Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, and is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It is known as the "Venice of the North," because of its network of peaceful canals through the city. It architecture is impressive, and the city has more than 1500 bridges. Amsterdam is also known as a place that offers something for everyone, whether it be cultural, historical, wild parties, or simply the relaxed charms of an old European town.
Monthly Weather Conditions
Amsterdam has an instantly recognizable charm all its own. The rainy days are almost the same at any time of the year, with differences of around 1 or 2 days, give or take.
The best months to visit are from April to September, when the days are longer and temperatures are milder than other months.
More information: Amsterdam forecast and weather conditions monthly
Amsterdam 10 most important sights:
- Koninklijk Paleis: One of three royal palaces in the Netherlands, the Koninklijk Paleis in Amsterdam is located on the western side of Dam Square in the center of the city.
- De Wallen: De Wallen is Amsterdams infamous red-light district, the citys designated area for legalized prostitution.
- Scheepvaartmuseum: The museum features 18 rooms of exhibits and artefacts.
- Vondelpark: Named Nieuwe Park when it opened in 1865, Vondelpark is located in the Oud-Zuid, or Old South district of Amsterdam, to the west of the citys Museum Square.
- Bloemenmarkt: Located between Muntplein and Koningsplein on the south bank of the Singel canal, the Bloemenmarkt is the worlds only floating flower market.
- Anne Frank House: Amsterdams most visited attraction, the Anne Frank Huis is situated along the Prinsengracht canal.
- Begijnhof: The district of Begijnhof, or Beguines Courtyard, occupies the center circle of land in Amsterdams circular canal system.
- Van Gogh Museum: Located on the northwestern side of the Museum Square, or Museumplein, the Van Gogh Museum is home to the worlds largest collection of the artists paintings and letters.
- Rijksmuseum: Occupying the northeastern section of the Museum Square, the Rijksmuseum is arguably the most important of the nations arts and history museums.
- Canals of Amsterdam: The famous canals were built during the 17th century to control the flow of the Amstel River and to add acres of dry land to the city.
Recommendation for one day:
- Start the day in Koninklijk Paleis. The Royal Palace in Amsterdam is one of three palaces in the Netherlands at the disposal of the Monarch by Act of Parliament. The palace was built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century.
- Anne Frank's House is worth visiting, a historic house and biographical museum dedicated to the Jewish wartime. Or you can go at Rijksmuseum, a Dutch National museum dedicated to the art and history of the Netherlands.
- Visit Vondelpark, a public, urban park of 47 hectares, it is part of the borough of Amsterdam-Zuid and situated west from the Leidseplein and the Museumplein.
- Visit Jordaan, a great neighbourhood, part of the borough of Amsterdam-Centrum. There you will find art galleries, specialty shops and restaurants.
- Enjoy a night at Hiding in Plain Sight, or HPS, a gem of a cocktail bar. On entering, the small, ground-level bar and cramped seating area don't seem to offer much more than the staff's smiles.
The recommended accommodation areas for Amsterdam are:
Cheap area: Jordaan, Damn Square
Central location: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwa
Beach area: Zandvoort
Compared to prices worldwide, Amsterdam is an expensive destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $82.02, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $311.83, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $110.04
- Hotel (3 stars): $140.60
- Hotel (4 stars): $171.48
- Hotel (5 stars): $314.86
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $21.36
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $38.92
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $5.27
- Meal, McDonalds: $9.36
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $17.56
Amsterdam has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 67.0 (better than United states average 48.0)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 80.1 (better than United states average 69.6)
- Walking alone at night: 63.1 (better than United states average 41.7)
More information: Amsterdam safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.