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Experience Your Best Amsterdam Vacation

The capital and largest city of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, has grown into a center for cultural and financial success. With a population of seven million people, the city is designed for catering to a diverse scene and virtually guarantees you will find plenty to hold your interest.

Amsterdam, a city for everyone, has a little bit of everything rolled into one area. Tour the beautiful Keukenhof Gardens to see famous Dutch tulips, or go on self-guided tours through the old Heineken factory. Whether its beauty or hipness you desire on your vacation, your Amsterdam experience begins with booking your travel on Orbitz.com.

Best time to take a vacation to Amsterdam

  • Best Time to Go

    Amsterdam vacations cover any season of the year. The most popular is during April, when the tulips in the famous tulip gardens and the fields surrounding the city are in glorious full bloom. Amsterdam Travel fares and accommodation costs will be more expensive at this time of year. There are flower festivals all through the summer, and the historic cheese markets don't open until June. Biking is very popular around the city and is good for any weather pattern, as are the festivals. Visit around the end of April to help celebrate Queen's Day, a national holiday, or visit in September for the very industrial and experimental Robodock Arts Festival.

  • Because of its location near large bodies of water and its large population, Amsterdam's winters are typically mild with frost but have little snow. The summers are warm, with average highs staying below 80 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a pleasant time to visit and a popular time for tourism. Summer also has a variety of festivals to attend, including the Holland Festival and the Gay Pride parade. If you plan to see the tulips in full bloom, plan to visit during the spring. Regardless of your timing, book your travel ahead of schedule with Orbitz.com to get the best accommodations available in the best parts of town.

Insider tips for Amsterdam travel

  • Bike City

    If you're a seasoned bicyclist, rent a bike from Bike City in the Jordan neighborhood; they only rent Dutch bikes so you’ll blend in like a native.

  • Plantage District

    Visit the Plantage district to explore botanical gardens and greenways like the Hortus Botanicus.

  • Signel Canal

    Visit the floating flower market on the Singel canal; flowers have been sold on barges here for over a century.

  • Gossan Diamonds

    Take a free tour of Gossan Diamonds to see how this precious material is cut, shaped, and fitted to jewelry.

  • Rijksmuseum

    Visit the Rijksmuseum to see masterpieces like Rembrandt's Night Watch and Vermeer's Milkmaid.

  • Will Graanstra Fritehuis

    This stall near the Anne Frank Huis has been open since 1956 and is still loved by the Amsterdam locals who crave the founder's crispy fries.

    Lanskroon

    Local residents love this humble bakery for its speculaas cookies during the winter and its fruit-swirled ice cream during the summer.

    Toscanini

    Favored by locals, this simple yet elegant eatery boasts unique Italian foods and wines and even offers bread and pasta made from scratch.

    Mulligans

    This Irish pub offers live Irish music on most nights and also has a Sunday open-mike night, so you can try your hand at entertaining the local crowd.

    Kokinklijk Theater Carre

    See performances like a local in this intimate theater where most local performers are on stage, and shows are in Dutch.

Amsterdam Hotels

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Prins Hendrikkade 108 Map
4.5 / 5 210 reviews
  • Stay 3 nights and get 15% off
  • Stay 3 nights and get 15% off
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Museum Amstelkring (.5 mi/.8 km)Oude Kerk (.5 mi/.8 km)Amsterdam Flower Market (Bloemenmarkt) (1 mi/1.5 km)Royal Palace/Dam Square (1 mi/1.5 km)Anne Frankhuis (Anne Frank House) (1.5 mi/2 km)Begijnhof (1.5 mi/2 km)Rijksmuseum (2.5 mi/4 km)Van Gogh Museum (3 mi/5 km) ... More

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S Gravesandestraat 51 Map
3.9 / 5 42 reviews
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Rijksmuseum (1.5 mi/2.5 km)Amsterdam Flower Market (Bloemenmarkt) (2 mi/3.5 km)Rembrandt House Museum (Rembrandthuis) (2 mi/3.5 km)Van Gogh Museum (2 mi/3 km)Royal Palace/Dam Square (2 mi/4 km)Oude Kerk (2.5/4 km)Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis) (3 mi/5 km)Amsterdam... More

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Molenwerf 1 Map
4.4 / 5 61 reviews
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Modern 4 star hotel about 6 minutes away from the city center. Haarlem and Schiphol airport are only 15 minutes away. All rooms are soundproofed and equipped with airconditioning and free wifi. On site parking is available in own parking garage. Amsterdam city centre can... More

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Damrak 96 Map
4.2 / 5 85 reviews
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An unbeatable location on Amsterdam's breathtaking Dam Square puts guests of the chic Swissotel within a short walk of the city's leading cultural attractions and prime shopping and dining venues. Inviting guest rooms boast contemporary design, sleek amenities (including... More

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Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 33 Map
3.7 / 5 63 reviews
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Comprised of nine historic buildings (the oldest dating from the 17th century), the Avenue Hotel Amsterdam offers guests an authentic taste of Dutch architectural heritage.  The hotel's central locale makes it an ideal home base for exploring the magnificent... More

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Nieuwezijds Kolk 19 Map
4.0 / 5 56 reviews
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Well located in a traffic-free square close to shopping and restaurants in central Amsterdam, the Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre offers value and style to the budget-conscious tourist. The hotel has smart modern décor and a chic lobby cocktail bar, and offers business and... More

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Jan Luykenstraat 58 Map
4.3 / 5 41 reviews
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Spanning three interconnected, 19th century townhouses, the charming Bilderberg Jan Luyken Hotel Amsterdam offers the intimacy and coziness of a historic boutique hotel with an array of modern amenities to please any Amsterdam visitor. Only steps from the Rijksmuseum,... More

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Prinsengracht 315-331 Map
4.2 / 5 31 reviews
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  • Stay 3 nights - save 20%
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Royal Palace/Dam Square (.5 mi/less than 1 km)Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis) (2 blocks)Begijnhof (.5 mi/1 km)Oude Kerk (1 mi/2 km)Amsterdam Flower Market (Bloemenmarkt) (less than 1 mi/1 km)Rijksmuseum (1.5 mi/2.5 km)Van Gogh Museum (1.5 mi/3 km) GeneralThe Hotel... More

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Amstelstraat 17 Map
4.0 / 5 32 reviews
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  • Stay 1 night - get 15% off
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Amsterdam Flower Market (Bloemenmarkt) (1 mi/1.5 km)Rembrandt House Museum (Rembrandthuis) (1 mi/2 km)Royal Square/Dam Square (1 mi/1.5 km)Amsterdam Historical Museum (Amsterdams Historisch Museum) (1 mi/1.5... More

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Vijzelstraat 49 Map
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The chic, cosmopolitan Albus Hotel Amsterdam City Centre is the ideal destination for travelers looking for style and elegance mixed with modern amenities and a convenient, central location. This boutique hotel offers plush, modern guest rooms with... More

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Amsterdam highlights

  • Amsterdam
  • Dam Square

    Begin your Amsterdam travels in the city's historic center. This well-traveled square is alive with street performers, tourists and pigeons, plus the Royal Palace and National Monument. Celebrate Queens Day with the locals decked and dyed in orange.

  • Flower markets

    Flower pride is contagious from the famous floating Bloemenmarket to the Amsterdam Tulip Museum. Make a springtime pilgrimage to Keukenhof Gardens where the landscape turns into a living, tulip-infested rainbow.

  • Heineken Experience

    Beyond the tulips, beer takes a close second in Amsterdam pride. Tour this infamous brewery complete with tastings, interactive displays and Heineken family history.

  • Van Gogh Museum

    Explore this Dutch native's works from wild landscapes and somber peasant workers to sunflowers and self-portraits. Devote the day to art: the Rijksmuseum is nearby.

  • Rijksmuseum

    Bask in the glory of the Dutch masters at this world-class museum, featuring works by Rembrandt and Vermeer. If you visit during the week, stroll the Renaissance and Baroque Gardens to see fountains, ponds and architectural gems.

  • Begijnhof

    Escape to this peaceful nook to see tiny houses, a park and authentic 14th-century architecture including Begijnhof Kapel, Englese Kerk and the country's oldest wooden house.

  • Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis)

    Lovingly preserved, this unforgettable museum showcases the Frank family's wartime hideout while multimedia displays honor Anne's memory with photos, films and original writings.

  • Amsterdam Museum

    Time-travel through the centuries at this historic museum, just a short walk from Dam Square. View maps, paintings and artifacts charting Amsterdam's rise from medieval fishing village to Golden Age world power.

  • Museum Our Lord in the Attic (Museum Amstelkring)

    This elegant 17th-century merchant's house reveals dazzling details about Dutch Golden Age life, including an ornate (and hidden) Catholic church.

  • Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

    Visit the world-famous wax museum at its Amsterdam location to see lifelike replicas of famous starlets and actors.

    Reypenaer

    Attend a one-hour cheese tasting from this cheese maker that has been creating cheeses for over 100 years.

    TunFun

    The place for families with children, this kids' playground features everything from slides to its very own disco.

    Keukenhof Gardens

    One of Amsterdam's most popular attractions, the gardens are filled with more than seven million tulips and other flowers in the springtime.

    Gassan Diamonds

    Learn how rough diamonds are turned into sparkling jewels when you watch diamond cutters and polishers on this popular one-hour tour.

    Van Gogh Museum

    Admire approximately 700 paintings and drawings by famous artists including Van Gogh, Monet, Gauguin, and more.

    Anne Frank House

    Tour the secret annex and view a reconstruction of Anne Frank's bedroom, as well as her actual diary.

    Vondelpark

    Amsterdam's equivalent of New York City's Central Park is filled with street performers, cafes, and footpaths.

    Heineken Experience

    Take a self-guided tour of the old brewery and learn about the history of the family and the beer.

    Artis

    Visit Europe's oldest zoo, where you can find an African savannah, a planetarium, a petting zoo, an aquarium, and more.

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