Destination guide

Take a stroll or a ride through this Venice of the North

A mental image of Amsterdam conjures up picturesque waterways with charming canal houses and colorful boats knocking together, moored to the sides. The city also features world-class museums, as well as a cycling culture like nowhere elsee. This famously liberal and culturally diverse city has a growing dining scene, and a vibrant nightlife both in and around the Red Light District. Nab your crew a quintessential canal house for your Amsterdam vacation rental, and fall in love while the boats drift past and the tulips bloom.

Activities

Where every canal and lane is camera-ready

Much of Amsterdam is best enjoyed by strolling along the canals, photographing the famously tall and narrow houses that line the streets, or by hopping in a canal boat and viewing the city from a new perspective. Rent bikes, shop along the adorable Nine Streets neighborhood, or take a walking tour to learn about the diverse history of the city. Music lovers can catch a concert at the Heineken Music Hall, while a peek around the door of a "coffee shop" will give you a firsthand look at the city's famous tolerance of cannabis.

Weather

If the weather is cold enough, you can skate down the canals

Don't worry what the forecast says (this is northerly city after all), because this place is fun no matter what the weather. While summers might be warmer and sunnier than the rest of the year, they may also be crowded and expensive, so consider the shoulder seasons. Spring is still warm, with the tulips blooming from March through May. Fall brings warm and wet days, while the winter just might give you the chance to ice skate across the canals before cozying up at home in your Amsterdam vacation rental.

Natural features

Consider your wooden clogs to be for decoration only

Situated in the northwestern Netherlands, Amsterdam is located in the province of Holland. The river Amstel leads into the center of the city, and is responsible for the city's famed, picturesque canals—a perfect option for booking your Amsterdam vacation rental. If visiting in the springtime, leave plenty of space on your smartphone for the rows and rows of tulips that spring up around the city (there's even a festival for them). The city itself discourages cars, which makes walking, trams, and biking the preferred way of exploring the city.

Transport

How to get to and around Amsterdam North

The nearest airport is in Amsterdam (AMS-Schiphol), located 9.9 mi (15.9 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Amsterdam?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,667 vacation rentals near Amsterdam. From 827 Condos/Apartments to 94 Boats, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Amsterdam for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Amsterdam?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Amsterdam:

  • Jordaan: 460 vacation rentals
  • Amsterdam Oud-West: 648 vacation rentals
  • De Pijp: 286 vacation rentals
  • Westerpark: 441 vacation rentals
  • Grachtengordel: 578 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Amsterdam?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Amsterdam. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Amsterdam Central Station: 1,985 vacation rentals
  • Dam Square: 1,082 vacation rentals
  • Red Light District: 1,995 vacation rentals
  • Leidseplein: 2,182 vacation rentals
  • Vondelpark: 2,166 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Amsterdam listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Amsterdam?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 827 Condos/Apartments in Amsterdam. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Amsterdam include:

  • Boats: 94 rentals available
  • Houses: 519 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 40 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Amsterdam?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 360 vacation rentals with pool available in Amsterdam. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.