Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands and a popular destination for both short and long city breaks.
Getting there and getting around
The Netherlands is located in the centre of Europe and is easily accessible by air, road and rail. There are many regular international flights direct to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport from the UK as well as other locations throughout the year – visit cheapflights.co.uk to find the best prices for flights to Amsterdam.
One of the most popular forms of transport here is cycling. There are cycle paths along most roads and the flat landscape makes this form of transport ideal. There are plenty of hire shops where you can rent a bicycle for the duration of your stay. Alternatively, you can explore the Amsterdam canals by boat, a unique and enjoyable way to take in the sights of this beautiful city.
Places to go
There is plenty to see and do in this thriving modern city. With its pretty canals and stunning architecture, it is rightly known as the Venice of the North. On a canal cruise along some of the 100 canals here, you will see beautiful bridges, many of which are UNESCO monuments and also boathouses. Why not take a night-time cruise for an amazing display of lights and colour across the city.
The different districts you can explore include the Canal Ring, The Old Jewish Quarter and the Old Centre, rich in historical sights. Jordaan is where you can enjoy the arts and cultural events on offer and Plantage has its charming buildings and pretty gardens. Get away from the bustle of the city in one of its many parks and woodlands such as Vondelpark or Amsterdamse Bos.
Enjoy the very best of modern Amsterdam at Rembrandtplein and Liedseplein City Squares which offer a wealth of entertainment and things to do.
Visit the Vincent Van Gogh Museum and browse through the collection of artwork by this celebrated 19th century Dutch painter. Exhibitions by other artists are also held here. You can either take a guided tour or wander round at your own pace. The Rijksmuseum in Museumplein is also well worth a visit for those interested in history and culture.
The Anne Frank House is another popular attraction here. The house is now a museum where you can see how Anne and her family lived whilst they were trying to escape persecution for being Jewish during World War II. This museum gives a thought provoking insight into what life was like for Jewish people at this dangerous time in history.
For a great shopping expedition, visit Dam Square or Utrechtsestraat as well as the exclusive shops at Nine Streets. Take a break at one of the many great restaurants offering a wide variety of food from around the world.
As well as the fantastic food, there are many different beers to try out during your stay. The Heineken Brewery offers guided tours and free samples to visitors.
In the centre of Amsterdam there is a floating Chinese restaurant called the Sea Palace, offering great food and stunning panoramic scenery and this is a perfect place for a relaxing meal.
The Red Light District dates back to the 14th century and is a popular tourist attraction with clubs and shops.
With so much to see and do in Amsterdam, it is the perfect place for a city break.