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Amsterdam is the crowning jewel of the Netherlands. The city is synonymous with idyllic waterways, vibrantly colourful architecture, wonderfully accessible cycle paths and the nodding tulips that the Netherlands is famous for. The city also boasts a thriving nightlife, countless museums and delightful cuisine certain to tickle your taste buds.

Finding affordable accommodation in Amsterdam is not as difficult as one might imagine, and hostels are the way to go. Places to stay in the country’s capital are as eclectic as the city itself, catering to a variety of budgets. Whether you’re planning a quick romantic break, an indulgent weekend with friends or a mellow family holiday. Your next vacation can be just a click away with Hotels.com. We can help you find a range of hostels scattered around the city, lowest price guaranteed.

Where to find cheap hostels in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s vastly diverse character undoubtedly springs from its multicultural roots. The city is home to residents hailing from 180 different cultures and accommodates a host of lifestyles and religious beliefs. Amsterdam’s citizens enjoy a freedom of expression that is unique to the city, which is renowned for its tolerance and liberal approach. A visit to Amsterdam promises a richly varied experience whether you choose to stay near the city centre, or else opt for less central budget hostels.

The Old Centre

If you’re looking for buzzing entertainment venues interspersed with fascinating art and history, find accommodation within Amsterdam’s Old Centre. The Old Centre is built around the Old Church, a magnificent example of Gothic architecture considered to be one of the most beautiful medieval churches in northern Europe. The Old Centre is home to a host of must-see attractions, including the Royal Palace, with its historical sculptures and paintings, and the Amsterdam Museum, which promises a day filled with culture, food and activities for all the family.

The rest of the area is a veritable haven for shoppers, as it boasts three hugely popular commercial streets. If you’re shopping on a budget, Kalverstraat, lined with shops offering affordable high-street brands, is the place to visit. At the very end of Kalverstraat lies the capital’s must-see floating flower market. Even if you don’t give in to the temptation of buying a bunch of black tulips, the sight alone will be enough to enrich your Amsterdam experience.

The Jordaan

Amsterdam’s Jordaan district is one of the city’s most visited neighbourhoods. The area is famed for its picturesque architecture. Charming little streets and quaint canal bridges make for romantic strolls studded with postcard-perfect photo opportunities. If you’re visiting on a Saturday, make sure to make a stop at Noordermarkt, a fascinating flea market, for the chance of discovering rare, vintage or one-of-a-kind items for a fractional price. If bargain hunting isn’t quite your thing, though, Amsterdam’s Nine Streets, interlaced through the city’s waterways, are heaving with boutiques, funky designer shops and trendy cafѐs.

Grachtengordel South

Grachtengordel South (also known as the "Southern Canal Ring") is an area both central and elegant. The mansion lined streets are within walking distance of Amsterdam Central Station, as well as many of the main tourist attractions. The area is known for its excellent nightlife, with many clubs and restaurants located in and around the two historic squares, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. Up-market lodgings and good quality hostels can be found here.

Things to See & Do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s notorious Red Light District is a must if you’re travelling with a group of friends. A stone’s throw away from the entertainment hub in Old Centre, this renowned area carries a host of establishments that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Art and history buffs will find their nirvana in the Museum Quarter. The Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum are internationally acclaimed and feature gems such as impressionist artwork by Vincent van Gogh. For an insight to Jewish life in Amsterdam during World War II, visit the Anne Frank House, a poignant reminder of one little girl’s suffering. Later, a trip to the Cheese Museum or the Heineken brewery will provide insider information on Dutch culture, with both products available for purchase in many local establishments. If you’re visiting in winter, do sample some cheese fondue, which makes for a delightfully tasty way to keep warm during the cooler periods.

Where and what to eat in Amsterdam

Hungry travellers can choose from a huge variety of restaurants offering every type of international food imaginable – from Indian to dainty French to hearty Mediterranean.

If you want something local, there are plenty of Dutch dishes to choose from. Go for stamppot, a filling mixture of mashed potatoes, vegetables, meat and gravy, if you’re visiting during the cooler months. Otherwise, the local pea soup, or snert, is the ideal heart warmer after a bout of ice-skating.

Hip bars and cafѐs are scattered across the city if you simply fancy a snack or drink between attractions. Try the local oileballen - sweet, deep fried dumplings – if you have a sweet tooth. The capital also boasts several organic food markets and food festivals that are held sporadically throughout the year.

Weather and seasonality – When to visit Amsterdam

Possibly one of the most colourful times to visit Amsterdam is in the spring, when the city explodes in a riot of blossoms. The mild spring weather makes for tranquil picnics enjoyed in one of the city’s 30 parks, ambling cycle rides and relaxing afternoon lunches.

Summer is rife with many a sun-kissed activity. The beaches at Bloemendaal and Zandvoort are popular hotspots for bathers, paddlers and beachside clubbers alike. If you’re visiting in July, make sure you don’t miss the annual Amsterdam Roots Festival held in Oosterpark.

In fall, the city transforms into hues of burnished reds and oranges. The slightly cooler weather promises brisk walks interspersed with intimate café interludes, lively Halloween events and a host of quirky autumn film festivals. If it rains, worry not – the city offers many an indoor attraction, with museums, breweries and indoor markets that are open all year round.

The Amsterdam winter, with its pretty snow-laden roofs, ice-skating activities and buzzing holiday season, is no less exciting. Travellers who visit the city during low season (autumn/winter) will benefit from cheaper hostels.

Getting around in Amsterdam

If you’re not staying longer than a couple of days, the Canal Bus Tour is one of the quickest, easiest ways to explore the city whilst enjoying pleasing scenery. This hop-on, hop-off tour stops within easy reach of some of Amsterdam’s main attractions, including the NEMO Science Museum - a must if you’re travelling with children – Westerkerk and the Heineken Experience.

Cycling is a fun and clean way of navigating the city, hugely favoured by the Dutch due to the flat nature of the land. Bicycles are available for hire at various spots throughout the city. Do compare prices in order to find the deal that best suits your budget.

The public transport system is just as straightforward. Probably the cheapest and most hassle-free way of travelling is by purchasing a travel card, valid for use on all public transport vehicles. Most travel cards offer deals or free passes on some of the city’s attractions. Shop around to find the option best suited for you depending on your budget and length of stay.

Practical information

The Netherlands’ currency is the Euro; however, remember that €200 and €500 notes are usually not accepted. Some establishments also do not accept credit cards. Unlike some countries, value added tax is 21%, but some non-EU residents are eligible for a VAT refund.
Mobile phone use is quite straightforward as many international networks are compatible; if not, you can purchase a prepaid SIM card from telecom shops.
Tourists visiting the Red-Light District are kindly advised not to take photos or videos.
Lost objects can be reported at the Lost and Found Office at Leidseplein. Emergency number: 112

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