Why It's Worth It

Picture-perfect canals lined with gabled houses from the Golden Age, a remarkable art collection ranging from Rembrandt to Mondrian, more culture per capita than any other European capital, its own distinctive style of modernist architecture, enough day trips and nightlife options to fill a lifetime, and free-spirited and friendly folks that, somehow, all speak English: Amsterdam is a richly varied treasure-trove of attractions. —Sander Groen