Red light district, coffee shops, cultural diversity - Amsterdam is cosmopolitan and tolerant. With its canals, young neighborhoods and scene locations, the Dutch capital is always worth a visit. Here you'll find out about the most important tips for your city trip and what you should not miss.
The most central place to live in is Jordaan, the trendy district of Amsterdam in the canal belt. With one of the many AirBnB accommodations in the area you can not only explore all attractions on foot or by bike, but find the hippest bars and cafes right on your doorstep. If you want to get in contact with residents and other tourists, you can go to The Student Hotel. The concept is unique: There are three buildings, two of which are permanent living places for students. The third building with a gym and restaurant serves exclusively as a hotel.
Amsterdam is considered the Venice of the North: The center of the Dutch capital is criss-crossed by ring-shaped water channels, the Canal Belt. While formerly used for trading goods, it is now a cultural monument and the largest attraction in Amsterdam.
The mix of small town and metropolis is best experienced in a canacl cruise, where you will drive along second-hand and antique shops, flea markets and trendy cafes. It is especially in the area around De 9 Straatjes, where the architectural uniqueness of the canal belt can be seen: Because tariffs in Amsterdam used to be calculated according to the size of the plot of land, the height was increased rather than the width. This is why Amsterdam has so many narrow houses. That a large part of these houses along the canals is crooked, is not surprising: Because of the damp Amsterdam soil was built on wooden piles, which turn moldy with time.
If you are not traveling by boat, you can explore Amsterdam by bike. With more bicycles than inhabitants, Amsterdam is the bicycle capital of the world. A bike ride is the best way to discover the hip district of Joordan in the western canal belt.
What used to be the working-class district is now home to the young, well-paid population. Here you will find the best shopping streets with the Haarlemmerstraat and the Haarlemmerdijk. The Noordermarkt is the also most beautiful flea, antique and organic market.
From Jordaan it is easy to catch a ferry ride to Amsterdam Noord. In Noord, you will arrive at the former shipyard NDSM, the hotspot for artists with the best bars, festivals and galleries. And if you are not satisfied with the variety of exhibits there, you can visit the most visited museum in Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum. For those who like it more extraordinary, the Yab Yum is recommended: The formerly noblest brothel is now a museum, which is definitely worth a visit.
City trips make you hungry. If you feel that you travel 100 kilometers on foot, by bike or boat every day, you have to compensate for your calorie consumption. In Amsterdam, this is not difficult - the Dutch love deep fried food in all variations. The best fries of the city can be found at Vleminckx, the best burger in Amsterdam at Burgermeester. Friends of non-fried foods will find it at Stach or Buffet van Odette. Here you can not only eat healthy, but also recharge your batteries in a cozy atmosphere for the rest of your trip.
If you prefer to cook in the apartment, you can go shopping at Marqt, where the freshest, often regional food is available. If you prefer to eat in company: Basis Amsterdam pursues a bring-your-own-food philosophy. There you can either order from the menu or cook in a kitchen on-site.
From cozy breweries to festivals and coffee shops to big clubs - Amsterdam's nightlife is just as varied as the city itself. For beer lovers, the Brouwerij t IJ is the perfect location to round off the evening. Here you will find ecologically brewed beers in authentic surroundings - right next to an old windmill. It is also cozy in the Noorderlicht in the former shipyard NDSM. The campfires and live music will get you in a festival mood during summer.
If you want to dance the night away, we recommend the Melkweg. It's not just the atmosphere - the club is in a former brewery - but also the music played by international DJs. Amsterdam is not only young, hip and impulsive, but above all tolerant. In hardly any other city there is a larger gay scene than in the Dutch capital. Everyone is welcome everywhere!