Amsterdam city

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What makes Amsterdam so popular? Is it the canals and bridges, the city’s rich history, the cultural offerings, the cosy neighbourhoods with cafés and antique shops or the expansive city parks? Or is it the warm, welcoming liberal character of the city? It’s the combination that makes Amsterdam so unique. Do as the Dutch all do: hop on a bike and experience Amsterdam!

City highlights

What do you have to see?

Famous museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Anne Frank Huis and the Hermitage Amsterdam, as well as the most distinctive districts like the Jordaan, the cosy working-class centre and rich Oud-Zuid (Old South).

What do you have to do?

Take a boat trip through the canals (more about canal cruising), explore the city by bike and enjoy a sunny terrace in between. Seen it, done it, got the T-shirt already? Then there’s still plenty more to do. For information go to one of our tourist information offices.

Museum District

Amsterdam is world-famous for its museums. The most renowned, such as the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum are conveniently located close to each other in the colourful Museum Quarter. This prestigious area is also bursting with unique shops, café’s and restaurants – making it a wonderful place to spend a day, or two!

De 9 Straatjes (The 9 Streets)

Between Leidsestraat and Raadhuisstraat there is an area known as De 9 Straatjes (The 9 Streets), named after the nine side streets connecting the main canals. Together they constitute a charming neighbourhood full of unique shops, wonderful places to have lunch and a great atmosphere.