Welcome to Amsterdam and welcome to your official guide to the Netherlands' capital city. With a full cultural agenda showcasing the very best festivals, nightlife, exhibitions & events, plus practical tourist info, hotel, museum, excursion & attraction listings, you won't miss a thing.

Dining out

Amsterdam certainly holds its own on the restaurant front, offering a culinary melting pot reflective of the city itself. City restaurants offer everything a hungry visitor craves: from Indonesian to tapas, from Mediterranean to modern Dutch. Whether you're looking for international cuisine or a cosy local joint, you'll find plenty to please your palate in Amsterdam.

Museums & galleries

Amsterdam is home to a variety of world-famous museums. No trip to the city is complete without stopping by the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum or Stedelijk Museum, but the city also has a multitude of treasures outside of the Museum District.

Canal cruising

The history of Amsterdam is intimately connected with water. Its 165 canals were created over the centuries to stimulate trade and transport and reclaim land to expand the city. They continue define the city’s landscape and in 2010 Amsterdam's canal ring was recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Getting here & around

Amsterdam is a world-class international transport hub and there are countless ways of getting into the city. Many travellers fly into the award-winning Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, while hopping on a train is also a great option – convenient and cost effective, the rail network in the Netherlands is second to none. And of course the road network provides easy access to Amsterdam for those keen to travel by car or coach.

Shopping

With everything from multistorey department stores and exclusive boutiques to antiques and contemporary Dutch design, Amsterdam inspires even the most discerning shopper.

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New Land

Although famous for its historic city centre, the Amsterdam region is always evolving as new immigrants and diverse cultures make their mark on many neighbourhoods. But probably the most dramatic changes have taken place in the province of Flevoland.

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Clubbing & nightlife

When it comes to nightlife in Amsterdam, there are venues, dance festivals and club nights to suit every taste! DJs keep the crowd going with everything from techno, dub step and trance to hip-hop, funk and deep house.