What is the essence of Amsterdam? This is a topic that many have an opinion on. Yes, there are hundreds of years of history here, thousands of protected buildings that form a storyline unlike any other. There are world-class museums, showcasing masterful artworks and other gems from the Dutch Golden Age. There is a nightlife scene that rivals any in Europe and of course, there are the picturesque canals, where time seems to have stood still. But, traveler, until you visit, you will never know what it means to you. As you begin planning your vacation in Amsterdam, you cannot go wrong when you listen to—and follow—your heart.
Whether you’re exhausted from a day of shopping or an afternoon spent in the coffee shops, or are returning home in the early morning after experiencing the legendary nightlife, you’re going to need a nice, comfy bed as part of that Amsterdam vacation package.
You’ll certainly want to explore the Jordaan neighborhood, where you can travel along canals similar to those in Venice. If you want a drink before the boat ride though, you should head over to the Heineken Experience. If you have a bit to drink, no worries—many Amsterdam attractions are walkable, and taxis are always available. The royals know a thing or two about revelry, as well, so a journey over to the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, one of the country’s most famous Golden Age buildings, may be in order. If it is museums you seek, the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Anne Frank House are the can’t-miss places.
On a couples vacation in Amsterdam? There’s nothing more romantic than a canal city—just ask Venice. Float along as if in a dream on a canal cruise, and spend some time strolling hand in hand, admiring the Amsterdam canal houses and architecture. With over 90 islands connected by 1,200 bridges, there is plenty to see…and plenty of magical photos to add to the scrapbook of your life together.
It’s true that an Amsterdam getaway has it all: big-city shopping, dining, and nightlife with a small-town feel—it is Europe’s “Urban Village.” But if you’re looking for a unique experience, one that will make you feel like you truly got to know this fascinating place, plan your trip around an event. In August, the Loveland Festival's six main stages and thousands of attendees turn the Sloterpark into a huge party. You don’t want to miss it—with elaborate sets and all-around good vibes, each year is better than the last. If you're a movie lover, make a pilgrimage to the EYE Film Museum in May to enjoy the Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival. And if you're a foodie, definitely stay near Food Center Amsterdam. Every June, the Het Hoofdgerecht perfectly pairs delicious local food with refreshing wine and beer, for the perfect culinary experience.
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