In brief: The city’s historic centre and the site of its foundation. Here you will find Central Station and the main access point to the rest of the city. Home to the majority of monuments and places of interest to suit all tastes and budgets.
Highlights: Central Station, Dam Square with the Royal Palace and the Nieuwe Kerk. The Red Light District with the Oude Kerk. Spui Square with its markets and Kalverstraat, the main shopping street, plus museums such as the Rembrandt House Museum and the Amsterdam Museum.
Getting there: Of the city’s 16 tram lines, 11 pass through this district en route to the Central Station. As in almost all the city, it is easy to get around on foot or by bike. If you wish to get to the North district, there is a free ferry service (including bikes) that leaves from behind the Central Station.
Why stay: The city centre and its main meeting point. Features everything one could want from Amsterdam, both by day and by night.