Amsterdam, The Dutch Capital is famous for its liveliness and nightlife and unique Canal system. I have been to Amsterdam twice (in June 2016 and for celebrating my birthday in Oct 2018) and Aoon had been there three times( in Mar 2016, during his 32 days Euro tour in 2017 & Oct 2018).
We have experienced almost all the weather and flavors of this vibrant city of Europe.Amsterdam is a type of city which we want to visit again and again without getting bored.
How to reach To Amsterdam:
The Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offers both domestic and international flights to and from Amsterdam. You can check your flights on Skyscanner.com.
Amsterdam is well connected with a Train. From Germany, you can take Deutsche bahn to Amsterdam. From Belgium, you can take SNCP to Amsterdam. From France, you can take the SNCF train to Amsterdam. We would suggest to check the tickets on Omio.com (provide the comparison between different mode of transportation and Train services).
Almost all the well reputed Bus companies offer their services to Amsterdam. We would suggest you a Flixbus as their services are more reliable and it’s also cheap and mostly punctual. (provide the comparison between different mode of transportation and Bus services).
By Own Car:
We had always been driving to Amsterdam(from Germany) for all the trips as it's a highly convenient and enjoyable experience to drive the car in an unlimited speed zone in Autobahn and mesmerized by the beautiful scenic beauty of Dutch lush green fields and windmills.
Where to Stay in Amsterdam:
We have stayed in different localities in Amsterdam. For two times, we had stayed in the outskirts of the city to avoid the hustle of traffic and parking issues. Amsterdam is a safe city and well connected with local transport so you can find many different options according to your price range.
Amsterdam also has Unique concept of b&b (Boat & Breakfast) where you get the chance to stay in the boat which also has all the necessities like a comfortable bed, Toilet and Terrace to enjoy the beautiful view of the canal. You can also book a Botel which is a fixed hotel in Cruise Ship.
Finding cheap parking in Amsterdam is quite tricky and challenging especially in the city center (it’s really expensive). Before booking the hotel or Air bnb check with them if they are offering parking facilities.
How to commute within Amsterdam:
The City offers a very efficient public transportation system and all the areas are highly accessible with Public Tram or buses. To avoid the traffic and parking issues in the city we had parked our car in the hotel and commuting within the city with Trams.
The City center of Amsterdam needs to be explored by foot. There’s a surprise in every street of the city and walking by the Charming canals of Amsterdam is an experience.
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Amsterdam is a highly friendly Bike city and to explore Amsterdam by bike is the way of Locals. Everybody has a Bike in the City and they are using their bikes for Commuting.
There are uncountable bike rental service providers but nowadays their business has got affected due to E-Bike which allows you to unlock the bike with the Mobile App and ride it how much You want. It's more expensive than the bikes offered on rent by different providers but that’s how you can avoid the bike scams and hustle of returning bikes to the renter company.
Don’t walk on the Cycle Pedestrian, the local Cyclist gets very aggressive and angry. Sometimes, they pass by using harsh words or pushing you if you are on their track.
During our trip, we had rented a Scooter for a day for € 30. That’s also a pretty nice way to explore the City center and Neighborhood and other surrounding villages like Zaandam and Zaanse Schans.
Be Aware about the company from where you are renting a scooter and also investigate the condition of the Scooter being rented as we had a pretty bad experience which ruined our trip back to Amsterdam from Zaanse Schans.
Amsterdam has local ferry service which is the way of communication from City center to Amsterdam North. You can take the Ferry from the back of Amsterdam Central station. As we went to Zaanse Schans with the Scooter, we took the Ferry to go to the other side. The Ferry is free of cost and used by locals everyday for commuting. Click her to Check the Ferry timings.
10 Things to do in Amsterdam:
The best way to start exploring the city is from Amsterdam Central Station. It’s located in the Center of the city.
1. Dam Square:
The Dam Square is the most crowded Town Square of Amsterdam and located near the Amstel River. The Square is linked with the main streets of Amsterdam and always packed with people whether it’s day or night.
Mostly, the street performers are performing and gathering the huge crowd and receiving appreciation from the tourists. The famous Royal Palace of Amsterdam is also located in the Dam Square.
2. Amsterdam Canal Ring:
The Amsterdam Canal has a golden history of 400 years and used to be known as Grachtengordel. The Canals are flowing parallel and in some areas the Canals are intersecting waterways. The surrounding of the Canals have beautiful and colorful flowers which enhances the beauty of the Canals.
The historical Old town of Amsterdam is located around the Canals with typical dutch style houses and all the famous landmarks are also situated near the Bank of these Canal Rings. The Amsterdam Canal Ring is also a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
3. Cruising in Amsterdam Canals:
To Experience the Canal Cruising is a must activity to do in Amsterdam. There are uncountable Cruise operators with their booths on the Bank of Canals. The Cruise Costs between € 15 to €20 and the tickets are mostly available on spot.