Destination guide

See the Venice of the North by foot, by bike or by boat

The charming canals of Amsterdam, lined with crooked houses and colourful boats knocking together, are just a small part of what makes this city so special. You can also expect world-class museums and an unparalleled cycling culture. Plan your visit to this famously liberal and diverse city, and be entertained by a growing dining culture and a vibrant party scene both in and around the Red Light District. Browse through Amsterdam vacation rentals ranging from quintessential canal houses to charming houseboats, and fall in love with the city as tulips bloom and bikes zip past.

Things to do

From museum masterpieces to masterful pints

Amsterdam's museum scene is not to be ignored. Pay a visit to some of Europe's most beloved masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum or spend an afternoon with Van Gogh at the museum dedicated to his life. The Anne Frank Museum is worth your time for a sobering experience, while the Rembrandt House Museum offers a lighter look at local history. The Heineken Experience is a must for the beer lovers in your group – consider it a study session before you hit the beer scene at some of the city's best bars.

Activities

Where every canal and cobblestoned street is picture perfect

There's plenty to see and do, but make sure to plan for leisurely strolls along Amsterdam's canals. Photograph the famously tall and narrow canal houses or hop on a boat and view the city from a new perspective. Rent bikes, shop along the picturesque Nine Streets neighbourhood or take a walking tour. You'll find the city's diverse history as irresistible as its scenery. Heineken Music Hall is the perfect pit stop for a live show, while a visit to 1 of the local "coffee shops" gives you a first-hand peek at the city's famous tolerance of cannabis.

Weather

View the tulips in spring, skate the canals in winter

Amsterdam, like many northern cities, is terrific no matter the weather, so ignore the forecast and pack for all types of weather. You'll find the warmest and sunniest days in summer, but you'll have to tolerate heaving crowds and higher prices, so shoulder seasons are generally the safer bet. Spring days are mostly warm and, with tulips in bloom from March through May, full of colour. Autumn can be warm and wet; consider Amsterdam vacation rentals in winter, when the chill offers the chance to ice-skate across the canals.

Natural highlights

Fulfill your dreams of tulip spotting and canal hopping

Amsterdam is in the province of Holland, situated in the northwestern Netherlands. Follow the river Amstel into the centre of the city, and you'll find the main source of the city's famous canals. Browse the Amsterdam vacation rentals that line these picturesque waterways, and if visiting in spring, spot the tulips as they spring up everywhere. You can even plan to visit festivals dedicated to the country's favourite flower. Plan to share the roads with cyclists, as driving is discouraged, making exploring the city on foot or by tram the best ways to see the sights.

How to get there

How to get to and around Amsterdam North

The nearest airport is in Amsterdam (AMS-Schiphol), located 9.9 mi (15.9 km) from the city centre.

Where to stay near Amsterdam?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,706 holiday rentals near Amsterdam. From 768 Condos/Apartments to 107 Boats, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Amsterdam for a long holiday or a weekend break is on Stayz.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Amsterdam?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Amsterdam:

  • Amsterdam-Centrum: 587 holiday homes
  • Museum Quarter: 551 holiday homes
  • Waterland: 29 holiday homes
  • Jordaan: 441 holiday homes
  • Westerpark: 429 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Amsterdam?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Amsterdam. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Amsterdam Central Station: 2,109 holiday rentals
  • Dam Square: 1,017 holiday rentals
  • Vondelpark: 2,359 holiday rentals
  • Anne Frank House: 2,373 holiday rentals
  • Concertgebouw: 2,353 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Amsterdam listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Amsterdam?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 768 Condos/Apartments in Amsterdam. Our other popular types of Amsterdam holiday rentals include:

  • Boats: 107 holiday houses
  • Houses: 598 holiday houses
  • Houseboats: 83 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Amsterdam?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 295 holiday homes with pool available in Amsterdam. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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