Amsterdam’s fast rise in popularity has come as no surprise. It’s narrow and unique architecture, delicate landscapes and historical and artistic touches have stolen the hearts of many. With plenty to explore in the capital from outdoor spaces to fascinating museums, the liberal vibe of Amsterdam makes it a one of a kind city break destination. Whether you choose to explore on foot or by bike (Amsterdam’s choice of transport!) the journey is always impressive and the destination intriguing. If this captivating place seems right up your street, book your short break and follow our Amsterdam city guide.
Where to stay in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has a wide range of hotels, from budget-friendly accommodation to more luxurious stays. There are great views in the capital, so if you’re looking to really treat yourself during your weekend break the 5-star W Amsterdam offers a canal-front location as well as ultra-modern amenities. Its central location makes sightseeing accessible and easy whilst a whole host of facilities match your comfort and needs.
For a cheaper stay, the 4-star Ozo Hotel is a popular choice. Although it is situated in the capital’s business district, it is only 15 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station. This stylish and laid-back hotel is perfect for business travellers and city break seekers. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a little more unique, book the Botel! This 3-star accommodation floats on Amsterdam’s river IJ. Although rooms are basic at the Botel, it no doubt offers a unique experience.
What to do in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a city full of history, art and inimitable adventures!
Anne Frank House
The story of Anne Frank is one that has captivated by many and one that we have become familiar with. The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam offers a traumatising yet fascinating insight into Europe’s past and the extreme lengths taken by those avoiding the Nazis during the Second World War. As you walk around the house, you’ll not only discover the confines that Anne Frank and her family were subjected to, but also learn about the history of the Holocaust too.
For those who love learning something new or admiring works of art, Amsterdam has a number of museums to enjoy. Many of these can be found in Museum Square which includes the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum and the Concertgebouw. Art lovers will appreciate a trip to the Rijksmuseum which houses a range of European art collections, whilst the Van Gogh museum has the largest collection of the famous artist’s paintings and other works. On the other hand, the Hermitage Amsterdam is an art and culture museum which includes exhibitions.
Amsterdam’s main square is a lovely area where you can explore some of the city’s famous sights. You’ll be able to experience the hustle and bustle of the city in Dam Square as well as the Royal Palace. When the palace is not in use, it is open to the public and also used for exhibitions. The square is also a good starting point to experiencing Amsterdam’s coffeeshop culture as you’ll find many in the surrounding area.
Holland is well-known for its tulips and Amsterdam for its canals. So, there’s no better place to shop for flowers on floating barges than in Holland’s Amsterdam! The Bloemenmarkt is the city’s famous flower market which has a wide range of flowers on show up and down the canal. In fact, this market is so unique, it is the only floating flower market in the world. Aside from flowers, you can also find shops selling gifts and souvenirs.
Where to eat in Amsterdam
At a first glance, you may not think of Amsterdam as a culinary giant, but with a city break to the capital, you’ll no doubt rethink that assumption. Amsterdam’s diversity has helped a range of cuisine thrive throughout the city, but if you’re looking to try authentic Dutch delights, there are many places to try. Stamppotje offers the perfect introduction to Dutch cuisine, whilst a visit to the top-class De Silveren Spiegal provides you with Amsterdam’s favourites in a fine dining setting. Spirit Amsterdam is yet another restaurant which serves up delicious dishes using local produce. Fussy eaters won’t need to worry during their time in Amsterdam, thanks to the variety of cuisine in the city. Fancy Thai? Maybe Indian? Or even Spanish tapas? There’s something for everyone to enjoy!
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Flight time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Time difference: GMT +1
Best time to go: March – May or September – November