The Dutch capital is a unique city, with charming features that will make you want to return for a second visit. Find out which districts are most worth visiting and what are the best ways to get around in this vibrant capital.
Centrum, Amsterdam's historic core, is where you'll find its most traditional architecture and plenty of restaurants and shopping opportunities, such as the market stalls at Noordemarkt. The Canal Ring is a wealthy area that's great for wandering and exploring the museums, including Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.
Within the city, cycling is definitely the best way to get around. Amsterdam's flatness is ideal for biking, and you'll be able to see a lot more than you would on foot. Hire a bike at one of the city's many hire shops to cycle round Vondelpark or to see the windmills at Zaanse Schans nearby.
There are plenty of places you can visit for a taste of classic Amsterdam. Tour the factories at Coster Diamonds and Gassan Diamonds to learn about the city's major export, and visit the floating Flower Market in the Grachtengordel neighbourhood to admire its pageant of colours and buy yourself some tulips as mementoes. If you can't bring them home, opt for some artificial ones.
Plan ahead to see all the main attractions during your visit to the Dutch capital. There are plenty of museums that bring to life the history of Amsterdam and will help you better understand the culture of the Netherlands.
Visit the secret annexe where Anne Frank hid with her family during WWII before unfortunately being discovered in 1944. It's a valuable educational experience and will bring to life the harsh realities of the conditions described in her famous diary.
This superb gallery displays thousands of works of art and historical artefacts from across European history. Its stunning 19th-century design is a stark contrast to the ultramodern Van Gogh Museum nearby, which is also well worth a visit for art fans.
If you love beer, you can tour this former brewery and learn all about one of the country's most well-known exports. Of course, there are tastings available, too.