Amsterdam is a hugely popular destination for budget travelers. The cosmopolitan vibe of the city, coupled with its reputation for creativity, has backpackers heading to the Dutch capital in their droves. It is the fifth most popular destination in Europe and welcomes over four million travelers every year, who all come to marvel at the city's diverse and vibrant culture.
Things To See And Do
One of Amsterdam's main cultural attractions is the maze of canals that wind their way through the city and many hours can be spent exploring the waterways that split up the capital.
Travelers can meander along the route of the canals and stop to spend time window-shopping at the department stores that now reside within historic 19th century buildings. For those with more contemporary tastes, visiting the cutting-edge design shops will enthrall and amaze.
Art And Museums
Enthusiasts of traditional art can check out the Van Gogh Museum, which encapsulates the life and work of the renowned artist, and houses the world's most extensive collection of his paintings.
For a modern creative experience, the latest innovation in contemporary art is celebrated at the Electric Ladyland: The First Museum of Fluorescent Art and the Stedelijk Museum, which is renowned for its Andy Warhol pop-art exhibits.
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam will also delight art lovers and is the ultimate experience in Dutch traditional arts and craft, while the historical poignancy of the Second World War is brought to life at the Anne Frank House.
The Dark Side
Amsterdam is also famous for its coffee shops in which many backpackers choose to focus their limited spending power. The unique wares that are available are symbolic of the liberal attitudes that make Amsterdam famous. People from around the world come to observe life here and in the red light district, which is centered in De Wallen.
A more conventional night out can be enjoyed at the Albert Cuyp Market within the Pijp district. Nearby there is an abundance of hip cafes with funk DJs wowing the young crowd.
Transport and Accommodation
Amsterdam has a well-developed cycle network and the bicycle is the chosen mode of transport for many as they negotiate the winding streets of this flat city. Once backpackers have wheels they can travel between the many independent Amsterdam hostels, which are original in atmosphere and relatively cheap. It may be worth noting that a hostel in Amsterdam will charge three per cent for those paying by credit card but usually boast good facilities, such as internet and television.
Before settling down and becoming a copywriter for Hostelbookers. Paul Scottyn did a backpacking tour of Netherlands, he checked out a variety of the country's budget accommodation, including a number of most hostels in Amsterdam .