Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. . 

Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.

Maximise your time in Amsterdam by planning ahead, especially if you’ve got limited time in the city. But since there’s lots to see in Amsterdam, it may not be feasible (or affordable!) to arrange it all on your own. 

Instead, take advantage of the “I amsterdam City Card”: you get instant access to dozens of museums and attractions in Amsterdam, such as the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt House and Artis Royal Zoo, as well as unlimited public transportation and, of course, a canal cruise. 

Volunteering with dog related organizations is a wonderful way to help out while you visit this country. Check out the following links for detailed information to make a difference locally!  Use Google Translate for the entire website if needed.  
  1. Amsterdam Dog Rescue
DIsclaimerBarks Abroad has not vetted, endorses, nor guarantee these organizations or their work.

Contact us if you know of another organization to be added to this list.

Enter down a corridor past a long open kitchen, where a buzzing battery of chefs produces some of the most inventive new-Dutch cuisine in town (succulent lobster coupled with beetroot, then given another turn with bittersweet preserved lemon), in four-bite portions. 

Sharing five or six dishes in haute-tapas style is the way to do it. Italian charcuterie is a speciality, and the Dutch gourmet sausages are an adventure.

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In general from United States, Jet Airways, Delta and KLM fly the most to Amsterdam. 

The most popular route is from New York, and Jet Airways, KLM & Delta fly this route the most.

Driving in Amsterdam is not really recommended as the city centre streets are narrow, there is often ongoing construction work and parking places are limited and expensive. 

Most visitors to Amsterdam and the Netherlands can get around efficiently by public transport.

It is illegal to hold a mobile phone while driving. 

In Amsterdam, the absolute center of the city is Dam Square, an often chaotic spot surrounded by department stores, government buildings and tram stops. 

Nearby, the Red Light District is also about as “central” as it gets, but its streets, packed with bars, sex shops, and roving stag parties, are not a great fit for most tourists.

Instead, we’d recommend opting for something a bit farther out (yet still very easy to get to). It will be quieter and might have that canal view you’re dreaming of. Unless, of course, you’re part of a roving stag party!