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Driving to Amsterdam

A Motorists guide to Amsterdam - directions, parking and more



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Lying close to the North Sea in the Holland district of the Netherlands, Amsterdam has become famous, amongst other things, because of its network of 165 canals, its huge volume of bicycles, wide range of museums and because of its lively red light district. For these and other reasons, the compact city served by excellent public transport and also readily accessible on foot, has emerged as one of Europe’s top tourist destinations.

The city takes its name from the Dam on the River Amstel which was where the original settlers of modern day Amsterdam lived. This long history has given rise to much that the people are now proud of, something which has now translated into the city’s huge number of museums. These include the impressively designed Rijksmuseum (built in 1885 and now housing a great number of world-class masterpieces such as those by Rembrandt) and the modern Van Gogh building which is home to the painter’s Sunflower pictures. These are just two examples amongst many that are located on Amsterdam’s Museum Plein; a place certainly worthy of a visit.

One of the infamous aspects of Amsterdam (and a reason why it has become a favoured destination amongst stag parties) is the Walletjes or as it is more widely known, the Red Light district of the city. The Leidesplein is also a place that comes alive at night. This is where you’ll find lively bars, street cafes and various street performers who entertain locals and tourists alike.
At the heart of the city lies Dam Square which is home to the beautifully designed and constructed Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) which is open to the public. No visit to Amsterdam would be complete without a visit to the poignant Anne Frankhuis. Little Anne’s diary which she kept during the city’s occupation in the second world war, was written here and so today it has become a focal point for remembering the suffering of those who hid in the annex there during the war as well as the wider Jewish population of the time.

Map of the area



Speed limits around Amsterdam

Speed Limits

Motorway: 120 km/h
Dual Carriageway: 100 km/h
Rural: 80 km/h
Urban: 50 km/h

Distances from Amsterdam to...

All of these places are within a few hours drive from Amsterdam
PlaceDistance km (miles)
(Point to Point)

Attraction
Centre Parcs De Eemhof, Netherlands36 km (22 miles)

Town
Rotterdam, Netherlands58 km (36 miles)

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Centre Parcs Port Zélande, Netherlands98 km (61 miles)

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Centre Parcs De Kempervennen, Netherlands122 km (76 miles)

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Centre Parcs Het Heijderbos, Netherlands125 km (78 miles)

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Centre Parcs Het Meerdal, Netherlands125 km (78 miles)

Town
Antwerp, Belgium133 km (83 miles)

Town
Bruges, Belgium173 km (107 miles)

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Brussels, Belgium174 km (108 miles)

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Dortmund, Germany201 km (125 miles)

Town
Cologne, Germany214 km (133 miles)

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Spa Francorchamps, Belgium227 km (141 miles)

Town
Lille, France231 km (143 miles)

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The Nurburgring, Germany264 km (164 miles)

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Centre Parcs Elveden Forest, England287 km (178 miles)

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Koblenz, Germany292 km (181 miles)

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Trier, Germany315 km (196 miles)

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Luxembourg, Luxembourg319 km (198 miles)

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Centre Parcs Belle Dune, France333 km (207 miles)

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London, England357 km (222 miles)

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Hamburg, Germany364 km (226 miles)

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Frankfurt, Germany364 km (226 miles)

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Thorpe Park, England386 km (240 miles)

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Silverstone Circuit, England403 km (250 miles)

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Centre Parcs Sherwood Forest, England409 km (254 miles)

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Disneyland Paris, France417 km (259 miles)

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Heidelberg, Germany424 km (263 miles)

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Paris, France430 km (267 miles)

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Centre Parcs Le Lac d'Ailette, France441 km (274 miles)

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Stratford, England448 km (278 miles)

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Birmingham, England459 km (285 miles)

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Alton Towers, England462 km (287 miles)

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Stonehenge, England481 km (299 miles)

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Centre Parcs Les Bois-Francs, France491 km (305 miles)

Town
Manchester, England493 km (306 miles)

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