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Amsterdam is a great crowd-pleaser, its combination of beautiful architecture, great museums and lively bars attracting millions of visitors every year. The city’s scenic canals and old cobbled streets make it an extremely photogenic city, and its compact size allows visitors to explore on foot and discover their own favourite spots.

Cycling is a popular mode of transport in Amsterdam, and everywhere you go you will see countless bikes lining the pavements. The city is perfectly manageable on foot, but if you have a sense of adventure you may prefer to hire a bike and join the traffic!

Whether you are seeking an intimate weekend with your partner, a fun weekend with friends or a stag party to remember, Amsterdam is the perfect choice.

Things to Do

Culture vultures will love Amsterdam; the city is filled with art galleries and museums covering every aspect of Amsterdam’s rich history. Our top picks are the Van Gogh gallery in Dam Square and the Anne Frank House, where the famous Holocaust victim’s tragic story is documented in the very building where she hid with her family and wrote her diary.

Amsterdam is a great city for shopping, making it a perfect option for a weekend away with the girls! One of the best shopping districts is De Negen Straatjes, a quaint neighbourhood offering independent boutiques, vintage shops and some lovely lunchtime eateries.

Whether you agree with it or not, the Red Light District is a big part of Amsterdam’s identity and most see it as an essential part of their experience of the city. Dismiss your reservations, enter with an open mind, and don’t take it too seriously!

Food and Drink

While Dutch cuisine may not be as famous or renowned as the culinary exports from France or Italy, it is no less distinctive or delicious! Up-scale restaurants are numerous in De Negen Straatjes, but to get the best impression of Dutch food head for the snack bars frequented by locals. Here you can fill up on broodjes (hearty sandwiches traditionally filled with cheese) or a frikandel (minced meat hot dog), washed down with local craft beer.

Amsterdam is also the perfect place to indulge your sweet tooth. A favourite snack is stroopwafel, a waffle filled with caramel syrup that is best enjoyed warm with a hot drink. Alternatively, visit one of the famous pancake houses for a portion of poffertjes served with butter and sugar.

Location of Amsterdam

Key Facts

  • Language: Dutch
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Difference from UK: 1
  • Flight time: London: 1 hour
  • When to go: April - October

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