- Discover Amsterdam
Amsterdam has a large city centre but it’s very unique with the small buildings and canals running though the city.
There are over 200 museums and art galleries and in fact Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world, some of which include the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
Situated in the square the Royal Palace is one of three residences that the Royal Family still use. There is a free audio guide to show you around. It’s well worth a visit.
Located in Dam (square) Madam Tussauds is a popular destination for tourists in Amsterdam. Hang out with the stars in the world famous wax museum. It costs around €22 euro.
Heineken was brewed on this site for 100 years. Now there is an interactive tour that brings you through the brewery.
Ann Frank was a Jewish girl who had to go into hiding during the Second World War to escape the Nazis. Whilst in hiding, she wrote a diary which became world famous after her death in a prison camp. The house in which Ann and her family and another family hid in for two long years has been turned into a museum. The Anne Frank House is situated in the centre of Amsterdam at Prinsengracht 263-267. Trams 13, 14 and 17 and buses 170, 172 and 174 can bring you close to it. Tickets are €9.50.
Take a look in the evening. It's surreal to see the prostitutes posing in the windows (do not take their picture as the bouncers are likely to take your camera). Also visit the erotic museum. Be careful of pickpockets and muggers.
Visit the smoking coffee shops. However don't assume you can smoke outside or around the city. Only in the shops.
Schipol International Airport is 18km outside the city centre. It’s one of the busiest airports in the world so most major airlines and budget airlines fly in here.
Flight times to Amsterdam
Dublin 1.5 hours | London 1 hour | Hong Kong 11.5 hours | New York 7.5 hours | San Diego 11 hours | Sydney 20 hours
Getting from the airport
Get a train to Centraal Station. The station at the airport is located underground and runs regularly.
There is a bus that will take you to the city centre in around 30 minutes. The Amsterdam Airport Express runs every 15 minutes.
Taxis will cost around €50.
Amsterdam Centraal Station is the main destination for international trains to the Dutch capital. Amsterdam is connected to a large number of European cities including Paris, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, Berlin Copenhagen, Moscow, Moscow, Prague, Munich, and Zurich. It’s a great starting point for trips around Europe.
Amstel Station is where most international buses such as those operated by Eurolines stop off.
You can buy disposable cards for any number of hours that will allow you travel on Amsterdam’s trams, metro or bus. It costs around €8 for a 24 hour pass.
Many people in Amsterdam choose to get around the city on a bicycle. This can be a great way of getting around, but for a tourist it can be stressful at times as you are sharing the narrow streets of the city centre with other traffic.