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You’ll quickly become accustomed to the Dutch way of life (and might even feel tempted to buy a houseboat for yourself) when you travel to Amsterdam. Once you stroll over the idyllic canals, bike around the city, and taste deliciously delicate poffertjes, you’ll understand why there is so much to love about the Dutch capital.
Lucky for you, our Amsterdam Travel Guide is full of Amsterdam travel tips that will help you squeeze all the best moments out of your time in the Netherlands. From what to do in Amsterdam to the best places to visit in Amsterdam, our guide to Amsterdam has you covered for your tour!
Currency: The euro
UNESCO-listed sites: The stunning network of 17th-century canals in the city center. No surprise that the waterways are one of the top things to see in Amsterdam.
Best way to get around: By bike! There are close to 250 miles of bike paths in the city, and Amsterdam is consistently ranked one of the world’s most bike-friendly spots. Grab a helmet and get exploring—the many attractions in Amsterdam are waiting.
Amsterdam travel tips: Watch where you’re walking! Bikes have the right of way in Amsterdam and across the Netherlands. Make sure you look both ways before crossing the street and when in doubt, let all the people on two wheels pass by.
Phrase to know: Kijk uit (kike-owwt) This Dutch phrase translates to, “Watch out!” A biker may call out this phrase to give you a heads up that they’re peddling by. Just try not to get too distracted by all the beautiful canals as you make your way to and from the top places to visit in Amsterdam—if you do, you may find yourself walking or standing in a bike lane.
Tulip season or wintertime cheer. Sunny summer days or off-season explorations. Each season in the city brings with it a new list of things to do in Amsterdam. Our guide to Amsterdam breaks down the best time to visit the city based on what you’d like to do in this picture-perfect Dutch destination.
Packing tips are an essential part of any guide to Amsterdam. We recommend checking the forecast before you depart on one of our Amsterdam tours so you have the most up-to-date information on the temperature and weather conditions. The Netherlands is known for rain and weather that can be a bit temperamental. No matter when you go, here’s a list of what to pack so you’ll be comfortable as you spend your trip checking off everything on your list of things to do in Amsterdam.
Our guide to Amsterdam is full of insider tips, and that includes expert ideas about how to spend your day on tour in the city. From the top sites to see in Amsterdam to traveler-favorite experiences, here are the best things to do in Amsterdam.
Have some time on your hands during your Amsterdam tour? We have some Amsterdam travel tips that will help you make the most of your time in the city. Whether you’re looking for the top food recs or just want to enjoy some time to sit back and relax, here’s what to do in Amsterdam during your free time.
This is where we shine, if we do say so ourselves! Our team of travel experts is also a team of travel foodies who know what to eat in Amsterdam and where to enjoy the tastiest food and drinks. When you travel to Amsterdam and taste the delicious Dutch cuisine, you’ll understand why we’re so passionate about it—and will most likely fall head-over-heels yourself.
This Dutch city is a pretty special place that you’ll want to visit again. So, why not pick up a few souvenirs from the charming city shops to keep reminding you to book your next tour of Amsterdam? Here are some of our favorite local items to bring home.