Schiphol Airport is located 15 kilometres south-west of Amsterdam and you can reach the city centre by bus or train.
THINGS TO DO IN AMSTERDAM
Bike rides in the Jordaan quarter, lazing on the canal banks, cafés, museums, and the vibrant nightlife. Explore the essence of Amsterdam.
Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh occupy privileged places in art history, and in Amsterdam they are key pillars of the city's culture. The Rijksmuseum is the most important art gallery in the Netherlands as home to more than seven million works (yes, that's right seven million), including "The Night Watch" by Rembrandt and “The Milkmaid" by Vermeer.
These are possibly the two most iconic works of the Netherlands. Of course, if Van Gogh doesn't mind us saying so. In life, the tormented Dutch artist never enjoyed half the fame he now boasts today, which you can see for yourself in the museum dedicated to him, housed in a lovely building on the Museumplein esplanade.
Keen to see some contemporary art as well? Then check out FOAM and the Moco Museum, two of the most interesting art venues in the city.
One of the most delightful options to enjoy your time in Amsterdam is to explore the surrounding area and visit the vast sea of flowers that arrives every year with spring. Naturally, tulips have their own season so they won't always be there for you to capture on camera. To see the flowers in all their glory you need to travel between March and May, but during the rest of the year you'll have spectacular views of the Dutch countryside and the famous windmills.
If you don't want to feel out of place, hire a bike to get around Amsterdam. Remember, you're in the city with the most bikes per capita. In fact, they say there are more than 800,000 bikes in the city, which works out at nearly one per citizen. And 90% of the city layout has cycle lanes. Join the crowd and ride over the bridges and up the alleyways in districts like Jordaan, De Pijp and Noord. With wheels under you, you'll feel like you're life is really running smoothly.
Amsterdam is also the gateway to a whole country with plenty to see. We don't just mean cities like Rotterdam, the Hague, Utrecht and Eindhoven, but other nearby enclaves like Haarlem, a quiet town only half an hour away from the capital, and the iconic Zaanse and Schans, famous for the ubiquitous windmills. If you have time to explore further afield, we recommend Kröller-Müller, a museum located in the stunning 5,000-hectare national park of De Hoge Veluwe that is also home to deer, wild boars and mouflons. You can pick up a bike free of charge at the entrance and immerse yourself in the landscape.
Last but not least, no description of Amsterdam would be complete without mention of the city's vibrant nightlife. As well as emblematic areas like Dam Square and the red light district, be sure to check out Paradiso, the legendary club near Leidseplein that looks like an abandoned church, and increasingly fashionable districts like Noord, where you'll find the latest trends that are transforming the urban landscape of a city that is permanently on-trend.