Amsterdam at a Glance
Amsterdam is the largest city in the Netherlands and is known as the “Venice of the North”. It is a city of bridges, rivers and canals. Its charming windmills, enchanting tulips, legendary artists, delicious cheese and unique architecture are the city’s calling cards. At the same time, the legalization of soft drugs, gambling, prostitution and homosexuality has made the city synonymous with openness and tolerance, attracting curious people to explore it. Wander around this fascinating city, and you may find your own answers.
This seaside city, known as “one of the most beautiful cities in Europe”, will make you forget all the tiredness and hardships of travel and immediately melt into its beauty. The open and tolerant atmosphere, the network of canals, the avant-garde architecture, the ubiquitous bicycles, everything here is so loveable. No matter what kind of traveler you belong to, you will find something you like in Amsterdam. This is probably the biggest charm of this city. Even if you just sit on the beach and watch the orange sunset, you will feel that the trip is not in vain.
Best time to travel
For travelers, April-October is the perfect time of the year for a trip to Amsterdam with comfortable temperatures. Especially the flowering period from late March to early May, when Keukenhof is flooded with tulips, is the most romantic and charming period in the Netherlands.
Consumption and exchange rate
The currency in circulation in the Netherlands is the Euro.
As the capital of the Netherlands and a popular travel city, accommodation costs in Amsterdam are relatively high, with beds in youth hostels generally ranging from 20-25 Euros and standard rooms for two in hotels around 80-120 Euros. Compared to accommodation, food and drink prices are medium, with main courses in restaurants ranging from 9-15€.
The weather in Amsterdam is very changeable and it is important to have rain gear or clothing to protect you from the wind and cold throughout the year. In the cold winter months, when the average temperature is 2-5°C, it is important to have a warm jacket. In summer, the average temperature is around 22°C. In the mornings and evenings, the temperature is low, so you should bring a long-sleeved hoodie in case you need it.
The Netherlands belongs to the Eastern Zone (GMT+1), which is 1 hour later than Greenwich Mean Time.
Van Gogh Museum
Built in 1973, the Van Gogh Museum is the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh’s works, including more than 200 of his paintings, 580 drawings, seven sketchbooks and some 750 letters written by Van Gogh to his brother Theo. The most famous of these paintings is Sunflowers, and there are also important collections such as Self-Portrait, Wheat Field, and The Potato Eaters. They are presented to visitors in chronological order. A vivid picture, together with a difficult period of Van Gogh’s experience, you seem to hear the voice of that era and fully enter the painter’s world.
Address: Hermitage Amsterdam, Amstel 51, Amsterdam
National Museum Rijksmuseum
The National Museum of Amsterdam, with its magnificent palatial building, is the largest museum in the Netherlands with a large collection of works. The most important collection in the museum is the masterpiece “Night Parade” by the Dutch painter Rembrandt. The painting is displayed in a separate room, which is very impressive. The National Museum is also known for its collection of works from the “Golden Age” of the Netherlands. In addition to paintings, the museum also exhibits furniture, ceramics, and dyed textiles, which give a true picture of the history and development of the Netherlands.
Address: Museumstraat 1, 1071 CJ Amsterdam
Rembrandthuis, Rembrandt’s House Museum
If you are an art lover or a fan of the master Rembrandt, then this Rembrandt House Museum is not to be missed. It is a plain green building where Rembrandt lived from 1639 to 1658, and where he completed his masterpiece “Night Parade”. The museum has been kept as it was when Rembrandt lived here, with few changes to the interior, and has a collection of Rembrandt’s sketches and copperplate prints.
Address: Jodenbreestraat 4, 1011 NK Amsterdam
The Red Light District
The Red Light District is the best expression of Amsterdam’s freedom and openness. It is located east of Dam Square, on both sides of the Oudezijds Voorburgwal and Oudezijds Achterburgwal canals. Within the red light district, a narrow alleyway is filled with window girls and erotic stores. The smell of marijuana in the air adds to the eerie atmosphere. When you come here to satisfy your curiosity, please pay special attention to the safety of your own person and belongings.
The first time I went to the red light district, I was a little scared, but the red light district by the canal, there is no extreme chaos and dirty feeling, orderly. And all the sex service places, but also very professional. Those window girls, although the clothes are exposed, but no vulgarity. The red light district is patrolled by police on motorcycles. But it is forbidden to take pictures of the window girls here.
The facade of the museum is not very impressive, but the interior is in fact a special place. The small museum has a rich collection of sex-themed artworks from the world’s history, sex-themed lifestyle objects, and many dynamic exhibits. Visitors come to this museum with a high degree of curiosity, and it is a different experience in travel.
Address: Damrak 18, 1012 LH Amsterdam
West Church westerkerk
Standing by the canal, the West Church is the tallest and most eye-catching building in Amsterdam and one of the representative churches of the city. The interior of the church is elegant and simple, and the top of the tower offers a panoramic view of the city. The painter Rembrandt is buried here. There is also a monument to homosexuality next to the church, in memory of those who were tragically persecuted by the Nazis for their homosexuality.
Address: Prinsengracht 281, 1016 GW Amsterdam
Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is the apartment where Anne hid when she fled the Nazis and where she wrote her “Anne Diaries”. It is Amsterdam’s most popular and most visited attraction, with nearly 700,000 visitors a year coming to experience the world described in Anne’s Diary. Anne’s precious diary manuscripts are also on display here.
Address: Prinsengracht 267, Amsterdam
Dam Square, also known as Dam Square, is the heart of Amsterdam, named after the first canal built here in 1270. The white monument in the middle of the square commemorates the victims of the Second World War. Opposite the square stands the magnificent Koninklijk Paleis, once the political and economic center of the city and the republic.
Address: Dam, 1001 AM Amsterdam
Founded in 1864, Heineken is an internationally renowned beer brand. The Heineken Experience was a beer production plant until 1988. A visit to the Experience provides an insight into the history and production process of Heineken beer. The tour takes about one and a half hours and is a popular tour with a Heineken beer afterwards.
Address: Stadhouderskade 78, 1078 AE Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds Museum
Madame Tussauds Museum is famous all over the world and the exhibits in this Amsterdam branch are of the same high quality. Each wax figure is lifelike, with its height, shape, hair style and even scars and wrinkles, as if it were a real person. The wax figures of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga, E.T., Charlie Chaplin, Barack Obama, Albert Einstein, David Beckham and other famous figures are waiting for your visit here.
Address: Dam 20, 1012 NP Amsterdam
Dutch Maritime Museum Het Scheepvaartmuseum
The Het Scheepvaartmuseum is located in the former majestic port area of Ostenburg, which was once the arsenal of the Dutch Navy. The museum houses many important objects from the history of Dutch and Amsterdam shipping, from ship models and components of old ships to tools and machines used on board, as well as historic nautical charts and globes. Visitors can get a comprehensive overview of the various knowledge of the Dutch maritime era here.
Address: Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam
The Dutch cuisine is not very special. The locals mainly eat meat, potatoes and milk products. Pancakes are one of the most common and popular foods in the Netherlands. Dutch pancakes come in a variety of flavors, including savory meat, cheese, fruit, and chocolate, so there is sure to be something to suit your taste.
Also Italian, Spanish, Mexican and Chinese dishes can be found in Amsterdam. Due to the Dutch colonial rule over Indonesia, there is also a noteworthy Indonesian cuisine in Amsterdam, in addition to Dutch cuisine. The “Rijsttafel” (rice table) is recommended for a large number of people, with more than a dozen varieties of delicious dishes made of rice.
FEBO is a vending machine for simple meals, which can be found everywhere in Amsterdam train stations and shopping streets. This vending machine has authentic Dutch food kroket (kroket roll), burgers, sandwiches, fries, chicken wings, shindis, milkshakes and more. After choosing the food of their choice, customers can simply drop a coin and get it immediately. Because of its fair price and convenience, it is very popular among Dutch locals and tourists.
Located in the center of Amsterdam, this is a traditional Dutch restaurant where seafood is the specialty. There are always many customers here at dinner time.
Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 105, 1012 RG Amsterdam
The interior of the restaurant is relaxed and natural, making customers feel like they are not in a restaurant, but in a Dutch living room. The restaurant offers a wide range of traditional Dutch dishes at a good value.
Address: Leidsekruisstraat 21, 1017 RE Amsterdam
Pancake Bakery has been around for almost 40 years and is located near Anne’s former home, making it the most popular restaurant in Amsterdam. The restaurant’s kitchen is open and customers can watch the chef making the pancakes. With more than 70 flavors of pancakes to satisfy the many tastes of customers, it is the restaurant of choice for those who want to taste Dutch pancakes.
Address: Prinsengracht 191, 1015 DS Amsterdam
We recommend the “DutchPancake” (authentic Dutch pancake). A hot golden egg pancake is topped with two piles of cream and two piles of ice cream, and then topped with cherries covered in hot syrup, which is the first time I’ve had such a hot and cold, sweet and salty combination. I didn’t know if my stomach could take it, so I first chopped the cream and tore off a piece of pancake. The pancake looked big, but it wasn’t too thick, and it tasted very sweet covered with cream, and the vanilla ice cream was also good, and the sweet cherry.
Address: Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 51, 1017 RP Amsterdam
An Indonesian restaurant famous for its Rijsttafel (rice table), the dishes are made with fine ingredients. The decor is Indonesian and the waiters are dressed in traditional costumes. The service is also very warm and attentive.
Address: Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 37-41 (first floor), 1017 NG Amsterdam
A relaxed Indonesian restaurant with affordable prices.
Address: Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 49-51, 1017 NG Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a shopper’s paradise, having been voted one of the top 10 “Best Cities for Christmas Shopping” in the world by American Express Travel Services worldwide. There is a wide variety of stores, from large department stores and shopping malls to individual designer studios and souvenir stores. Dam Square, in the heart of Amsterdam, is the busiest shopping area. The area south from Dam Square along the Rokin shopping street is also one of the areas with a high concentration of stores.
Department store De Bijenkorf
Amsterdam’s largest department store, located in Dam Square, sells a wide range of products such as men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and hats, and cosmetics.
Address: Dam 1, 1012 JS Amsterdam
Maison De Bonneterie
A centuries-old boutique that specializes in men’s and women’s clothing and jewelry, and brings together world-renowned design brands. You can experience the most intimate service and the most satisfying shopping experience here.
Address: Rokin 140-142, 1012 LE Amsterdam
Albert Cuypmarket is the largest and busiest market in Amsterdam and has been around for over 100 years. If you want to fully experience the true multiculturalism of Amsterdam, you can’t miss this market. There are desserts, fruits, seafood, fashionable clothes and much more, with a wide variety of products.
Address: Albert Cuypstraat
The flower market along the canal is the most vibrant and fragrant place in Amsterdam. You can buy all types of tulips, daffodils, etc. here. In addition to flowers, flower seeds and gardening tools are also sold here.
This traditional cheese store sells the most authentic cheeses, from Dutch cheeses from Onda and Edam to French and Swiss cheeses, and the entire store is filled with cheese from floor to ceiling. In addition to this, they also sell wine, salads, ham and take-away sandwiches. To make it easier for travelers to keep and carry the cheese, the careful shopkeepers also vacuum pack the cheese.
Address: Runstraat 7, 1016 GJ Amsterdam
Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room
If you’re an avid Cheese fan, you can’t go wrong.