Accommodation & Apartments in Amsterdam
Big things come in small packages and Amsterdam
, one of the most seductive and gezellig European capitals, packs a big punch. The northern city of canals, open-mindedness and sweet brown cafes has plenty to offer its visitors, from art
and spectacular architecture
to raucous nightlife
and superb dining
. Nevertheless, Amsterdam’s accommodation scene is brimming with creative options to ensure your stay is just as unique and exciting as the city itself. So whether you’re looking for chic Bed and Breakfasts, cheerful hostel rooms, trendy self-catered apartments or characterful houseboats, Wimdu’s got you covered with a slew of excellent choices for the smart, budget-minded traveler of the 21st century.
Amsterdam has more canals than Venice.
Bloemenmarkt, Europe’s only floating flower market can be found in Amsterdam.
Surprisingly, Amsterdam boasts great city beaches.
The cosmopolitan Dutch capital accommodates the greatest number of nationalities in the world (178 in 2010).
Amsterdam is the city with the world’s highest museum density (over 60).
Things To Do
With its rich architectural heritage and unbeatable collection of museums, festivals, theatres and art galleries, Amsterdam is undeniably one of Europe’s major cultural hubs. Top-class museums such as the Rijksmuseum
, the Van Gogh Museum
or the Stedelijk
are a real treat for any art lover in this magnificent city. The iconic Anne Frank House
, the Dutch Resistance Museum
, the archaeological Allard Pierson Museum
, the Jewish Historical Museum
and the Amsterdam Museum
- whose lovely exhibits illustrate the city’s past from the Middle Ages to the present time – are all wonderful destinations to indulge your passion for history and culture.
Though endowed with an amazing biking culture and infrastructure, Amsterdam is compact enough to navigate on foot, as well. Depending on what you’re looking for, the city has a neighborhood for just about everyone, from the touristy Old Centre
with its monumental Dam Square
, infamous Red Light District
and vibrant Old Jewish Quarter
to the upscale Jordaan
, where enchanting courtyards and old-fashioned facades adorned with colorful stone tablets rub shoulders with hip restaurants and creative art studios. Other must visit destinations in Amsterdam include the exceptional UNESCO-listed Canal Ring with its chocolate-box 17th century canal mansions; the South where the Museum Quarter
, the sprawling Vondelpark
and the atmospheric Albert Cuyp
street market make for an excellent day out; and Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands
– a modern neighborhood jam-packed with cutting-edge architecture, hip fashion boutiques and lovely boat restaurants. Equally interesting sights are the sleek Heineken Experience
on Stadhouderskade; the FOAM
- a wonderful photography museum on the Keizersgracht canal, and the Concertgebouw, one of the finest and most visited concert halls in the world, with almost 800 shows each year.
Nevertheless, for a true taste of the city’s easy-going lifestyle, burgeoning coffee culture and vivid local colors, throw away your carefully planned to do list and let yourself get lost in the picturesque canal-lined streets of Amsterdam. Chances are you’ll stumble upon an architectural marvel, a quirky shop with a tale to tell or at least a cozy brown café where you can take the pulse of the nation. This is Amsterdam, one of the world’s most libertine and forward-looking cities, a place that almost begs you to experience the thrill of a serendipitous discovery.
Amsterdam’s shopping scene ranges from outposts of the most famous high-end retailers to gorgeous antique shops, trendy malls and funky, independent boutiques with their own individual style and philosophy. For keen fashionistas, however, the famous Nine Little Streets
, the Museum Quarter, De Bijenkorf in the Dam Square, and the glamorous Kalverstraat which runs from the bustling Muntplein
to the Dam, are the city’s premiere shopping destinations, especially when looking for international luxury brands and exquisite footwear. What really makes shopping in Amsterdam a unique experience, though, is the abundance of antiques and quirky vintage shops which have sprung up around hipster Nieuwe Spiegelstraat and the central Spiegelgracht canal in the last couple of years. The city’s lively street markets are also worth a look to pick up some fresh local produce, flowers, books, second-hand clothing or handicrafts. Some of the best include: Waterlooplein
– Amsterdam’s largest flea market; the vibrant Albert Cuyp Market
; the Noordermarkt
, in the old Jordaan area – a great place to buy organic farmer’s produce; and the Bloemmarkt
– a dazzling raw of house-boats selling all kinds of colorful flowers and fragrant shrubs.
Wine and Dine
Amsterdam has never been a mecca for foodies, but over the last few years an innovative Dutch food culture along with a new fabulous breed of restaurants has revolutionized the city’s dull dining scene. Consequently, Amsterdam has become a culinary hotspot with a variety of celebrity chefs and award-wining restaurants serving fantastic dishes throughout the city. But while inventive, organic kitchens continue to pop up all over the charming Dutch capital, Amsterdam’s famed Indonesian restaurants persist in luring the visitors with their fabulous rijsttafel (rice table). For those with a passion for ethnic food, De Pijp and the Zeedijk street along the western and northern edges of the Red Light District, offer a plethora of great eateries serving a number of international cuisines
, including Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and even Brazilian and Argentinian. For those looking for something a little more highbrow, look no further than Leidseplein, the very heart of the city’s dining, nightlife and entertainment. Restaurants in the area are plentiful and cater to a wide range of tastes and budgets.
With most of its major sights located in or near the compact city center, it’s no surprise Amsterdam is a delightfully walkable city. Moreover, according to the 2013 Copenhagenize Index, the Dutch capital is the world's most bicycle-friendly city, which means that there’s clearly no better way to experience it than by bike. Public transportation is also excellent, with an extensive network of tram, metro, ferry and bus services providing cheap and effective ways to get around Amsterdam. For a truly memorable experience, top off your trip to Amsterdam with an exciting canal cruise. The city offers everything from free ferry rides throughout Amsterdam Noord and exciting hop on hop off canal buses to private canal cruises and exquisite sailing restaurants. To make the most of your visit, however, purchasing a public transport pass is fully recommended. I Amsterdam City card
, GVB Day Passes
, Amsterdam & Region Day Ticket
and Amsterdam Tourist Ticket
are among the city’s most renowned, and most of them offer free entrance to Amsterdam’s top attractions and museums.