- In 2012, Amsterdam was ranked the second best city to live in by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
- Famous Amsterdam residents include the diarist Anne Frank, artists Rembrandt van Rijn and Vincent van Gogh, and philosopher Baruch Spinoza
- Amsterdam's many cannabis coffee shops draw more than 5 million international visitors annually
WHEN TO GO TO Amsterdam
Amsterdam is pretty to visit at any time of year, what month you visit depends on what you are looking for.
Tulip season (How to visit the tulip fields in Amsterdam) runs from mid March to early May,. This marks the beginning of tourist season. In my opinion, April is a great time time to visit: enjoy the flowers, medium tourist traffic, and a high chance of good weather. But, make sure to leave by Queen's Day weekend if you want to avoid large crowds and a huge spike in hotel and hostel prices.
Full run down on the best times to visit Amsterdam here. Including details on what you can expect the weather to be like in Amsterdam every month.
HOW TO GET TO Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Code: AMS)
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the main international airport of the Netherlands, located 9 kilometers southwest of Amsterdam. Planes to Schiphol are cheap and abundant making it probably the most popular way to visit the city. This is especially true if you are coming from the US. I have flown in and out of Amsterdam many times when visiting other regions in Europe. Enjoy flying in on a major airline and flying out on a smaller low-cost airline like Ryan Air or Easy Jet.
- Amsterdam Centraal station
Amsterdam Centraal station is the largest railway station of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a major national railway hub. This is another popular and cheap way to get to the city.
Traveling to Amsterdam by bus from the surrounding region is possible. Omnibus and Flixbus both service Amsterdam. I use Go Euro when booking bus tickets in Europe.
- Rent a car
Renting a car is popular in the Netherlands and is great for getting from city to city and doing day trips to the surrounding countries and sights. I rented a car to visit the countryside and tulips (Full Guide on how to visit the Tulips here) and used Enterprise but you can find most major car rental brands in the city. Be sure to book ahead.
HOW TO GET AROUND IN Amsterdam
Buses and Tram lines cover Amsterdam extensively making it very easy to get around the large city. I usually buy an I amsterdam City Card when traveling in Amsterdam. Not only does it give you free public transport but also tons of free museums, canal tours and discounts in the city.
TOP THINGS TO DO IN Amsterdam
WHERE TO STAY IN Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a big city with tons of different pockets and neighborhoods to check out. I tend to stay somewhere different every time I visit since there is so much to see. From the many times I have been to Amsterdam I have never enjoyed a stay more than when I was hosted by The Albus Hotel. You can read my full review here, but their amazing location and marvelous accommodations made for the best stay I've ever had.
WHERE TO EAT IN Amsterdam
There are a ton of great places to eat in Amsterdam but also a TON of places that are overpriced and awful.
I have a full list of the best places I have ever eaten while in Amsterdam here.