It’s difficult to find the perfect travel guide book for a city trip to Amsterdam. They all promise to find you the ‘best restaurants, bars, museums and tours’, but how can you be sure they know what they are talking about? Especially if the travel writer is not from Amsterdam, you can end up with a guide book full of the basics, which you had already read about while preparing for your trip online.
You might end up with restaurants that are over or under your budget a large list of hip and trendy bars and nightclubs, when you enjoy turning in early on your holiday and day trips that are mostly fun for kids.
A good travel guide book for Amsterdam
The basic travel guide book for a city trip revolves around a basic introduction or history of the city, followed by different sections such as hotels (but you probably already have one), restaurants, night life, walking and biking tours, public transport followed by a handy take out map of hardened carton that withstands Amsterdam showers.
For up to date info on the Amsterdam night life you can always pick up a copy of some free or paid magazines in shops and bars. Most of the travel guide books about Amsterdam have the same information: the must see sightseeing places, museums and basic history. It’s best to get travel guide book for Amsterdam that is the most up to date (don’t borrow the 2010 edition from your cousin) and give a little extra. Preferred is a guide book about Amsterdam that is aAuthentic Dutch, that’s what you want. A piece of Amsterdam culture, doing the things the locals do and maybe even understanding why they do it.
1. DK Eyewitness Pocket Map and Guide: Amsterdam
DK Eyewitness Pocket Map and Guide, edition 2014: Amsterdam gives you just that: a map of Amsterdam and a guide book in one.
This travel guide book of Amsterdam leads you straight to the best places to see in Amsterdam: from museums, sights, parks and markets.
You can visit the city by area and check out what is worth visiting. The handy fold out map makes walking around much more comfortable.
2. Lonely Planet Amsterdam
The full color travel guide book to Amsterdam by Lonely Planet Amsterdam, edition 2016, only covers the capital city of The Netherlands. This means you get a lot of color and a lot of extras: it includes a full-colour pullout map, the Amsterdam transport map, a feature about architectures and even a floorplan of the Rijksmuseum. It also comes with a selection of day trips you can do from Amsterdam (see photo).
There is also a pocket version of this book.
If you are staying longer in The Netherlands, it might be a good idea to go at little further than just Amsterdam. After all, Amsterdam is very small and you will have seen all the sight in a couple of days. Get on a train and see the rest of this great country (and not just the west): the modern architecture of Rotterdam, the islands, the northern area and the eastern mediaval provincial towns.
Recommended in that case is to get a travel guide book to The Netherlands. The Lonely Planet Netherlands can serve as good guide to help you discover the rest of the small country.
3. Top 10 Amsterdam
The Top 10 Amsterdam travel guide book is made by long time Amsterdam resident Pip Farquharson. She is a great guide and knows all the best spots in Amsterdam, so with if you led her lead you, you won’t miss any of the good stuff.
The book is great because it lists all the best places to eat in Amsterdam, to dance, to listen to music and that for every budge, for every size family and for every taste. There are walking routes, day trip itineraries and traveler tips.
4. The Rough Guide to Amsterdam
From the Anne Frank House to the Rijksmuseum, The Rough Guide to Amsterdam will steer you to outstanding art galleries, elegant canal-side architecture, and all the must-see city sights. This full-color, updated guide provides comprehensive coverage of the best restaurants, stylish bars, intimate cafes, vibrant markets, and hottest nightlife in Amsterdam for all budgets.
Explore all corners of the city with authoritative background on everything from the city’s canal houses to the art of the Golden Age, relying on the clearest maps of any guide, as well as practical language tips. The Rough Guide to Amsterdam also includes a chapter devoted to day trips featuring places like Haarlem, Alkmaar, and Edam.