With over 1.2 million visitors, the Anne Frank House museum is one of Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attractions.
A new ticket & entry system has now significantly reduced the legendary ‘eternal’ queues
Updated with information about the new ticket/entry system, busiest times, and where (not) to get tickets.
Opening May 14, 2016, A’DAM Lookout is Amsterdam’s only publicly accessible observation deck.
You’ll have fantastic, 360° panoramic views of Amsterdam and surroundings.
Plug: are you brave enough to take a ride in Europe highest swingset?
There are plenty of places to swim in Amsterdam — from official swimming pools and nature areas to wild swimming holes.
Plus a look at the legality (and dangers) of swimming in the canals, rivers and channels. Updated!
Whether you are here on a layover, a few days in between other places, or for an extended vacation, no visit to Amsterdam is complete without a canal tour.
Some say it is the best way to see the city. Others says it’s the best way to get from point A to point B.
Specialty tours are popular as well: dinner cruises, or tours with pizza, cheese and wine… whatever floats your boat.
King’s Day in Amsterdam: it’s the world’s largest street party.
Previously known as Queen’s Day, 2016 will mark the third King’s Day, in honor of King Willem-Alexander.
Download your printable PDF map here.
Upon their return home from Amsterdam many tourists recount colorful stories of how they ‘accidentally’ visited a coffeeshop (just like they ‘innocently stumbled into’ the infamous Red Light District).
If you don’t want to make the same mistake – or conversely, if you do – pay attention.
Amsterdam is blessed with many great specialty coffee houses, but few garner such consistent praise as Al Ponte.
This real Italian coffee kiosk (owned and staffed by Italians) also serves fantastic, freshly made sandwiches.
Bonus: gorgeous, panoramic views of the river IJ.
Sunny? Head for AL Ponte!
The Westerkerk is Amsterdam’s — and indeed Holland’s — most famous church. At its completion, in 1631, it was the largest Protestant church in the world.
Crooners have written countless songs about the Westerkerk and its tower. Anne Frank and her family described hearing its bells from their hiding place. The painter Rembrandt van Rijn is buried in the church.
One of the city’s most photographed monuments.
Public transport in Amsterdam requires the use of an OV-Chipcard — a paper or plastic credit card-size ticket with en embedded memory chip designed to be read by ticket readers on board public transport vehicles.
For most tourists, day- or multiple day tickets are the best deal. They entitle you to unlimited travel through Amsterdam – day and night – by tram, bus and metro. Ferries across the river IJ are always free.
Public Transport to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. You can travel by train, bus, taxi, hotel-shuttle, and more.
Updated with information about Abel taxis.
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. Hint: It may have been removed by Civil Enforcement Officers.
New: Faster removal of illegally parked or ‘abandoned’ bikes. Updated!
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.
Also: is your room legal or illegal? Are you allowed to register? Updated!
Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world.
It is one of Amsterdam’s most popular museums, attracting 1.9 million visitors in 2015.
Over the past three years 51 people have drowned in the canals of Amsterdam. Only one of those casualties occurred as the result of a crime.
But what about the rumor that most drowning victims were drunks who were trying to pee into a canal?