Amsterdam has much in the way of attractions, history and entertainment and has something of interest for all visitors. The heart of the old city consists of canals, punctuated with narrow, picturesque streets. The canals are an integral part of the city and the whole Amsterdam experience. The Netherlands also has an abundance of historical attractions that share street space with contemporary art galleries and street markets.-
Amsterdam is perfect for sightseeing as it is flat and compact, making it easy to walk around. The best way for visitors to get a real feel for the city is to head straight out on a canal tour, something that many locals have never done, or enjoy a cycle, though beware cycling here can be a frightening experience if you are not used to city cycling. Most of the main attractions are located within the historical core, usually within walking distance of each other, although the efficient tram and bus networks are close at hand for attractions further afield.
The most visited sites in the city are the many excellent museums, such as the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank Museum, Amsterdams Historisch Museum, Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Van Gogh Museum, the NEMO Museum and the Scheepvaartmuseum. Less cerebral pursuits are on offer among the grand facades and elegant museums, with brown cafés and prostitutes adorning windows all day and night in the red light districts. Away from these busy places, the city is also blessed with quiet canals and leafy parks, which provide an escape all year round, especially Vondelpark, with its open-air, free concerts during summer.
Breaking away from the main tourist throng is the best way for one to discover the ‘real’ Amsterdam of grand old canal-side merchants’ houses where modern Amsterdammers still live, in an almost bucolic setting. As well as being the transport hub for the city, Amsterdam’s grand Centraal Station is also the gateway to myriad half- and full-day trips, with regular and inexpensive train services all over the Netherlands.
Jan Luijkenstraat 1, 1071 ZD Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 674 7000 | Fax: +31 20 674 7001
Amsterdam's awesome museum of art is the permanent home of around seven million works, including 5000 paintings in over 250 rooms. As well as featuring a number of high-profile masterpieces from international artists, the museum boasts a fantastic display of paintings from many Dutch artists, including several outstanding contributions from Rembrandt.
Anne Frank's House
Prinsengracht 267, 1016 GV Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 556 7100 | Fax: +31 20 620 7999
This is the house in which Anne Frank wrote her famous diary, recording her experiences as a member of a Jewish family during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam in World War II. This fascinating and historic address is now open daily to the public.
Singel Canal, 1017 AZ Amsterdam
Located on the Singel Canal, Amsterdam's impressive, world-famous floating flower market is a unique shopping experience not to be missed. A Mecca for anyone in search of trees, plants, shrubs, herbs or flowers, the market is open for business six days a week (every day except Sundays).
Editor's Tip: Don't forget to take into consideration any customs restrictions on taking bulbs and seeds back into your home country before buying plants.
Paulus Potterstraat 7, 1071 CX Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 570 5200 | Fax: +31 20 570 5222
The life and work of Amsterdam's most famous artist is celebrated in this incredible space. The museum has an unrivalled collection of Van Gogh's paintings and plays host to a variety of exhibitions throughout the year.
Jodenbreestraat 4, 1011 NK Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 520 0400 | Fax: +31 20 520 0401
The house was lived in by Rembrandt for over 20 years and now contains engravings made by this famous artist. Another must-see cultural attraction when in Amsterdam.
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Professor Tulpplein 1, 1018 GX Amsterdam, Netherlands
InterContinental Amsterdam Hotel Amstel is a highly acclaimed tourist haven, frequented by many international celebrities and royalty. The InterContinental Amsterdam Hotel Amstel is renowned for its personalised and attentive hotel services and facilities. Featuring...
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Apollolaan 101-105, Amsterdam, NL-1077AN, Netherlands
The Best Western Delphi Hotel is located in an upscale residential area of Amsterdam and has recently been renovated. The spacious and contemporary rooms all offer comfortable duvets in fine cotton sheets and are equipped with wireless Internet and Pay-TV movies. In...
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De Boelelaan 2 AMSTERDAM 1083 HJ NETHERLANDS (HOLLAND)
Ideally located in Amsterdam’s leading business district, the Holiday Inn Amsterdam brings comfort, convenience and the delights of Holland’s capital city within easy access. Renovated in 2003, the Holiday Inn has 256 guest rooms and two charming suites. Standard rooms...
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Apollolaan 138, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Famous for John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1969 bed-in, the canalside Hilton Amsterdam hotel is a short walk from Amsterdam attractions like the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and the renowned Rijksmuseum.Enjoy fine Italian dining in the award-winning Roberto's Restaurant...
Prinsengracht 315-331, Amsterdam, 1016 GZ, Netherlands
Overlooking two of the city's most picturesque canals, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht, Hotel Pulitzer is ideally located in the middle of the old city center of Amsterdam more
0udezijds Voorburgwal 197, 1012 Ex Amsterdam, Netherlands
Uniquely located between two canals in the historic city of Amsterdam, Sofitel Grand Amsterdam Hotel Demeure has a unique history of its own. From its humble beginnings as a simple convent to its present day status as a deluxe hotel, the Sofitel Grand Amsterdam Hotel... more
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5,Amsterdam,1012 RC Netherlands (Holland)
The elegant Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre is a prestigious five-star hotel located in the historic heart of Amsterdam. Situated close to the Amsterdam attractions of Dam Square, Central Station, and Amsterdam’s canals and museums, Crowne Plaza City Center offers... more
Planeetbaan 2,HOOFDDORP, AMSTERDAM,2132 HZ NETHERLANDS (HOLLAND)
Full Business centre - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm We make your meeting easy! Whether you are planning a training course for 10 persons, a prestigious banquet for 240 or a festive reception for 450 guests. The Crowne Plaza Amsterdam to Schiphol has the facilities, expertise... more
Apollolaan 2, 1077 BA, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hotel Location Golden Tulip Apollo Amsterdam is ideally situated at the confluence of 5 canals. Due to its perfect location at only a few minutes walk from exclusive shopping streets, the RAI Congress Centre and the WTC, the hotel is absolutely ideal... more
Nieuwezijdskolk 19, 1012 PV, Amsterdam
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre is a hotel with a distinct own identity, presenting service with a smile more
Distelkade, 21, 1031 XP Amsterdam,
DescriptionThe NH City North offers you 12 conference rooms with capacities ranging from 4 to 200 people. The conference rooms have a warm and relaxed atmosphere and are equipped with air-conditioning and ISDN connections. Because of the large windows,... more
Schiphol Boulevard 101, Amsterdam 1118BG, Netherlands
Hotel Introduction The only five-star hotel with direct access to arrival and departure halls. No taxi, no shuttle. Once off the plane you've arrived. Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel is an international meeting point, and an ideal base for... more
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 67, 1012 Re Amsterdam, Netherlands
Beautiful Amsterdam is home to the Sofitel Amsterdam Hotel. Ideally positioned, this Amsterdam Hotel offers convenient access to several popular attractions which include the Royal Palace, Dam Square, and the cities entertainment and theatre district. The... more
Damarak 96, 1012 LP Amsterdam, Netherlands
Swissotel Amsterdam delivers five-star business luxury in the heart of Amsterdam. Offering easy access to the city's cultural attractions and shops around Dam Square, and close to public transport, Swissotel Amsterdam is a popular choice for business and leisure travelers.... more
DAMRAK 1-5, 1012LG Amsterdam NL
Hotel Introduction Excellent location in city centre, opposite central train station. Close to Dam square and Royal Palace. 305 well appointed rooms including executive rooms and suites. 10 conference rooms for up to 150 delegates with all... more
Slotermeerlaan 80, Amsterdam, 1064 HD, Netherlands
Welcome in the Blue Square Hotel! Our new 3-Star Best Western Blue Square Hotel is situated at the edge of the centre of Amsterdam. With its easy accessibility and an underground parking garage, it is the perfect starting point from which you can discover Amsterdam and... more
Leeuwendalersweg 21, Amsterdam, 1055 JE, Netherlands
This non-smoking hotel offers room rates including breakfast, citytax, WIFI and coffee and tea facilities and is situated at the edge of the centre of Amsterdam. With restaurant Saffron on the first floor, a hotel bar, meeting facilities for up to 250 persons and a next... more
Gravenstraat 12-16, Amsterdam, 1012 NM, Netherlands
'Home away from home in the lively heart of the city.' Best Western Dam Square is the best choice you can make in downtown Amsterdam! Our hotel is a home away from home for tourists and business people alike. Just a stone throw away from Dam Square, next to the Royal P... more
Tesselschadestraat 23, Amsterdam, 1054 ET, Netherlands
The Best Western AMS Hotel Terdam is located in a quiet side street off Leidseplein, with the city, theatre, casino, cinemas, countless restaurants, bars and discos just a stone's throw away. The historical city center with its canals, the Leidsestraat with numerous shops... more
Nassaukade 387 390, 1054 AE, Amsterdam
The Amsterdam Centre Hotel is situated in the center of Amsterdam near the Leidseplein. All 70 rooms have a private bath/shower and toilet,telephone, radio, cable tv, safe deposit box and individual heating. The Hotel has a lobby with an intimate bar. By nice weather,... more
1e Constantijn Huygenstraat 103-105, 1054 BV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hotel IntroductionComfortable standard class hotel with 32 rooms located in the city centre near Leidseplein. Hotel offers ideal location-rooms with internet connection-VIP rooms-Honeymoon suite-bar and garden. For a comfortable weekend - Hotel Europa 92... more
Oude Haagseweg 20, 1066 Bw Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hotel Introduction5km from Schiphol airport and close to highway intersection A9/A4 and the ring road A10. A few minutes to RAI Conference Centre. Modern rooms, restaurant,bar and several meeting rooms. Outdoor parking and free airport shuttle service.AccommodationNumber... more
Noorderstraat 46, 1017 Tv Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hotel IntroductionSet in a quiet street in the centre of Amsterdam. Shops, restaurants and museums are within walking distance. The RAI congress center and the Zuidoost Business Park are nearby. The hotel offers 90 luxury rooms, bar, breakfast and limited... more
Joan Muyskenweg 10, 1096 Cj Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hotel IntroductionThis modern 4 star hotel is perfectly located in the South of Amsterdam on waterfront, near the Amsterdam Arena Ajax Football stadium and within 10 minutes from the city centre of Amsterdam. Situated near the A2 and A10 highway. Schiphol... more
Stadhouderskade, 7, 1054ES Amsterdam,
DescriptionNH Amsterdam Centre is the ideal location for conferences and courses for 10 to 80 people. The conference rooms are perfectly equipped for presentations, meetings, dinners, lunches, receptions or parties. You will be pleasantly surprised by the... more
Prins Hendrikkade, 59-72, 1012AD Amsterdam,
DescriptionCONFERENCE CENTRE If you are looking for a location for a conference, dinner or product presentation that will keep your guests talking about it for years to come, then you have found the right place in St. Olofs Chapel. Its historical... more
Rembrandtplein,19, 1017CT Amsterdam,
DescriptionNH Caransa has three multi-purpose conference rooms with daylight and air conditioning. The rooms are suitable for groups of up to 120 people, offering the perfect environment for conferences, training courses and receptions.LocationThe... more
Spuistraat, 288-292, 1012VX Amsterdam,
DescriptionNH City Centre offers several options to help make your event a success. For instance, we have a glass-roofed winter garden, which can accommodate receptions for up to 100 people. In addition, we can cater for lunches and dinners for up to 125... more
Nieuwe Doelenstraat, 24, 1012CP Amsterdam,
DescriptionEach of the multifunctional banquet rooms offers a unique setting for meetings, conferences or private dinner parties. The four rooms are not only fine examples of the hotel?s original architecture, but are also equipped to meet all your needs... more
Dam, 9, 1012 JS Amsterdam,
Description\nCONFERENCE FACILITIES \n Including the Grand Ballroom and the Amsterdam Room, the conference centre comprises 22 multi-purpose function rooms with a total capacity of 2000 people. The well-known Winter Garden dates from 1879. This... more
Hobbemakade, 50, 1071XL Amsterdam,
DescriptionEnter the boardroom of the NH Museum Quarter and you will sense the NH feeling immediately. The excellent view over Amsterdams canals, the great amounts of natural light and the ambience in the boardroom guarantee a completely relaxed meeting.... more
Rembrandtplein, 26-36, 1017CV Amsterdam,
DescriptionThe two restored boardrooms are suitable for both dinners and conferences. These private rooms can accommodate up to 12 people and both offer natural lighting. The various areas in the Brasserie are suitable for dinners of up to 150 people or... more
Kruisweg, 495, 2132NA Amsterdam,
DescriptionThe 19 multifunctional conference rooms are equipped with high-tech equipment for information transfer and communications: ISDN and modem connections, video and LCD projectors. The conference rooms have flexible walls, enabling them to be enlarged... more
Linnaeusstraat, 2c 1092CK Amsterdam, Netherlands
DescriptionOur spacious conference rooms, with their quiet locations and natural lighting, are perfectly equipped for training sessions, conferences and business meetings. The largest room, the Indonesia Room, can accommodate 100 people. We can also arrange... more
Europa Boulevard 10, 1083 Ad Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hotel IntroductionConveniently located at Amsterdam South Center in the immediate vicinity of the RAI congress centre, the WTC and the Amstel citypark. Within 15 minutes from the city centre of Amsterdam, Schipol Airport, Amstel Business Park by public... more
Spaarndammerdijk 302, 10 ZX, Amsterdam
This modern hotel displays works of art which attribute to the name of the hotel. The front desk and lobby are both situated in an open atrium. The hotel comprises of 130 rooms and suites equipped with either a bath and/or shower, direct dial telephone, radio, colour... more
Reimerswaalstraat 5, 1069 AE, Amsterdam
Behind the renovated 1970's exterior of the Tulip Inn Amsterdam City West you will find a new and stylish hotel. It's 162 spacious rooms with air-conditioning, PAY-TV and direct dial telephones offers both the business and leisure traveller a home away from home. Our... more
12-16 Gravenstraat, 1012 NM, Amsterdam
The Tulip Inn Dam Square is the best choice you can make in downtown Amsterdam. This very pleasant and quiet hotel is a home away from home for tourists and business people alike. The friendly staff makes every effort to ensure that guests enjoy their stay. At the Tulip... more
Stationsplein 49, 1012 Ab Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hotel IntroductionCentrally located next to Central Station. Within walking distance to the Red Light district, the flower market and the famous museums. Direct link to the Congress Centre RAI using public transport. 187 air-conditioned rooms, bar and public parking.AccommodationNumber... more
Valkenburgerstraat 68, 1011 Lz Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hotel Introduction3 star hotel in the city centre, a few minutes from the Stopera Opera house, the Dam square, Rembrandtplein and Waterlooplein. Easy acces by public transportor or car. Restaurant with courtyard and bar. Public parking opposite the hotel.AccommodationNumber... more
Transformatorweg 36, 1014 Ak Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hotel IntroductionThe new pride and joy of the Ibis chain has 180 comfortable rooms. The hotel is ideally situated between the centre of Amsterdam and the famous commerce/business area of the city and features a restaurant, a cozy bar and public parking with a... more