Discover the best of Amsterdam

Amsterdam, with its charming canals, rich history and vibrant cultural scene, is a city that captivates anyone who visits. Whether you’re an expat settling into a new life or a business traveller exploring the city in between meetings, there’s plenty to see and do. Here are some top activities and essential tips to help you make the most of your time in this enchanting Dutch capital.

Must-See Attractions and Activities

  1. Explore the Canals

    • Amsterdam’s iconic canals are a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-see. Consider taking a boat tour to appreciate the city’s unique architecture and history from the water. For a more personal experience, rent a bike and ride along the picturesque canal paths. You can book your tickets via this link.

  2. Visit World-Class Museums

    • Amsterdam is home to some of the world’s most famous museums. The Rijksmuseum, with its extensive collection of Dutch Golden Age art and the Van Gogh Museum, dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh, are not to be missed. For contemporary art lovers, the Stedelijk Museum offers a diverse collection of modern and contemporary pieces. You can book your tickets via this link.

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  3. Stroll Through Vondelpark

    • This beautiful Vondelpark in the heart of Amsterdam is perfect for a relaxing walk, a picnic or even some rollerblading. It’s a great place to unwind and enjoy nature amidst the urban hustle.

  4. Discover the Anne Frank House

    • The Anne Frank House is a poignant and powerful museum dedicated to the Jewish diarist Anne Frank, who hid from the Nazis during World War II. The museum provides deep insights into her life and the harrowing history of the Holocaust. You can book your tickets via this link.

  5. Enjoy Local Markets

    • Amsterdam’s markets are vibrant and full of life. The Albert Cuyp Market in De Pijp is one of the most famous, offering everything from fresh produce to unique souvenirs. The Flower Market on the Singel canal is a feast for the senses, with colourful blooms and tulip bulbs.

Handy Tips and Tricks for Living in Amsterdam

  1. Get a Bike

    • Biking is the primary mode of transport in Amsterdam. It’s efficient, environmentally friendly and a great way to see the city. Remember to always lock your bike securely, as bike theft can be common. It is also possible to rent a bike at all three of our Cityden locations

  1. Learn Some Dutch

    • While most Dutch people speak excellent English, learning a few basic Dutch phrases can go a long way. It shows respect for the local culture and can make everyday interactions smoother. Like the sentence: Hoe gaat het? Which means: How are you?
  2. Public Transport

    • The public transport system in Amsterdam is reliable and efficient. The OV-chipkaart is a reusable card that you can use on trams, buses and trains. It’s much cheaper than buying single tickets. Or it is possible to buy a 24-hour GVB ticket at our reception for a smooth experience with the public transport. Use 9292.nl to find your way trough Amsterdam where you just fill in where you want to go and they will make the fastest route.

  3. Embrace the Weather

    • Amsterdam’s weather can be unpredictable. Always carry an umbrella or a raincoat and dress in layers to stay comfortable throughout the day.
  4. Stay Informed

    • Staying updated on local news is important for any expat or traveller. DutchNews.nl is an excellent resource for English-language news about the Netherlands, keeping you informed on everything from current events to cultural insights.

Comfortable Accommodations with Cityden

For a comfortable and convenient stay in Amsterdam, consider booking a room at one of the Cityden locations:

  • Cityden Stadshart: Located in Amstelveen, close to the shopping district and well-connected to Amsterdam’s city centre.

  • Cityden Zuidas: Situated in the bustling business district, perfect for business travellers looking for easy access to corporate offices.

  • Cityden BoLo District: Found in the vibrant and diverse Bos en Lommer neighbourhood, offering a local Amsterdam experience.

Each Cityden location features luxurious apartments and a range of amenities to ensure a pleasant stay. Additionally, all Cityden hotels host Lucia’s Restaurant & Bar, where you can enjoy delicious meals and a relaxed atmosphere after a busy day.

Food and Drink

  1. Try Dutch Cuisine

    • Indulge in local delicacies such as stroopwafels (caramel syrup waffles), herring, and bitterballen (deep-fried meatballs). For a more substantial meal, sample traditional dishes like stamppot (mashed potatoes with vegetables) or poffertjes (small, fluffy pancakes).
  2. Visit Cafés and Bars

    • Amsterdam’s café culture is vibrant and diverse. Enjoy a coffee at one of the many cozy brown cafés, or unwind with a locally brewed beer at a canal-side bar. Craft beer enthusiasts should visit breweries like Brouwerij ‚t IJ or De Prael. For true beer enthusiasts, the Heineken Experience offers a fascinating journey through the rich history of Heineken.

Final Thoughts

Amsterdam is a city that effortlessly blends historic charm with modern dynamism. As an expat or business traveller, you have the opportunity to explore its unique attractions, immerse yourself in its culture and enjoy the day-to-day life that makes this city so special. Keep these tips in mind, stay curious and you’ll find that Amsterdam has something to offer everyone.

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At Cityden, sustainability is woven into every aspect of our operations, from construction materials to daily practices. We empower our guests with the knowledge and tools to make eco-friendly choices, fostering a culture of environmental consciousness that extends beyond our hotel.

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