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Amsterdam City Guide Introduction - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Intro to Amsterdam

Few cities in Europe pair style and dilapidation like Amsterdam. With a downright raunchy red light district on the one hand and some of the world's very best museums on the other, cosmopolitan Amsterdam takes its contradictions in stride. » read more

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Amsterdam Budget Hotels: What to Expect

Amsterdam isn't the cheapest city in Europe, but you can still find some great budget hotels. So what can you expect to pay, and what will you find in your budget room? » read more

Amsterdam Budget Tips

We have tons of advice about keeping it cheap in Amsterdam. Read about the tourist office, museum discounts, admission prices for popular attractions, and free sites. Amsterdam is packed with ways to save, and we'll tell you about a few of them here. » read more

Amsterdam Car Rentals

Should you rent a car in Amsterdam? We can't make that decision for you, sillies, but we can help you sort out the upsides and downsides to car rentals in Amsterdam. We'll tell you what you can expect to pay for a day's car rental and warn you off automatics. Read up, Cheapos! » read more

Expect to Spend: Amsterdam

How much do things cost in Amsterdam? We give you a quick survey of all major travel costs, from hotels to transportation and beyond. And we'll even provide you with a quick primer to tipping protocol and pickpocket avoidance. Yowza! » read more

Getting Around Amsterdam

Getting around Amsterdam is an absolute snap. Take a gander at our quick transportation guide. We provide overviews of the public transportation system, taxis, and bicycle rentals to help you get a sense of the lay of the land. And we'll tell you why an OV-chipkaart is your new best friend. » read more

Getting Into Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a very easy city to get into. Both the airport and the train station are easily linked to the center of the city. And while we're big fans of public transportation, we'll also tell you why taxis, with affordable fixed rates, are actually a reasonable option. » read more

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Amsterdam City Guide Introduction

Few cities in Europe pair style and dilapidation like Amsterdam. With a downright raunchy red light district on the one hand and some of the world's very best museums on the other, cosmopolitan Amsterdam takes its contradictions in stride. » read more

Amsterdam Day Trips

Read about and plan day trips from Amsterdam. We start you off here with three day trip suggestions, all in close proximity to the city of canals, coffeeshops, and world-class museums: Delft, Bloemendaal aan Zee, and (of course) a bike journey.

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Bungalow Parks in the Netherlands

We love saving you money. With this in mind, we present an overview of bungalow parks, a budget-friendly vacation secret the Dutch keep all to themselves. And while you're at it, get the skinny on the latest Dutch twist on the country holiday theme: Farmer's Beds.

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When to Visit Amsterdam (and Which Dates to Avoid)

When is the best season to travel to Amsterdam? Is there a best time to go? Read correspondent Audrey Syke's advice for the best times to visit Amsterdam.

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From our Amsterdam blog

Planning a trip to Amsterdam and looking for the perfect place to stay? Navigating all of the accommodation choices can be a bit confusing. Which neighborhood? How many stars? What’s in the rooms? What’s a go ... read

When flying between the United States and Europe, you probably know that it’s best to pack light. After all, the less luggage you have to haul around town the better. Related: 10 tips for packing for a two-week Eur ... read

To first timers in Amsterdam, it’s overwhelming to see a surplus of bicycles blanketing the city. Bicycles are leaning on everything, and transporting everyone, everywhere at all times of day and night. Questions that ... read

Amsterdam isn’t the most expensive city in Europe (we’re looking at you London!), but it’s certainly not the cheapest. You can expect to pay a little bit more for all of the essentials than you would in a place ... read

Amsterdam is often stereotyped in a sinful cliché of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Family members always ask me, “So, you’re living in Amsterdam? How’s the pot (chuckle, chuckle)!?” Hardy, har, har. While th ... read

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