Amsterdam is a fascinating, diverse and somewhat liberal City. It is well known for its coffee shops that are allowed to sell cannabis, as well as laws which legalised prostitution in 2000. The Red Light District is famous for glowing red windows with prostitutes behind them, its’ sex shops and the world’s first museum of prostitution.

Sex shops in the Red Light District
Red Light District

There is something here for everyone, whatever your interests – sightseeing, culture, nightlife, food or architecture. With over 160 canals, it is a picturesque City to wander around, find a waterside bar or restaurant or take a cruise by day or night. It is a great place for solo travel.

Skinny Bridge on one of Amsterdam's canals
Skinny Bridge, Amsterdam


Transport throughout the City is excellent. Centraal Station is the main station to head for on leaving Schipol Airport. It costs just Euros 5.50 by train. The station is large and includes a shopping arcade, cafes, restaurants, tourist information centre and bicycle hire. From Centraal Station it is easy to navigate your way around the City as canal boats, trams, Metro, buses and taxis are situated right outside. Ferry wharfs are located behind the station taking you to North Holland. On returning to the airport, trains run every 10 minutes during the day.

Trams in Amsterdam

Tickets for transport and tours can be purchased from Centraal station. There are also a number of Tours and Tickets shops around the City. I had a very good experience with They were very friendly and helpful and also spoke several languages. The website informs you of the location of their shops in the city. A two day tram ticket I purchased from them cost Euros 13.50. They gave me a book which included coupons offering discounts at various attractions. Their website also offers discounted tickets and tours.

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Amsterdam Hotels

These are hotels I have stayed in or those located in an area I felt safe alone.

hotel in Amsterdam, Movenpick


Activities I enjoyed on my solo holiday to Amsterdam.

shop with cheese tasting

Amsterdam Restaurants

These are the eateries I enjoyed dining solo at.

The Avocado Show neon sign in Amsterdam

Gallery of Photos – Amsterdam

A selection of my favourite pictures from my solo holiday

Cheese in Amsterdam

Local Laws and Customs in the Netherlands

Note that not all destinations have the same local laws and customs as your home country. Click on the link to take you to the UK Government’s website which provides up to date information about local laws and customs in the Netherlands.