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Destination guide

Enjoy your Amsterdam holiday rental

Whether you settle in a hip flat near the lawns of Vondelpark, dotted with students taking a break from their studies, or a historic bolthole on the UNESCO-tagged Canal Ring, you can look forward to enjoying all the delights, culture and history of the iconic Dutch capital. Amsterdam holiday lettings sit close to museums that brim with priceless works by Van Gogh and Rembrandt, or nestle in vibrant neighbourhoods laden with smoky coffee shops and jazz bars. Others dot the gritty Red Light District or the lanes leading away from the grand palaces of Dam Square. All are your chance to live like a local in this enthralling, energetic metropolis.

Things to do

Must-see attractions around Amsterdam holiday homes

Amsterdam certainly has no shortage of world-class attractions. Be sure to start on Dam Square. It's the beating heart of the capital, where the gilded Royal Palace and the wax models of Madame Tussauds both meet above the tram lines. For culture and art, the Rijksmuseum probably can't be beaten. It's hailed as the most amazing museum in the Netherlands, with oodles of priceless paintings by the Dutch masters – think Vermeer and Rembrandt and more. Meanwhile, people-watching is prime down in the leafy Vondelpark, which is a medley of picnicking locals and people whizzing by on bicycles, come the summer months.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Amsterdam North

Are you searching for attractions to visit in the area? You'll be sure to enjoy Amsterdam North for its boating and cycling. Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Amsterdam North a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Artis (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • NDSM Werf (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Amsterdam Chinatown (2.6 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Amsterdam Dungeon (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Playcenter Silverstone (8.7 mi / 14 km)
  • Vinkeveense Plassen (11.7 mi / 18.9 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Amsterdam North

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Amsterdam North is a great place to get out in nature. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Artis (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Hortus Botanicus (2.7 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Herengracht Canal (2.8 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Westergasfabriek Culture Park (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Oosterpark (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Sarphatipark (3.7 mi / 5.9 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Amsterdam North

The nearest airport is in Amsterdam (AMS-Schiphol), located 9.9 mi (15.9 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

Getting around Amsterdam

Do as the locals do and rent a bicycle when staying in an Amsterdam holiday home. Navigating the city's cobbled streets and leafy canals is a real pleasure on 2 wheels. There are plenty of places to hire your ride all over the downtown area, most notably by Central Station and Dam Square. Just remember that things can get a busy on the bike lanes in popular areas like the Red Light District and Leidseplein, so ensure your cycle has a bell attached – it will be needed. The efficient tram network in Amsterdam offers a good alternative to bikes, especially on rainy days. The tram map has 16 lines that cover most corners of the capital. You'll need to remember to validate your ticket on board using the contactless devices.

Food & drink 

Foods to sample in Amsterdam

Amsterdam holiday rentals could just be a foodie's dream come true. They'll get you to the heart of one of Europe's most celebrated street food hotspots. A multicultural population means deep-fried falafel and Turkish pastry shops beckon on most blocks. A true Amsterdam treat is the caramel-doused stroopwafel – a sandwich of syrup and dough that goes perfectly with a brew in the city's hip and boho coffee houses. Double-fried chips are another must. The bustling road of Damrak is littered with places selling Holland's trademark potatoes. Order them topped with blobs of mayo for the authentic experience.

Essential info

Things to remember for staying in Amsterdam holiday homes

  • The currency in Amsterdam is the euro, as in the rest of the Netherlands
  • Many restaurants include cover charges in their bill, which means extra tips aren't usually expected on top
  • Bring warm clothing if you're visiting during the winter – Amsterdam can get cold
  • Be sure to book your Amsterdam holiday home early if you want to come for one of the major festivals, especially Koningsdag
  • 112 is the emergency number in the Netherlands
Events

Enjoy events and festivals with Amsterdam holiday rentals

Events of all sorts dot the Amsterdam calendar. Perhaps the biggest blowout of them all comes in spring, when the city erupts with street parties and parades to mark the annual Koningsdag. It's the celebration of the Dutch royal family, and a real spectacle to behold, as seas of orange-clad Netherlanders take to the blocks with beers and flags. The warm summer months herald the arrival of the Holland Festival. It's been running since 1947 and sees the city's theatres and galleries host all sorts of visual arts shows. The months between June and August are also when open-air performance troupes take to the lawns of the Vondelpark.

How many holiday rentals are available around Amsterdam?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,432 holiday lettings around Amsterdam. From 620 flats & apartments to 36 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a city-centre property in Amsterdam?

Sure, getting away from it all can be great. But sometimes launching yourself into the hustle and bustle of city life is heaps more convenient and fun! HomeAway has 354 city centre holiday properties available. Open to more suggestions? HomeAway has loads more options to browse through, including:

  • 180 waterfront holiday accommodation options.
  • 163 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 114 town holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Amsterdam?

Take in this destination like a local from the comfort of a cosy apartment. You'll feel like part of the neighbourhood in no time! You can take your pick from 823 different options with the help of HomeAway. How does £47 per night sound? That's what you could be paying if you don't put it off for too long! If that doesn't match your posse's style, we have a range of other self-catering accommodation options available, such as:

  • House: 591 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £52 per night.
  • Hotel: 300 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £29 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 103 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £56 per night.

Can I stay in Amsterdam in a large group?

Getting together with your loved ones can be tons of fun, especially when you're under the one roof in a fantastic new place! If you're visiting with a big group, HomeAway can help. 113 house holiday rentals are listed. Currently, they're the preferred option here for sizeable groups. In the area, the rental options that can accommodate large groups include:

  • Are you searching for rentals that can house 6 guests? We have 205 that will be perfect. The prices start from £72 per night.
  • If you have 5 in your squad, you'll be delighted to find out that there are 71 rental accommodation suitable. The starting price is £61 a night.
  • On a trip away with 8 guests? We've got 48 accommodation for rent that will be perfect. Prices start from £63 per night.

So don't worry! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your mom, your cousins and all your friends to Amsterdam.

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