How to Plan a Trip to Amsterdam

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When one imagines a culturally enriching trip to Europe, Amsterdam is likely one of the first destinations that comes to mind. With its gracefully gabled buildings, shady canals, casual cafes and museums, stunning gardens (especially in spring), as well as an exciting nightlife scene – Amsterdam should not be missed by any traveler.

Planning a trip to Amsterdam is simple if you follow some simple guidelines: plan ahead, utilize public transportation and stay in an area that’s centrally located. Most popular hotels are situated in the city center, but there are plenty of mid-range and upscale places as well.

Spend your entire trip to Amsterdam walking or biking, but if you’re feeling exhausted or want to save money, train or car rental are viable options too. Additionally, an OV Chipkaart (an all-day travel card that allows unlimited access throughout Amsterdam by train, bus and bike for 7.50 euros per day) is available which allows for convenient transport around town by public transportation.

For a more relaxed day trip from Amsterdam, consider visiting the historic town of Delft, famed for its blue and white ‘Delftware’ pottery. You can easily explore this small settlement by taking a leisurely walk along its canals and old-style hump-backed bridges.

If you’re fascinated with history, visit Anne Frank House and explore her secret annex where she spent two years and one month hiding from Nazis. Or, travel to Zaanse Schans, a charming Dutch village where you can take in views of windmills and other rural crafts while learning about its heritage.