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In this guide, we will share with you everything you need to know and things you should consider for your trip.
From what to see, what to do, where to say and many more tips that will help you boost your one week in Amsterdam.
Our full guide covers:
- Basic Introduction
- Where to stay in Amsterdam
- How to get around
- What to see in Amsterdam
- Things to do in Amsterdam
- Tickets you have to buy before – must read
- Food and Restaurants
- Day Trips from Amsterdam
- Itinerary for Amsterdam
- Packing List
- City Map
More than a guide, we are here to help you have a smooth sailing trip and a worry-free adventure in the Venice of the North.
ALL that you need to know is here. And as travelers, too, we love sharing our side of the experience for you to have more than we had.
To officially welcome you to your one week in Amsterdam, let’s start with the basics.
1. Basic Introduction
We want to start with a simple intro to the things you need to know before coming to Amsterdam.
Currency: EUR (€)
Language Spoken: Dutch is the official language of Amsterdam.
However, most of the population speaks English well. Nevertheless, you can communicate in Amsterdam without knowing any Dutch word.
Population: More than 813,000
Known for: Aside from being known for their Red Light City, Amsterdam is known for its wonderful tulips, cheese, and canals.
Moreover, just like in other European countries, Amsterdam is also known for its bikes which has been the major transportation.
Accommodation: Choose among luxury hotels to budget-friendly hostels and apartments. Amsterdam has everything to offer for your accommodation.
Find more details in our where to stay in Amsterdam section below.
Public Transport: Public transportation in Amsterdam is through train, tram, metro, bus, and ferry.
Nevertheless, having more canals than Venice, water transportation is also widely used.
More under how to get around.
Safety: Amsterdam is generally a safe city even for a solo female traveler.
However, there are still important things you should consider. You can check out the list below:
- Be careful crossing the streets and always look out for cyclists, tram and cars.
- Pickpockets often happen in the train station and crowded areas.
- Take care of your belongings especially your ID and passport.
- Do not take pictures of prostitutes, especially around the Old Church area.
- Avoid Kolenkitbuurt, Overtoomse Veld, Amsterdam-Zuidoost and Osdorp especially at night.
City name: Having more canals than Venice, Amsterdam is called the Venice of the North.
Moreover, the city is also known as Mokum, which came from the Hebrew word “makom” which means “place”.
Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug). Remember to pack your travel plug adapter.
Moving on, let’s get into details now.
2. Where to stay in Amsterdam
More than its old iconic buildings and rich food culture, Amsterdam offers more than that. People often get curious about how it is to be in a city where it’s legal to engage in the vices of your preference. Making Amsterdam one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Therefore, since many tourists come to discover Venice of the North, there are more accommodations than you can imagine.
From great location deals to offering great views of the city. Certainly, you would have a hard time deciding where to stay in your one week in Amsterdam.
Thus, we have narrowed and categorized a list of accommodations for you. Now, you can select which is which and what perfectly suits your travel.
Best of all, we have included a map so you see where everything is located.
Our handpicked recommendations:
- Families: Sir Adam Hotel
- Couples: Ambassade Hotel
- Luxury Travelers: Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – a concept by Hyatt
- Design Lovers: Park Mansion Centre
- Groups: Ecomama
- Airbnb: private room with canal views
- Solo Traveler: Cocomama
- Nightlife Traveler: NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
- On a low budget: ClinkNOORD Hostel
Read our complete guide on where to stay in Amsterdam for first-time visitors.
Looking for the cheapest options? Then head to 3 Best Hostels in Amsterdam
2.1 Sir Adam Hotel – Best for Families
Offering an overlooking view of the river is Sir Adam Hotel.
Great deal for families, catch your breakfast and lunch in your one week in Amsterdam at The Butcher Social Club. Even more, guests can enjoy the terrace view while having your meals.
Moreover, the kids will appreciate the games room. They could try a game of table tennis or billiards during your stay.
Sir Adam is also featured amongst the top luxury hotels in Amsterdam.
Bike rentals are available at the hotel. From the main station you have to take a 2 minutes ferry to cross the canal. The ferry leaves every 10 minutes, so it could not be easier.
You will be rewarded with fantastic views over the city and a hipster place to stay! We LOVE this place!
Good to know: You can buy a ticket to the A’DAM LOOKOUT observation deck that offers a panoramic view of Amsterdam.
2.2 Ambassade Hotel – Best for Couples
More than a great location, Ambassade Hotel features luxurious room decors by the famous 1950’s-CoBrA movement with Louis XV furnishing.
Even more, you certainly won’t run out of a book to read in your one week in Amsterdam in the hotel. Ambassade Hotel has a library with more than 4000 books. Specifically, these books were signed by the authors during their stay at the hotel.
Furthermore, location-wise, staying at the hotel puts you close to Anne Frank’s House and the Royal Palace.
Good to know: The area places you in the shopping area near the popular brands, H&M, Nike, and Apple.
2.3 Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht – Best for Luxury Travelers
Stay in luxury in the heart of Amsterdam, choose Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht.
A hotel concept by Hyatt, each room at Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht is uniquely designed by Marcel Wanders. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar and a spacious bathroom.
Moreover, you can grab a drink or two in their bar which offers a perfect view of the canal. Plus, you can proceed to the Bluespoon restaurant that serves freshly cooked meals throughout your one week in Amsterdam.
Besides, you can also visit their wellness facility that offers a spa, massages, and a sauna.
Good to know: Hotel is wheelchair friendly and also accepts to bring our fur babies with us.
2.4 Park Mansion Centre – Best for Design Lovers
Park Mansion Centre is a luxurious apartment just opposite Vondelpark.
Aside from the very spacious living room, the apartment is also installed with flair style decor chandeliers, parquet floors, and an open fireplace.
Moreover, Park Mansion Centre puts you near to some of the major museums in Amsterdam. Van Gogh Museum, Museum Square, and Rijksmuseum to name a few. All you can reach within 4-7 minutes walk from the apartment.
Good to know: Once you arrive, you are welcomed with free wines and food. Above all, get personal service from the host and unique touches such as orchids and candles during your stay for one week in Amsterdam.
2.5 Ecomama – Best for Groups
A perfect place to meet people and socialize with new acquaintances is Ecomama.
Ideal for groups, and even for solo travelers, Ecomama offers dorms and female-only rooms, too. They also have deluxe and superior rooms where you have your own private space.
More than its great location, Ecomama features a bar, a garden, and a terrace that reflects its theme of being eco-conscious.
Good to know: The hostel offers a great variety of activities like movie nights, pub crawl, happy hour, walking tours, stand-up comedy and evening entertainment.
At Hostelz.com you find a complete list with all hostels in Amsterdam. It compares prices for you on different websites. Very helpful to book cheaper.
2.6 Cocomama – Best for Solo Travelers
Your home away from home for one week in Amsterdam is Cocomama.
The staff does not only give you the best tips you can get from a local, but also a place to give you rest and comfort after a long tiring day in the city.
Furthermore, located in the heart of Amsterdam, it gives you great access to nightlife and architecture. You can reach Heineken Experience, Rijksmuseum and Purses Hendrikje within a few minute walks from the hostel.
Good to know: Get to meet their cat resident, Sunny, in Cocomama during your stay.
2.7 NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky – Best for Nightlife
Choosing to stay in NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky for your one week in Amsterdam puts you in a great chance for nightlife.
The Red District being known to great entertainment and best nights in the city. Located in the same place as the hotel, you are just in the right place for an amazing party experience.
Furthermore, you can kickstart your night in the hotel’s bar with a beer or two and go out for more.
Good to know: The Royal Palace is just right across the hotel.
2.8 ClinkNOORD Hostel – CHEAP Deal
Grab a place that offers great facilities in a very budget-friendly deal, stay at ClinkNOORD Hostel.
In ClinkNOORD Hostel, you can choose from a dormitory to a private room. Whichever perfectly suits you during your one week in Amsterdam.
Moreover, the hostel features a library, a common area, a cafe, and a bar.
Catch live music and performances at The ZincBAR. Or grab an afternoon coffee and pastries at the cafe. Even more, you can conduct meetings and seminars at the hostel’s business space.
Good to know: The hostel was an old 1920’s laboratory where some touches are still seen today.