With its famed canals, urban and progressive populace, and a cultural scene that looks forwards and backwards, Amsterdam should merit a “Can’t miss!” on any European itinerary.
Sometimes called “the Venice of the North,” the best way to begin your sightseeing in this unique city is by boat. Whether you rent a pleasure boat of your own or join a tour, lean back and watch the charm of the 17th century city center drift by along the banks of the Amstel River. Get up close and personal with the Dutch masters at the Rijksmuseum, which features priceless works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and more. For a focused experience with another world-famous artist of the region, the Van Gogh Museum is sure to wow everyone, from casual patron to connoisseur. The Anne Frank Museum provides a sobering slice of history from another of Amsterdam’s most famous residents.
Take a breather from the bicycles and boats at the Begijnhof, a charming walled garden right off the central Kalverstraat and glimpse No. 34, the oldest residence in the city. Shoppers can hunt down Dutch porcelain, original works of art, and other treasures on Haarlemmerstraat or scout the fresh food options at the Albert Cuypmarkt outdoor market. For a taste of authentic Amsterdam, visit one of the many brown cafes, which are characterized by gezelligheid, or a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Famous for its nightlife as well as its storied past, the days often blend into the nights in a city with this much to do.
With so much to see, your choice of one of IHG’s Amsterdam hotels should be easy. When you book an IHG hotel in Amsterdam, you’ll discover a comfortable, stylish, and affordable base to explore one of the world’s greatest cities.