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Short guide to a picturesque city: Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a thriving metropolis with plenty to amuse anyone. The beautiful sights and buildings all around the city center, the harmony of its many trees and canals, the open and tolerant locals, all add up to make Amsterdam a most pleasant city.

Amsterdam museums are not to be missed, especially the ones located in the Museumplein: the Rijksmuseum, dedicated to 17th Century Dutch painters, including Rembrandt and Vermer; the Stedelijk, for modern art; and, of course, the Amsterdam museum of Van Gogh. Book any of Gomio’s hostels in the district of Oud-Zuid if you want to have them all close at hand.

Another highlight, not so popular but equally attractive, is Rembrandt’s House (Jodenbreestraat 4-6), a wonderful opportunity to learn about the artist’s life and work, a must-see for art lovers and curious alike. Not to be missed is also Anne Frank’s house (Prinsengracht 263), where she hid during the Nazi occupation in World War II and where she wrote her famous diaries. Both houses are a short walking distance from any of Gomio’s hostels in the area of Rachtengordel-Zuid.

Being such a small city (any map of Amsterdam will quickly expose this fact to any new visitor) many of Amsterdam’s attractions are right outside the city. Examples are the beautiful and historic towns of Haarlem (15 minutes by train) and Leiden (25 minutes by train), in both of which Gomio provides accommodation. A day trip is totally worth it to see both destinations!

 

Hostel Travel Guide to a picturesque city - Amsterdam, Netherlands