Last year, I visited Amsterdam, home of Van Gogh, Anne Frank and many, many canals. People talk about the liberal attitude of the city but when you visit, there is so much more to see and do. In fact, in terms of popularity, Amsterdam is the 5th busiest tourist destination in Europe with more than 4.2 million international visitors a year.

One of the highlights is definitely the Van Gogh museum. This is where the permanent collection is shown to the public. Some of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings are present in the collection and this museum is the most visited museum in Amsterdam.

The one thing you can’t avoid is the canals. It seems that round every corner, you are crossing a bridge! However, get on a river cruise and you will see another side of Amsterdam. Most take you round in huge glass topped boats but if you’re lucky enough, try to get on a smaller one with a private operator. You really do explore the sights of Amsterdam most people don’t get to see.

Driving is tricky in Amsterdam, with one way streets to contend with, as well as the numerous bikes and trams. However, if you do need a car, Avis has a location in central Amsterdam as well as one at Schipol Airport, located 11 miles outside of Amsterdam.

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3 Responses to “Visiting Amsterdam”

  1. Xavier Vallee - Head of Direct Marketing EMEA - Avis Europe Says:


    Just thought I’d stop by and say hello to the We Try Harder community!

    From experience, it is a lot cheaper to rent one of our expensive car than to take a taxi to get around. It is often the case across Europe, and particularly in Amsterdam.

    Xavier Vallee

  2. michael cohen Says:

    this site sucks and so does your business. are you transparent enough to post without filtering?

  3. Josi Kytle - Head of Marketing, Avis UK Says:

    Hi Michael

    I would sincerely appreciate your feedback on what you see the issues are with the website and our business. I strongly believe that customer feedback is the best way to improve our business and service to all customers. I personally listen with open ears.

    So, I am happy to post your comment. However, we don’t encourage use of our blog as a complaints channel but a platform by which customers share experiences, tips for other travellers, ask questions and provide feedback. Granted, these lines become blurred at times but we urge customers to direct their complaints to Customer Service channels as they are best people to resolve complaints. So please call 0870 608 6363 or email us, or write to:

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