Every corner you turn in Amsterdam holds new discoveries. Each neighborhood has its own character and charm just waiting to be explored. The city center is home to a host of renowned museums like the Van Gogh Museum, and fantastic culture and entertainment. Whether seen on foot, in a boat or on a bike, Amsterdam’s timeless beauty and cozy community feeling will keep you fascinated for days on end.
With miles of streets to wander, museums to visit, and sights to see, Amsterdam’s options for fun and entertainment are endless. And, whether you are looking to admire modern architecture, discover cultural hotspots or have an off-the-beaten-track experience, there’s something for everyone.
- Tulip Season Slide 1 of 3: The Netherlands are transformed into a vast sea of flowers from mid-March to mid-May. It starts with crocus season in March, followed by daffodils and hyacinths. Finally, the tulips show their gorgeous colors from mid-April through the first weeks of May.
- Canals Slide 2 of 3: Amsterdam’s gorgeous 17th-century canals and bridges make cycling or walking a perfect way to see a picture-postcard vision of Amsterdam.
- Windmills Slide 3 of 3: For an enchanting day trip, head out beyond the city borders to the majestic windmills of Zaase Schans, the famous tulip fields in and around Keukenhof, and the historic towns of Edam and Volendam.
An adult wonderland, Amsterdam is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Often referred to as the Venice of the North, Amsterdam’s gorgeous 17th-century canals and bridges make cycling or walking a perfect way to see a picture-postcard vision of Amsterdam with its tilting homes. For an enchanting day trip, head out beyond the city borders to the majestic windmills of Zaase Schans, the famous tulip fields in and around Keukenhof, and the historic towns of Edam and Volendam. We also offer canal cruises, windmill tours and more.
Soak up some culture in the Museumplein neighborhood, home to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art. This area is an art lover’s utopia. Not far from here is the well-preserved Anne Frank House, which contains a thought-provoking museum. Check out the NDSM Wharf district — once an old shipyard turned into a creative haven. Here, you can mingle with a vibrant artist community, as well as enjoy a variety of bars and restaurants. Lose yourself for hours in the city’s lively Latin Quarter, known as De Pijp, where you can browse the Albert Cuyp street market, or take a stroll in the beautiful gardens of Sarphatipark.
Two of the top shopping areas in the city center are the Jordaan and 9 Strattjes (The 9 Streets) areas, where the most exclusive and original shops can be found. For innovative stores and market stalls, the Noordermarkt area is the place to go.
Cycling and walking everywhere can bring on a hearty appetite. On the restaurant front, Amsterdam offers a culinary melting pot of tastes that will please your palate — from Indonesian and tapas to Mediterranean and modern Dutch dishes. Stop and indulge your taste buds with vlaamse frites (a cone of fries) topped off with your favorite sauce. And, don’t go home without trying bitterballen (deep-fried, crispy meatballs served with mustard) or stroopwafel (two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle). Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, find a haringhandel (herring cart) to order a broodje haring (raw herring served in a sandwich with pickles and onions).
To quench your thirst, get your fix at a popular juice bar. Amsterdam also has a thriving beer scene with local breweries, craft beer bars and tasting houses scattered everywhere.
Delta Vacations flight + hotel packages include round-trip airfare aboard a Delta Partner Airline to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). Round-trip transfers between the airport and Amsterdam hotels are not can be added to your package. However, including car rentals, private car or minivan transfers and train tickets to Brussels, Paris and London.