Amsterdam Do’s and Dont’s

Amsterdam Travel Tips

During our last trip to Germany we took a few days and drove up to Amsterdam. We only had 3 nights in the city so we tried to make the most of the little time we had. There are tons of things to do in Amsterdam so we've helped narrow it down for you with these Do/Dont Amsterdam Travel Tips. Amsterdam is a city of bikes and canals that has 3 times the amount of bikes than cars! Beautiful canals and bridges reminded me of Venice, have a look for yourself!

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DO: The first on our list of Amsterdam Travel Tips is to use Airbnb to find a great rental apartment for your stay. Amsterdam is a huge city and there are hundreds, if not thousands of people renting out their apartments for cheap. We stayed in a small apartment about a 20 minute walk from the city center. While we would've preferred to be closer, it was a great place in a quiet neighborhood for around $110/night. Hotels are quite expensive here so get a great deal with a private rental! Here's the apartment we stayed in.

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When it comes to getting around...

DONT: Rent a bike - unless you are experienced bike rider and you know what you are doing. There are thousands of locals biking around the city at any given moment. It is very fast paced and there is a lot to pay attention to. Around the city you will find "No Bikes for Tourists" signs everywhere. The locals get frustrated with us tourists who decide to rent a bike in Amsterdam even though we haven't rode a bike in years. But if you know what you are doing I would say totally go for it!

DONT: Rent a car. Use public transport to get around. Much of the city is inaccessible to cars anyway.

DONT: Walk in the bike lane! There are dedicated bike lanes throughout the city. One local told us that bikers would rather run a tourist over who is walking in the bike lane to teach them a lesson. Just keep in mind there are roads, bike lanes, and pedestrian sidewalks so be sure to be on the right one!

Things to check out..

DO: Check out the Red Light District. This is one of the most bustling areas of the city and it is located near the heart of the city center. I believe to get the feel of Amsterdam you have to check this area out. This is where you will find most of the city's "coffee shops", weed shops, sex shops, cafes, clubs, and the infamous red lights - windows with beautiful and scantily clad women on the other side.

Common sense would tell you not to bring children to this area especially at night, yet some people still do. This is a heavy traffic tourist destination and it would be a good idea to keep a close eye on your possessions.

DONT attempt to take pictures of the sex workers unless you want your camera thrown into the canal. 

DO: Check out Keukenhof Gardens if you are in Amsterdam in March-May. Keukenhof Garden is the largest flower garden in the world with millions of flowers planted annually. Only open mid-March through mid-May it is only a 25 minute drive from Amsterdam and has some incredible photo ops.

Keukenhof
Keukenhof

And more...

DO: Check out the Van Gogh Museum with the largest collection of his works in the world, the Rjiksmuseum, and the Anne Frank House. Take a boat tour of the canals.

DO: Get lost in the city. This actually happened to us one night when we were leaving the red light district. It was scary at first but we ran into so some amazing locals at a nearby Irish pub that entertained us for hours. Amsterdam is huge and there is so much to see and experience. Get lost day or night exploring the streets and canals. Have some drinks and meet a few locals at one of the many bars. Most locals speak great English and are very friendly!

Overall, Amsterdam is a beautiful, fun city and I personally enjoyed it more than even Venice, Italy! If you are wanting to check out some hotels in the area, use our handy search bar below! I hope this list of Amsterdam Travel Tips was helpful in planning your trip! 

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