Your Visit to Amsterdam
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
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.
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.
Insider tips for Amsterdam travel
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.
Local residents love this humble bakery for its speculaas cookies during the winter and its fruit-swirled ice cream during the summer.
Favored by locals, this simple yet elegant eatery boasts unique Italian foods and wines and even offers bread and pasta made from scratch.
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.
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.
Visit the Plantage district to explore botanical gardens and greenways like the Hortus Botanicus.
Visit the floating flower market on the Singel canal; flowers have been sold on barges here for over a century.
Take a free tour of Gossan Diamonds to see how this precious material is cut, shaped, and fitted to jewelry.
Visit the Rijksmuseum to see masterpieces like Rembrandt's Night Watch and Vermeer's Milkmaid.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beyond the tulips, beer takes a close second in Amsterdam pride. Tour this infamous brewery complete with tastings, interactive displays and Heineken family history.
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.
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.
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Visit the world-famous wax museum at its Amsterdam location to see lifelike replicas of famous starlets and actors.
Attend a one-hour cheese tasting from this cheese maker that has been creating cheeses for over 100 years.
The place for families with children, this kids' playground features everything from slides to its very own disco.
One of Amsterdam's most popular attractions, the gardens are filled with more than seven million tulips and other flowers in the springtime.
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.
Amsterdam's equivalent of New York City's Central Park is filled with street performers, cafes, and footpaths.
Take a self-guided tour of the old brewery and learn about the history of the family and the beer.
Visit Europe's oldest zoo, where you can find an African savannah, a planetarium, a petting zoo, an aquarium, and more.