Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • Culture Vultures
  • Something Different
    • Language

      Dutch, English
    • Altitude

      -3 metres (-9.84 feet)
    • Time zone

      Central European Time Zone (UTC +1)
    • Theme


Rich culture, historic canals, world renowned museums, exciting nightlife and more – That’s Amsterdam for you!

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  • Culture

    Amsterdam’s rich history has given it an amazing diversity in arts and culture as well. Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank Huis and other world famous museums reflect the rich past very well and are the high points of any visit to the Dutch capital.

  • Architecture

    From historic canals to buildings constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries, you will be amazed to see the variety that the city has to offer in terms of architecture.

  • Nightlife

    With innumerable bars and pubs dotting the city and each one offering a wide variety on the menu, you are sure to fall in love with Amsterdam’s effervescent nightlife.

Be prepared

  • Poor parking facilities

    One-way roads and poor parking facilities in Amsterdam make it almost impossible to commute in self-driven cars. However, the efficient public transport makes up for it.

Describing It

The Netherlands have a unique blend of experiences to offer and Amsterdam, being the capital city is brimming with them. The name of the city was originally derived from the term Amstelredamme, which is symbolic of the city’s origin as a dam of River Amstel. Everything from history, culture and arts to nightlife, entertainment and food awaits you in the Dutch capital.

Amsterdam was a refuge for Protestants and Jews in the 16th and 17th centuries and has over the years, developed to become a modern city with a massive history and culture. Today, it is especially well known for its myriad museums, coffeeshops and canal-side bar-cafés. It will also be safe to say that Amsterdam has emerged as a popular nightlife hub in Europe.

A well-planned city, Amsterdam has a canal system that is spread throughout its landscape. The canal ring was, in fact, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. What’s more, the canal houses are a must visit as many of them have been carefully preserved to depict the life and times in the Middle Ages. In fact, a lot of important Amsterdam museums have been built on these canal houses. While Museumplein is home to Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum, there are many other renowned museums that dot the city. On your trip to Amsterdam, don’t miss visiting these museums if you wish to know all about the rich culture and heritage the Dutch capital boasts of.

The list of things to do in Amsterdam doesn’t end here. The many theatres and concert halls double up as cultural and entertainment spots. The city holds many surprises for party animals too. There are bars, restaurants and cafés galore and every visitor will find one to suit his taste. Leidseplein and the Rembrandtplein are the hubs and many popular nightlife jaunts are tucked away in these neighbourhoods.