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Amsterdam at a Glance

Take a ramble through Amsterdam to discover delightful twisting alleys, neighborhood cafes and picturesque canal scenes off the beaten track.

Amsterdam's brightly colored houses are the perfect backdrop for a morning walk or ride through the city. Admire their colorful reflections in the glassy waters of the canals as you listen to the tinkle of bicycle bells from nearby commuters. Stop at a canal-side cafe and experience the special coziness that Amsterdam is proud of. Linger over coffee and let the sun hit you as it hits the nearby red tulips.

For a more destination oriented tour of Amsterdam, head to the museums, art and historical centers that make the city famous. Anne Frank lived in Amsterdam and her home has been turned into a haunting and tragic museum about her short life. The Van Gogh Museum celebrates the art of the Amsterdam native and some of the work of his contemporaries. In other museums history comes alive through exhibits on shipbuilding and the Nazi occupation.  

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter The Netherlands if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Amsterdam Central Station
      • Bus OV Buses
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Weather is generally mild in Amsterdam. After heavy rains, flooding may be a problem.

      Safety Concerns Guard your personal belongings against pickpockets and thieves. Keep bikes locked up and use your hotel safe for valuables such as your passport. If you visit Amsterdam's red light district use caution in bars and clubs as scams are more common here than elsewhere.

      Health Concerns The Netherlands are a safe country with clean drinking water and good public health. Practice good hygiene while in Amsterdam to avoid getting sick.