Land of the outstanding windmills, romantic canals, historical museums and vibrantly colored tulips. Amsterdam of the Netherlands, without a doubt, is a definite must-see travel destination. It is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe due to its photogenic landscapes and compact cosmopolitan city – making it easy to explore by foot or on bicycles. There are many different attractions to see and activities to do whether you are traveling solo, in a big group or on your honeymoon. From historical museums and art galleries to Amsterdam’s beautiful religious buildings, and the many selections of parks – you are bound to fall in love with Amsterdam.
The main international airport in Amsterdam is known as the Amsterdam International Airport Schiphol. Located twenty minutes from Amsterdam city in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, North of Holland, Schiphol Airport is one of the most important airports in all of Europe. It is also the third-busiest airport in Europe. Reason being well-known international airlines such as KLM, Arkefly, Transavia, Amsterdam Airlines and Martinir are all based at the Amsterdam International Airport Schiphol. The airport has only one terminal which is split into three large departure halls. Navigating yourself through the Amsterdam International Airport Schiphol will not be a burden, you can easily find various traveler-friendly facilities under one roof.
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If you’re planning to visit Amsterdam during the tulip season, be sure to plan your trip during April although the tulip season starts from mid-March to early May during the spring season. The month of April is an ideal time to enjoy the fully bloomed tulips with medium tourist traffic. However, skip the Queen’s Day weekend (late April or early May) to avoid the party scene in the city, it will be over-crowded with locals and tourist, and a definite price increase in hotel room rates and flight fares. Summer and spring seasons are usually when you will spot long queues at tourist attractions and travel rates are at its peak.
Wet weather and grey skies are common in the countries of Northern Europe regardless of the seasons. Be sure to layer up and pack some warm clothes. During the autumn and winter seasons are when Amsterdam and is at its low peak season meaning the flight fares and accommodations are the cheapest during this time. Autumn starts from late September to late October and winter starts from November to February. If you enjoy low-key traveling and the peace, make full use of exploring Amsterdam during the winter or autumn season. You can take your time at the museums and sit at a café along the canals to enjoy a hot beverage and people watching.
1. Go on a Bicycle Tour – Amsterdam is known as one of the most cycle-friendly cities in the world. This is because most of the streets in Amsterdam have separate bike lanes ensuring road safety. Bicycle tours are available in English, French or German languages. This bicycle tour can be booked online or at your hotels. It allows you to get the ultimate introduction to the city all in three hours. If you're feeling adventurous, rent a bicycle and explore the city at your own pace. Bicycle rentals are very easy to find.
2. Cruise Along the Canals – A holiday in Amsterdam is incomplete without cruising along the city’s photogenic canals. As cliché as it may be, there’s no denying that canal cruising is a must. There are many locations to choose from that offers the same romantic scene. However, the most popular among tourists is The Jordaan neighborhood. Here you can witness the residential areas with garden courtyards, lively open markets, and high-end boutiques and cafés where you can also enjoy the traditional Dutch folk music while people are watching.
3. Visit the Dam Square – The Dam Square is not shy of tourists as it is one of the most tourist-packed areas in Amsterdam because of its strategic location. The Dam Square itself is a former home to the Dutch royal family. You will find the 17th-century royal palace which now is used to cater for royal functions. Surrounding the Dam Square are famous attractions such as New Church, Madame Tussaudswax museum and theNational Memorial Statue. There are also various cafés and shops along the area for quick snack breaks and souvenir shopping.