Amsterdam Travel Guide

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Few cities can offer their visitors a wealth of content across all fields of arts, entertainment, culture and gastronomy. Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is one of these cities. In the same day in Amsterdam, you can do cultural tours, taste delicious delicacies, examine valuable paintings, and if you wish, you can immerse yourself in crazy entertainment.

Where is Amsterdam

The favorite holiday destination of Northern Europe, Amsterdam is located in the west of the Netherlands. Founded as a fishing village on the banks of the Amstel River in the 12th century, the name of the province where this city is located is North Holland.

The city is quite developed in terms of transportation and accommodation options, as it is one of the five most visited settlements in Europe in terms of tourism.

Population in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a population of approximately 1 million. Local people speak Dutch as their mother tongue. However, there are also communities that speak languages such as Turkish and Persian. You can also get along with most people in Amsterdam by speaking English.

In terms of religion, there is no homogeneous structure in Amsterdam. The vast majority of the population does not espouse any belief system. However, Catholic, Christian and Muslim people make up a significant part of the population. Even though their population is small, communities belonging to different belief systems such as Hinduism and Buddhism live in the city.

When to go to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city under the influence of the oceanic climate. Therefore, cold and cloudy weather conditions prevail most of the year. Especially in autumn and winter months (from November to March), the number of days when the weather is cloudy and rainy is quite high. Another factor that can cause trouble for travelers during the city tour in winter is the winds blowing in the west direction and suddenly increasing their intensity. Also, since Amsterdam is quite far north, the days are shorter in winter compared to many countries. This, of course, is a big disadvantage for travelers. Considering these factors, the period from the beginning of April to the end of October stands out as the ideal time to travel to Amsterdam.

You can easily visit the city, especially between June and August, when the temperatures are mild. September - October is the ideal time for canal trips. Although it stands out with its canals, history, architecture and entertainment opportunities, festivals and official days are shown as the best times to go to the city.

The most important cultural event is "King's Day". Celebrated every year on April 27, "King's Day" is celebrated with DJ performances, live music events and numerous street markets throughout the city. Apart from this, Amsterdam Pride, held between 29 July and 6 August, and the Dutch Festival, which continues throughout June, are other important cultural events that may attract the attention of those who want to travel to the city.

Amsterdam Attractions

Dam Square

Dam Square

Dam Square is a city square in the heart of the city, located in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. It is one of the most well-known places in Amsterdam, where important events are held in the city and there are brand buildings belonging to the city.

In the square;

  • Royal Palace of Amsterdam (A neoclassical building, it was used as the town hall from 1655 to 1808)
  • Nieuwe Kerk (New Church),
  • Madame Tussaud's Museum

Here are some of the structures you can see.

There is also a national monument made of white stone in the square. The national monument was erected in 1956 to commemorate the victims of "World War II". With these features, Dam Square is an important attraction for tourists.

Madame Tussauds Museum

Madame Tussauds Museum

One of the few buildings facing Dam Square, Madame Tussauds Museum is located in the Peek & Cloppenburg building on the south side of the square. This world-famous museum, which is a must-stop for many tourists visiting Amsterdam, takes its fame from the very realistic wax exhibition of world-renowned famous people.

Amsterdam Canals

Amsterdam Canals

Since the Netherlands is a country built on water in general, there are quite a few canals. When you look at the map, the canals that resemble Venice and are everywhere attract attention. There are canal tours starting in front of Amsterdam Centraal. Although tours generally cost around 20 Euros, there are different packages depending on the number of people and groups (there are also tours with food and drinks).

Red Lights Distric

This street, which is one of the reasons why Amsterdam is so famous, takes its name from the red-lit rooms along the street. Red Lights, which gradually became famous after the port was built in Damrak in the 1200-1300's, is one of Amsterdam's most popular tourist attractions. Red Lights is very close to Amsterdam Centraal Station, Amsterdam's main transport hub, and is about 10 minutes' walk from here.

Although Red Lights is more active at night, it can be visited at any time of the day. Since this is not a separate area, it is a normal street, no one will disturb you and you can walk around comfortably.



Vondelpark is where Amsterdammers and tourists meet with nature. This park, which is very close to the museums area, has a magnificent nature and greenery.

Make sure to take a little break here during some part of your day. In this park, which can be reached by tram number 52-12-2 departing from Amsterdam Centraal, there are artistic events such as music and theater in summer.



Rembrandtplein is one of the busiest squares in Amsterdam.

In the middle of the Rembrandtplein square, which is surrounded by parks, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs and coffee shops where you can taste various items, there is a statue of the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn, made by Louis Royer in 1852.

Sculptures of the characters in Rembrandt's painting The Night Watch, completed in 1642, are erected in the square of the park, in front of Rembrandt's statue. These characters represent musketeers of various ranks among Amsterdam's guardian soldiers.

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

Located in the Museums district, the Van Gogh Museum has the world's largest Van Gogh collection. In the museum, more than 200 paintings and 500 drawings of Van Gogh are in this museum.

If you don't want to wait in line, you should buy your ticket online. The museum ticket, which is 19 Euros per person, is free of charge under the age of 18. You can get your ticket from the website by clicking here, and you can get detailed information about the museum by clicking here.

You can reach the Van Gogh Museum by taking tram 52-12-2 from Amsterdam Centraal and getting off at the Rijksmuseum or Vijzelgracht stop.



The Rijksmuseum, in front of the famous "I amsterdam" inscription, has a huge collection of Dutch art.

In the museum, besides many of Rembrandt's works, there is also the famous Night Watch painting. The museum also houses the Asian Art Collection. For those who like to visit museums and art galleries, it is definitely one of the places that they should write in the first place on their trips.

It is recommended that you buy your ticket online. You can get detailed information about the museum by clicking here, and you can get your ticket by clicking here. The museum fee is 20 Euros per person and is free for under 18s.

Since this place is located in the museum district, you can reach here by getting off at the Rijksmuseum or Vijzelgracht stop with the trams numbered 52-12-2 departing from Amsterdam Centraal, like the Van Gogh Museum.

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