Surprising Amsterdam

Being the capital of The Netherlands and labelled as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Amsterdam is a place you don't want to miss. Past and present, shopping and leisure, religion and coffee shops, diamonds and beer all flourish and meld together here and provides the ultimate travellers experience.

Dominated by five concentric canals, Amsterdam is a beautiful, modern and cultured city, renowned for its warm welcome and youthful charm. The historical city is home to 31 museums and more than 220 paintings by Rembrandt and Van Gogh.

It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and is known for its controversy Red light district, which consists of roads and alleys containing one roomed apartments rented by working girls who offer their services from behind a window or glass door.

Amsterdam has a number of fabulous markets selling all manner of goods, including fresh produce and antiques. Particularly recommended is Waterlooplein, the city's main flea market.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Anne Frank's Museum: visit the place where Anne Frank went into hiding during the First World War.
  2. An Essential Dutch Experience: Explore the canals and historical buildings like the locals, on a bike but always remember to take a map with you or join a bike tour.
  3. Van Gogh Museum: Visit one of the most popular museums in Europe, opened in 1973. The museum consists of over 200 paintings and 500 drawing by the famous artist.

More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Amsterdam chapter in our online Europe brochure. Click here.

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