Amsterdam is a cosy city, with a flurry of winding streets, tall, narrow houses, and cute bridges popping up over the array of canals. Strolling through the markets, past the design-led cafes, and the boutique shops is like stepping back in time to a world where cobbled streets ruled and friendly faces were around every corner. There’s a wealth of art and design throughout the city too, with a number of galleries, studios, and museums showcasing the creative atmosphere of Amsterdam. Fit in with the locals by hiring a bike and whizzing alongside trams, over humped bridges, and into the labyrinth of cool, quirky streets. And, afterwards, soak up the intimate ambiance with one of our apartments in Amsterdam, where you can stay in a budget flat or boutique holiday rental in the centre of all the action.
The Best Neighbourhoods in Amsterdam
Like most major cities Amsterdam is made up of a collection of neighbourhoods, each one with its own personality and selling points. There’s the 9-Straatjes, a small area in the centre that boasts lots of narrow streets lined with quirky shops and cafes. The Centrum is in a similar area and is perhaps the busiest spot in the city. It has a plethora of museums, lively bars, and top-notch shops that are a big hit with tourists and locals. Then there’s De Pijp, which is similar to the 9-Straatjes in appearance but has a lot fewer tourists. This is where you’ll find lots of the markets and local, independent stores. Jordaan is one of the best-loved neighbourhoods in the city, and is home to a lot of young creatives, up-and-coming bars, and street art. NDSM-Werf is similar to Jordaan in that it is hugely creative and is called home by a number of artists, musicians, and students. Then there’s Oud-Zuid, the richer part of the city that caters to expensive tastes and luxury desires.
Whichever neighbourhood tickles your fancy, we have the perfect selection of Amsterdam apartments for you.
Beer and Bikes – Things to do in Amsterdam
- Anne Frank House – This moving museum highlights the life of Anne Frank, a young girl who kept a diary during the war.
- Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam’s most famous museum is a bastion of art and history in the city. Situated in Museum Square, it houses thousands of pieces of work spanning hundreds of years.
- Vondelpark – A strip of urban park that boasts a peaceful lake and lush greenery – the perfect place to escape the bustle of the city and kick back and relax.
- Rembrandt House Museum – Once the house of renowned painter Rembrandt, this museum is now dedicated to showcasing a selection of his life works.
- Jordaan – This Amsterdam neighbourhood has a quirky, urban vibe to it, with a selection of colourful street art and trendy cafes and bars.
- Natura Artis Magistra – A central city zoo that is the oldest in the Netherlands. As well as housing numerous exotic and local species, Artis also has a large aquarium and a planetarium.
- Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – This is Amsterdam’s bastion of modern and contemporary art, exhibiting a huge selection of abstract and modernist pieces from some of the world’s most famous artists.
- Verzetsmuseum – Also known as the Dutch Resistance Museum, it has proudly been named the top historical museum in the entire country, with its fascinating and moving displays of Dutch stories in World War II.
- The National Maritime Museum – Set in what was once an old naval storehouse, this popular museum highlights the maritime history of the city and beyond.
- Oude Kerk – With a pointed roof and ornate detailing, this beautiful piece of architecture is the city’s oldest building and remains a parish church to this day.
- Museum of Bags and Purses – An unusual addition to the museum scene, but an interesting one nonetheless with over 4,000 historic handbags and suitcases that date back hundreds of years.
- Royal Palace of Amsterdam – Built during the city’s Golden Age back in the 1600s, this forms one part of a trio of palaces in the country.
- Heineken Experience – This popular hotspot for beer enthusiasts walks visitors through the history of Dutch Heineken beer.
- Begijnhof – One of the oldest inner courts, this lush square is surrounded by quirky private buildings decked out in a traditional Dutch style.
- Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder – Set on the canals, this typical tall, narrow house dates back to the 1600s and is now a church and city museum.
- Concertgebouw, Amsterdam – This popular concert hall draws in thousands of visitors every year who are looking to get a flavour of the local music scene.
- Hermitage Amsterdam – A branch of Russia’s Hermitage Museum, this Amsterdam counterpart is set in a beautiful classic building and showcases hundreds of works of art and fascinating artefacts.
- Singel – This circular canal once ran all the way around the city’s perimeter in the Middle Ages. Today, after Amsterdam’s expansion, it can be found in the centre of the city.
Our selection of apartments in Amsterdam can be found dotted all over the city, and we have many in and around these popular areas.
Places to stay in Amsterdam are just as diverse as the city itself. From hostels set in old townhouses on the canal front and cosy B&B that burst with culture and new-age Dutch design to grand hotels tucked away down the winding streets, Amsterdam accommodation covers every kind of situation. As well as affordable luxury hotels and historic guesthouses that ooze old city charm, there are plenty of affordable apartments dotted around all the major attractions, giving visitors the perfect chance to explore the city like a local.
Arriving in and Getting Around Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport is really close to the city centre and therefore really easy to get to via a selection of public transport. The easiest way is to hop on the train, which takes around 20 minutes. Alternatively, there are a selection of buses outside the terminals that travel direct to various parts of the city centre. Otherwise there is a busy taxi rank by the airport where you can pick up a quick, cheap cab to your destination.
Lots of visitors arrive in Amsterdam from neighbouring countries, too, on the cross-country services that cover this section of Europe.
Amsterdam has a quirky range of public transport, including traditional tram services that work through the city, numerous buses, and an extensive and efficient train service that runs to outer parts of the city and nearby towns. Thanks to the canals, there are also a range of water-based transport options, but the best way to get around is by bike – a firm favourite amongst the locals.