The Ultimate Amsterdam Travel Guide

The Ultimate Amsterdam Travel Guide

 The Ultimate Amsterdam Travel Guide

Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands with a population of 872,680 within the city proper, 1,558,755 in the urban area and 2,480,394 in the metropolitan area. 

Found within the province of North-Holland, Amsterdam is colloquially referred to as the "Venice of the North", due to the large number of canals that form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Basics

Urban transport in Amsterdam is primarily by bike, with cycle lanes and designated bike lanes available on almost every street. There are also several bicycle rental schemes. 

Some streets have tramway, tram-train and/or metro connections. The city also has express bus links to Rotterdam, Schiphol Airport, Schiphol Airport and the port of Rotterdam.  

Commuter trains run from the Schiphol railway station to Amsterdam and Utrecht, and the Amsterdam-Rotterdam railway line runs north to Rotterdam and south to Den Haag. 

The intercity railway services are operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), and are known as KLM Cityhopper, Delta Shuttle and ComfortDelGro.  

As one of the world's major international seaports, the Amsterdam Harbour has a number of cruise ships to the Dutch isles and the North Sea.

What to Pack

The Netherlands is an exception to the global rule that men should wear white. However, women generally follow this rule. Amsterdam has high humidity throughout the year due to the proximity of the North Sea. 

Therefore, wearing layers and light clothing can be beneficial.  Renting a car can be a useful way to navigate the city. Car rental services include Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt. 

The cost of rental is typically between €15 and €30 for a day (including car tax and insurance).  Language and Culture  Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands and it is spoken by almost everybody in the country, while English is also spoken and understood throughout the country. 

In recent years, English has grown in popularity and is spoken as a first language by at least 2.

The Dutch are informal dressers, so pack for the weather

The central region of Amsterdam is dominated by a ring of nine canals called the IJburg. 

Nearby is the vibrant and lively Amsterdamse Bos district with its winding pedestrian streets and hidden alleyways, as well as the Markthal Market, which houses the city's municipal government. Amsterdam is known for its tolerance, both in politics and social relations. 

This has made it a popular place for LGBT residents and visitors.  History  Artworks by Canaletto and other artists can be seen at the Rijksmuseum  

The earliest human inhabitants of what is now known as the Netherlands came from Africa around 250,000 years ago. The arrival of humans in the Netherlands has dated to ca. 50,000 years ago. Then, the landscape was flat and sandy, with few trees.

What to wear in Amsterdam

Adobe Photoshop Tool (airbrush) Amsterdam - Joshua Proctor  Most people wear quite modest summer clothes. 

The most common dress code for young people in jeans and a t-shirt or baggy shirt with light coloured or designer clothing. 

The availability of public places and smaller shopping districts means less need for pricey luxury brands. Be sure to dress appropriately for the occasion. 

Girls go to the barbershop to get their hair styled up, often using the Afro style. A barbershop is a place where the men go to have their hair cut, often with a stiff brush. 

They also get a bath, usually with warm water or occasionally with cold water, depending on the season. They then sometimes go to the hairdresser for the final style.


Amsterdam has one of the highest concentrations of museums and art galleries in the world. 

The city also has numerous hotels, making it one of the most popular destinations for tourists. Airbnb has recently expanded to Amsterdam with 12,000 listings in the city.  

The tourist numbers are very high and tourists can be found in virtually every district of the city, be it Schinkelplein or the Albert Cuyp Market. At all times, trams, trains, busses, boats and bicycles are all in high demand, especially in the city centre. 

The majority of bars, clubs, hotels, restaurants and museums are opened 24 hours a day. Shops are open daily in most districts, and on Saturdays and Sundays in the central city.

Stay in a hotel or Airbnb?

I stayed in an Airbnb a few blocks from Dam Square. This was a great experience! When I got to my house, my host informed me that I had to check out by the next day, as Airbnb rules stated. 

However, I was able to stay longer because my hosts live right next door. I got my own key and went around town!  My home for the week, Amsterdam, from Amsterdam, Arrive by plane or train?  

Amsterdam is a convenient airport for travel into Europe. Amsterdam Schiphol is a major international hub, which receives many connecting flights, and has an extensive list of transit options, including rail service to nearby towns and cities.  

The busiest times at Schiphol Airport include departures from 8 am to 10 am, 9:30 am to 11:30 am 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and 4 pm to 5:30 pm.


Best hotels and hostels  Camperworld Amsterdam (2006) (2006)  Amsterdam is a popular destination for gay tourists and in 2007 the city was voted the "Gay Capital of Europe" by Out Traveler magazine. 

This is supported by a year-round LGBT Pride Week, as well as a high number of gay-friendly accommodations.  

Amsterdam is also an important destination for cruises from the major cruise lines such as Holland America Line, Disney Cruise Line and Princess Cruises. 

These lines use the port of Rotterdam, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) southwest of Amsterdam, as a major shipping terminal. 

While they offer an extensive selection of shore excursions and leisure activities, they do not offer overnight accommodations in the city.

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