Amsterdamse Bos 10 Things To Do in This Glorious Forest of Wonderland

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Amsterdamse Bos – A glorious forest of wonderland

A glorious oasis of lush forest and grassy meadows awaits those who seek to wander the outer edge of Amsterdam city — a wonderland where giant roots hug the earth, creatures who dwell amongst the sweet sounds of moving water and birdsong. With the silence and singing working together, paths criss-cross, bringing the greens of every hue alive in the midst of the towering gentle giants. Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest) feels like home away from home, an easy day trip and respite from the crowded streets and coffee-shops of the freedom city centre.

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Amsterdamse Bos Netherlands

Amsterdamse Bos (in Dutch) is one of Europe’s largest urban parks and Amsterdam’s largest park and recreational area located on the outer edge of the Dutch capital.

The area was developed in the 1930s by way of providing employment to the residents. The large green belt retreat was created which could be easily accessed by Amsterdammers. This man-made wonderland sits on a specially created polder of 4 metres (13 feet) below sea level. Amsterdamse Bos is massive! It is three-times the size of Central Park in New York and is a thousand hectares of countryside. Each forest area has its own character and natural inhabitants.

Where is Amsterdamse Bos?

Nestled between Amsterdam and Amstelveen, with most of the park in Amstelveen in the south-west of Amsterdam city but the forest is owned by the City of Amsterdam. This outstanding forest has been designed to English landscape park, giving its visitors a wide perspective of views.

Exploring Amsterdamse Bos will typically involve a day of what is more than plenty to discover in this vast urban park by all types of nature lovers. From waterways, woodlands and farm animals to cycling and kayaking, Amsterdamse Bos is the place to getaway to when on a city break to Amsterdam.

Things To Do at Amsterdamse Bos

Amsterdamse Bos - clearly marked cycle and walking trails

Home to lakes, meadows, woods, criss-crossed with well marked cycling and walking paths, there are so many activities on offer at Amsterdamse Bos.

You could feed baby goats and/or take horse-riding lessons. This wonderland of a forest goes even further – hire a boat or a kayak to explore the rural waterways or have fun climbing to the treetops in the climbing park. For a refuel, you are never too far away from cafes and little eateries dotted around. When you need a break from all the activities, take a moment to watch the day’s play at the open-air theatre.

Whatever you choose to do, here are 10 ideas on how to spend your day at this green paradise for timeless memories.

1 | Forest Bathing

forest bathing in Amsterdamse Bos

Disengage with the hustle and bustle of the city and simply be in nature. Be calm and quiet amongst the trees, taking in the forest atmosphere. Connect with your senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Immerse in the sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the fresh , clean air and the sunlight playing through the canopy of leaves. This simple process of relaxation, of being immersive with nature whilst breathing in deeply eases our minds, stress and worry. It gives us comfort, helps us to relax and think more clearly, whilst boosting our health and wellbeing in a natural way.

Forest bathing is not a simple walk in the woods but involve conscious and contemplative practice of being in nature.

Forest bathing or ‘forest therapy’ was developed in Japan in the 1980s. Known as shinrin yoku, where “shinrin” means “forest” and “yoku” means “bath” – shinrin yoku means bathing in the forest with all of our senses, taking in the atmosphere, restoring our moods and giving us back our vitality.

2 | Forest Walk in Amsterdamse Bos

Forest walk Amsterdamse Bos

The glorious Amsterdam Forest offers plenty of space for relaxing walks and picnics with family and friends. Just breathe-in the fresh air, stroll through the path and enjoy the natural landscape. Spring and summer are great seasons to go on a walk as you get to experience the flora and fauna in abundance.

The fall season is incredible as well with the entire forest changing colour. Falling leaves tumble like large confetti from the interlocking branches above, from vivid scarlet to gold covering the earth. If you are lucky, you might catch sight of mushrooms popping up here and there.

Amsterdamse Bos

After a magnificent walk, you may want to stop for some pancakes and coffee at Boerderij Meerzicht (Meerzicht Farm). 

Meerzicht farm, Koenenkade 56
1081 KG Amsterdam

3 | Cycle Trip Through Amsterdamse Bos

Cycling in Amsterdamse Bos Netherlands

Cycling trips to Amsterdamse Bos are popular activity. While there are plenty of space for family and groups to enjoy this incredible forest wonderland, Amsterdamse Bos is best explored by bike due to its size. You could hire a bike from the bike rental kiosk situated right across from the entrance to the forest. Alternatively, you could pre-book and collect your bike from any of the collection points in Amsterdam city centre and enjoy the the 20 minutes ride to Amsterdamse Bos.

A special cycle tour of 14 km has been marked through the forest to show you all the beauty of this wonderland in one trip. You can pick this up from the Visitor Centre, De Boswinkel.

4 | Fun in the Forest from Above | Amsterdamse Bos Fun Forest Climbing Park

Amsterdamse Bos Fun Forest Climbing Park

Have fun swinging from tree to tree, or climb a rope ladder for views from above. Try the suspension bridge for a little fun or move from tree to tree through bridges.

The high rope adventure starts from 4 metres to 15 metres. The Climbing Park comes with various levels of difficulty and is suitable for both young and old.

Fun Forest Climbing Park runs activities suitable for children’s birthday parties as well as teambuilding events for adults.

Entrance to the Climbing Park is located opposite to the Visitor Centre, De Boswinkel.

Opening hours: From March to November – Wednesday afternoons from 12.00 am to 6.00 pm and in the weekends and in holidays from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm. During school holidays (May, Summer and Autumn) Fun Forest is open every day.

5 | Look out for ‘Schotse Hooglanders’ – Scottish Highlanders

Scottish Highlanders at Amsterdamse Bos
Scottish Highlanders at Amsterdamse Bos

The Scottish Highlanders were introduced to Amsterdamse Bos to help keep the grass in the meadows short. Look out for signs that says ‘ Schotse Hooglanders’ to find them. Helping them with the task of grazing are also some Exmoor ponies, introduced in 2019.

6 | Kayaking in Amsterdamse Bos

Amsterdam Bos kayaking

One of the coolest things to do in Amsterdamse Bos is to go kayaking. There are so many waterways, interconnected streams. ponds and lakes where you can explore some of the most beautiful parts of the forest. You could explore alone or as a group of three by renting a kayak. Look out for signs that says ‘‘Kanoverhuur’ where you could rent one.

7 | Feed baby goats and/or take horse riding lessons at Amsterdamse Bos.

Amsterdam Bos goat farm
Amsterdamse Bos goat farm

A fun activity for children as well as for adults is to feed baby goats at Ridammerhoeve. Explore this biodynamic farm situated at the centre of Amsterdamse Bos and learn more of its living ecosystem and sustainable farming by chatting to their staff while they work. You could also purchase products made on the farm from the shop. Riddammerhoeve is famous for its goat milk ice-cream which you may wish to try when visiting the farm.

8 | Ride the Museumtram to Amsterdamse Bos

historic Museum Tram Amsterdam Bos

Travel back in time and take the Museum Tram from Haarlemmermeer Station all the way to Amsterdamse Bos. The tram stops at the entrance of Amsterdamse Bos if you wish to disembark. However, if you continue a little further along on the tram journey, you will be rewarded with some beautiful sights.

The Museum Tram service runs a route of 7 kilometres, on the last remaining section of the Haarlemmermeer railways via Amsterdamse Bos and several wildlife gardens in Amstelveen.

Route: Haarlemmermeer station to Amstelveen-Bovenkerk

Availability: This popular ride only runs on a Sunday, from Easter Sunday till the end of October.

The service runs every 20 to 30 minutes between 10:00 and 17:00

Costs: Return tickets for adults costs €4 and for children + seniors is €2

9 | Enjoy Magical Moments at Amsterdamse Bos Outdoor Theatre

Enjoy a magical evening of special theatrical performances in a stunning atmosphere every evening in July and August. For timeless memories, you could select to have pre-theatre dinner on stage. Performances are subject to weather conditions. Peruse options by navigating to their official website > bostheatre

10 | Unwind at Zuiver | Place to stay at Amsterdam Bos

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Immerse in a world of peace and luxury, amidst a beautiful environment to rejuvenate – the ultimate in wellness experience. Select from modern guest rooms to luxurious suites to suit your trip. From 24-hour front desk, you could come and go as you please.

Located at just 450 yards from Amsterdamse Bos.

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Other activities at Amsterdamse Bos

There are other activities you could indulge in such as swimming or horse riding. The lakes are said to have clean clear waters and safe for a dip in the summer. There are two riding schools where you could hire the horses on the condition that you are a good rider.

For those who are into adventure and discovery, you could explore Amsterdamse Bos by discovering trails and hidden paths while immersing in the tranquility, and serenity of this wanderland.

Practical information when exploring Amsterdamse Bos

Amsterdamse Bos is great for everyone, young and old alike. Kids would thoroughly enjoy their interactions with farm animals.

1 | Amsterdamse Bos Address:

The Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest),
Bosbaanweg 5,
1182 AG AMSTELVEEN

52°18′39″N 4°49′57″E

Open All year round

Entrance to Amsterdamse Bos is Free.

2 | Visitor Centre at Amsterdamse Bos

There is a Visitor Centre, ‘De Boswinkel’ for information which is open from Tuesday through to Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00

3 | How to get to Amsterdamse Bos

There are 4 ways to get to Amsterdam Bos:

3.1 | Historic Museum Tram

Take the historic tram from Haarlemmermeer Station to Amstelveen and disembark at Amsterdamse Bos – see #8 above.

3.2 | By Bicycle

Amsterdam is a green city and cycling is a way of life for Amsterdammers. There are well laid out cycle lanes on both sides of the road. If you intend to explore Amsterdamse Bos with a two-wheeler, then follow the route to go there via Amstelveenseweg, in the southwest of the city and on the first big crossing in Amstelveen turn right to the park.

Plan ahead and rent a bike in Amsterdam Green City.

3.3 | By Public Transport – Bus

Amsterdamse Bos is easily accessible by public transport.

From Centraal Station:

Take Bus #21, operated by GVB, journey time is 15 minutes.

You could also take bus #170, #172 or #174.

From RAI Station: Take bus #66 and #199

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3.4 | By Car:

From Amsterdam, drive away from the city, head southwest towards Amstelveenseweg. Exit the ring A10 at S103 and turn left into the Amstelveenseweg. After about 2 miles, Amstelveenseweg enters the municipality of Amstelveen. At the third crossing from A10, turn right to the park. There will be a small blue sign marking the turn. You may park your car on one of the 30 car parks. Parking at Amsterdamse Bos is free.

4 | Things to do around Amsterdam Bos

Things to do are aplenty in and around Amsterdam Bos! A great start is Amsterdam city where you explore beyond the best of the beaten track – use this great guide on the Unmissable 28 best things to do in Amsterdam that has some off-the beaten path destinations. Look-up also places where you can have the best stroopwafel in town – the time-honoured Gouda waffles are indeed a must-try! Plan ahead and book your activities in time so you don’t miss out on best experiences.

5 | Places to stay around Amsterdam Bos

From fully furnished rental apartments to high-end 5-star hotels Amsterdam – you are spoilt for choice! However, these beautiful places may help you in your quest for a place to stay.

On a final note…

Amsterdamse Bos is located close to Amsterdam city and yet not many visitors to the city are aware of its existence, as was I on my first visit. Most visitors stay within the city centre and hardly explore the hidden gems that surrounds the city. It is worth spending a day in this glorious wonderland of man-made natural forest and explore it as unhurried, slow-side of travel.


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Mayor: Femke Halsema (since 2018)

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Best Places to Eat Stroopwafels in Amsterdam

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Best Places to Eat Stroopwafel in Amsterdam

Updated: May 17, 2022

Stroopwafel are one of world’s best cookies! These best-known Dutch cookies are amazingly sweet and chewy, consisting of a thin layer of caramel sandwiched between two thin wafers – you try one, you will definitely try another…and another… They taste absolutely divine alongside a cup of coffee or tea and there’s no better place to taste this heavenly treat than in Amsterdam, where you can eat stroopwafels made to its original recipe. Here’s a little background to stroopwafels in Amsterdam, and the best places to eat stroopwafels in Amsterdam.


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Background to Stroopwafels in Amsterdam

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Stroopwafels in Amsterdam

Originated between the 18th and 19th centuries from Gouda, Netherlands a city better known for its cheese, stroopwafels was discovered accidentally by a baker who wanted to avoid wastage. He mixed-up leftover cookie crumbs into a dough and made them into thin crispy layers of waffles, then adding sweet gooey syrup, a deliberate sweet treat. It became so popular that other bakers across Netherlands followed and stroopwafels became a national staple. Just know that every baker will have his/her own touch to the stroopwafel but the essence of this sweet treat is the wafer-thin gooey sandwich.

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Stroopwafel are best eaten when freshly made, chewy and gooey. If you can’t get hold of freshly made ones, try the packaged ones instead.

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stroopwafels on a cup of tea | stroopwafels in Amsterdam

Although the packaged ones are a little brittle, place them on cups of coffee or tea, and allow the steam to gently soften them up so you could bite into the gooey caramel. These heavenly cookies are available at bakeries, patisseries, cafes, supermarkets, markets and stores throughout Netherlands.

So, when visiting Amsterdam, do not leave town without tasting this Dutch speciality – here are three of the best places to eat stroopwafels in Amsterdam.

1 | Lanskroon for Stroopwafels in Amsterdam

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The highly recommended one by the locals is Lanskroon, located in the centre of Amsterdam. Lanskroon is popular for its giant-size stroopwafel – about 12 cm in diameter. These crispy waffles are freshly made throughout the day, extremely tasty and come in two flavours of syrup, honey or coffee-caramel.

Lanskroon is a family-run business and has been baking batch after batch of cookies, cakes and pies for four generations. They also do several homemade ice-cream which you may also want to try. When you visit Lanskroon, take a seat in their charming, cosy and traditional tearoom overlooking the Singel Canal and watch the world go by…

Lanskroon

Address: Singel 385 (near ‘het Spui’), Amsterdam.

Opening hours: Monday till Saturday from 9.00 – 17.00
Sunday from 10.00 – 17.00

2 | “the guy in Albert Cuypmarkt” – Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels in Amsterdam

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rudi's stroopwafle in Amsterdam

Images: © Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels

Stroopwafels in Amsterdam from “the guy in Cuyp” is one that you must absolutely try!

“The guy” sells the mouthwateringly delish cookie from an old-school cookie truck at Albert Cuypmarkt. The stroopwafels are freshly made to the secret recipe handed down to him by the original baker in Gouda. The authentic Gouda-style stroopwafels in Amsterdam is said to be the most delicious stroopwafel in Netherlands and has gained many loyal fans worldwide. A visit to Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels at Albert Cuypmarkt is an opportunity to taste this time-honoured gooey-sweet-treat straight from the grill, and to buy some pre-packed in pretty little tins to be shared with friends.

Read the story of Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels and pay them a visit:

Address: At the middle of the Albert Cuypmarkt, Amsterdam, near #182 (the historical building with the golden angel on top.

Opening times:

Monday to Friday > 11:00 to 17:00

Saturday > 10:30 to 17:30

Sunday: Closed

3 | Melly’s Stroopwafels in Amsterdam

Melly's Stroopwafels in Amsterdam
Melly’s stroopwafels

Melly’s is a family business that has been operating from a cute cottage-like shop, making fresh, warm and delicious stroopwafels in Amsterdam. The fusion of cinnamon and caramel will just make your mouth water as you bite into the crispy, gooey waffle topped with crunchy toppings of your choice. Choose from Smarties, chocolate chunks, or toasted nuts.

Melly’s Stroopwaffles in Amsterdam is open 7 days a week, so you can’t miss it on your visit at any day.

Address: Nieuwezijds voorburgwal 141
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 22:00

Sunday: 09:00 to 22:00

Other places to eat stroopwafels in Amsterdam

In addition to the best of the best already mentioned above, stroopwafels in Amsterdam are available at almost everywhere and you could try the following places as well:

Croissanterie Hans Egstorf, Spuistraat 274, Amsterdam Centrum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Stach, 1A Nieuwe Hoogstraat, Amsterdam Centrum, Amsterdam, Netherlands


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Travelling by train means that you shall be arriving at Amsterdam Centraal Station and from here it is easy to hop onto a taxi or tram to get to your accommodation.

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Updated: May 18, 2022

One of the three ways to get to Amsterdam city from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is to take the Express Bus 397. The Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397 is operated by Connexion/R-Net, providing eight services hourly. The bus depart from Bus stop B15-B17 with several stops including Olympic Stadium, Museumplein and Leidseplein. The route terminates at Amsterdam Elandsgracht station. The journey time is estimated to be 35 to 40 minutes, depending on traffic.

A single trip costs: € 6.50. However, if you buy the money saver return ticket, it costs you just € 11.75 per person (prices correct at time of writing, May 2022)

It is worth noting that the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397 does not go to Amsterdam Centraal.

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The Amsterdam Airport Express, bus line 397, takes you 24/7 from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport directly to Amsterdam city center with stops at Museumplein, Rijksmuseum and Leidseplein.


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The Amsterdam Airport Express provides a quick and easy transfer from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to the city center of Amsterdam.

Departing every 8 minutes from bus platform B17.

Sit back and relax during the trip while you charge your smartphone, use the free WiFi and check your bus stop on one of the screens.

This bus takes you directly to Stadionplein, Emmastraat, Museumplein, Rijksmuseum or Leidseplein. From there, you can get to many hotels in Amsterdam very easily.

If you travel at night the same bus N97 goes twice per hour between 1 AM and 5 AM in both directions.

The bus has a low entry so you can bring your luggage inside the bus and keep it with you.

Full list of stops in both directions:

Amsterdam Airport Knooppunt Schiphol Noord Anderlechtlaan Amstelveenseweg Olympisch Stadion Haarlemmermeerstation Emmastraat Museumplein Rijksmuseum Leidseplein Busstation Elandsgracht

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The Amsterdam City and Regional Public Transport Travel Pass is another great value public transport pass in Amsterdam that is worthwhile purchasing if you intend to explore the wider region of Amsterdam.


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Purchase one pass to travel without limits across the region of Amsterdam. Valid on all public transportation within the region of Amsterdam, including buses, ferries, subway, trains and trams.

Amsterdam Amstel | Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA | Amsterdam Central station | Amsterdam Holendrecht | Amsterdam Lelylaan | Amsterdam Muiderpoort | Amsterdam RAI | Amsterdam Sciencepark | Amsterdam Sloterdijk | Amsterdam Zuid | Duivendrecht | Schiphol Amsterdam Airport | Halfweg-Zwanenburg | Haarlem | Haarlem Spaarnwoude | Overveen | Zandvoort aan Zee | Zaandam | Zaandam Kogerveld | Purmerend Weidevenne | Purmerend | Purmerend Overwhere | Koog aan de Zaan | Zaandijk Zaanse Schans | Hoofddorp | Diemen | Weesp | Almere Poort | Almere Centrum | Almere Muziekwijk | Almere Parkwijk | Almere Buiten | Almere Oostvaarders | Lelystad Centrum | Diemen Zuid | Naarden-Bussum | Hilversum | Hilversum Mediapark | Hilversum Sportpark | Bloemendaal | Santpoort Zuid | Santpoort Noord | Driehuis | Uitgeest and Beverwijk.

The ticket is also valid on all trams, buses, night buses, metros and ferries run by the Amsterdam Transport company GVB, EBS and Connexxion in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Region including the Amsterdam Airport Express Bus 397 and N97 (operated by Connexxion).

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1 to 3 Days Amsterdam Regional Travel Pass

During Keukenhof Season this ticket is valid:

From Amsterdam (Europaplein) to Keukenhof on bus route 852 operated by Arriva.

From Schiphol Airport to Keukenhof on bus route 858 operated by Arriva.

From Hoofddorp station to Keukenhof on bus route 859 operated by Arriva.

From Haarlem station to Keukenhof on bus route 50 operated by Connexxion.

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Includes:

1-3 day ticket valid on all public transport in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam region


Excludes:

  • Taxis
  • Commercial transportation such as hop-on hop-off buses

Safety measures:

Safety measures in place:

  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles

Traveler requirements:

  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

Collection points for Amsterdam City and Regional Public Transport Travel Pass:

Schiphol Airport (24/7): Vending machine Plaza | Baggage reclaim area 1,2,3&4 | NS Service & Tickets;

Amsterdam Central Station: NS Service & Tickets (Ijzijde/Canal Side) | Mon-Sun 7:00am–9:00pm;

Amsterdam station Sloterdijk: NS Service & Tickets: Mon-Fr 6: am-10 pm Sat-Sun: 7 am-10 pm

Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena Station: GVB Service & Tickets: Mon-Fr: 8:30 am-7 pm Sat-Sun: 10 am-6 pm

Amsterdam Station Zuid: GVB Service & Tickets: Mon-Fr: 8:30 am-7 pm Sat-Sun: 10 am-6 pm | NS Service & Tickets: Mon-Fr: 7 am-7 pm Sat: 8 am-7 pm Sun: 9 am-7 pm

Amsterdam Station Noord: GVB Service & Tickets: Mon-Sun: 10 am-6 pm

Almere station: NS Service & Tickets Mon-Sun: 06:45 am-8 pm

Hilversum & Zaandam station: Mon-Fr 7 am-7 pm Sat-Sun: 8 am-7 pm

Haarlem station: Mon-Fr 6:30 am-9 pm Sat: 7 am-9 pm Sun: 8 am-9 pm


Important Information to know before you go:

  • Please note that the voucher needs to be redeemed before usage.
  • This ticket is valid from the first time you check in until 4:00 AM the morning after the last valid day (depending on whether you have the 1,2 or 3-day ticket). The day starts at midnight.
  • For example: if you check in with the 2-day ticket from midnight (00:00) onwards on Wednesday, your ticket will be valid until 04:00 Friday morning.

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>> Return Trip Ticket on Amsterdam Airport Express Bus #397


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Amsterdam boasts an incredible public transport system with a comprehensive network of trains, buses, trams, metro and ferries operated by Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf (GVB). You are strongly recommended to pre-order your best value Public Transport Ticket for Amsterdam before your travels to one of the best European cities in Europe to avoid stress and to save time. This card gives you unlimited travel on all the public transport network operated by Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf (GVB). In addition, if you are arriving and/or departing at/from Schiphol Airport, you could select the public transport ticket for Amsterdam which includes the option of the Airport Transfer Bus return journey to/from Schiphol Airport (AMS) — all at great value and in one price including booking fee.

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This post sets out an easy and quick guide to the two options on the best value public transport for Amsterdam that is available to you, benefits of the highly recommended best value public transport ticket for Amsterdam, and how you can pre-order your best value public transport ticket prior to your visit to Amsterdam along with a list on collection points in Amsterdam.


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The Two types of best value public transport ticket for Amsterdam

There are two types of best value public transport tickets for Amsterdam available for you to consider – one is without airport transfers and one with airport transfers.

1 | Best Value public transport ticket for Amsterdam — excluding airport transfers

Amsterdam Tram | Best Value Public Transport Ticket for Amsterdam
Amsterdam GVB Tram in city centre

The best value public transport ticket for Amsterdam excluding airport transfers is ideal if you are arriving in Amsterdam by train at Amsterdam Centraal.

Prices for the best value public transport ticket for Amsterdam starts from €8.50 per person (as at May 2022) for a day. You can select any number of days, from 1 to 7 to suit your schedule. This ticket can be used on GVB’s buses, trams, metros and ferries.

By comparison, the adult ticket for 1-hour unlimited ride on the GVB is €3.20 is valid for one hour from the time you tap in on the card reader when you begin your journey. You can take multiple journeys within the hour, for example you could tap out of a bus and jump onto a metro to get to where you want to go. However, the validity of the ticket expires one-hour after your first tap on the card reader. If you want to continue on with your journey or venture out later in the day, you will have to purchase another ticket.

Although Amsterdam is a compact city and easily walkable, you will surely make several rides on the tram, buses and the metro. Take three rides and the cost of the ticket for one-day is paid-off! Similarly, multiple day tickets are also good value but you need to ensure you do use the ticket to maximise the benefits it renders. Tickets are available to purchase as gifts as well.

2 | Best Value Public transport ticket for Amsterdam + Airport transfer on #397

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Amsterdam Airport Transport #397 | Image: GYG

If you are arriving and/or departing to/from Amsterdam by air, then Schiphol Amsterdam Airport is your arrival/departure point. If so, the best value public transport ticket for Amsterdam + airport transfer on #397 is the ideal ticket for you provided you are considering public transportation to Amsterdam city centre.

The Amsterdam Airport Express #397 is available 24/7 from Schiphol Airport directly to Amsterdam city center with stops at Museumplein, Rijksmuseum and Leidseplein. It does not go to Amsterdam Centraal Station.

Prices start from €20.25 per person (as at May 2022) for a day and this includes your return to/from Schiphol airport. Depending on your visit to Amsterdam, tickets are available for 1 to 7 days to suit your stay. This ticket is available as gifts as well.

By comparison, an adult return transfer ticket to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport is €11.75 and by purchasing the ticket for €20.25, you will be making good savings! Once you arrive at city centre, the ticket can be used throughout the day for as many rides on Amsterdam’s GVB buses, trams, metro and ferries.

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Metro line M54 in Amsterdam

TTS tip: Plan an early arrival but not before 08:00 so you can pick-up your ticket first thing and have the rest of the day to take complete advantage of multi rides on GVB’s public transport in Amsterdam city. Early flights are relatively cheap as well and you could take a look at these budget airlines >> EasyJet | Jet2

With this option, you must pre-order the public transport ticket + airport transfer on bus #397. By doing so, you could collect this travel card which includes the Airport Transfer Bus #397 return journey to/from Schiphol Airport (AMS) from the designated collection point at the airport prior to conveniently boarding your shuttle bus into Amsterdam city.

Best Value?

The Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket is indeed best value public transport ticket for Amsterdam as it gives you unlimited travel on all the public transport networks in Amsterdam city operated by Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf (GVB). From the examples above, you could see the savings you could easily make.

Benefits of the Public Transport Ticket for Amsterdam

Best Value Public Transport Ticket for Amsterdam

Public transport in Amsterdam is impressive! With an impressive network, comes also the very many ticket choices that presents a visitor. Selecting what suits may be confusing, especially if you are a first-time visitor to Amsterdam. Standing at a ticket machine to make a final decision or at the ticket desk where the person across the window expects a decision as quickly as possible so you do not hold-up a queue is both an overwhelming and a daunting experience – we have all been there! On the other hand, travelling within Amsterdam using public transport is both straightforward and convenient.

To avoid the stressful experience, and to save time, the Public Transport Ticket for Amsterdam is a great choice and proves to be excellent value for money – provided it is used for the maximum of the specified time.

Also note that the public transport in Amsterdam is contactless and cashless system, so the Public Transport Ticket for Amsterdam is ideal, where you can simply tap in and tap out as you navigate through the city hassle-free.

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Here is a summary of Benefits of the Public Transport Ticket for Amsterdam that is important to know:

1 | Unlimited travel on all public transport network operated by Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf (GVB);

2 | Includes option to add transfer to/from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam City;

3 | Stress-free – no more queuing up or holding up queues;

4 | Saves time – no need to buy a ticket each time for each journey;

5 | Save money – Avoid buying single-use disposable paper tickets which costs €1.00 surcharge added to the base cost of your ticket each time you buy one;

6 | Contactless – The public transport in Netherlands is contactless and uses the OV-Chipkaart. This Contactless system replaced the old-style paper tickets (hence, you pay a surcharge for disposable tickets!). The OV-Chipkaart is in use in all public transport – trains, trams, buses and metros.

7 | Easy to Use – just tap in and out of the public transport with ease;

8 | Convenient – Public transport in Amsterdam is cashless – having the best value public transport ticket ensures seamless and convenient journeys;

9 | Plan ahead – plan ahead your visit to Amsterdam and know that you are not caught-out with unfamiliarities – pre-order the best value public transport ticket and collect it before embarking on your very first journey on Amsterdam’s public transport.

10 | All for one price – includes booking fee.

11 | Available as a gift – if you are not travelling to Amsterdam, and you know someone who does – why don’t you buy best value public transport ticket for Amsterdam as a gift and make their day! It will be an absolute godsend to them 🙂

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How to pre-order the best value Public Transport Ticket for Amsterdam

At TTS, we have partnered with Get Your Guide, to bring you the best offers in travel tickets and sightseeing tours. The following information is provided by GYG on Amsterdam’s public transport tickets and shuttle #397 to/from Schiphol Airport ticket that has so far been discussed.

Public Transport ticket for Amsterdam and Public Transport ticket for Amsterdam + 397 Airport Shuttle Ticket

Description:

Experience Amsterdam stress free with an unlimited travel card for all public transport networks operated by Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf (GVB) throughout the city.

Purchase a ticket valid for a day or a multi-day ticket that best suits your plans. Travel on the metro, trams, buses and ferries and experience the city like a local.

Using your ticket is easy. Simply check in on boarding a tram, bus or metro, and then check out when you exit or disembark the vehicle.

Your ticket will be validated on first use and can be used for unlimited travel until the end of its validity. If you have additional questions, or your ticket appears to be defective, you can easily go to one of the designated pick-up locations or call the number presented on your mobile voucher for assistance.

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Includes:

  • Unlimited travel on all GVB trams, buses, metros and ferries in Amsterdam (day and night)
  • Booking fee

Excludes:

  • Travel on regional buses (Connexxion, EBS and Syntus) or on the train
  • Travel to and from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on the regional train

Includes:

  • Unlimited travel on all GVB trams, buses, metros and ferries inside the city of Amsterdam (day and night)
  • Airport Express: round trip transfer included by bus 397 and by night-bus N97 from Central Station to Schiphol Airport
  • Booking fee

Excludes:

  • Travel on regional buses (Connexxion, EBS and Syntus) or on the train
  • Travel to and from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on the regional NS train

Precautions:

Safety measures in place:

Customers must keep distance in vehicles.

Traveler requirements:

Customers are required to bring and wear masks.

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Collection points in Amsterdam to pick up your best value public transport ticket for Amsterdam

Depending on where you arrive, either by train at Amsterdam Centraal Station or Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, you could collect from the dedicated GVB collection points.

At Schiphol Airport: You could pick it up from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport at the Public Transport Service and Tickets Minibus, located just by platforms B15-B19 between 8:00 and 6:00 pm.

At Amsterdam Centraal Station: GVB Service & Tickets Central Station: Monday – Sunday 08:30 – 19:00

You may collect your public transport ticket for Amsterdam prior to your first journey from the following collection points in Amsterdam city:

GVB Service & Tickets Central Station: Monday – Sunday 08:30 – 19:00

GVB Service & Tickets Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena: Monday – Friday 08:30 – 19:00 and Saturday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00

GVB Service & Tickets Amsterdam Station Zuid: Monday – Friday 08:30 – 19:00 and Saturday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00;

GVB Service & Tickets Station Amsterdam North: Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00




Alternative to GVB Public Transport tickets

The are a number of alternatives to the GVB public transport tickets and the most popular one is the Iamterdam Card but this starts from €65.00. The Iamsterdam Card gives you some free and some discounted access to museums and unlimited travel on Amsterdam’s public transportation. You also enjoy a canal cruise with this card. You can learn more here.


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Best 29 Inspiring Travel Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam

May 17, 2022

For some, Amsterdam is a city of sin, while for some others, it is a city of freedom, an exemplary for others to follow. Some even compare this European city to the American city, San Francisco for the freedom and fun it offers along with its deep roots in art and culture. Whichever way you decide to define the capital of Netherlands, Amsterdam is a unique city that means many things to many people.

Best known for its abundance of tulips, gingerbread canal houses, and friendly biking trails, Amsterdam is also a city that is rich in opportunities, art, and romance, Dubbed Venice of the North for its historic winding canals, Amsterdam goes beyond from being just a city for most travellers.

Over the years, the simplicity of this picturesque city had inspired locals and travellers alike, shaping each of their lives, one way or another. Here are the best of the best 29 inspiring quotes and sayings on Amsterdam by some of the famous authors and celebrities to inspire your visit 🙂


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Best Inspiring Travel Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam Giving an Overview of the City’s Culture

Quotes and sayings on Amsterdam
Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam

1 |

Location: Amsterdam, Where Fire is called “Vlam”

Kristin Cashore

Kristin Cashore is an American young adult fantasy writer. Amongst her New York Bestsellers are Graceling and Fire.

2 |

Amsterdam is not Holland. It is a city that attracts people from all over Holland. And lots of international tourists and party people”

Eddy de Clerq

Eddy de Clerq is a Belgian record producer who founded the first underground dance movement and the rise of Amsterdam club scene.

3 |

I love Amsterdam. The city is vibrant and alive. It’s fresh and so open. It’s definitely one of my favourite places.”

Stefon Harris

Stefon Harris is an American jazz vibraphonist. Besides being a musician, he is also an educator and thought leader.

4 |

The many cultures in Amsterdam contribute to the city’s high level of craziness-something which every interesting city should offer”

Charles Landry

Charles Landry is an English author, speaker and international adviser on the future of cities best known for popularising the Creative City concept.

5 |

Historic Amsterdam, that old part you first see when you turn up at Centraal Station, may have its monuments, but it’s also the most tawdry and overcrowded part of the city.”

David Hewson

David Hewson is a contemporary British author of mystery novels. His award winning novels include The Killing, The Villa of Mysteries and the most recent, The Garden of Angels.

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Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam

6 |

Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth, it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin

John Green

7 |

Amsterdam is like the rings of a tree: It gets older as you get closer to the centre.

John Green

John Green is an American author won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, and his fourth solo novel, The Fault in Our Stars, number one on The New York Times Best Seller list in January 2012.


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8 |

I am a village boy, and Amsterdam for me was always the big town.”

Anton Corbijn

9 |

I think Amsterdam is to Holland what New York is to America in a sense. It’s a metropolis, so its representative of Holland, but only a part of it – you know, it’s more extreme, there’s more happening, it’s more liberal and more daring than the countryside in Holland is”

Anton Corbijn

Anton Corbijn is a Dutch photographer, film director and music video director.

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Star Trak

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Star Trak

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Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam Red Light Area

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Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam

10 |

Most visitors to Amsterdam will wander into the red-light district out of sheer curiosity. The narrow streets are mostly safe day and night – just don’t try to take pictures of the women working in the windows.”

David Hewson

11|

But words are water in Amsterdam, they flood your ears and set the rot, and the church’s east corner is crowded.”

Jessie Burton

12 |

This city is like no other city in the world. It is brilliant but it is bloated, and I’ve never called it home”

Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton is an English author and actress. She has published three novels – The Miniaturist, The Muse, and The Confession.


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The Muse

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The Confession

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Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam Canals

Quotes and sayings on Amsterdam
Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam

Amsterdam is intimately connected with water. Its one-hundred-sixty five canals were constructed over centuries to stimulate trade, transport and to reclaim land. The 17th century Amsterdam Canal Ring is of great cultural and historical value, now recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010. Here are some of the best quotes and sayings on Amsterdam canals to give you an idea of what its like.

13 |

In Amsterdam, the water is the mistress and the land the vassal. Throughout the city, there are as many canals and drawbridges as bracelets on a Gypsy’s bronzed arms.”

Felix Marti-Ibanez

Felix Marti-Ibanez (1911-1972) was a Spanish author and publisher who emigrated to USA after the Spanish Civil War in 1939, thereafter becoming an American citizen.

14 |

Amsterdam is such a fun, cool place, and it’s very instagrammable with the canals and the boats and the flowers and the architecture. It’s amazing for outfit of the day shot.”

Nikkie Tutorials

Nikkie de Jager better known as Nikkie Tutorials is a Dutch makeup artist and beauty vlogger. She has 13.8 million subscribers to her Youtube channel.

15 |

Amsterdam was a great surprise to me. I had always thought of Venice as the city of canals; it had never entered my mind that I should find similar conditions in a Dutch town.”

James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was an American writer and civil rights activist. He was the leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where he began working in 1917.

Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam

16 |

Stand outside De Eland, on the Berenstraat Bridge over the Prinsengracht, and you see what real Amsterdam life is like.”

David Hewson

17 |

In Amsterdam, the river and canals have been central to city life for the last four centuries.”

Janet Echelman

Janet Echelman is an American sculptor and fiber artist whose work have been publicly displayed at specific sites.

Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam

18 |

Amsterdam has more than 150 canals and 1,250 bridges, but it never seems crowded, nor bent and bitter from fleecing the tourist.”

Julie Birchill

Quotes and sayings on Amsterdam that may make you smile…

19 |

Call me a pig, but isn’t it brilliantly refreshing how early the Dutch eat dinner? When they’re still laying out the cutlery in achingly hip Barcelona, they’re hanging the closed sign on the restaurant doors of old Amsterdam.”

Julie Burchill

Julie Burchill is an English journalist and writer who began as a staff writer at the New Musical Express at the age of 17. She contributes to The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. Burchill’s popular novels are many but below are just two:

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Sugar Rush

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Sugar Rush

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20 |

I dropped my pants in a tattoo parlour in Amsterdam. I woke up in a waterbed with this funky-looking dragon with a blue tongue on my hip. I realized I made a mistake, so a few months later I got a cross to cover it. When my pants hang low, it looks like I’m wearing a dagger!

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker and a humanitarian. She has won many awards including Academy Award and three Golden Globe Awards. She has been named Hollywood’s highest-paid actress numerous times.

Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam

quotes and sayings on Amsterdam
Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam

Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam Cycle City

Amsterdam quotes and sayings
Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city where the number of bicycles outnumber its residents! The city is perfectly set-up with dedicated cycle lanes and regarded as the second most bike-friendly city in the world, only just after Copenhagen. Here are three quotes and sayings on Amsterdam that somewhat describes the city of cycles.

21 |

In Europe, I always have fun bike riding in Amsterdam”

Ezra Koenig

Ezra Koenig is an American musician, singer-songwriter and radio personality

22 |

My experience in Amsterdam is that cyclists ride where the hell they like and aim in a state of rage at all pedestrians while ringing their bell loudly, the concept of avoiding people being foreign to them.”

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett – Sir Terence David John Pratchett OBE (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015) was an English humorist and author of fantasy novels. His notable works are Discworld series, Good Omens and Nation. He received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2010.

Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam

23 |

Here people cycled with a reckless swagger, talking on the phone and eating breakfast.”

David Nicholls

Quotes and Sayings on Amsterdam to Inspire Creativity

The following quotes speaks of a city that inspires creativity.

24 |

I get inspired in certain places. You have to write in places like Amsterdam or Paris or New Zealand, when you’re standing on a yacht, looking out at the middle of the ocean.”

Action Bronson

Ariyan Arslani better known as Action Bronson is an American rapper and television presenter.

25 |

When I wrote my book about Amsterdam, the main objective was to talk about the city’s creativity rather than just its design.”

Marcel Wanders

26 |

Amsterdam is a breeding ground for new creative pursuits in many areas fueled by tolerance and openness to ideas, unlike any world city I’ve been to. There is something for everyone here, especially when you dare to go off the beaten path.”

Marcel Wanders

27 |

Amsterdam lives and breathes creativity. One moment you walk into a building from the 17th century, and the next you find yourself in a hub of creative start-up companies”

Marcel Wanders

28 |

San Francisco is a lot like Amsterdam – free, open-minded and casual – though I expected better weather.”

Marcel Wanders

29 |

What’s special about Amsterdam is that the city is able to connect worlds that are not otherwise connected.”

Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders is a Dutch designer and as art director who designs architectural and interior products.


Inspiring Travel quotes and sayings on Amsterdam

On a final note…

It’s no surprise that Amsterdam in one of the most visited city in Europe – it may not be as glamorous as Paris or London nor is it deeply rooted in Roman history as Italy but Amsterdam is a city that offers you an insight into culture, beautiful places to stay with plenty of things to do whether you are visiting for 24, 48 hours or even much longer.

Have a splendid time discovering Amsterdam xoxo.

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Take a European city break and visit the modern city with a rich cultural history that never fails to inspire its visitors. Amsterdam is a city of historic buildings, impressive architecture, golden age canals, world class museums, joyous festivals, plenty of restaurants and bars for dining and drinking. Along with these multitude of options, there are beautiful places to stay in Amsterdam as well.


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A popular destination for Europeans, Amsterdam is conveniently connected to continental Europe and easy to get to by air, rail and car. The city itself is a compact city and easily explored on foot or by bike. You could hire a bike to get around the city – there are plenty of places to park your bike and explore on foot or join a bike tour and discover Amsterdam seamlessly. As well, hop onto the city tram if you need to rest your feet. The I Amsterdam City Card is great value for money, giving you access to public transport and discounts to museums and many local attractions.

Whichever way you choose to explore this city of endless canals and bridges, you are sure to have unforgettable experiences.

Best time to visit Amsterdam

Places to stay in Amsterdam
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In addition, Amsterdam is a city that is good in all weather – be it the bursting colours of tulips in spring, sugar golden leaves in fall, the bright sparkles of the festivals or the longer days in summer, it is a city that has abundance of things to do throughout the year and around the city.

Places to stay in Amsterdam
places to stay in Amsterdam

For inspiration on things to do, read the article on Amsterdam in a nutshell — 18 experiences in 48 hours.


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Places to stay in Amsterdam

Amsterdam exudes one-of-a-kind atmosphere where some say it is a city of sin while others, it is a city of freedom. Sin or freedom, there is no European city quite like the Dutch capital.

Peruse our selection of beautiful places to stay in Amsterdam — from weekend breaks to week long stays, from boutique and chic getaways, city central or a neighbourhood you like. A simple stay with a brilliant base to explore or mesmerising views over the city from the rooftop — there is a place curated just for you. Browse through, select and secure your stay.

Our Selection of Beautiful Places to Stay in Amsterdam

Wake up to the sights and sounds of the city of canals from the 4-star superior Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam City Centre. Located close to the popular Canal Belt, the Radisson Blu hotel is a unique base to explore the legendary waterways, the historic and unique architecture and savour the traditional Dutch delicacies.

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Park Plaza Vondelpark Amsterdam
Park Plaza Vondelpark Amsterdam | Image courtesy Park Plaza Radisson Hotels

Park Plaza caters for both leisure and business travellers with stylish guest rooms.

Conveniently located within 5 minutes of Amsterdam Central Station, Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam offers contemporary accommodation, whereas Park Plaza Vondelpark Amsterdam is located within steps of the beautiful leafy setting of Vondelpark, in the  uptown neighbourhood Oud-Zuid,


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Pulitzer Amsterdam
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Rated as Superb with a rating of 9.1 by travellers of booking dot com, Pulitzer is a prestigious hotel and offer remarkable views of two of Amsterdam’s most picturesque canals, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht. Embodying quintessential Dutch elegance and luxury with a touch of history, Pulitzer is the perfect base to explore this endlessly captivating city.

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DoubleTree Hilton Centraal Station Amsterdam

A modern architectural design set within the historic city centre and a stone’s throw of Amsterdam Centraal Station is the newly built DoubleTree Hilton Centraal Station Amsterdam. With floor to ceiling windows featured in each guest rooms, the hotel provides plenty of daylight and remarkable views over the city. In evenings, enjoy the sunset with drinks from SkyLounge or the mesmerising views of the city from the rooftop bar.

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