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Short-termStudent RoomsWhere to liveWhere to Stay:
Rent room Amsterdam
Housing in Amsterdam is at a premium, so students and interns tend to have a hard time finding a room. We list several services and advertisers that list rooms for rent.

We also give tips on how to avoid scams.

Updated with more information. For instance, is your room legal or illegal? Are you allowed to register? »

MuseumsWestern Canal BeltWhat to See:
Anne Frank
With over 1.2 million visitors, the Anne Frank House museum is one of Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attractions.

We show how you can skip the legendary ‘eternal’ queues so that you do not have to spend your precious vacation time waiting in a l-o-n-g line.

Plus: Don’t lose your money to ticket scalpers. »

News:
Houseboat, Prinsengracht, Amsterdam
A boat tour of Amsterdam’s canals is a sightseeing must — one that frequently tops the list of Holland’s most popular tourist attractions.

Picturesque? Sure. But there’s something in the water the tourist office doesn’t tell you about. »

EventsThings To Do:
King's Day
King’s Day in Amsterdam: it’s the world’s largest street party.

Previously known as Queen’s Day, 2015 will mark the second King’s Day, in honor of King Willem-Alexander.

Download your printable PDF map here. »

Blog:
Dutch wearing orange
If you have ever watched the Dutch national soccer team play football anywhere in the world — or if you’ve been in Amsterdam during Holland’s annual King’s Day celebration (formerly Queen’s Day) — you may wonder why nearly all Dutch people dress in orange during such occasions.

After all, the colors of the official Dutch flag are red, white, and blue. »

BlogEastern Islands:
Kattenburg, Amsterdam
A row of ’17th century,’ gabled buildings along a square in the center of Amsterdam is not what it seems.

Here’s the story behind the façade — and why what happened here is important for the rest of Amsterdam. »

News:
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Under certain conditions it is legal for citizens of Amsterdam to rent out their privately-owned homes via Airbnb and similiar services.

Starting February 2015, Airbnb will start collecting tourist tax on behalf of the city. »

Bicycles:
bicycles
Bicycle theft is a fact of life in Amsterdam. Here’s what Amsterdammers do to try and prevent their bikes from getting stolen.

Plus: what to do when your bicycle does go missing. (It may have been removed by the police…) »

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 The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace at Amsterdam's Dam Square was once referred to by some as 'the world's eighth wonder.'

But as anyone who has seen the building knows, you'll have to go inside to understand why that was so.


 Visit an Amsterdam Cafe

The Dutch use cafés and their outdoor terraces like an extension of their living room. They’re comfortable places where you can relax, shoot the breeze, read, write, or do nothing at all.

bullet how to visit an Amsterdam café




 Dam Square

Palace on Dam Square
Dam Square (or, as locals say, 'De Dam') is the Amsterdam's best-known square. It is a handy central location from which to explore the medieval city centre.
Dam Square, Amsterdam


Here's what to see, what to avoid, and where to get something to eat and drink.

Plus: Was this the spot where Amsterdam got its name?


 10 Top Museums

Amsterdam Museums
If you only have time to visit a few of Amsterdam's 40+ museums, here are ten top suggestions:


 Public Transport

Amsterdam public transport
Amsterdam has an extensive, reliable public transport system that includes buses, trams (trolleys), metro (underground), and ferries.


 Cafés and Pubs

Amsterdam restaurant
April 5, 2014
Ordering a beer is simple enough, of course, but knowing the Dutch lingo for doing so can certainly help foreigners get exactly what they want. »

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