Amsterdam Tourism Guide

Amsterdam Tourism Guide

Quick Guide

Electricity

Type C – 220 – 240V

Weather

JAN
3°C
FEB
4°C
MAR
6°C
APR
8°C
MAY
12°C
JUN
15°C
JUL
17°C
AUG
17°C
SEP
15°C
OCT
11°C
NOV
7°C
DEC
4°C

Language
Dutch

Currency
Euros

Visa
You must apply for a Visa before Arrival

Cost of a beer
€4 (avg)

Average Cost of a Meal
€35 (avg)

Average Room Rate
€100–250 per night (3* hotel)

100 INR = 1.25 Euros(Exchange rates can vary)

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and a city that is truly unique in its style and culture. With an elaborate canal system traversing across the cityscape, this popular tourist destination benefits from a tranquil atmosphere, which is further reflected in its romantic architecture and artistic attractions. It’s rich, and at times tragic, history is blended with an up to date urban charm, which can be felt throughout its many restaurants, hotels and nightlife spots.

To help you get the most from your journey here and know exactly where to spend those euros (€), we’ve put together this helpful travel guide. So what are you waiting for? Read on and start planning your European love affair today.

Things To Do in Amsterdam

With such a rich culture and fascinating history to it’s name, Amsterdam lays claim to some truly incredible attractions. Here are just some of the most popular that are well worth a visit.


Anne Frank House

anne frank houseThe Anne Frank House was home to the teenager as she hid in the attack to escape Nazi persecution, along with her family. Her book, The Diary of Anne Frank, is considered to be one of the most vital works of non-fiction to come out of that dreadful period. It is known for its honest depictions of life for a Jewish family hiding during early 1940’s Nazi Germany. It is also known for her striking bravery and faith in the goodness of humanity despite the misery that surrounded her. Her house in which the book was written has been open to the public since 1960, 13 years after the publication of the diary. Anne Frank did not survive the second world war, dying in a concentration camp sometime in 1945, but her memory lives on though this museum. It also stands as an example of what thousands of Jewish families went through during that period. If you want to learn more about this important historical event, the Anne Frank House is a must see.

Address: Anne Frank House, Prinsengracht 267, Amsterdam

Price: Adult – €9, Age 10-17 years – €4.50, 0-9 years – Free, Online tickets – €0.50 surcharge

Van Gough Museum

Van Gough Museum

One of the most popular art museums in the world (ranking 31st in a list of the most visited), the Van Gogh Museum brings together the works of the famous Dutch post-impressionist painter in one incredible attraction. Despite committing suicide aged only 37, Vincent Van Gogh was prolific, amassing over 2,000 artworks during his lifetime, including 860 oil paintings. Although this museum does not include every piece created by the artist, it is the largest collection of his work in the world, featuring 700 letters, 400 drawings and 200 paintings. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise then that this museum attracts nearly two million visitors a year, who are taken on a journey through his varied and ever evolving artistic periods. Due to its incredible popularity, it is important to remember to book tickets to avoid disappointment.

Price: Adult – €17, Visitors under 18 years – Free, CIP card holders – €14

Address: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam

Amsterdam, is the colorful and historic capital of the Netherlands, a city where old and new live in harmony. It is known for its canals, houseboats, and plentiful bike paths. Famed museums house many Rembrandts and Vermeers; nearby you’ll find The Anne Frank House. Spring is breathtakingly colorful, when the city’s famous tulips are in full bloom.

By Susan, www.JustLuxe.com

Vondelpark

VondelparkOpened way back in 1865 as Nieuwe Park, Vondelpark, as it is now known, is a truly stunning public park that measures a whopping 120 acres (47 hectares). Aside from its stunning beauty, featuring serene lakes shimmering in the sunshine surrounded by lush fields, trees or greenery, the park is also host to a playground, an open-air theatre and several hotels, restaurants and cafés, so there’s plenty of places to get something to whet your whistle or even sit down to a relaxing meal. It’s also a terrific area to choose for accommodation due to its prime location (these businesses are known as Horeca in Dutch: an abbreviation of hotel, restaurant and café). Their theatres show everything from pop concerts to classical music, with all their performances being free, although you are asked for a single euro donation. Whether you’re looking to relax away from the big city or just want a fun day out for the family, Vondelpark truly has something for everyone.

Address:Van Baerlestraat & Vondelpark | Museum Quarter, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Price: Free

Heineken Experience

Heineken Experience

This famous Dutch beer has its home in Amsterdam, where its history began and where it remains today. During the Heineken Experience, you’ll get to find out everything anyone could possibly want to know about the beloved beer brand. You’ll take a tour on how it’s brewed and how they get their signature taste. You’ll also get to learn the fascinating history of Heineken, from their humble beginning to how they became the brewery juggernaut we know and love today. It also goes further than that, taking you through a history of the making of beer in general, so for beer connoisseurs, this is a must visit. The guides here are terrific and really bring this story to life. There’s also a ton of great interactive elements we wouldn’t want to ruin here. But best of all of course is getting to sit down with a cold Heineken at the end of the tour, two drinks of which come with the price of the ticket, making this a bargain of an attraction.

Price:Adult – €16, Child (12-17 years) – €12.50, Child (0-11 years) – Free

Address: Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands

Natura Artis Magistra

Natura Artis MagistraImage source Nigel Swales

The oldest zoo in Amsterdam is also one of the best in Europe. It’s name, Natura Artis Magistra, is Latin for the phrase “Nature is the teacher of art and science” and here, as always, the aim is to bring together the worlds of nature, art and science. It’s an enormous zoo, featuring 27 separate buildings, many of which are used as spaces for their vast array of animals but some are also used to display art and educate visitors. The zoo started its life in 1938 when Gerard Westerman, J.J Wijsmuller and J.W.H Werlemann opened the building to members. A little over a decade later, it was opened to the public. It was a massive hit, but it wasn’t until the early 20th century that the zoo opened its doors to the public all year round. It’s a huge zoo and is easily worth the price of admission. With plenty of animals to see and much to learn, you can easily while away a good few hours here, so make sure to keep a good amount of time free for your visit to avoid missing out.

Price: ARTIS: Normal (10+ years) – €20.50, Youth (3-9 years) – €17, 0-2 years – Free, ARTIS & Micropia: Normal (10+ years) – €27.50, Youth (3-9 years) – €23.50, 0-2 years – Free

Opening Hours: Daily: 08.00 – 17.00 (massages available until 18.00)

Address: Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oude Kerk

Oude KerkThis is the oldest church in Amsterdam, founded in the early thirteenth century. Despite its old age, there’s little sign of wear on Oude Kerk. With stunning brickwork and large pointed towers, its traditional church style still has a touch of the modern to it all these centuries later. Of course, it wasn’t always like this. Originally a wooden chapel, this was replaced in 1306. Since then, many renovations have taken place, leaving us with the stunning building we can enjoy today. The miracle of Amsterdam was said to have occurred here in 1345. This was a Eucharistic miracle during which a dying man who was vomiting was being given his last rites. He was then put into the fire but survived, with the person who took him out of the fire being able to retrieve the host without burning their hand. It is a stunning place to visit for anyone who loves architecture or religious history.

Price:Adult – €10, Student – €7.50

Address: Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Dungeon

Amsterdam DungeonImage source Tobias Niepel

Deep down beneath the city of Amsterdam is the Amsterdam Dungeon: a spooky interactive show similar to its other European cousins (Edinburgh Dungeon, London Dungeon, etc.). Here you’ll take a historical tour beneath the streets with several actors to guide you along your way with stories, scary effects and audience participation making this a fun filled and adrenaline pumping attraction. It’s a great place to visit, so long as you don’t mind a fright or two. The entire trip takes a little under an hour and a half and is also educational, taking visitors through Amsterdam’s murky and often harrowing past.

Price:On door – €22, Online – €14.50

Address: The Amsterdam Dungeon, Rokin 78, 1012 KW Amsterdam

Despite being an older European city, Amsterdam offers so much to wheelchair users looking to visit this destination. Whether you want to tour with a company that specializes in accessibility or explore on your own, you’ll have no issues. Some of the top accessible attractions include the Van Gogh Museum, the Heineken Experience, and you can even enjoy a canal cruise.

By Cory Lee, http://CurbFreeWithCoryLee.com

NEMO Science Museum

NEMO Science MuseumImage source guinn norton

For anyone interested in the history of science, the NEMO Science Museum, one of the only museums of its kind anywhere and attracting over half a million visitors a year, is an absolute must see. Its curved green architecture already gives a distinctive first impression of an attraction that’s very much one of a kind: looking like a space aged point rising out of of the waters of Renzo Piano, where it’s stood since 1997. There’s five floors here, each with unique attractions. Floor one is a feast for the eyes with giant sized version of several inventions, as well as a show that features an enormous chain reaction circuit. On floor two, there’s another activity featuring plastic balls and a two-part circuit. There’s also a café and a place to see various films about science. Floor three is a plus sized science lab where visitors can perform experiments. Floor four is dedicated to the human mind and has experiments to test your psyche and senses. The final floor includes a play area, great city views and another eatery. This is only a brief overview, with plenty more being available as part of this wonderful museum.

Price:From 4 years – €15, T/m 3 years – Free, CIP pass / students – €7.50, Museum card – Free, I Amsterdam City card – Free, BankGiro Lottery VIP card – Free, Amsterdam City pass – free, Accompany disabled – Free, Supervisor Autipas – Free

Address: Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX Amsterdam, Netherlands

Canal Cruises

Canal CruisesImage source Chris

This is perhaps the most magical way to get to know the city of Amsterdam as well as its storied history. The Canal Cruises send you down Amsterdam’s famous waterways, where you can see the city from a perspective you can’t find anywhere else. The city is always beautiful, however, it’s recommended that you do this tour at night for a truly serene and romantic atmosphere. There’s a ton of boat options here, so it’s important to pick the right one as they do vary in quality and comfort. If you go during December, you can opt for the Light Cruise, where you can enjoy the lights of the city alongside art installations. However, this is only available during the winters months and can be quite pricey. In general though, you can get some great bargains here: far cheaper than the equivalent would be in Venice for example.

Price:Family (2 adults & 4 children) – €40, Group – €13.50, Child (5-12 years) – €7.50, Adult – €14

Address: Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands

Get outside of the city and explore traditional Dutch villages—by bike. Go to one of the bike rental shops at Amsterdam Centraal Station and cross the river to ride through traditional fishing villages and countryside in the Waterland area. While I found the crowded bikeways in the city of Amsterdam to be a bit intimidating, the ride through these rural villages was a peaceful way to explore traditional Dutch architecture, villages, and landscapes.

Cassie Kifer, http://www.everintransit.com/

Shopping in Amsterdam

The city of Amsterdam offers visitors a wonderfully unique shopping experience, with its delightful districts and massive malls satisfying shopaholics from across the globe.

Shopping in AmsterdamImage source Meg Marks

9 Streets

While not a shopping district in a traditional sense (it’s not all one large complex like you’d find in a mall), De Negan Straatjes, which literally means “nine little streets” in Dutch, has made its name as one of the top shopping districts in the city since they banded together in the nineties. These charming beaten paths are a terrifically authentic and charismatic series of shops, featuring the best independent stores in all of Amsterdam.

Opening Hours:Varies depending on shop

Address: 1016 DT Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oud-Zuid

Much like De Negan Straatjes, Oud-Zuid is a small local district that has very little to connect its stores, except for a shared desire to provide a great shopping experience and a place within the retail junkie’s heart. The key distinction between these districts is that Qud-Zuid is more focused on the upper-end of the market. And if you’re willing to splash the cash, there’s plenty to enjoy here, with everything from international brands to five-star restaurants making this a prestigious place to buy.

Opening Hours:Varies depending on shop

Address: P.C. Hooftstraat, Amsterdam Zuid

Magna Plaza

Magna PlazaImage source www.GlynLowe.com

Magna Plaza’s stunning building was developed during the late nineteenth century and features a beautiful mix of Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Gothic architecture styles. You’d more likely imagine a governmental meeting to take place here than a shopping frenzy. But looks can be deceiving and the Magna Plaza has transformed itself into one of the most unique shopping arcades in Europe since its rebirth in 1992. Today it stands proudly as a great selection of unique shopping opportunities in a truly spectacular setting.

Opening Hours:Monday: 11.00 – 19.00, Tuesday-Saturday: 10.00 – 19.00, Sunday: 12.00 – 19.00

Address: Shopping Centre Magna Plaza, Nieuwezyds Voorburgwal 182 1012SJ Amsterdam

Amsterdam – go local on a bike, best way to see this lovely city. 17th c Grachtengordel (girdle of canals) is a charming area to cycle round or go a boat trip. Visit a historic houses to get a feel for the history of Amsterdam; my favourite is Geelvinck House. If you visiting Anne Frank Huis, go early- usually big queues. Wander round Jordaan district; lots of street cafes, great bars and quirky shops.

By Zoe Dawes, http://www.thequirkytraveller.com

Nightlife in Amsterdam

Nightlife in AmsterdamImage source: Andreas Dantz

Get ready to dance the night away amongst lively crowds with great music and even better drinks. When it comes to a memorable night on the town, the capital certainly delivers.

Melkweg

One of the top music venues in Amsterdam, Melkweg is the place to come see your favourite live bands, with an excellent sound system, great atmosphere and booze aplenty. Virtually every genre of music you can imagine is played here: you just need to check with the schedule beforehand and you’re bound to find something to tickle your fancy. It’s a medium level venue, which means you can see some fairly recognisable names in an intimate atmosphere right here.

Address: Lijnbaansgracht 234A, 1017 PH Amsterdam, Netherlands
Entry fees: Dependent on event / night

AIR

One of the coolest venues in the city, this is a multi-storey dance club that has bars, cocktails and tunes spread across five floors. They’re known for having a terrific sound system, with themed nights playing everything from R&B to house music. Keep in mind that AIR operates an unusual air card money system that you’ll need to buy drinks. It has mixed reviews from partygoers but if you keep track of how much you spend, there shouldn’t be an issue.

Address: Amstelstraat 16, 1017 DA Amsterdam, Netherlands
Entry fees: Between €7 – €20 dependent on event / night

Panama

Open until 4am, Panama features a great mix of music, generally from the 80s and 90s with a few modern hits thrown in for good measure. If you’re looking for the newest, hottest tracks, you might want to look elsewhere, but if you want a nostalgic dance-a-thon, then you’ve come to right place. Known for fun crowds and a chilled out atmosphere, Panama is a great club for those of us still partying like it’s 1999.

Address: Oostelijke Handelskade 4, 1019 BM Amsterdam, Netherlands
Entry fees: Between €5 – €30 depending on event / night

Club NL

A legendary club in Amsterdam’s bustling club scene, Club NL has been thrilling partygoers for over 15 years with its wicked sound system, great drink and cocktail options and banging selection of trance, house and tech house music tracks. It’s a smaller venue so if you’re expecting a multi-storey mega club, you’ll be disappointed. If, however, you’re looking for a place with a great ambience that fits somewhere between a big party venue and a bar, then Club NL might be right up your alley.

Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 169, 1012 RK Amsterdam, Netherlands
Entry fees: Dependent on event / night

Fun Facts

  • Amsterdam is known as the ‘Venice of the North’ due to its many canals.
  • The total length of these canals is 50km which is about 31 miles. There are also 1281 bridges in Amsterdam.
  • There are more women than men in Amsterdam. In fact, for every 100 men between the ages of 20 and 25, there are 145 women.
  • Amsterdam has the highest concentration of museums in the world!

Food In Amsterdam

For something different in Amsterdam, try the amazing Indonesian food. The can’t miss spot is Tempo Doeloe. Go for the rijsttafel, an Indonesian rice dish accompanied by over a dozen ramekins of different curries and vegetables. For a cheap and easy snack, visit one of the frite stands, like Vleminchx Sausmeesters and Manneken Pis, known for their variety of sauces.

By Drew, www.driveontheleft.com

It’s only fitting for a city as beautiful as Amsterdam to offer up a wonderful array of flavours across its many restaurants and eateries. Here are just some of the most renowned menus you’ll find in the capital.

De Silveren Spiegel

There’s no less than thousands of restaurants in Amsterdam, all vying for your attention. De Silveren Spiegel is considered by many to be the best restaurant in the entire city and that’s an incredible accomplishment over some seriously stiff competition. Offering a mix of traditional Dutch and European foods set over several courses, this is a rollercoaster journey for the taste buds. There’s also a terrific wine menu that is matches with your cuisine. Dining heaven.

Address:Kattengat 4-6, 1012 SZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Restaurant Adam

Another contender for the coveted ‘Best Restaurant in Amsterdam’ accolade, Restaurant Adam features a wide range of European cuisines with everything from French to Dutch being masterfully prepared by their world class team. The service is impeccable and the restaurant itself is warm, cosy and utterly charming. This is five-star dining without an air of pretentiousness. The five course tasting menu is a terrific way to get the most out of your meal, but with a menu this consistent, you can hardly go wrong.

Address: Overtoom 515a, 1054 LH Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Omelegg

OmeleggImage source Guilhem Vellut

Some restaurants try to do a bit of everything and end up with a menu that’s too long and impossible to keep up standards. Wise eateries know to slim down the options to create a better quality offering. Then there’s a place like Omelegg, which is dedicated almost solely to the almighty power of the egg. Scrambled, fried, omelette and much more, this restaurant has taken a simple idea and pushed it to absolute perfection. If you can find a more delicious and varied selection of egg dishes, we’d love to hear it. Until then, Omelegg remains king of the egg. Perfect for breakfast but do keep in mind they shut early in the afternoon.

Address: Nieuwebrugsteeg 24, 1012 AH Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Indian Food in Amsterdam

Ganesha Indian Restaurant

Ganesha Indian Restaurant

Image source emilee rader

With 30 years of experience under their belt, this North Indian restaurant serves up an aromatic and authentic selection of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. With relaxed interiors and a welcoming atmosphere, this is a dining experience with a real focus on flavour. And if you like your dishes traditional, make sure you give the tandoori a try, which is grilled in an Indian clay oven for a real Indian taste.

Address:Geldersekade 5 HS, 1011 EH Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pind Punjabi Indian Restaurant

Found in the heart of Amsterdam, this Indian restaurant has won over fans with its sophisticated atmosphere, friendly staff and original menu. Classic Indian dishes are given an innovative twist and served up in an elegant and stylish environment that wows all your senses. The Pind Punjabi Indian Restaurant has truly mastered the blend of authenticity and originality.

Address: Van Woustraat 240, 1073 NC Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ashoka Indian & Nepalese Restaurant

The chef and his talented team at Ashoka Indian & Nepalese welcomes diners into this conveniently located restaurant with an aromatic scent that embraces you the moment you step through the door. Their mission Is to offer the best Indian and Nepalese cuisine in the Netherlands and they may just have achieved it, with an incredible blend of spices and delightful house specialities making this a truly memorable experience.

Address: Spuistraat 54D, 1012 TV Amsterdam, Netherlands

Top Tips

  • Museums in Amsterdam can get very busy during peak times. Visitors can avoid long queues by pre-purchasing tickets online.
  • Amsterdam is a safe place for tourists. In the Safe City Index 2015 Amsterdam takes the 5th position in the list of safest cities in the world. However, tourists should watch out for pickpockets in crowded areas.
  • Many businesses don’t accept non-European credit cards so make sure you have cash.

Hotels in Amsterdam

Luxury Hotels in Amsterdam

With a name like the Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam, they’re already setting their potential expectations very high. So do they reach them? And then some. This is truly one of the most magnificent buildings in the city. An epic conversion of an old shipping house, it’s a towering figure of classic design features. Inside it’s just as stunning, with a technic-colour indoor pool area, Jacuzzi and beautiful modern rooms, all standing in stark contrast to the traditionalist exterior. However, there’s still a hint of the old even in the most modern rooms: you just can’t get away from those high ceilings and enormous windows, casting everything in a deep pool of light. Facilities include the excellent The Seven Seas French and internationally minded restaurant, cycling facilities, massage services, a fitness centre, a spa and wellness centre, a sauna and free Wi-Fi.

This is another classical beauty, this time seen floating effortlessly above the Amstel River like the headquarters of some lost civilisation. Indeed, Hotel De L’Europe is a hotel that never forgets its beauty or that of its surroundings, even featuring some incredible artwork within the hotel rooms themselves. There’s a tremendous sense of culture here, with the décor and architecture itself being arguably its own work of art. Despite the nods to the rich past of Europe in this hotel, it is never stale or museum like. In fact, many of their rooms simply explore with colour in a success story of boldness and flamboyance. This includes marble bathrooms, Bose surround-sound, underfloor heating, COCO MAT beds and more. Within the hotel is a 2-Michelin star restaurant, the bord’Eau, along with the Hoofstad Brasserie, which specialises in French cuisine. There’s also a bar, a spa and wellness centre, an indoor pool, a fitness studio, sauna and more.

The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam may have a more modest riverside exterior compared to its fellow luxury hotels but inside, there is no shortage of decadence or indulgence. No expense has been spared here, with a marble-clad entranceway greeting you as you arrive and leading you through to your generously sized room. Here you’ll find a stunning contemporary style that is filled with thoughtful touches, including espresso makers, pillow menus, free Wi-Fi and iPod docks. But the 93 elegant guest rooms are not all the Waldorf has to boast about. Guests can also enjoy a wealth of facilities which comprise of two onsite restaurants, a bar/lounge, full-service spa, fitness centre, spa tub and tranquil indoor pool.

With its 15-century ornate façade and picturesque canal surroundings, you could easily mistake the Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam luxury hotel for its neighbouring Royal Palace. It’s not just the outstanding exterior that makes this historic Dutch hotel truly stand out either. Guests here will be treated like absolute royalty, with lavish guestrooms decorated in pastel décor, classic furnishing and stunning art deco bathrooms. Outside of your room, you’ll discover more than just French elegance. You’ll be utterly pampered with a full service spa, featuring a heated pool, a whirlpool, sauna, Turkish steam bath and massage services. And once you’re feeling completely relaxed, you can tuck into a Michelin-star meal at the onsite Bridges restaurant, Amsterdam’s first raw bar or relax in the brown café. Everything here is so grand, you’ll never want to leave.

Mid-Range Hotels in Amsterdam

Mid-range hotel in Amsterdam

Stay right in the heart of the action at the WestCord City Centre Hotel Amsterdam. With its sleek and stylish good looks, this hotel can be found just a short walk away from Dam Square. The smart and contemporary guest rooms are proof that you don’t have to compromise on comfort for convenience either, with your choice of 1.40m double bed or two twin mattresses to suit your needs. While the rooms may be slightly smaller than you can find elsewhere, with the average size room here coming in at 19 sq meters, you’ll feel utterly spoilt with the range of in-room features, which include Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, Nespresso® coffee machines and in-room safes. There’s even a breakfast buffet served every morning for a small additional cost to help you prepare for a full day of sightseeing ahead.

The 4-star Hotel De Hallen is an establishment that is definitely not short on character. It is set in a former train depot, with a steel and red-brick façade and inside, its unique looks continue with high-concept décor and an industrial style. It’s no wonder so many guests have fallen head over heels for this hotel, with a service that matches its exceptionally high quality of design. All 55 soundproofed guest rooms are dripping with contemporary charm and feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and glass showers, as well as considered additions of bathrobes, slippers and designer toiletries. A free breakfast is served daily from the onsite restaurant, where delectable French and international dishes are also available. Cosmopolitan bars and a terrace are also available for you to unwind in the evening. With rates starting at around INR 10,155, this is on the more expensive side of mid-range accommodation but you’ll struggle to find another hotel anywhere quite like this.

Another 4-star establishment with exceptional reviews is the Hoxton Amsterdam. Its warm and homely guestrooms can be found in Amsterdam city centre, within a 10-minute walk of some of the city’s biggest attractions, including the Royal Palace, Ann Frank House and Dam Square. With truly inviting interiors and quirky furnishings, you’ll find a home away from home here. Premium bedding ensures you enjoy a restful night sleep, while Wi-Fi, LED TVs with cable channels and coffee makers let you lay back and be entertained without ever having to leave your room. Also set within this storied canal house is an onsite Italian restaurant, laid back café and swanky bar for you to quench your thirst.

Budget Hotels in Amsterdam

Much like the pod hotels you can find in Japan, CityHub in Amsterdam offers some rather minimalistic accommodation for tourists on the cheap looking for a place to get some sleep and relax. However, this is more of a midpoint between those pod hotels and a full sized hotel room, as the private sleeping cabins have plenty of room for a king sized double bed, meaning it’s a comfortable compromise than its more petite eastern equivalent. The rooms are, for their lack of size, very cosy and certainly are an easy place to rest your head after a long day’s travelling. As you’d expect, there’s not much in the way of in-room luxuries, but that’s reflected in the price, with rates starting around INR 4695, and it does come with free Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station. This is a simple solution for those just looking for a place to rest their head.

If charm were star ratings, then the Alp Hotel would be up there with the Four Seasons. This quaint little hotel has personality in abundance, from its crisp, modern first impression to your bright, light and airy rooms that seem to just beckon in the sunshine, to the greenery that surrounds the hotel’s exterior and outdoor seating area. Alp Hotel proves that budget hotels needn’t be bland. Also included in the hotel is a free 24-hour hot drinks and food bar. Unfortunately, there’s no restaurant but there are plenty of world class places to eat nearby, thanks to its excellent location. There’s also the Amsterdam Central Station, the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Franks House just a short walk away. Free Wi-Fi is available, as well as an onsite bar and hot tub. For around INR 5035 a night, you can’t say fairer than that.

La Boheme really pushes what can be expected from a budget hotel. Stunningly decorated, it manages to find a balance between modern and a kind of comfy homeliness few hotels can match. It’s a good thing too, as it’s in one of the most stylish parts of Amsterdam, right in the midst of its busy streets. Rooms are a decent enough size. There’s a distinctly bohemian atmosphere to La Boheme as well: it feels like somewhere an artist would go to come and get inspired, writing from their bed with the swirl of humanity just below them through the window. Facilities include free Wi-Fi, breakfast, a lounge and bar area, and of course, their famous hotel cat Mimi, who is always there to make guests feel welcome. She’s not too great at answering questions mind, so luckily you have their excellent staff to help you out too.

For more hotels in Amsterdam, explore the Expedia India website and find the best accommodation for your stay.

Best Time to Visit Amsterdam

Like all of Northern Europe, Amsterdam lays claim to some unpredictable weather. Autumn, which falls from late September to late October, as well as winter, which occurs between November to February, can both experience wet and chilly conditions. Snow can even occur during these times, with the canal sometimes freezing over in February. However, these months are often the quietest and most affordable times to visit, so this may be something to consider if you are looking for a more laid back holiday.

The height of summer brings with it clear skies, sunshine and hot temperatures. However, the Dutch capital gets extremely busy between April and September. Hotels can spike up their prices, long queues grow around tourist attractions and the downtown streets can become heavily congested. It is therefore advised that, if you prefer warmer weather, you visit Amsterdam just before or just after the summertime tourism boom. Tulip season from mid March to early May often provides ideal conditions, with less crowds, pleasant weather and a flourish of colourful flowers.

There are three ways to see Amsterdam- on foot, on a bicycle or on a boat meandering through the canals. I would strongly recommend the canal trip as it shows Amsterdam in a different light.

By Mridula, http://traveltalesfromindia.in

Getting Around in Amsterdam

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Trams and Buses

There’s plenty of options for trams and buses in Amsterdam, with several companies and payment methods available to help you get around. The two main transport companies are GVB and Metro, with payment operating via a chip card system. The OV chipkaart is a one-time payment of €7.50 from ticket machines at stations, as well as from selected stores and tobacco outlets. The card expires after four or five years. You can then top up the card with unlimited prices beginning at 24 hours up to 168 hours and costing between €7.50 and €32.
Alternatively, you can buy an Amsterdam City Card, which not only provides you with unlimited use of public transport but also gains you access to attractions throughout the city, including 38 different museums.

Cycling

There’s plenty of cycling in Amsterdam, with most roads including clear bike lanes, making this is a great city for keen peddlers. There’s lots of bike rental options as well, with a days rental usually costing around €10.

Taxis

Generally operated by the central office TCA, taxis are almost impossible to hail on the street here and are instead found in taxi ranks throughout the city. They can also be ordered on 777 7777. There’s a minimum charge of €2.80, so short journeys may not be worthwhile. Always ask the driver for an estimate before setting off. However, taxis are considered very trustworthy here so it is unlikely you will have any issues.

Flights to Amsterdam

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When travelling to Amsterdam, you should arrive in the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Conveniently located just 5.6 miles southwest of the city, this serves the capital as the main international airport of the Netherlands. It sees vast crowds of tourists travelling through every year, serving around 58.285 million passengers in 2015 and laying claim to the title of the fifth busiest airport on the European continent (in terms of passengers).

Direct flights are available here from many of India’s major airports. These range in price based on the season and service, with costs ranging from around INR 3,500 to INR 6,000 around the busy festive period. A non-stop flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi will take around 9 hours to complete, with flights from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai taking slightly longer, with 9 hours 40 minutes in the air. Your flight duration will depend on your starting destination though.

Visit the Expedia website to find the best prices for flights to Amsterdam.