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Welcome to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the model of a port city: liberal, international and with a very definite hedonistic edge. So no wonder it has drawn tourists for hundreds of years, and is a huge hit with backpackers and hostellers today. Whether you’re looking for a cheap hostel, a group hostel or just a hostel with a great location, you’ll find one here. Cycle alongside the canals, take in the sights, and then stretch out in a hostel dorm – what more could you want? Sample some Dutch courage, party into the small hours, or spend a day surrounded by some of the world’s finest artwork in the Museum District. Choose a city centre hostel or a downtown hostel and you’ll be right at the heart of all Amsterdam has to offer, including its fun, eclectic nightlife. Whether you’re looking for vibrant cosmopolitan living or an authentic Netherlands experience, there’s a corner of Amsterdam – and an Amsterdam hostel – just for you.

Canal Ring

If you’re in a downtown hostel, all you need to do is step out of the front door. Just walking around the Dutch capital provides a wealth of historical sights. Stroll along the ancient waterways and experience the beautiful city up close.

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Cannabis College

You’re guaranteed to run into some fellow backpackers here. Learn about Amsterdam’s love of marijuana, discuss coffee shop etiquette, and try out cutting edge ways to consume the herb.

Address: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 124, 1012 DT Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Stadsarchief (city archives)

Read up on Amsterdam at its city archives. The Dutch capital is home to more nationalities than any other city in the world. All of them have left a legacy.


Address: Vijzelstraat 32, 1017 HL Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum


The Netherland’s national museum, this is the perfect place to add some art and history to your youth hostelling experience. Book in advance, as the museum gets busy. Basic tickets cost €17.50, but there are more expensive options available that include guided tours, and let you skip the queues.


Address: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands

District: Amsterdam Oud Zuid

Royal Palace of Amsterdam

Step out of your dorm and into Amsterdam’s vast, opulent palace. Open all year round, except during royal events, it’s one of Amsterdam’s finest attractions. It costs €10 per adult.


Address: Dam, Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

EYE Film Institute

Get a taste of Dutch filmmaking, at this museum and archive. The institute showcases both national and international films screened in the Netherlands. A regular ticket costs €10, but there are reduced price options available. Check online to see if you’re exempt, or purchase an I Amsterdam City Card for free entry.


Address: IJpromenade 1, 1031KT Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Nord

Guided bike tours

Locals love their bikes, and as a newly-arrived backpacker a two-wheeled tour is a great way to get your bearings. Mike’s Bike Tours offer both a long and a short tour – ideal if you only have a few hours spare.


Address: Kerkstraat 134 H, 1017 GP Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Anne Frank’s house

This historic location lets visitors consider the life of the Jewish diarist. Anne Frank’s house is a poignant place that stands as a tangible link to the story of Anne, and her family. Admission costs €9.


District: Amsterdam Centrum

Old Centre

If you’re looking for a city centre hostel, this is the place to search. It’s the heart of the traditional Amsterdam experience, full of cafes, bars and buzzing nightlife. The district is split into two – New Side, and Old Side, which hosts the famous Red Light District.

Cafes Central Bars


Amsterdam’s bohemian district, Jordaan is full of students, artists, and tourists, so it’s really backpacker-friendly – but there are plenty of upscale boutiques and restaurants too.

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Waterfront and Noord

An up-and-coming area, currently being redeveloped, the Waterfront is an exciting corner of the city. Full of eating options, and late night partying potential, it’s a district undergoing rapid regeneration.

Restaurants Clubs

King’s Day (April)

Book into an Amsterdam hostel in late April to experience the city’s biggest street party. April 27th is the King’s Day and the Dutch celebrate with a boat parade, dancing, and general festivities.


Imagine Film Festival

In April, the Dutch capital hosts the Imagine Film Festival. For ten full days you can soak up cinematic stories from a variety of genres. The screenings take place in the ultra modern EYE Film Institute.


De Parade

De Parade is a cultural travelling carnival, and it tours Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht, before making its way to Amsterdam. It spends nearly all of August in the Dutch capital’s Martin Luther Park and features theatre, music, and film in a variety of circus tents.


Amsterdam Gay Pride

Taking place throughout the city centre, this weekend event comprises street parties, club nights and a canal parade on the Saturday afternoon. All are welcome – gay or straight, local or backpacker.


The Holland Festival

The Holland Festival is the biggest one in the Netherlands. It showcases music, opera, theatre and dance, and even screens films and puts on art shows too. It takes place from end of May – to around the 23rd of June.


Latin Village Festival

Start practicing your samba moves in the dorm, because this is one of the largest Latin festivals in Europe. The event takes place at the Spaarnwoude recreation grounds.


Address: 2064 Spaarndam, Netherlands

Shoeless Open Air

Dance the night away in socks or slippers – or go barefoot if you fancy it. This good-natured two-day event north-west of the city features European pop and rock, plus theatre, art and DJs.


Address: Ruigoord 76, 1047 HH Amsterdam

District: Westport

Five Days Off

Backpackers with a passion for electronic music should make their way to Amsterdam the first week of March for the ‘Five Days Off’ festival. It takes place at the Melkweg and Paradiso venues in the heart of the city.


Address: Lijnbaansgracht 234a, 1017 PH Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum


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Hap Hmm

Head to Hap Hmm, a backpacker-friendly, canteen style eatery with a comfy living room vibe. You can fill up here for cheap.


Address: Eerste Helmersstraat 33, 1053 CZ Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Oud Zuid

Phone: 020 618 1884

Kam Yin

Kam Yin is another good place to try if you’re after cheap, but good, food. It’s a Surinam/Chinese restaurant with main courses costing between €6-€7.


Address: Warmoesstraat 6, 1012 JD Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Phone: 020 625 3115


Right in the hostel-packed city centre, Getto provides ‘home cooking’ for fantastic prices. They have loads to pick from and starters are available from €3.50, with main courses around €10.


Address: Warmoesstraat 51, 1012 HW Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Phone: 020 421 5151

Leeman Doner

If you’re after Turkish pizzas, or perhaps a kebab, then drop in to Leeman Doner. It’s a takeaway renowned for its great food, and cheap prices (€2 for a doner, €1.70 for a Turkish pizza).

Address: Van Woustraat 160, 1073 LW Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Oud Zuid

Phone: 020 662 2596

Eetcafe ‘t Pakhuis

Eetcafe ‘t Pakhuis has an extensive, good-value menu – and if you’re craving a steak, you can get a tasty one with loads of fries for under €15.


Address: Voetboogstraat 10, 1012 XL Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Phone: 020 625 0856


Once a church, now a cavernous concert hall/club, Paradiso has seen some famous faces including the Kings of Leon and Franz Ferdinand.


Address: Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG, Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Phone: 0 20 626 4521

Chicago Social Club

A club at weekends and a cosy, backpacker-friendly bar on weekdays, CSC has two levels and a diverse music policy.


Address: Leidseplein 12, 1017 PT Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Phone: 020 760 1171


Although there’s an entrance fee, drinks aren’t too expensive at this eclectic club. Arrive early and you might catch some live theatre, perhaps a cabaret performance, or even some poetry.


Address: Lijnbaansgracht 238, 1017 PH Amsterdam

District: Oud West

Phone: 020 627 0008

Studio 80

Fans of electronic music should head to Studio 80 where you can party in the evenings and take part in some DJ lessons in the day.


Address: Rembrandtplein 17, 1017 CT, Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

Phone: 020 521 8333


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Club 8

Wednesday night is International Night at Club 8, and you can play pool for free all night when you show your passport. Play some pool, listen to some music, and hang out with the rest of the hostel crowd.


Address: Admiraal De Rujiterweg 56B, 1056 GL, Amsterdam

Phone: 020 685 1703

Flea Market (Waterlooplein)

Grab some bargains at Amsterdam’s oldest flea market. Sift through Che Guevara t-shirts, old movie posters, and find something unique.

Address: Waterlooplein 2, 1011 PG, Amsterdam

District: Amsterdam Centrum

American Book Center

Running low on reading material? Turn your dorm into a mini-library at Europe’s largest independent English language bookstore. You could easily spend a day here.


Address: Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam

Phone: 020 625 5537


Always busy, this market takes up an entire street. It’s a great place for backpackers on a budget to grab some food and pick up souvenirs.


Address: Dapperstraat, 1093 BS, Amsterdam

District: Oost Watergraafsmeer


An I Amsterdam City Card can be a great investment for backpackers. The cost varies depending on how much time you purchase. The card lets you save money on public transport, and it offers one time free entry to a number of attractions across the city. If you’re planning on being in the Netherlands for a while then it might be worth purchasing a Museumkaart (museum card). It gives you free entry to over 440 museums across the country for a year. It costs €44.95. You can move around Amsterdam very cheaply. The city centre is small enough that you can walk, and for longer journeys the city’s cycling culture means there’s likely to be a bike rental business close to your hostel.


You’ll arrive at Schipol Airport, one of Europe’s busiest air hubs. Despite its size, it’s well signposted and easy to navigate. Trains to the city centre run 24 hours a day and take just 15 minutes. A cheaper option is the Amsterdam Airport Express bus, which leaves bus platform B9 every 15 minutes. A single ticket is just €4.75. You’ll be in your hostel before you know it.


Arriving by train is a pleasure in itself. Amsterdam’s Centraal station is a neo-Renaissance building steeped in history. For both national and international travellers, Centraal is a transport hub providing links to the rest of the city, and the country too. For local connections it has three Metro lines, 10 tram lines, countless bus lines and five ferry lines.


You’re likely to arrive at one of two points if you journey to Amsterdam by bus. There’s Centraal station in the heart of the city, or there’s Amsterdam Amstel. It’s further out but it’s not difficult to get into the city from there either – there are plenty of public transport links to other city districts.

Getting around

Amsterdam has an efficient network of trains, trams, buses, and ferries. A good investment early on in your Dutch adventure is the public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart). You can use it on trams, buses, and the metro. It’s the most convenient option for backpackers exploring the city.

There are plenty of options available if you’d rather rent a bicycle. It’s the traditional way to see Amsterdam and it’s relatively inexpensive too.

Language: Dutch. English widely spoken.

Currency: Euro

Electricity voltage: 230v

Timezone: Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00)

Telephone country and area codes: +31 for The Netherlands, 20 for Amsterdam

Post office

Located near the Dam square, Postoffice Amsterdam can be found at:

Emmalaan 9

1075 AT Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tel: 020 662 4745


Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis

Oosterpark 9

1091 AC Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tel: 020 599 9111

Tourist information

Amsterdam has two main tourist information offices. One is located at Schiphol Airport terminal. You’ll find it at Schiphol Plaza at Arrivals 2. Alongside the members of staff who work there, you can use the touchscreens to access general information about the city. It’s open daily from 07:00 – 22:00.

The other sits in front of Centraal Station:

Stationsplein 10

1012 AB Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tel: 020 702 6000

Opening hours

Typical business opening hours vary throughout Amsterdam; often depending on which district you’re in. You can find more information via this link.

Emergency numbers: Dial 112 for fire, medical or police emergencies.