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Explore Amsterdam

With its 17th-century gabled houses and its latticework of canals and cobblestone streets, the city of Amsterdam provides a picturesque backdrop for a family trip to the Netherlands. Rich history blends with modern urban appeal to make the Dutch capital a delightfully offbeat destination that radiates a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Travelers of all ages will be spoiled for choice with a wide range of fascinating sights on offer—from world-famous art and history museums to quirky open-air markets, selling everything from tulips to stroopwafels, the beloved Dutch caramel waffles.

Things to see in Amsterdam

With so much to see and do, your family vacation in Amsterdam will be jam-packed with fun and adventure from start to finish. Discover the city on a "hop-on hop-off" cruise of the canals, or step aboard the Pannenkoekenboot (pancake boat) to enjoy a buffet of delicious pancakes while you sail along. If your kids love reading, the Anne Frank House offers an unforgettable and educational experience. Visitors can view Anne’s diary and climb behind the bookcase that concealed the entrance to her family’s hiding place. Visit the Van Gogh Museum to marvel at masterpieces like "Sunflowers" and take part in fun-filled family activities, including a free treasure hunt. For some fresh air, why not rent bikes or roller skates at Vondelpark? The city’s largest park welcomes 10 million visitors annually and is a great place to chill out, with a playground and open-air theatre.

Family-friendly hotels in Amsterdam

When it comes to accommodation, you’ll be happy to hear that there are plenty of child-friendly hotels in Amsterdam, and families traveling with kids have a broad range of options to choose from. The city has a wide selection of upper-range hotels that boast pools and fitness facilities, while for those on a budget, there are also many discount Amsterdam hotels that provide a host of family amenities such as babysitting services, family rooms, and free WiFi. Many family-friendly hotels also offer bike rentals, so you can whizz down the narrow streets like a local.

Where to stay in Amsterdam

Families will find a wealth of choice in one of the attractive neighborhoods just outside the city center. Jordaan, situated to the west, is a funky district whose tree-lined streets are filled with boutiques, markets, and cafés. The Museum Quarter is ideal for culture vultures, and offers affordable family hotels close to the Van Gogh, Rijks, and Stedelijk museums. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, you might consider staying in Oud Zuid (Old South). This charming residential area borders the Vondelpark and is also home to P.C. Hooftstraat, one of Amsterdam’s most famous shopping streets.

How to get to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular destinations and its main airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, is served by a large number of regional and international airlines. A direct train line brings you from the airport to the city’s main train station, Amsterdam Centraal, in about 15 minutes. Once in the city center, there is an excellent public transport network of metro, tram, and bus services. You can also get to Amsterdam easily via train from mainland Europe; from London or Paris, take the Eurostar to Brussels, where you can catch a regular high-speed connection to the canal city.

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