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Amsterdam also referred to as the “Venice of North” is the capital of the Netherlands, and it is full of historic landmarks, significant buildings and interesting sights.  It is truly a global city that makes you feel at home no matter where you hail from. You can spot here a melting pot of various cultures and religions. It is a gastronomical paradise for visitors and has an unmatched infrastructure that makes it a destination like none other. The city is lined with various canals that contribute to its glorious stature in the world. Bask in the shimmering skyline of the city, gasp at the cityscape punctured by staggering skyscrapers twinkling in the night’s sky and enjoy it’s effervescent nightlife. It offers experiences around every turn, making it a destination that finds a sweet spot in the heart of every visitor.

Beauty is something Amsterdam was gifted in multiple forms, and its magical landscape is definitely something that you must explore. Amsterdam is packed with cobbled streets and hidden gems that are a treat for the eyes and your soul. The sky touching skyscrapers, historical architectures and mystical canals titillate your senses in more than one way. It is dotted with various attractions like museums, parks, architectural marvels, and theatres. You can also find here some of the most beautiful tulip gardens that can evoke your senses with a fragrant smell. It’s cannabis-cafes, and the red light area further attracts the visitors to have a glimpse of this beautiful city. The churches and palaces further leave the visitors spellbound with their grandeur and architectural magnificence.

Amsterdam is the hotspot for some of the most thrilling activities like zip lining, biking, canoeing and rock climbing. If you’re someone who wants to engage in something unusual, then you can have a tour of this city on a bicycle. You can also visit the renowned museums that will transport you back in time and heritage that you would love to frequent. But the best way to explore this city is by discovering the lesser-known nooks and crannies where your feet can wander on cobbled streets and your heart can feel free.

Amsterdam has a largely oceanic climate strongly influenced by its proximity to the North Sea. It also witnesses snowy winters and hot and humid summers. It is almost as if the city beckons you to come and see it, no matter what your preferences are.

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Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum is a must-see attraction for art lovers as it boasts the largest collection of works of the legendary Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh in the entire world. On your visit to the museum in Amsterdam, you will get a chance to explore 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 750 letters of Vincent Van Gogh.

Oude Kerk

The city's oldest building, Oude Kerk is a center for art, culture, and heritage. Its fascinating past is woven with significant events that transformed this ancient Roman Catholic Church into a Calvinist Church. The church's stunning architecture is complemented by a rich collection of antique items, such as paintings and the four organs, which together serve as the church's primary draw for tourists.

Artis Royal Zoo
Built in 1838, the ARTIS Royal Zoo was the first zoo in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This zoo provides shelter to more than 900 animal species, including zebras, ostriches, giraffes, springboks, and much more. Visitors can admire the beauty of the historical city park with its centuries-old trees and wealth of plants, a planetarium, and the butterfly pavilion.
Stedelijk Museum
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is a retreat for art and history lovers as it houses the most celebrated collections of modern and contemporary art. Ranging from Cezanne and Rodin sculptures to the iconic Andy Warhol prints and impressionist paintings, the museum features a vast and eclectic collection by Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Picasso, Gerrit Rietveld, Piet Mondrian, and Ernest Ludwig Kirchner.
Royal Palace Of Amsterdam
The Royal Palace is one of the most important historical sites in Amsterdam which is now renowned as the Dutch palace. Famous for its British architecture and rich history, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam is in close proximity to other historical landmarks like the Dam Square and the Nieuwe Kerk. In the 17th century, it was also renowned to be the ‘eighth wonder of the world’.
Rembrandt House Museum
The Rembrandt museum is entirely dedicated to the works of Rembrandt, a renowned Dutch painter who was popular among the locals. It is also documented that Rembrandt himself used to work and live in this historic building from 1639 to 1658. One can also visit the gallery which is dedicated to modern artists who were inspired by the works of Rembrandt.

Amsterdam FAQ's

What are the activities to do in Amsterdam?

It is next to impossible to stay indoors when visiting the lively town of Amsterdam. A lot goes on in every corner of the city, so it becomes a priority to make a bucket list to make sure you don't miss out on anything.

1. Tour the canals in a Gondola- Plan your perfect candlelight dinner, drinking champagne and watching the starlight sky, as you view the fascinating vistas of the city riding a gondola. The well-connected canal network covers the entire city. Elm trees lining both sides of the canal, shadow the gorgeous houses across the streets and provide a magical feel.
Timings: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Price: 12.5 to 90 Euros depending upon your package

2. Biking- 
Amsterdam claims to have more bikes than people. A lot of bike rentals operate throughout the city. So rent a bike and pedal your war into a picturesque landscape with curvy roads and postcard views.
Price: 8 to 10 Euros per day

3. Attend a concert-
 Feel the city coming to life as artists play melodies that fill up the air and make you groove to their beat. From jazz, blues, pop and rock concerts to intimate opera performances, the city of Amsterdam has a diverse range of music to soothe you.
Location: Concertgebouw and Vondelpark

4. Visit a tulip field- 
Strips of tulips blooming in the field paint a colourful scenery as you stroll through the breathtaking tulip fields. Make sure you stop and smell the fresh scent of these flowers.
Location: Keukenhof Gardens

5. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Westergas- 
Westergas is a sprawling complex located at Westerpark, where you can have a magnificent view of the former industrial buildings that used to function as municipal gas work. This place has now completely transformed into a cultural hub and is home to a number of art-house cinemas, microbreweries, bars, and many other creative businesses. You can even attend the mini-festivals and events that are held here on the first Saturday of each month for a fun-filled experience.

6. Go shopping at the biggest flea markets-
 If you’re someone who loves bargain hunting, then you should definitely visit IJ-Hallen in Amsterdam which is considered to be one of the best flea markets in Europe. It has around seven hundred and fifty street-style shops that offer vintage clothing, antiques, home furnishing, and jewelry items. You can also find here second-hand items at discounted rates. So go treasure hunting at the widest market in Europe that offers everything under the sun at great prices.
Location: T.T. Neveritaweg 15, 1033 WB Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timings: 9 am to 4.30 pm (Saturday and Sunday)

7. Have a gastronomic tour of the former tram depot-
 If you’re looking to relish the local food of Amsterdam, then De Hallen should be your ideal pick. It is an industrial building that has been recently refurbished, and it has a huge selection of upmarket streets where you can relish the best food in the town. You can find here several vendors selling the local delicacies and some of the unique dishes at a budget-friendly price.

8. Live like the Dutch Royalty-
 If you wish to know about the lavish lifestyle of the Dutch royalty, then there are many fortresses, castles, and palaces in Amsterdam where you can peep into the regal past of the Kings and Queens. You can visit the Royal Palace Amsterdam, which is considered to be the official reception palace of King Willem-Alexander. You can even head to Muiderslot, which is a thirteenth-century castle that has been featured in many TV shows to peep into the royal tales of the bygone era.

9. Have a birds-eye view of Amsterdam while enjoying drinks at a rooftop bar
- Feel like being on the top of the world by heading to Juniper & Kin Cocktail Bar that is located on the twenty-first floor of a grand hotel.

You can enjoy lavish drinks over here while having a stunning view of the impressive skyline of the city. You can even head to alfresco Jacuzzis at the terrace bar of Volkshotel to soak into the sprawling vistas of the city. This terrace bar also offers budget-friendly drinks and scrumptious food.

10. Try bungee jumping at Faralda Crane Hotel-
 If you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping experience in Amsterdam, then the NSDM hotel brings you an enthralling bungee jumping action. This high profile hotel releases you down in a swinging motion, and this saves you from the extreme head popping pressure, which can hurt your spine. You get two distinct experiences over here- you’re allowed to enjoy the encompassing view of the city from 50 meters above the hotel for thirty minutes. And then you’re released down for a breathtaking bungee jumping experience.
Location: NDSM-Plein 78, 1033 WB Amsterdam, Netherlands

11. Visit the mini-Holland theme park- 
If you’re in Amsterdam for only a few days but want to have a tour of this city in a detailed way, then Madurodam theme park should be your ideal stop. You’ll find over here a miniature version of the buildings and the important landmarks of Amsterdam that characterize its existence. From Windmills to Dutch Delta Waterworks and Rotterdam Harbour, you’ll find an extremely detailed miniature version of the cities like Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and The Hague located over here.
Location: George Maduroplein 1, 2584 RZ Den Haag, Netherlands
Price: €19,50 per adult

12. Try local beer at a brewery- 
Amsterdam is home to some of the award-winning microbreweries where you can have the best beer in the town. You can even go for guided tasting tours over here to know about the way beer is produced. Brouwerij ‘t IJ is an extremely renowned microbrewery in Amsterdam with an outdoor drinking terrace where you can enjoy a wide selection of drinks.

13. Sip on to the best coffee at the coffeeshops-
 Amsterdam is extremely renowned for its coffee shops that offer a diverse range of coffees ranging from café latte to espresso to macchiato and Irish coffee. Some of these coffee shops also sell excellent pot that is twice as strong as anywhere in the world. From Amnesia to 420 Café and Boerejongens, there are many excellent coffee shops where you can head over to get caffeinated.

What are the famous places to visit in Amsterdam?

Here is the list of the topmost tourist attractions in Amsterdam that should be a must-visit in your bucket list.

1. Rijksmuseum- This is one of the oldest Dutch National museums in Amsterdam that is a repository of around eight thousand art pieces and historical artifacts. You can find here the masterpieces by famed artists such as Frans Hals, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. Click Here to Book: Rijksmuseum Tickets in Amsterdam

This museum is considered to be around two hundred years old, and the art enthusiasts visit this museum to gasp into the tales of the bygone era. It also has a well-stocked library that houses around 35000 manuscripts and books. There is a beautiful garden space on the premises of the museum where the visitors relax and unwind.

Location: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timings: 9am-5pm
Price: free for children under 18 & €19 for adults

2. The Royal Palace-
The Royal Palace used to serve as the residence of the King, and it showcases the rich culture and traditions of the bygone era. It is one of the most imposing buildings situated on Dam Square. Its apartment is decorated with a wealth of marble sculptures, ornamentation, friezes, and ceiling painting made by Govert Flinck and Ferdinand Bol. Click Here to Book: Amsterdam Royal Palace Tickets With Audio Guide

The main highlight of this palace is that it houses the best furniture collection in the entire world. It is a building that seems to be brimming with hidden meanings and secret symbols making it the most popular attraction in Europe.

Location: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, 1012 RJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timing: 10 AM-5 PM
Price: €10.00 per adult

3. Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam-
If you’re a nature enthusiast, then this destination should be a must-visit in your itinerary. Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is a botanical garden that is considered to be the oldest in the entire world. It was founded in 1638 and it formerly served as a herb garden for the apothecaries and doctors. Today it features exotic flowers, rare trees and plants, and a large hothouse that encompasses different tropical zones. The major highlights of this botanical garden are- nocturnal animal house, zoological museum, Butterfly Pavilion, Insectarium, and Planetarium.

Location: Plantage Middenlaan 2a, 1018 DD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timing: 10 AM-5 PM
Price: €5.50 for children, €9.75 for adults

4. The Old Church-
This is touted to be the first church hall in Amsterdam that later became the model for many other churches in Europe. It was built in 1306, and with each passing year, numerous additions have been done in this church to intensify its beauty and prominence. The interiors of this church have impressive features dating before the reformation, and it includes three magnificent windows, finely-carved choir stalls, and beautiful sculptures. It also holds concerts and artistic exhibitions to entertain visitors.
Location: Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timing: 10 AM-6 PM (Mon-Sat)

5. Begijnhof-
This is one of the most popular inner-city spots of Amsterdam that houses the tiny lanes and pathways around them for public access. This is the hidden treasure of Amsterdam, and you can witness over here a group of historic buildings, private dwellings, and wooden houses. The well kept lush green lawns over here are extremely rewarding for the senses, and you can also find over here a small chapel where three women were buried. It also houses many book shops and cafes where you can spend some leisure time.
Location: 1012 AB Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timing: 9 AM-5 PM

6. The Museum of the Tropics-
This is one of the most magnificently built anthropological museums in Amsterdam that houses eight permanent exhibitions and a vast series of temporary exhibitions. It is also home to a Royal Tropical Institute that serves as a learning center for the students of ethnography and anthropology. It features a vast display of everyday objects and art pieces from subtropical and tropical areas. The museum also hosts Asian and Eastern music concerts using traditional instruments.

Location: Linnaeusstraat 2, 1092 CK Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timing: 10 AM-5 PM

7. Eye Film Studio-
This is a spectacular building that is located on the bank of River IJ and is considered to be one of the best architectural sites in Amsterdam. It was built in 2012, and this film institute should be a must-visit for movie buffs as well as tourists alike. It houses a huge cinema hall that screens new movies every week, and it also has a film museum that celebrates the history of cinema.

It also hosts special nights where the diverse genres of film making are celebrated with complete vigor and pomp. The film studio also houses a restaurant and a café where you can have an exquisite selection of delicacies.

Location: IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timing: 10 AM-10 PM
Price: €9–11

With some of the most renowned museums and historical monuments of the world, Amsterdam is not only the capital city of the Netherlands but also the cultural hub of its country. Be it the Royal Palace near Dam Square, or Hortus Botanicus, the enchanting botanic gardens, the city houses many architectural marvels and picturesque locations. Some of them are given below.

8. Canals-
Also called "Mini Venice of the North", this European city sees River Amstel diverging to form over 100 canals running through the entire town. With elm trees perched on both sides, these canals provide amazing city backdrops for fun boat rides.

Location: Keizersgracht
Entry: Amsterdam Canal Cruise price for the adults is 16 Euros and for kids, it is 8 Euros

9. Van Gogh Museum-
Art lovers’ paradise is the Van Gogh Museum, which houses the largest collection of more than 200 paintings and 700 letters. The museum has four storeys chronologically displaying the contrasts in Van Gogh's paintings over the years. Click Here to Book: Van Gogh Museum Tickets Amsterdam

Location: Museumplein
Entry: €19 for adults & free for children under 18

10. Vondelpark-
The largest park in Amsterdam, Vondelpark got its name after the establishment of the statue of Joost van den Vondel, a prominent Dutch poet. It is not only a popular picnic spot but also has a variety of flowers and an open-air theatre that organises gala musical performances. 

Location: Constantijn Huygensstraat
Entry: Free

11. Bloemenmarkt-
The unique floating flower market, Bloemenmarkt, is a rage amongst tourists. Florists organise stalls on floating barges and sell a variety of exotic flowers and bulbs.

Location: Singel
Entry: Free

How to reach Amsterdam?

Amsterdam’s Schiphol is connected to all the major cities around the world like Moscow, London, Beijing, Dublin, New Delhi, etc. Airlines like Air China, Air Canada, Air Europa, British Airways, etc. fly regularly to Amsterdam. There are many international bus services that connect Amsterdam to cities like London & Paris, etc.

Amsterdam is also extremely well connected by high-speed international train services to other European cities. For ex- Trains like CityNightLine connects it to Warsaw, Minsk, Prague, Zurich, etc. ICE International train service connects Amsterdam to Cologne and Frankfurt.

What is Amsterdam famous for?

Multihued tulip fields, aromatic coffee shops, postcard views of the canals, and peppy nightlife combine to make Amsterdam the most vibrant city. The countless art museums and magnificent monuments, having great historical significance, glorify the rich culture and heritage of the city. Apart from its delicious gourmet and unparalleled scenery, Amsterdam is also famous for its Red Light District.

How much we need to spend to visit Amsterdam from India?

A 4-day trip from India to Amsterdam, including flights, would cost between INR 80,000-100,000 per person. International carriers like Ukraine International Airlines, Aeroflot, Pegasus, Gulf Air, Emirates, Oman Air, KLM, etc. have regular daily flights from all the major Indian cities to Amsterdam.

What are the things allowed in Amsterdam?

- Drinking is prohibited for people below 18 years. You can’t drink in public places on non-festive days. It is only allowed in private homes, parks and terraces of cafes and restaurants.

- Carrying hard drugs beyond the prescribed quantities is illegal.

- Smoking is not allowed in public places.

- If you are hiring or riding a bike here, make sure that it has a functional bell and lights. Riding bikes without these is illegal in Amsterdam.

- Traffic violations are taken seriously in Amsterdam. Jumping the red light is an illegal offence making one liable to fine..

- Though not illegal, clicking pictures in the Red Light District is prohibited.

How many days do you need to see Amsterdam?

4 days are enough to see this compact and beautiful city and visit all the major attractions. It will allow you to see all the major canals, landmarks like Anne Frank House, Heineken Factory, Red Light District, take a walking tour, and see the major museums like the Van Gogh Museum, Tulip Museum, etc.

This would allow you to visit a variety of local cafes and restaurants to try a variety of local Dutch cuisine including Bitterballen, Stroopwafel, thick Dutch fries, Herring sandwiches, Croquettes, etc.

What are the best places to visit in Amsterdam during honeymoon?

There are many romantic escapades in Amsterdam that can help you create memories of the lifetime.

1. Keukenhof Gardens
This is the perfect post-wedding gateway in Amsterdam dotted with lush green trees and a beautiful carpet of flowers. This garden is especially renowned for the tulips that cover the entire area and make it seem like a purple wonderland.

It is the largest garden in Amsterdam, and you can stroll by this garden hand in hand with your partner to immerse into its surreal views. There is also a souvenir shop and restaurant located here where you can buy local stuff and have a scrumptious meal.
Location: South Holland
Timing: opens only from 21 March to 10 May
Entry Fee: children (aged 0 to 3) – free, adults – € 19, children (aged 4 to 11) – € 9.

2. Westergasfabriek
This is one of the thriving cultural hotspots of Amsterdam that is home to a number of entertainment venues, bars, and restaurants. It hosts many interesting exhibitions, cultural events, and festivals to keep the newlyweds entertained on their honeymoon trip.

At whatever point of time you’ll visit this place, you’ll find it buzzing with music, dance, and celebration. From shopping joints to cinemas and grand accommodations, Westergasfabriek greets the couples with countless options for once in a lifetime experience.
Location: North-Holland
Timing: Open all-day
Entry Fee: Free

3. Van Gogh Museum
If you and your partner appreciate art, then Van Gogh Museum should be your go-to destination in Amsterdam. The museum is dedicated to the work of Vincent Van Gogh and other notable artists who have left a mark on the history of Europe with their talent.

This is the second most popular museum in Amsterdam that enthralls the visitors with its collection of five hundred drawings, two hundred paintings, and around seven hundred letters.
Location: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timing: 9 AM-5 PM (Mon-Sun)
Entry Fee: €0–19

4. Royal Palace of Amsterdam
This is the favorite honeymoon destination for the couples who wish to be in the era of Kings and Queens reminiscing their royal tales. Located in the posh area of Dam Square, this palace exudes royalty and sophistication from every corner.

It was a town hall earlier, but now it is being managed by the state and is used by the royal families to organize their functions. The interior of this royal building is truly splendid and will lurk you to stay here forever.
Location: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, 1012 RJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timing: 10 AM-5 PM
Entry Fee: Free entry for kids 0-17 and Museumkaart holders, €10 for adults.

5. Flower Market
The flower market has magnetized the couples and honeymoon seekers for centuries due to its splendid appeal. This is the only floating market all around the world that stands on houseboats, and you can buy single flowers, bulbs, and bouquets over here.

You can even propose to your partner here with a bunch of fragrant flowers in your hand. From tulips to roses and jasmine, you’ll find all varieties of flowers on display over here.
Location: Singel 458, 1017 AW Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timing: 09:00 to 17:30 (Monday to Saturday) & 11:30 to 17:30 Sunday.

6. Efteling Park
If you’re longing for some adventurous appeal on your honeymoon trip, then this amusement park should be on top of your list. This is a fantasy-themed amusement park where you can enjoy various theme rides that are based on old age legends and fairy tales.

You’ll also find many vibrant shops inspired by folklore inside the park from where you can buy souvenirs as a memoir of the trip.
Location: Europalaan 1, 5171 KW Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands
Entry fee: Children aged 0-3- free, €36- adult

7. Keizersgracht
If you’re looking for a romantic escapade where you and your partner can have some intimate moments, then Keizersgracht should be a must-visit. This is a picturesque canal located between Prinsengracht and Herengracht, and some of the wealthiest merchants of Amsterdam live over here.

It is also known as the Emperor’s Canal as it was named after Australia’s Emperor Maximilian. It is known to be the widest canal in Amsterdam, and in winter, when the snow freezes, it turns into a skating rink. You can even watch ‘Keizer Race,’ Emperor’s race that is held during winter over here with your partner.
Location: North-Holland

8. A’Dam Lookout
If you and your partner wish to have an unrivaled 360-degree view of Amsterdam and its neighboring areas, then A’Dam Lookout should be your topmost choice. From the topmost floor of the tower, you can have an enthralling view of the city center, characteristic Dutch landscape, and the famous canals.

The lookout also serves as the entry point to the restaurant, bar, club, and interactive Amsterdam exhibition. You can also create digital memories of your honeymoon trip here by clicking some beautiful pictures.
Location: Overhoeksplein 5, 1031 KS Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timing: 10 AM-10 PM
Entry Fee: Regular ticket- € 12,50, Lookout Premium Ticket- € 18,50

What is the best time to visit Amsterdam?

The best time to visit Amsterdam is between April-May and September-November. The pleasant summery weather during this time is great to cruise the canals, sip a cold beer at an outside café, see the tulips bloom, and generally be outdoors.

However, since everybody plans to visit during these months, you should be ready for a lot of crowds and high prices. However, if you want to escape the crowds, experience the snow, and avail the low costs of hotels, winters are the best time to visit.

How is the weather in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam enjoys the distinct seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The summers are warm with daytime and nighttime temperatures ranging between 22-13°C.

The winters are freezing with cold winds accompanied by rain. During the day the temperatures hover around 2-3°C and drop below zero during the nights.

Is Amsterdam cheap to visit?

Yes, Amsterdam is an expensive travel destination. In fact, it is amongst the most expensive cities in Europe to travel and live, accomodation being the major cost. If one likes to try the finest cuisine, enjoy a luxury stay and shopping, and want to visit all the major attractions, an Amsterdam trip is going to cost you a lot.

However, the beauty of the place is that Amsterdam can be as expensive as you want it to be! For those who are okay with doing a backpacking trip, experiencing dormitory stays and are open to explore the many free attractions and things that the city offers, it is possible to even enjoy Amsterdam at around INR 4,000 a day.

Is Amsterdam Safe for travelers?

Amsterdam is absolutely safe with ample police presence and public cameras. If you keep your travel group and follow common caution, you will be perfectly safe in Amsterdam.

Is Amsterdam safe to walk at night?

Amsterdam is considered to be one of the safest cities in the world. If one if exercising common caution like remaining close to your group and avoiding dark alleys, walking at night is mostly safe with the exception of a couple of places.

One must avoid walking in areas like the Red Light District and Southeast (Amsterdam Zuidoost). This is where most of the petty crimes and vagaries involving hard drugs, pick-pocketing, etc. happen.

What things should I avoid in Amsterdam?

- Avoid experimenting with drugs if you are not used to them. Never buy them from street dealers.

- Avoid using cannabis in public places.

- Don’t leave your belongings unattended.

- Don’t walk in the lanes dedicated to cycles.

- Don’t leave your bikes unlocked in parking areas. Their theft is common. Make sure to double lock them.

- Don’t travel on public transport without purchasing an OV-Chip card. The entire transport system is ticketless.

- Many stores don’t accept cash payments. Make sure to carry a credit/debit card.

- Don’t jump into the canals here. Swimming in canals is illegal for two reasons. One, they aren’t clean and secondly, they are majorly used as boat ways, and hence risky. Only swim in the designated bathing spots.

Is Red Light District Amsterdam safe?

Housing coffee shops selling cannabis, legal brothels, street food carts, and over the top clubs and bars, the Red Light District’s risqué atmosphere and brazen ambience though are attractive but must be approached with caution. This is where most of the illegal drugs are sold and pickpocketing takes place. You’re quite safe if you are just taking a stroll. However, prohibition on taking pictures is an unwritten rule. Your phone and camera will be immediately confiscated.

What is the currency of Amsterdam, and where can I get my money exchanged?

Since Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, is a part of Europe, the only currency that will be accepted here is Euro. Hence, before visiting Amsterdam, you will be required to exchange your currency to Euro through currency exchange agencies.

Depending upon the commission rates charged by them, you can exchange to get Euro coins and notes at a bank or the official Foreign Exchange Bureaus. Even though there are notes up to 500 Euros, try avoiding them as they aren't accepted at some places. Hence, it is safe to carry notes of denominations equal to or less than 50 Euros. Credit cards are also an accepted mode of payment, although the transaction fees charged is high.

What languages are spoken in Amsterdam?

Being the official language, the majority of people here speak Dutch. However, most of the people also speak and understand a fair amount of English. Most of the signages are also translated in English for the ease of tourists.

I am a woman visiting Amsterdam alone. Will I be safe?

Amsterdam is very safe for female travellers of all age groups, even if they are travelling in groups or out on a solo trip. The people of Amsterdam are friendly and respectful towards women, and hence you'll hardly experience any eve-teasing. However, take general precautions like travelling alone at night, or visiting parks or less crowded places. Take care of your handbags and belongings to avoid any pickpocketing.

Do they speak English in Amsterdam?

Dutch is the mother tongue of the people of the Netherlands. However, the majority of them can comprehend and speak English very fluently. Hence travellers can heave a sigh of relief as they can easily travel throughout Amsterdam by conversing in English. A mix of other foreign languages is also spoken throughout the city, including French, German and Spanish.

What food is famous in Amsterdam?

A trip to Amsterdam is only complete if you hit the local restaurants and make a point to try out the delicacies of their traditional cuisine. Here are some culinary marvels from Amsterdam that are too good to be missed.

1. Stroopwafel- If you have a sweet tooth, then you can head to any bakery and dig in the traditional waffles called Stroopwafel. Bathed in caramel syrup, these thin layer waffles are best enjoyed when served on top of a hot beverage.

2. Bitterbalen- A hit snack in the bars, this crispy delicacy is made by deep-frying meatballs and is served with mustard sauce.

3. Dutch cheese- With over 50 varieties, make sure to shop at Kaas stalls for some delectable cheeses like Gouda and Maasdammer.

What is the best souvenir to buy from Amsterdam?

There are plenty of items one can bring back from their trip to Amsterdam as a souvenir of the country's blissful vistas and lively culture.

1. Hand painted wooden shoes- You can buy your loved ones a pair of hand-painted wooden shoes called clogs, and have their name calligraphy on them.

2. Dutch cheese- You can also buy the delectable Dutch cheese that is a highlight of the food of the people over here. The Dutch cheese is so famous over here that you can find it in any bakery.

3. Stationery and handbags- You can hit the store and get some cool stationery. You can shop for funky cowboy belts or colourful handmade bags.

Is Amsterdam a good honeymoon destination?

Amsterdam is a romantic haven that is touted to be the favourite destination of couples. You can drink champagne and have a lovely candlelight dinner as you cruise through the canals. You can sit amid a blanket of tulips and enjoy the mellow flowery fragrance at Keukenhof Gardens. Or you can walk barefoot with your hands intertwined as you watch the sunset in the sky.

What is the best area to stay in Amsterdam?

Whether you intend to stay close to the prime attractions or you’re looking for a tranquil stay, here are the best areas for a memorable stay in Amsterdam.

1. Eastern Docklands- This is an upcoming district in the city that displays a quirky mix of eccentricity, culture, and local life. It is home to theaters, nightclubs, and restaurants where you can relax and unwind. It offers some of the best hotels and lodges where you can have a leisurely stay.

2. Oud-West- This is an offbeat tourist path close to Amsterdam that encompasses cultural hotspots and offers an eclectic shopping experience. It offers some of the most tranquil stay options far away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

3. De Pjjp- This is the multicultural neighborhood of Amsterdam that is anchored by some of the best street markets. You can also find here both budget as well as luxurious stay options.

4. Binnenstad- This is the central neighborhood of Amsterdam that is a hotspot for the low budget as well as high-end hotels. All these hotels are located among a mass of bars, cafes, and restaurants serving delicious food and refreshing drinks to the tourists.

5. Jordaan- Jordan is extremely renowned for its quaint shopping joints, fancy restaurants, and thriving nightlife. Hotels in this area are unique and offer you an option to stay in an old train depot and a converted art gallery.

What are the famous historical monuments to visit in Amsterdam?

History lovers can take a walk through the fascinating historical monuments situated in Amsterdam and find themselves intrigued by the mystifying legends behind them. While some of these monuments commemorate the glorious Dutch heritage, others are celebrated for their quintessential contribution to Amsterdam’s development. If you wish to gasp into the tales of the bygone era, then here are the most famous historical monuments in Amsterdam that you must visit.

1. Dam Square- This is a peaceful square in Amsterdam that was built in the 13th century and is a great feat of engineering excellence. It houses many important buildings, such as the Royal Palace, National monument, and Neiuwe Kerk. You can also find a few cafes and restaurants here where you can have an amazing dining experience.
Location: Close to Amsterdam Central Station

2. The Portuguese Synagogue- This synagogue was constructed by the Portuguese Jewish families who fled to Amsterdam to escape from the Inquisition. This building has been an important part of the Jewish community of Amsterdam for over three hundred years. It has a separate men’s and women’s gallery for entrance and is touted to be one of the oldest buildings of Amsterdam. It is also considered to be the largest working Synagogue in Europe and serves as a center of worship and learning.
Location: Mr. Visserplein 3, 1011 RD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timing: 10 AM-5 PM (Mon-Sat)
Price: €7.50 for children & €15 for adults

3. De Oude Kerk- This is the oldest surviving building of Amsterdam that was owned originally by the Catholic faith, but after the reformation, it has been converted into a Protestant Cathedral. In 2016 the building also became an official museum, and you can find artifacts from a different period of history here. The contemporary artists perform over here to keep the visitors entertained, and many exhibitions and cultural activities are also organized.
Location: De Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 23, Amsterdam
Timing: 10 AM-6 PM

4. The Canal Belt- This is a crescent shaped beautiful canal system that dates back to the sixteenth century. Four canals make up this central belt, namely Singel, the Keizersgracht, the Herengracht, and the Prinsengracht. It allowed traders to transport goods from one area to another and significantly boosted the Dutch economy, but now it has become a popular tourist attraction. The popular shopping areas and entertainment zones are located around the canal belt. It also houses the beautiful canal houses and the one-way streets over here seem bustling with the tourists throughout the day.
Location: Grachtengordel, Amsterdam

5. Rembrandt House Museum- This is the oldest art museum and a historic house in Amsterdam that is touted to be the workshop and the real home of the most celebrated Dutch artist Rembrandt Van Rijn. It also houses the paintings made by the contemporaries and students of Rembrandt. Temporary exhibitions are held over here to highlight a certain notable aspect of Rembrandt’s work to the art lovers.
Location:  Rembrandt House Museum, Jodenbreestraat 4, Amsterdam +31 20 520 0400
Timing: 10 AM-6 PM

6. OOST-INDISCH HUIS- This was the former headquarter of Dutch East India Company, and the building signifies luxury and class. It was designed by Hendrick de Keyser and is home to warehouses, administration units, and boardrooms. In 1999 the company shut down, and the government entities occupied this building. It is now open for public visit, and you can even relax and unwind in its vast courtyard or stroll through the corridor for a memorable experience.
Location: Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Timing: 8 AM-8 PM(Mon-Sat)

7. Anne Frank House- The hiding place of Frank’s family, before they were captured and sent off to concentration camps, is now a historic landmark and has a museum honouring the bravery of Anne Frank. Click Here to Book: Anne Frank Walking Tour in Amsterdam

8. National Monument- Built-in honour of people who braved wars and lost their lives during the Dutch resistance and Second World War, the National Monument is a pearly white pillar outlined by carved statues and is present at the centre of Dam Square.

9. Homomonument- Shaped like an enormous pink triangle, Homomonument is a memorial landmark in remembrance of the LGBTQ citizens. These people were brutally killed during the Holocaust because of their homosexuality.

How is the nightlife in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a city that never sleeps. As soon as the stars lit the night sky, the city comes alive to the sound of music. Musical performances, operas, and live concerts are held throughout different venues of the city. You will hear crowds humming the lyrics as they sway their bodies to the beat played by the DJs. Bachelors love Amsterdam for the cheerful nightlife they get to enjoy partying in peppy clubs.

Which are the best places for shopping in Amsterdam?

From one-of-a-kind collectibles to high-end designer stuff, every shopping area in Amsterdam offers unique experiences. Some of the best places to shop here are:

1. P.C. Hooftstraat: Also known as the museum district, this is the most expensive and exclusive shopping street in Amsterdam. You will find Dutch labels like Marlies Dekkers and international brands like DKNY, Chanel, LVMH, Ralph Lauren, and many more here.

2. Dam Square: This stunning plaza houses De Bijenkorf, a humongous department store built in the 1920s to cater to the well-heeled and those who love fine things in life. It houses some of the best brands in the world like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, etc. The square’s cobbled streets are dotted with standalone outlets of Monki, Topshop, Urban Outfitters, H&M, etc.

3. Spiegelkwartier: A haven for those who love to buy artworks, this street is famous for its kitschy stores, antique shops, and galleries. You can pick up centuries-old collectibles like paintings, ceramics, furniture, jewellery, etc.

4. Batavia Stad Amsterdam: Home to over 250 branded shops, this is the best place to get a bargain on your favourite brands. The shops here run year-round discounts on brands like Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Denham, Guess, Nike, etc.

5. Noordermarkt Farmers Market: For those who want to explore the local organic produce in Amsterdam, they must visit this hugely popular market. It is a great place to not only interact with the local farmers but also pick up spices, fresh flowers, varieties of mushrooms, coffees, etc. Don’t miss trying rustic waffles and pancakes while here along with a cup of delicious organic coffee.

What are the Free Things to Do in Amsterdam?

For enjoying Amsterdam, you don’t need to burn a hole in your pocket. Here’s a list of some of the things to enjoy without spending anything:

1. Take a canal tour: Amsterdam’s Canal Belt (Grachtengordel) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an amazing experience to stroll along these 400-year-old waterways in the old city centre area amidst the ancient gabled houses. Don’t miss to see the canal houses on Prinsengracht, Herengracht, and Keizersgracht.

2. Visit a street market: To get a sense of the real vibrancy, colours, and character of Amsterdam, visit Albert Cuyp Market. This is the largest street market in the Netherlands where you will see sellers from all over the country selling beautiful fabrics, locks, jewellery, flowers, cheese, etc. Don’t miss visiting the Westerpark Area on the first Sunday of the month to see a huge pop-up market. Pick up souvenirs and enjoy food and drink tastings here.

3. Visit the floating flower market: Amsterdam is synonyms with gazillions of brilliantly coloured flowers, so much so that it even holds its own flower auctions. Visit the Bloemenmarkt (floating flower market), one of the most fragrant places here to see the stunning tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and many more varieties.

4. See the iconic Westerkerk: This 16th-century church is one of the finest landmarks in Amsterdam. Its imposing structure and stunning architecture is a must-see. The 85-metre high tower, piercing the city’s sky, can be seen away from miles. What makes the church more surreal is its mention in Anne Frank’s diary and the fact that she used to hear its bells ringing while in hiding from the Nazis.

Which are the famous canals of Amsterdam?

Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’, Amsterdam’s historic canal system of more than 100 kilometres, which has just been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While each one of them is unique, here are the one that you must see:

1. Brouwersgracht: Voted as the most beautiful canal in Amsterdam, it connects 4 main canals in the town- Singel, Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, and Herengracht. This tree-shaded canal is famous for its 18th-century canal houses, functional houseboats, charming stone bridges decorated with flowers and amazing views of Amsterdam’s skyline.

2. Groenburgwal: One of the best-kept secrets in Amsterdam, it was named after a dye house specialising in the colour green. The place is still green due to the presence of huge trees shading the entire length of the canal. Located on the Amstel River, this is the perfect place to go when you’re looking for a bit of quiet. Since it’s quite narrow and has a low drawbridge, not many boats come here, hence fewer crowds. There is an old bridge where you’ll see hundreds of locks attached with people’s names.

3. Reguliersgracht: This is the canal that not only mimics the picture-postcard like beauty of Amsterdam, but also has the most unique architecture amongst all the canals here. It is built in a straight line that gives a very distinctive view of its seven bridges in a straight line. There is a huge public square with cobbled streets that’s great for a stroll and several great cafes along with a 17th-century wooden church, which is now a quaint brassiere.

4. Prinsengracht: Even if you want to, you cannot miss this humongous and one of the most popular canals in Amsterdam. Threading for around 3 kilometres through the city from Brouwersgracht and ending in the Amstel, you literally can’t miss seeing this.

This 16th-century canal’s most popular attraction is the Anne Frank House, located at a stone’s throw. There are old and new houseboats, cafes, churches, and museums dotted along its length. This is the site for the yearly ‘Gay Parade’, the ‘King’s Day’ celebrations, and the annual Prinsengrachtconcet, the largest open-air classical concert held each year.

What are the essential items that one must pack while travelling to Amsterdam?

Here is a season-wise list of things to pack while visiting Amsterdam:


- Raincoat/ Umbrella
- Waterproof jacket
- Thin full-sleeved sweater
- Cotton shirts, T-shirts, shorts, trousers
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, cap
- Sneakers, open flat sandals
- Cotton socks


- Heavy sweaters
- Thermal/ fleece layers
- Heavy layered jackets
- Wool-lined shoes, thick socks
- Sunscreen, sunglasses
- Woollen gloves
- Shawl and woollen head cover/ scarf

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John De Visser
Reviewed: 12 May 2023
I thoroughly enjoyed every second. A rich and amazing history that is a must see for all.
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Reviewed: 13 Jul 2023
A visit to the Rijksmuseum is a journey of inspiration! A journey through time, with 20/20 vision looking back, one realizes that Rembrandt was a few centuries ahead of his time. Interesting how we humans reinvent ourselves, and then realize that some trail-blazer had the idea a few centuries before... Read More
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Yarley Arias
Reviewed: 05 Feb 2023
Good Experience!
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Jolanta Radzeviciene
Reviewed: 27 Apr 2023
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Ilanio Castro
Reviewed: 05 Oct 2023
At the museum door I bought and received my tickets even though they were only unavailable on the museum website. Thank you!
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Reviewed: 02 May 2023
Magnifique parc printanier avec des millions de tulipes Parc incontournable à absolument voir aux Pays Bas
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