The cultural and creative center of a nation is almost a sure sign that visitors will enjoy their time in the vibrant city of Amsterdam. Accommodation options here are varied and cater to all sorts of visitors and budgets.
Known as the Venice of the North, Amsterdam boasts impressive canals that cut through the city, enhancing the surrounding architecture and over 1,500 bridges. Whether a seeker of the arts or an explorer of a nation’s history, Amsterdam has something for every visitor to get excited about.
Things to see
There are about 7,000 registered historic buildings in Amsterdam, which pretty much makes this city a must-see for history buffs worldwide. There are two medieval wooden houses that survived their era, and are camera-worthy sights for all visitors. The houses can be found at Begijnhof 34 and Zeedijk 1. Just by walking around, you’ll see old architecture that never fails to impress in this old, yet refreshing city.
Since canals are found all over the city, enjoying a canal cruise within the city is a good choice, especially for first timers in this city. You can choose to cruise the canals on a guided tour or rent a boat and take your time exploring the twists and turns of the canal network, while taking in the natural beauty of the surrounding architecture.
Hotels in Amsterdam
The accommodation in Amsterdam is pretty decent, with hundreds of registered hotels of varying standards. There are budget hotels and there are some of the most expensive hotels in Europe, catering to visitors with different preferences. Most hotels are found in the Old Centre and aside from hotels, other options include hostels, holiday apartments and houseboats. Getting around is relatively easy with the metro system and walking.
Where to stay
Old Centre is the medieval centre of Amsterdam, one of the first destinations tourists visit when they arrive. The district is littered with interesting museums featuring exhibits on archaeology, history, art and there’s even a dungeon tour that may not be suitable for the faint hearted. Getting around is easy, as long as you’re willing to walk a few minutes from a train station.
Visitors looking to explore more upscale areas can try Jordaan, a district known for its art galleries for art lovers, specialty shops for retail therapy seekers and boutique restaurants for foodies and food critics alike. If all is said and done, then a slow walk around the district is also a good way to spend quality time with your companions and take the beautiful sights in.
How to get to Amsterdam
The main airport is Amsterdam Airport Schipol, and it serves flights from the US, Asia and Europe. There are frequent flights between London and Amsterdam. If you’re taking the train, Amsterdam Centraal Station is the main station to alight at and depart from. For those driving in, you can use the A1, A2 and A4 motorways all lead to Amsterdam.