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Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is a scintillating city with a range of attractions and activities that really do cater to every conceivable taste. The Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, flea-markets, brewery tours, canal tours and the infamous Red Light District are among the magnetic draws that bring millions of visitors to Amsterdam every year.
With a motorhome hire, people taking a holiday in Amsterdam can stay on campsites in rustic locations, yet easily reach the tourist sites in the city centre. A motorhome also gives the freedom to travel around North Holland province and spend a few days at North Sea beaches such as Callantsoog and the naturists one at Zandvoort. Delft, the Zaanse Schans outdoor museum and the heritage Kinderdijk windmills are inimitable daytrip options.
The Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum are about 300 metres apart and could easily be toured in one day. The modern art collections in the Stedelijk Museum are also nearby. Anne Frank House is one kilometre to the north. There are another 20 museums in Amsterdam with themes ranging from the city's traditional diamond trade to its canals.
Science Centre Nemo is quite close to the Central Train Station. The building that houses the centre looks like a sinking ship and contains numerous interactive science displays. Oude Kerk is an 800-year-old church which towers majestically over the eclectic entertainment establishments and bars in De Wallen Red Light District.
Dam Square is the best known of the city's elegant plazas. It is flanked by the Royal Palace and 15th century Nieuwe Kerk. The palace is open to the public. Waterlooplein is another central square which is the venue for a tourist orientated flea-market. Zandvoort is 30kms east and has great beaches and is home to the Zandvoort road-racing circuit.
Amsterdam City Camp is a no-frills site for motorhomes on the north side of the River IJ. The site offers complimentary ferry services across the river to downtown. The site operates 24/7 check-in and self-service payment machines.
Camping Zeeburg Amsterdam is a family-oriented park in Zuider and six kilometres from the city centre. It has a cafe, and a shop which sells groceries and camping accessories. There is a swimming pool a short walk away.
Camping Jachthaven Uitdam is 15kms east of Amsterdam and enjoys a prime position on the shores of Markermeer lake. A private beach together with amenities such as a playground, supermarket, launderette and restaurant have made this site well-liked.
Driving in Amsterdam is not too bad when compared with other European capital cities. The A10 is the city's ring-road and connects to other motorways for destinations all over the country. The Netherlands is small and few places are more than a few hours' drive. The permitted blood-alcohol level for drivers is 0.05 per cent. Driving is on the right in the Netherlands.