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Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands well-known for its past, elaborate canal systems and iconic architecture. Boosting itself to be one of the most popular cities breaks in all of Europe.
Amsterdam has something to offer for everyone, from walking and bike tours, exploring the Old Centre, Red Light District, Dam Square to any of the many Museums
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Europe. The city is well-known for its past, the elaborate canal system and the architecture of their iconic, narrow houses. Amsterdam offers way more than just cheap thrills! You can wander the sidewalks (by foot, or more popularly, by bike) and explore the Old Centre, Red Light, Dam Square, Grachtengordel and Museum districts. Use my travel tips from this ultimate Amsterdam travel guide to plan your trip to the Netherlands.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The best time to visit Amsterdam is between Spring and Autumn. I'd recommend visiting April, May and September if you're wanting to avoid the crowds but still enjoy some of the good weather. The closer towards the summer months guarantee you better weather, but be prepared to wait for hours at some of the popular tourist destinations.
I visited Amsterdam in February. It's also a beautiful place to visit during the winter months when the Christmas markets are full of hustle and bustle, but, be prepared for the bitterly cold weather, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 8 degrees! January is also one of the cheapest times to visit!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Language: The official language is Dutch however nearly everyone speaks English.
Currency: The Euro.
Credit Cards and ATMs: You’ll be able to pay with your debit/credit card in all restaurants and shops. Be mindful that you can only pay for public transport tickets with card.
Travel: Getting to Amsterdam from Schiphol Airport is super easy, only 15 minutes by train. Just be mindful that Schiphol Airport is huge and a lot of the signs are in dutch.