The famous canals in Amsterdam

The famous canals in Amsterdam


The other things you should pay a visit to

Amsterdam - Those who visit Amsterdam will definitely not be bored! Besides the usual highlights described in every guide, you can also discover the hotspots further away from the city center - or when you want to stay in the centre, explore it from a different angle: from the water.

Amsterdam from the water

The city from a different angle

Summertime in Amsterdam: people are enjoying a cool drink on one of the teraces, a picknick in the park or escape the city on one of the nearby beaches in Zandvoort or Bloemendaal. But if you are looking for a cool breeze in the city, you definitely have to make a little boattrip. 7 tips:

1. The canals

With 100 kilometers of canals and more than 1500 bridges there is a lot to discover in Amsterdam. The most famous canal is the Prinsengracht.

2. The Skinny bridge and the Hermitage

3. James Bond in Amsterdam

Back in the seventies, the Diamonds are Forever was recorded in Amsterdam. In the movie 007 is an undercover diamond smuggler. The movie was recorded around the Skinny Bridge (see above) and the Reguliers canal. His cover was not very good. In the movie James speaks a few words German instead of Dutch.

4. IJ river with the large cruise vessels

Near Amsterdam Central Station is the dock located for large cruise vessels. A spectacular sight!

5. National Maritime Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum)

The Martime Museum building is dated 1656. It is here that the war ships of the Dutch Republic were equipped during the Golden Age. The National Maritime Museum has a rich collection of navy artifacts. At the quay in front of the building you can visit the replica 'Amsterdam', a large three masted vessel of the Dutch East India Company. When visiting the ship you can see how small and primitive spaces were to house 350 people during the ship's journey to the East.

6. Western Islands (Westelijke Eilanden)

The Westelijke Eilanden is a neighborhood of Amsterdam. The shipyards and the warehouses were in use centuries ago. Now it is a popular place to live.

7. Free boat trip

Amsterdam North: Visit the other side of the IJ river

Looking for a short boattrip? Take one of the little ferries behind the Central Station and sail to the other side of the IJ river. It's free and the ferries operate 24/7. The northern part of Amsterdam is being heavily developed. At the waterfront, visit the Amsterdam Tower (on the rooftop the highest swing of the world) or the Eye Film Institute. This spectacular building offers a great view over the water. The institute is completely dedicated to film. It offers exhibitions, films (for children) and activities for all ages.

Amsterdam photo gallery

What do visitors say about Amsterdam?

Amsterdam trips in the area

    Adress and visitor information


    Postal code and City: 1000  Amsterdam
    Region: Amsterdam
    Province/Region: Noord-Holland
    Web: Amsterdam trips

    Visit: An average visits takes approx. 6 hours.

    Let op: The locations on the map are indicational. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route. The map shows up to 8 locations in the area. Want to see all locations? Check our Hotspot map or use the Search option on this website.



    Full moon

    Posing as Hazel en Gus along the canal in Amsterdam

    The fault in our stars

    John Green's bestseller tells the story of two American teenagers with cancer traveling to Amsterdam to meet their favorite author. The bench at one of the canals plays an important role during their stay in Amsterdam... Make your own Hazel and Gus picture at the bench at the corner of the Leidsegracht canal/Herengracht canal (see below map).

    Top class museums

    When you visit Amsterdam it's definitely worth to visit a museum. The capital of the Netherlands offers a wide variety of museums and permanent exhibitions and some of the museums are internationally reknowned, but there are also lesser known specialized museums that are certainly worth a visit!

    Where to stay Amsterdam?

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