galleries
  • jewelry
  • textiles
  • furnishings
  • ceramics
  • clothing
  • perfume
  • soaps

There is something for just about everyone!

They have French, Italian, and restaurants with international cuisines and upscale hotels. The area has bars and cafes to stop at too.

 

Vondelpark

Vondelpark located in the center of Amsterdam is a large city park. It has biking and walking paths. It’s a great place to walk, jog, roller skate, and ride a bike. It’s also a great place to hang out and relax.

The park has an open-air theater that has dance, theater, and musical performances.  The theater has free children’s shows.

Kids will love the park too. The park has six play areas and one large playground!

Admission to the park is free…

But keep in mind, it’s almost always cold in Amsterdam…

Make sure you wear proper clothing!

 

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum has a large collection of art, prints, and etching by the famous artist. Some of the well-known paintings are Sunflowers and Potato Eaters.

There are tours and activities for children and adults. There is a restaurant and museum shop for visitors. The Van Gogh Museum has lectures and special events too.

 

Verzetsmuseum

Verzetsmuseum is the Dutch Resistance Museum. It depicts the history of the Nazi occupation in the Netherlands during World War 2.

It has recorded stories of the victims and exhibits. There is a special museum for kids that shows the depressing lifestyle during this time in history.

The museum has tours, a restaurant, and a museum shop.

 

Arts Royal Zoo

Arts Royal Zoo has 750 species to see. It’s a great place to visit with children.

Some of the zoo’s features include:

  • butterfly garden
  • aquarium
  • planetarium
  • large insect display
  • cafe

The zoo is open until sunset in the summer and has discount parking.

 

Heineken Experience

The Heineken Experience lets you see the history of the beer factory. First, you’ll take a virtual reality tour of how they make beer. And then the beer tasting (the best part) takes place at the tour’s end.

It’s important to note that only those over 18 can sample beer.

 

Amsterdam Central Station

The Amsterdam Central Station is the largest train station in the city. Many of the city trams and buses stop here.

There are also many boats and cruises that leave and stop near the station.

The station has typical features like luggage services, an information desk, and ticket counters. But it also has a shopping center, cafes, and restaurants.

Amsterdam Central is one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture in the city. It’s definitely worth checking out and exploring.

 

Where to Stay When Visiting Amsterdam

where to stay when visiting Amsterdam
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The Canal Belt and Nine Streets

The Canal Belt and Nine Streets is an area that has the old charm of early Amsterdam. There are tons of shops, upscale hotels, and restaurants. Other attractions in the area include two photography museums, a canal museum, and several cafes.

Old Centre

Old Centre is an area right inside the red light district. It’s a place with cheaper hotels, historical attractions, and a crazy nightlife. It’s a great place to stay to save on hotels and not sacrifice convenience.

The Museum Quarter

The Museum Quarter has some of the best museums in Amsterdam.  It has expensive hotels, restaurants, and attractions. Although it’s one of the smallest areas of the city, this an excellent neighborhood to stay in.

This neighborhood has an active nightlife and good restaurants to try. It has a designer shopping street and access to other neighborhoods. A person that wants comfort and convenience will love this part of town.

Jordaan

Jordaan is very scenic and near the Anne Frank Museum.  It features old Dutch pubs with seasoned wood bars. They serve customers beer, mint tea, coffee, nuts, and cake.

The canals are scenic in this neighborhood and the markets on the weekends have local food. They have several types of restaurants, bars, and shopping.  It is busy and has a  few uniquely designed hotels.

Oud-West

Oud-West is a neighborhood that has multicultural attraction and restaurants. Some of the neighborhood’s features include an indoor market and cinemas.

Oost

Oost is a residential neighborhood that is a great place for families. It has affordable hotels at reasonable rates. Some of the attractions in this area include the Artis Royal Zoo, street markets, restaurants, and cafes.

 

Best Time to Visit in Amsterdam

The busiest seasons are the spring and summer. This is when the flowers are in bloom and temperatures are warmer.

Since there is warmer weather and multiple festivals held during this time of year…

Expect long lines and higher hotel rates during these seasons.

If you’re going for the tulips…

Early spring is the best time to see tulips and enjoy nicer weather.

But if you don’t mind cold weather…

We think winter is the best time to visit Amsterdam.

If you visit during January and February…

The hotel rates are cheaper and there are not as many crowds as the other months.

There are also quite a few festivals held during these months as well.

During January, the city hosts National Tulip Day, Whiskey Weekend Amsterdam, and Food Soul Festival.

During February, the city hosts the Chinese New Year celebration and the Amsterdam Salsa Festival.

So just a recap of visiting during the winter…

Lower hotel rates…

Fewer crowds…

And some of the most popular festivals in Amsterdam!

That’s enough to make the winter our favorite time of year to visit.

 

Conclusion

Well, there you go!

This should give you a great start on planning your trip to Amsterdam.

It’s such a neat city and progressive city. It has so much more than just weed and the Red Light District!

If you plan your trip right, you can see a lot of amazing things in Amsterdam!

Oh and one more thing you might want to know before you go…

The Netherlands tends to slap a big glob of mayonnaise on their fries…

And lot’s of other foods…

Make sure you ask to leave it off when ordering food!

Have you ever been to Amsterdam?

What was your favorite part about the city?

Tell us about it in the Comment Section!

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