A guide to the Amsterdam Area for residents

More and more international residents are choosing to live in the areas beyond Amsterdam city centre, where there are more options for housing, a variety of international schools and easy transport connections.

Which part of the region is for you?

Whether you’re drawn to the relaxed lifestyle of a beachside dwelling, a quaint Dutch village with windmills in the distance or city bursting with nightlife and culture, there’s an area of the Amsterdam region for you. Compared with other European capitals, the Amsterdam Area is relatively compact and well connected by public transport and motorways. To help you visualise your daily routine, the MapitOut tool highlights parts of the region that fit within your ideal travel time and mode of transport. You can also explore the interactive map below to see what each location has to offer. 

Where to live in and around Amsterdam

Markermeer ↑ Den Helder ↑ Bergen Heerhugowaard Alkmaar Heiloo Hoorn Castricum Purmerend Edam Volendam Velsen Zaanstad Marken Lelystad Almere IJmuiden Oostzaan Zandvoort Haarlem Heemstede Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Amstelveen Diemen Muiden Hoofddorp Aalsmeer Ouder Amstel Bussum Naarden Huizen Blaricum Uithoorn Laren Hilversum AMSTERDAM Alkmaar, Bergen & Hoorn Zaanstreek & Waterland IJmond, Zandvoort & Castricum Haarlem & Heemstede Haarlemmermeer, Aalsmeer & Uithoorn Amsterdam, Amstelveen & Diemen Hilversum, the Gooi & Vechtstreek Almere & Lelystad
Explore the region
Each part of the Amsterdam Area has its own unique character, local attractions and industries. Click on an area to see what it has to offer.
Download the PDF guide to the Amsterdam Area (5 MB)

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