What makes Amsterdam so special? We believe that it’s the the unique combination of old-world charm and cosmopolitan culture, Amsterdam is one of the most popular European cities for international visitors.
Amsterdam is an unusual city in that it has all the advantages of a big city – culture, history, food, entertainment, good transport – with relatively few of the disadvantages: it is physically small, beautiful, relatively quiet, and largely thanks to the canals, has relatively little traffic.
Please keep in mind that if you are planning to visit the city of Amsterdam in the summer time, the city would be less quiet that in the spring or fall.
What do we love of Amsterdam the most? The tranquility of the city,its people, the freedom, the tolerance, the bikes, the canals and mainly the lack of strees.
This is a small city that has it all.
Language used in Amsterdam
Just about everyone speaks English in Amsterdam, and is proud of the fact. Many speak German and French too. If you are English speaking, speak English (unless you speak Dutch too which is very unliklely ): you are more likely to offend than do anyone a favour by trying out your French or German.
A common misconception is that Dutch is very close to German. In truth they are not mutually intelligible: Dutch people have to learn German at school, and in general they speak better English than German. German and Dutch are similar in the same sort of way that French and Italian are similar.
Spanish and portuguees is not a common language in the city
Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual
Known as the 'Gay Capital of Europe', Amsterdam's relaxed and tolerant attitude towards different lifestyles have meant that gay visitors can truly feel free to enjoy the city's historical and cosmopolitan attractions as well as the variety of gay bars, discos, saunas, bookshops, video stores and hotels. There are also several organisations throughout the city just for the GLB community
Amsterdam offers a stimulating variety of arts and culture to be found in over 60 theatres, churches and concert halls, 42 museums, and 141 commercial art galleries... But you can also expect to find surprising platforms in squares, parks, forests, old factories, shipping docks, a former town, boats, and even on the canals.
Please see links of our selection of galleries, museums, churches en Music halls.
See more, Save more - I amsterdam Card
Visiting Amsterdam and want to take in the culture, nightlife, events and restaurants the city has to offer? The I amsterdam Card is your key to the city! A trip to Amsterdam is not complete without a visit to a world-renowned museum, a boat cruise along the charming canals or a sampling of the local delicacies. All this and a whole lot more is included with your I amsterdam Card.
The I amsterdam Card consists of a chip-card, a public transport ticket, a full-colour guide and provides over 30 free and 20 discounted offers on major tourist attractions and restaurants.
• Free use of public transport: includes trams, buses and underground of the GVB public transport system. Important: not valid for train travel, including to and from Schiphol Airport.
• Free entrance and discounts at:
NEW - Temporary Promotions:
-25% Discount on films in the Filmmuseum.
-New participant: The Portuguese Synagogue
Purchase the I amsterdam Card
I amsterdam Card for 24 hours - €33
I amsterdam Card for 48 hours - €43
I amsterdam Card for 72 hours - €53