The capital city of the Netherlands can be reached by a direct train journey of only 30 minutes and is well worth a visit. From the peace and quiet of the coast to the energy of the dynamic big city. Amsterdam is known for its artistic heritage, the large network of canals and the narrow gabled houses. There is so much to see and do. Listen to impressive concerts in amazing theaters, taste exciting dishes in the best restaurants or visit spectacular exhibitions in world-famous museums. The capital city is a feast for the eyes and the ears. What would you like to do? Do you want be active, cultural, culinary or maybe a combination of everything? You could spend a whole week visiting the highlights in Amsterdam. So when you go to Amsterdam, you'll have to make choices.
The absolute must sees: the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank house and the Hermitage Amsterdam; the sweet neighborhood Jordaan with its curiosity shops, the authentic center and the wealthy Oud-Zuid area with its stately houses. The must do’s? Taking a boat ride on the canals, exploring the city by bicycle and finding that perfect terrace to watch the world go by. Been there, done that, already got the t-shirt? There's plenty more! Find a quiet moment in the Vondelpark, the domain of joggers, sun lovers, rosé drinkers, footballers, skaters and performers. Also hip and happening is the park and the area around of the Westergasterrein and the arty Amsterdam Noord. The Oosterpark on a summer's day is where families with large picnic baskets go.
When in Amsterdam...
And do as the inhabitants of Amsterdam do: get on your bike, ride along the canals, pick a nice terrace, go to a festival and experience the liberal character of the city. In Amsterdam it doesn't matter what the color of your skin is, or your religion or sexual orientation. And in addition to the rich history and cultural opportunities, that is exactly what makes Amsterdam so very special.