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Traveling out of Amsterdam from Amsterdam



Around Amsterdam you can find a huge variety of interesting places. A quiet and green town lying south Amstelveen is known for its Amsterdamse Bos park ("Amsterdam Forest").

Very interesting is lying just 18 km west of Amsterdam city Haarlem with its well-preserved historical core around the Central, or Market Square (Grote Markt). From Haarlem there is a direct road to the most popular sea resort Zandvoort (Zandvoort), which lies just 6 km to the west.

Halfway between Haarlem and Leiden (26 km southwest of the center of Amsterdam) is another world-famous landmark of Holland – Kökenhof Gardens (Keukenhof Flower Gardens, The largest blossoming garden of the planet and the most photographed place in the world is 32 hectares of beautiful park, in which there are about 4.5 million tulips, 15 kilometers of footpaths, three greenhouses, several dozens of landscapes and reservoirs. Every year at the end of April the famous "Parade of Flowers" (Bloemencorso Bollenstreek) takes place here, and more than 800 thousand tourists visit the park annually!

7-15 km north of Amsterdam are the nicest villages Marken (Marken, on the homonymous island) and Volendam (Volendam), famous for their ancient houses in a colorful local style. In Volendam, you can also visit fish auction and The Volendam Museum, in which, among various collections on the history of the place itself, there is a collection of more than one million cigars belonging to an old sailor.

Significantly to the west, in the once famous for its shipyards Zandam, the "house of Peter the Great" will be interesting. And in the northern outskirts of Zandam there is another picturesque village called Zaanse Schans, which has preserved in its architecture and layout all the features of the traditional polder settlement of North Holland.

After an inspection of the scenic 15 km east of the center of Amsterdam of the castle Moyersloth (Muiderslot, XIII-XVII centuries), you can turn to the south, towards Utrecht, and inspect Castle Har (De Haar, Haarzuilens) – one of the oldest and at the same time the largest and most modern in the whole kingdom. And of course it's worth to visit Utrecht (35 km southeast of Amsterdam), which was the center of the unification of Dutch lands in a single state.

However, due to the small distances inherent in this country, as well as the excellent quality of roads, it is not difficult to visit even more remote Dutch cities, such as Hague, Rotterdam, Delft, Leiden or Apeldoorn.

Reviews and travel history

We headed to Zaans-Schans, found ourselves in a very beautiful place with green meadows, windmills and small canals, which were very numerous here. Read more →

Alex Wizard | april 2014

In Amsterdam, free tours are held by several companies. This time we decided to try 360Amsterdam. At noon found the guys in the main square, sfotkalis and went for a walk. Read more →

lisaflay | October 2014

I flew from Tallinn to Dusseldorf, then by train to Cologne and in the evening on the express train to Brussels. As soon as the Boeing chassis touched the Dusseldorf runway, I felt the beginning of the adventure. Read more →

Alexey Dvoskin | September 2012

In the fall of 2012, my colleagues and I were at work in Germany, near the city of Dusseldorf. Were in the rented car and found an opportunity to escape for 3 days – to see the Netherlands. Read more →

ivant1 | October 2012

We traveled from the travel agency Benelux Club – drive through Belgium, Holland and Germany. Met and saw off clearly according to plan. In Belgium, we lived in the hotel Georg V, on foot 10 minutes to the central square. Read more →

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Shopping in Amsterdam




As in any European metropolitan city, whose trade traditions have been formed for centuries, Amsterdam is an excellent example of a modern system with a combination of large chain stores and small private shops. For centuries, located at the intersection of trade routes, literally living at the expense of trade and everything associated with it, the city has formed its own special style, has become a kind of leader in many areas of this business. It skillfully combines international fashion and bright avant-garde trends with an abundance of highly specialized shops, where you can buy literally everything from rare vinyl records and comic strips to erotic toys and small hi-tech companies.

Shopping centers and streets in Amsterdam

The key trading areas traditionally include Kalverstraat pedestrian street with its successful combination of first-class department stores and fashion boutiques, Nieuwedijk pedestrian area near Central Station – a good place to buy souvenirs and clothes, boutiques of the leading brands PC Hooftstraat (Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat) in the middle between the Museum Square and Park Vondelpark, Spiegelgracht and Nieuwe Spiegelstraat – the most suitable place for buying antiques, artwork or archaeological finds,Rokin Street with its antique and jewelry shops, large shopping centers Magna Plaza near the royal palace, Bijenkorf in Dam Square and Kalvertoren in the southernmost part of the Old Town (Kalverstraat 212-220), as well as the Negen Straten (De 9 Straatjes) – nine narrow streets between Huidenstraat and Hartenstraat in Jordan, literally filled with shops of clothing, leather, jewelry and spirits. Also many good shops can be found on the streets of Leidsestraat, Haarlemmerdijk and Wolvenstraat.

Opening hours of shops in Amsterdam

Usually the stores are open from 13:00 to 18:00 on Monday, from 9:00 to 18:00 from Tuesday to Friday, on Saturdays and on Sundays from 9:00 to 10:00 until 17:00. Some private shops work on Thursdays until 21:00, and supermarkets usually continue their work on weekdays and weekends until 20: 00-22: 00.

Markets in Amsterdam

Markets in the city are also quite a number, both permanent, temporary and seasonal. The most famous is Albert Cuypmarkt, Albert Cuypstraat Market in the Pijp district, the largest in Amsterdam and one of Europe's largest street bazaars with a distinct ethnic touch. Quarters around Albert Cuypmarkt abound with comfortable cafes and restaurants, mostly also national. From Tuesday to Saturday, the market is open from 9:00 to 18:00, but in case of bad weather it closes earlier.

At the end of Kalverstraat on Muntplein is the famous Amsterdam flower market, and between Koningsplein and Muntplein there is a very popular floating bazaar, also specializing in flowers and plants (Monday to Saturday is open from 9:00 to 17:00, on Sunday from 11:00 before 17:00). On Saturdays an "organic" or farmer market (foodboerenmarkt) is opened, as well as the bird market (thevogelmarkt) in the Boerenmarkt (Noordermarkt) area next to Noorderkerk, and on Wednesdays – a farmer's market on Haarlemmerplein.

Boekenmarkt Spui on the square with the same name in the southern part of the Old Town is the best second-hand bookshop of the city (open on Fridays from 10:00 to 16:00). Flea market Waterlooplein behind the Stopper complex is a great place to buy vintage clothing, old shoes, appliances, books and other and second-hand items (open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00). Not bad in this regard, and Boerenmarkt (Noordermarkt) next to Noorderkerk – it runs on Mondays from 9:00 to 14:00.

Reviews and travel history

In Amsterdam, I was again on a transplant, but managed to enter the Red Light Street. There I went to the souvenir shop, where the seller began to kindly start vyarivat Viagra. Read more →

tushinetc | spring 2015

In Amsterdam, a flower theme suddenly arose. It's all about Bloemenmarkt, a floating flower market. I will not say, but some people call it unique. Read more →

fluger19 | Spring 2014

In my opinion, Amsterdam is one of the best places for all fans of unusual shops. I had a carefully designed plan, where I brought in a dozen shops found on the Internet. Read more →

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Hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, Amsterdam




  • Location: 9.6
  • Facilities 9.2
  • Clean and comfortable 9.3
  • Staff 9.4
  • Price 7.8

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam on the map Amsterdam

Downtown. Good service. Not a bad restaurant.

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Budget Hotel Barbacan, Amsterdam




  • Location: 7.2
  • Facilities 5.3
  • Clean and comfortable 5.9
  • Staff 7.1
  • Price 6.1

Budget Hotel Barbacan on a map Amsterdam

I read reviews about the hotel before the trip, I expected the worst. But was surprised, there it was good: at the reception a wonderful elderly lady who will tell everything and show, will direct and explain. Immediately lives a plump cat, asleep on the reception desk. Yes, the hotel is not new and needs repairs, the furniture is old, but we have not come to look at furniture! surprisingly clean in the room, clean towels, bed clean, cleaned in the room every day. The walls are thin, but we did not see much noise. And yes, the stairs to the top are very steep, but for us it was rather a plus. The location is convenient, up to 20 minutes on foot.

needs to be repaired, it is better not to drive in winter, it will blow out of the windows, it will be comfortable in summer.

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