Amstel refers to the numerous small towns and neighborhoods situated along the Amstel River. Though parts of it can be a bit out of the way and far from Amsterdam's attractions, the more northern areas have museums, parks, restaurants, and top-notch hotels.
In the 17th century, Amstel was built as an outdoor playground for the rich. Thus, it has a more open feel than the rest of the city, with wide streets, numerous parks, and a gorgeous zoo, featuring an aquarium dating back to the early 1800s. Amstel is also home to a moving Auschwitz memorial and several family-friendly museums. Families looking for a little activity can bike along the river and check out the quaint towns along Amstel's banks.
There are numerous upscale hotels in Amstel, overlooking the river, and most luxury hotels are situated in the northern region of the neighborhood. However, there are several more wallet-friendly hotels that are in the southern region, but they can often feel out of the way, and far from major sights. Amstel is a popular choice for families and business travelers.
June - August
November - February
Varies; visitors from the United States, Canada and Europe do not need a visa
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In restaurants a service charge is included in the bill. For exceptional service an extra 10% is appreciated.