Destination guide

Experience city and country life in the Government of Amsterdam

Amsterdam has long been one of Europe's most visited municipalities, thanks in large part to the Dutch capital city's iconic ring of canals, beautiful Golden Age architecture, world-renowned museums, and the relaxed, live-and-let-live way of life. No less charming are the small towns and villages that make up the rest of the municipality, with endless fields of green criss-crossed by bubbling streams and a rural landscape dotted by windmills. Government of Amsterdam vacation rentals are your home away from home, and perfect choices for urban getaways and countryside retreats alike.

Things to do

Windmills, watercolors, and wonderful nights

Windmills make up a large part of how people all over the world think of the Netherlands, and Amsterdam has a few. Venture out of the city to see the breathtaking Zaanse Schans windmills or the Sloten Windmill, the only one that's open to visitors. Equally appealing is the huge variety of art and culture to be found all over the city. Many Government of Amsterdam vacation rentals are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from priceless works of art in the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum. Come nightfall, wander the alleys of De Wallen, the famous red-light district, or test your luck in Holland Casino Amsterdam.


Old and new worlds collide in Government of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a visual feast, replete with some of the best traditional and modern Dutch architecture. Take a relaxing cruise in one of the city's 17th-century canals and drink in the sight of tall, narrow townhouses as you drift by. Or join one of the many walking tours of the city to see the heritage buildings in Dam Square and avant-garde buildings like the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ performing arts center and the postmodern EYE Filmmuseum. Go off the beaten path and explore outlying neighborhoods like Osdorp, where there's a petting zoo and an award-winning Tuesday outdoor market.


Blowing hot and cold in Government of Amsterdam

Summers and winters are generally mild, though there are days when it can get extremely hot or cold. Amsterdam receives the highest number of visitors in summer, from June to August, when the sun shines for more than 200 hours every month. Average temperatures in winter—from December to March— are in the high 30s, though sometimes it can get cold enough for the canals to ice over, so bring your skates just in case! The tulips come into bloom in April and May, when days see both sunshine and spring showers. Autumn temperatures range from a low of 39 to a high of 65; it's wettest and windiest in October and November.

Natural features

Water, water everywhere

With the North Sea just 14 miles away and more than 60 miles of canals—not to mention some parts being below sea level—living close to the water is part and parcel of everyday life in Amsterdam, an experience you'll get with Government of Amsterdam vacation rentals. The most famous canals are the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, and Herengracht, and with other canals in the network, connect to the Amstel River. Surrounding the city are polders, or flat terrain hemmed in by dikes. Nature reserves such as De Oeverlanden offer the perfect opportunity for bird-watching, and in some cases, for swimming and sunbathing.

How to get there

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 1,673 vacation rentals near Amsterdam. From 749 Condos/Apartments to 110 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:

  • Amsterdam-Centrum: 589 vacation rentals
  • Jordaan: 448 vacation rentals
  • De Pijp: 282 vacation rentals
  • Westerpark: 435 vacation rentals
  • Watergraafsmeer: 633 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: 2,124 vacation rentals
  • Amsterdam Museum: 2,368 vacation rentals
  • Dam Square: 1,037 vacation rentals
  • Artis: 2,099 vacation rentals
  • Amsterdam ArenA: 2,015 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 749 Condos/Apartments in Amsterdam. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Amsterdam include:

  • Boats: 110 rentals available
  • Houses: 578 rentals available
  • Houseboats: 86 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Amsterdam?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 295 vacation rentals with pool available in Amsterdam. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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