The home of Vincent Van Gogh and Anne Frank, Amsterdam is famous for many things, from bicycles and trams, to windmills and flower markets. There is a great deal for any visitor to do, whatever the purpose of their stay.


Amsterdam has a lot to offer in terms of things to see and do. There is Anne Frank’s House, NEMO, The Heineken Experience and a whole host of museums to visit. The museums include the Van Gogh Museum, the Houseboat Museum, the Jewish Historical Museum and the Film Museum, to name but a few.


The major shopping areas in Amsterdam are the Leidsestraat, Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk. These areas are where most of Amsterdam’s chain stores can be found. Fashionable boutiques and trendy independent stores are mostly located on and around PC Hooftstraat. Quirky, individual shops make for interesting purchase around The Jordaan. A visit to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without going to see the world’s only floating flower market, where hundreds of flower stalls line up on houseboats on the canal.

Nightlife and Eating Out

For bars and clubs, most people head towards the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein districts of Amsterdam. Leidseplein has a slightly more upmarket reputation, but both are excellent areas for a good night out.

Food in Amsterdam is strongly influenced by the French, but there is a massive variety of nationalities of cuisine around the city. There are a large number of pancake houses all over Amsterdam, and many cafés serving snacks (typical examples include Dutch fries with mayonnaise). The best places to find a good restaurant in the city are Korte Leidsedwarsstraat and Lange Leidsedwarsstraat.

Tourist Information

Amsterdam Tourist OfficeStationsplein 10,1012 AB Amsterdam,The NetherlandsTel: +31 (0) 20 551


Amsterdam Schiphol airport is only 9 miles from the city centre. It offers flights to most domestic, European and international destinations. Take a look at the World Airport Codes Schiphol Airport page should you require a Schiphol taxi