Is Amsterdam Worth Visiting?

Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, is located in the picturesque region of North Holland. Known for its artistic heritage and elaborate canal system, it was a significant center during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. Best known for its narrow houses with gabled facades, Amsterdam is a city that brings history alive with its world-class museums such as the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, and the Rijksmuseum. The city's vibrant nightlife is centered around Leidseplein and the iconic, neon-lit Red Light District. A cycling tour around its famed tulip fields and vast windmills is a must-do, reflecting the city's environmentally friendly, bicycle-friendly culture. Amsterdam, with its intermingling of tradition and modernity, offers a unique travel experience unlike any other in Europe.

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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 58 experiences

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Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.8/5

Food

4.7/5

Budget-friendly

3.4/5
Ingridé

Ingridé (37)

Netherlands

Solo travel experience

Last summer I went to Amsterdam it was really nice. Exceeded my expectations. I had dinner in a vegan restaurant TerraZen. The food was amazing Lots of things to do and all types of people. For women there is a really great female friendly hostel!

Posted: February 5, 2024Experienced: May, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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It was really great meeting new people visit the city but I think 2-3 days are enough and think to reserve things before like Anne frank house or museum. There are a lot of French people (if you are French and don’t really speak good English). Good point they speak really good English

Posted: February 1, 2024Experienced: October, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Makenna

Makenna

United States

Solo travel experience

I traveled here with a friend of mine. We walked everyone and took a train once. I never ever felt unsafe at any point and everyone really kept to themselves. Because it was cold I feel like there was less to do but honestly I travel to see the place itself and its architecture/landscape and to eat food. It is a lot of walking and I would not recommend any shoes besides sneakers that are good. I will say to do a canal tour, I did one with my Airbnb host. Try fable friet, go to a stroopwaffle stand and try the smash burger place meijard. I wanted to try more places but those I remember the names of. I also went to more places but none stuck out to me too too much. The food was not bad though, don’t get me wrong. I used my credit card for mostly everything but did get euros for when I wanted to pay my Airbnb host for the canal ride and to give money to the man who gives food to the pigeons. I think I spent around 300 probably less in the four days I was there not including my Airbnb. My Airbnb was great and it was in a quiet location away from city center. We took the ferry to and from every day. If anyone wants to know who the host was I would love to get you connected. I didn’t have an itinerary just went along with my days but if any questions feel free to ask and i’ll answer to the best of my knowledge!

Posted: January 30, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Pınar

Pınar (38)

Turkey

Solo travel experience

- It was absolutely safe. - I recommend you to eat at George’s Cafe. - Be sure to join the tour with boats. - Some tickets include both the boat tour and the museum entrance card. Keep more economical in mind.

Posted: January 21, 2024Experienced: December, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Anna

Anna

Austria

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I had a very fun time there. In general I’m a museum type of person, so I went to -Straat museum 10/10 -Riijksmuseum 9/10 -Fabrique des Lumières 10/10 -Moco museum 10/10 -Stedeliijk museum 8/10 -nxt museum 6/10 For Van Gogh museum you need to buy ticket at least 3 weeks before visit. I stayed in hostel Utopia and it’s right above a coffeeshop, I will give it 5/10…..I mean. For a solo girlie…maybe not the best 🤷🏻‍♀️ But in general I felt safe. There were a loooot of other tourists. This was the end of October.

Posted: January 15, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

Amsterdam is beautiful, progressive, easy to navigate, and a dream for every museum lover. It was my second trip and I never felt uncomfortable or unsafe. I traveled alone and didn't have any problems.

Posted: December 28, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I felt incredibly safe in Amsterdam! It’s a beautiful city with so many things to see and do. The people are nice and food is great. IJ Hallen, Europes largest flea market, happens once per month and was a great place to visit.

Posted: December 3, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Safe city and biked on my own back without any problem. Simple and easy to get around and locals are usually very friendly and helpful if you need any recommendations. Overall recommend this city for solo traveller as it is a safe city and you can get anywhere pretty easily.

Posted: November 19, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I visited Amsterdam alone and I highly recommend it. There are plenty of things to do, so you never get bored. I never felt unsafe. Friendly people, and English is widely used. Public transportation is amazing and very easy to use.

Posted: October 15, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I visited Amsterdam and fell in love with it. The communication was really simple, and the culture of cycling impressed me greatly. It is a very friendly and clean city, where I felt safe, while also being able to explore and enjoy the culture. The only downside is that it is an expensive city.

Posted: October 10, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Local tips

Esse

Esse

Netherlands

The best places to thrift shop: - "ijhallen", this one is pretty famous. It is the biggest flee market in Europe and has lots of different stands. The market is twice a month on Saturday and Sunday, but you should check their website. I think its a great place for just about anything you are looking for. It is easy accessible with the ferry! You do need to buy a ticket beforehand, which is about 6 euros, but its totally worth it. Also, its recommended to bring some cash. - gideon. This second hand shop has a variety of things. On one hand, trash, on the other hand, really cheap cute clothes. You need to do some digging, but since there are multiple shops in Amsterdam, it cant hurt to visit. - there are many local "kringloopwinkels". My favorites are 'de buurt kringloop', 'kringloop west' and 'kilosale amsterdam.' the shop owners are really nice and you really get the local feeling. These shops aren't really in the city centre, but within a 20 minute bike ride, you will find them. Have fun!

Posted: January 24, 2024
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Museums - I highly recommend the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Moco, Hermitage, Stedelijk, Red Light Secrets, Sexual Art Museum, Diamond Museum, Van Loon Museum, Anne Frank House, Body Worlds, Eye Filmmuseum, and Ripley's Believe it Or Not. If you're feeling up to it, check out Madame Tussauds, Wondr Experience, and Heineken Experience. Walking - I recommend taking a stroll around the 9 Streets neighborhood, filled with charming little shops, vintage clothing stores, concept stores, restaurants, and cafes. This is also a perfect place to find a unique souvenir to take home, or to treat yourself to something special. Food and drink - Van Stapele Koekmakerij (cookies), Van Wonderen Stroopwaffels (caramel waffles), Chun (boba tea), Pluk (breakfast/brunch/lunch), De Laatste Kruimel cafe (breakfast/brunch/lunch), Tony's Chocolonely Bar (everything chocolate!), Polaberry (strawberries in chocolate), Vapiano (pasta and pizza), The Butcher (burgers), Vegan Junk Food Bar (no explanation needed, but I recommend the burgers), New York Pizza (best thick crust pizza). Try typical Dutch food from the vending machine at Febo or Smuller's. Snacks - My favorite snacks are frikandel, bami, and kipcorn. Order fries with mayonnaise for the full Dutch experience. Other - If you have time and you're in the mood, check out the numerous concerts, theater, dance, or cinema options available at Melkweg, Carré, Het Concertgebouw, Pathé, and other smaller venues around the city. Pathé Tuschinski is a beautiful old cinema definitely worth a visit.

Posted: December 14, 2022
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I grew up about 15 minutes from Amsterdam, so here are my recommendations: Museums: - Fashion for Good Museum - MOCO Museum - Fabrique des Lumieres - Van Gogh Museum (the best) - De Nieuwe Kerk - Foam Museum Other interesting things: - Canal cruise - WONDR Experience - Ice skating at Museumplein - NDSM-werf - De Negen Straatjes (nine streets) - Albert Cuypmarkt My favorite shops: - de Bijenkorf (mainly high-end goods) - De IJ-hallen (vintage/used clothing) - Zipper - Episode - Kalverstraat (shopping street with mostly chains) - We Are Vintage Food: - Syrup waffles from Van Wonderen - Fries from Vleminckx de Sausmeesters (the best in the world) - Morgan and Mees (elegant, Instagram-worthy brunch) - Twee prinsen cafe - De Hoppe cafe - Hans & Grietje cafe

Posted: November 26, 2022
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There are so many things to do! - Rijksmuseum (you can also sit in the historical library) - Various markets and restaurants that sell things like: poffertjes, oliebollen, stroopwafels and Dutch pannekoeken, and if you are feeling brave, fresh herring! - Markets (Albert Cuyp and Bloemen Markt) - Volendam (a really charming small village 45 minutes outside Amsterdam. Easy to get there by bus, definitely worth a day trip!) - Banksy Museum - 9 streets - Speigelgracht (opposite the Rijksmuseum. Lots of antique shops and galleries to browse) - Bijenkorf (expensive department store) - Begijnhof (small courtyard/ monastery in the middle of the city) - Tonton (funny arcade) - Markthallen (lots of food choices from around the world) - Canal cruise - Amsterdam Eye - Jewish Quarter - Anne Frank Museum (but it can be very busy, usually need to book in advance) - Lots of cozy cafes, galleries, and shops everywhere!

Posted: November 19, 2022
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Moco, NXT, STRAAT and Fabrique des lumieres are very nice museums with a similar climate! For breakfast/brunch, I recommend Georga, Mr. Stacks, Moak, Breakfast Club, Staring at Jacobs or Teds. For dinner, you need to make a reservation at Lolo's and Fiko, both are Italian restaurants. Cafe in the city for sushi and a pleasant atmosphere. Bar Rouge also for atmosphere/entertainment and sushi! Bangkok for Thai/Asian, it's a restaurant, it's not a very special place to sit, but the food is great. Shisho for the best takeaway sushi. Monopoly Burger or Artisani for fast food/burgers, try their waffle fries plate. Spend a day in Zaandam, in Zaanse Schans. This place is close to Amsterdam, Zaandam has a charming center, and Zaanse Schans is like an old Dutch town with windmills and other charming things. Oh, and take a canal cruise in Amsterdam at the end of the day and try stroopwafels in the center when you're there. Try poffertjes, as they are some of the best dishes that the Netherlands has to offer.

Posted: November 10, 2022
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If you have the chance to get to Amsterdam, I DEFINITELY recommend the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum - I'm a bit biased towards the Van Gogh Museum, but only because he's my favorite artist. The boat cruises they organize in larger cities are super interesting and are a good way to find places with interesting architecture that you can later find and photograph, while learning about the city's history. If you're able, try poffertjes (mini pancakes)! Frikandel and kroket are also super good - make sure to order fries with them! (Frikandel is almost like a sausage, but it doesn't have the typical casing like most sausages, and kroket is a breaded and fried meat ragout.)

Posted: July 27, 2022
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I live here, if you're looking for a cool place to eat, go to Foodhallen Amsterdam, take a boat tour, but choose one from a small company. Alternatively, you can rent a boat for a few hours, they'll tell you where to go, and steering it is very simple. Also, the Albert Cuyp market is great for trying fresh stroopwafels, and don't forget to order bitterballen at the bar.

Posted: July 21, 2022
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I live near Amsterdam and here are my recommendations for Amsterdam: Museums: - Fashion for Good Museum - MOCO Museum - Fabrique des Lumieres - Van Gogh Museum (the best) - De Nieuwe Kerk (there is an exhibition under the name Maison Amsterdam about fashion) - Foam Museum Other interesting things: - Canal cruise (any company is good, but I prefer Lovers) - WONDR Experience - Ice skating at Museumplein - NDSM-werf - De Negen Straatjes (nine streets) - Albert Cuypmarkt Market My favorite shops: - de Bijenkorf (mainly expensive items) - De IJ-hallen (old/second-hand clothes) - Zipper - Episode - Kalverstraat (shopping street, mainly high street shops, if you want to go shopping) - We Are Vintage Food: - Van Wonderen Stroopwafels - Vleminckx de Sausmeesters (the best fries in the world) - Morgan and Mees (a luxurious brunch worthy of Instagram) - Café twee prinsen - Café de Hoppe - Café Hans & Grietje I also recommend downloading the 9292 app for using public transport!

Posted: July 12, 2022
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I recommend large museums such as the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Moco Museum and Stedelijk Museum, if you like modern and contemporary art. But there are also other lesser-known museums I recommend, such as the Van Loo house-museum, the Rembrandt Museum and the Purses and Bag museum. My favourite thing to do in Amsterdam is to walk around the 9 Streets (9 Straatjes in Dutch). There are charming little shops and cafes there. I like to eat something and have a drink at Pluk, eat chocolate-covered strawberries at Polaberry, bubble tea at Chun, rich chocolate cake at Van Stapele, depending on my mood. Make sure to try the stroopwaffels from Van Wonderen, there are many to choose from and they’re all delicious. I also recommend taking a boat tour along the canal, it's very atmospheric and you can see a lot of the city. If you like burgers, for dinner I recommend The Butcher, they have several locations in the city and their burgers are really juicy. For something a bit different, I recommend This is Holland as an interesting experience. You fly in a kind of VR over Holland and learn a lot about the history of the country as a whole. Other interesting things to do are Ripley's Believe It or Not and Madame Toussaud's. Both are located on Dam Square, one of the main squares of the city, which is worth seeing. There is also The Royal Palace, worth visiting, and the Nieuwe Kerk, which sometimes hosts interesting exhibitions. Finally, a walk through the Red Light District is a must in Amsterdam. I recommend going at dusk when it's still light, but the red lights are already shining brightly. If you feel like it, check out a sex shop, live show or go to the Erotic Museum. And if you ever get hungry and fancy a snack, the Dutch love vending machine food. For a few euros from a vending machine, you can get hot fried snacks, and even burgers from places like Febo and Smullers. Be sure to try this part of Dutch culture!

Posted: May 27, 2022
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Ella

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Hi!, My name is Ella and I'm interested in art, backpacking, culture, camping, business, cycling, diving, events & social, education, hiking, health, photography, nature, live music, languages, solo travel, swimming, skiing, surfing, trekking and van life

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Hi, I am Sonali, living by myself with my dog in Amsterdam. Outside my day job, I love cycling and hiking with my dog.

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Sonali

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Hi, I am Sonali, living by myself with my dog in Amsterdam. Outside my day job, I love cycling and hiking with my dog.

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Robin

Amsterdam

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I’m a 29-year-old medical doctor from Amsterdam currently traveling through New Zealand and Australia. Have done some Couchsurfing a couple of years ago but due to covid there has been a way too long break. Now ready to get back! Love to meet up with locals whilst traveling and to show travellers around in Amsterdam.

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