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Amsterdam is often hailed as one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, and it's not hard to see why. With its endless canals, lovely bridges, quaint cobblestone streets and cute cafes, it's easy to while away an afternoon getting lost in this city's charms. But Amsterdam is more than just a pretty face; it's also home to some of the best art museums in the world, a vibrant nightlife scene and a fascinating history. Here are five reasons why you should add Amsterdam to your travel list.

  1. The museums are incredible.

If you're an art lover, then you'll be in heaven in Amsterdam. The city is home to some of the world's top museums, including the Rijksmuseum, which houses over 8,000 objects of art from the Dutch Golden Age, and the Van Gogh Museum, which boasts the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world. Bonus: many of the city's museums offer free admission on certain days or nights each week, so be sure to check their websites before you go.

  1. The food is delicious...and cheap.

Amsterdam may not be known for its cuisine, but that doesn't mean there aren't wonderful places to eat here. In fact, you'll find all sorts of international cuisine represented in the city's restaurants, from Moroccan to Vietnamese. And thanks to the large student population, you can find plenty of affordable eats too. Just keep an eye out for street food carts selling tasty treats like Stroopwafels (traditional Dutch cookies) and herring sandwiches.

  1. There's something for everyone.

Whether you're into history or nightlife, there's something for everyone in Amsterdam. Spend a day exploring one of the many historic neighborhoods like Jordaan or De Pijp. Or party it up at one of the city's famous nightclubs like Melkweg or Paradiso. If you're traveling with kids, they'll love visiting Artis Zoo or taking a canal cruise through the city center. And no matter what your interests are, you'll find plenty of markets and festivals to keep you busy all year long.

  1. It's easy to get around...sort of.

Despite its enormous size, Amsterdam is quite easy to get around thanks to its extensive public transportation system (which includes trains, trams, and buses). That said, walking or cycling is really the best way to see the city since many of its attractions are located close together in the center. And if you do decide to rent a bike, do not forget that unlike cars, bikes ride on the right side of the road! Of course, with all those narrow streets and canals crisscrossing everywhere, getting lost is part of being a tourist here so just go with it and enjoy wandering around this charming city.

  1. It’s wickedly cool in wintertime

Winter might not seem like an ideal time to visit Amsterdam, what with all those chilly canals and gray skies. But trust us, there is something magical about seeing this City of Sin lit up by Christmas lights. Plus, wintertime is when all those cozy Dutch bars really come into their own, with fires blazing and good cheer flowing. So, bundle up tight, order yourself a hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, and enjoy all that Amsterdam has to offer during this festive time of year.

How to get from Amsterdam airport to the city centre

  • Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) is located approximately 22km from the city centre. There are many options for you to choose from. They are all fast and easy.

  • Taxi: Amsterdam Airport Taxi costs around €40 and it takes around 20 minutes to get to town.

  • Bus: This is the cheapest option at approx. €5 - it takes around 40 minutes to get to the city centre.

  • Train: There is a direct line from the Airport to Amsterdam's main train station. The ride takes around 20 minutes to Centraal station. Be mindful that train station is situated 20 minutes' walk to get to the busy city centre.

Ready to book your flight to Amsterdam? We don't blame you! This picturesque city has something for everyone, whether you're looking to enjoy some world-famous art museums or simply want to stuff your face with delicious food (or both!), Amsterdam should definitely be at the top of your travel list.

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