Not many cities in the world have as many layers as Amsterdam does, with its on-the-surface wild side and its deeper, more sophisticated side, offering plenty of interesting things to do for any type of visitor. As the capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam is a center for the arts and culture and has a scintillating history that many overlook. ... Read more
Although the Red Light District is vibrant (in its own way), culture vultures seek out the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum, (or National Gallery), and the famous canals that form some of the city’s traditional thoroughfares. To experience the city as the locals do, rent a bike and pedal the narrow streets. The restaurant scene is up-and-coming, serving a new wave of Dutch food that has given refreshing new twists to traditional Dutch cuisine. Additionally, international influences have gained stature here and you shouldn’t be surprised to find a good sushi joint or even an Indonesian restaurant. At night, head to one of the many bars or nightclubs, and join in the shenanigans – Amsterdam really knows how to party! The city has a reputation for being wild, given its legal recognition of both the sex and drug trades, but Amsterdam does have some tamer, and equally interesting attractions that draw just as much attention.

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Amsterdam fills up with camera-clad tourists in the spring when temperatures are mild and the tulips are in bloom. Summer, which tops out at a downright pleasant 75F (24C), is nearly as crowded with school ... Read more
trips and family vacations. During Amsterdam’s relatively mild winter when temperatures are in the low 40s (6C), rooms are cheaper and you won’t have to battle the crowds, but it would certainly be a shame to miss the chance to see the flowers in their full glory or bike around the city, another quintessential Amsterdam experience.

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Jacksonville

I absolutely loved this place. The Netherlands are a perfect place to travel if you’re looking for good food, unique bars and an abundance of history. Solo traveler friendly. A large amount of hostels are inexpensive and convient. A popular destination for backpacking especially since their train system is very easy and safe to use. A large majority of people do speak English in case you do not speak other languages. You don’t need a car to get around in the city. A large number of locals don’t own cars, they have bicycles. And lastly , the food. There are large number of restaurants, bars and eatery’s with different and delicious food.

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Puyallup

How can you not love this city? Always something going on or something to see, I never get bored of Amsterdam

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Minsk

Really it`s hard to describe your emotion about historical events were some centuries ago. Marin battle with Spain ship sailors. Agony.But at the moment i may say if i have opportunity see hetscheepvaartmuseum and polar museum in Petersburg i never make right between them.

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I was really excited when I booked a trip to Amsterdam.
I am a big fan of the history and I think this city has a lot of it.
I rent a bike for just couple of euros and started exploring by myself.
I loved how their houses are so colorful, I loved the beautiful view from the famous canal.
I have visited the Anna's house too, it was extraordinary.
People were nice and kind. It is one of the most wonderful cities in Europe and I would love to live there.

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Utrecht

A nice restaurant for a simple meal. The service is very kind and the bear also. It's not very expensive also.

Recommended for:Budget Travellers
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Los Angeles

A wonderful European city that has the misfortune of being Europe's go to party town. While there is no shortage of great things to see and do here, you will be bumping shoulders with obnoxious party goers. While the missing star doesn't reflect the city itself, it does reflect the people you will encounter.

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I just returned to my second visit in Amsterdam, and damn I love the city:
from bike culture to its people's friendliness (even drizzling rain doesn't fade the Amsterdamers), delicious foods, leisurely boat-rides and quite family friendly.

Highly recommend it!

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Durham

We had about two weeks to visit ten cities, and Amsterdam was not what I was looking forward to the most. I was so wrong. Out of all the cities I've been to in Europe (and anywhere, quite honestly) Amsterdam is by far my favorite. The city is clean, full of character, and has plenty to see and do. I cannot recommend this city high enough, and I would LOVE to live there!

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Lisbon

we loved everything really nice place and romantic, the smokes and heinekein factory were far out and those cakes at the bulldog hmmmmmmmmmmm.

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San Diego

Best city in Europe. Very touristy but beautiful and lots of great nightlife.

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