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Fun, vibrant and laid-back, holidays in Amsterdam have it all for an unforgettable city break. A welcoming city with a big heart, delve deeper beyond Amsterdam's relaxing ambience and you'll discover a destination rich in culture and charm. This Dutch delight is one of the most popular family, honeymoon and backpacking destinations in Europe and with its mixture of world-class museums, galleries, cafés, shops and cobblestone streets - it's easy to see why.

 

Amsterdam holidays make an ideal European city break destination for those seeking adventure without travelling too far from home, thanks to its short flight time of approximately one hour. Best visited during the months of April-May and September-October, the city offers a packed social calendar of some 300 festivals and events throughout the year, ensuring you'll never be short of things to do in Amsterdam. This enchanting city is also home to some of the world's most famous museums in the iconic Museum Square region, including the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and of course the Anne Frank House - a hit with history buffs.

 

Plan your Amsterdam holidays 2018 around the peak season when there are fewer tourists to contend with and the weather remains pleasant with mild temperatures. Amsterdam is cheaper during the winter months, but remains rich in activities for those planning a budget holiday with added value. Holidays to Amsterdam have something special to offer everyone who visits, whether you head to its charming historical centre, explore its lively canal-side squares, capture its cutting-edge art scene, delve into its eclectic nightlife, or wander the natural beauty of the tulip gardens. Take a look at our last minute deals and bag cheap holidays to Amsterdam with reduced prices for fights and hotels.

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Places to go and things to do in Amsterdam

Sightsee Via Boat

Sightsee Via Boat

The historic waterways of Amsterdam are recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and provide a stunning backdrop to the city's historical centre. While you can wander down their winding walkways, there's nothing quite like gliding through the canals by boat. Bask in the beauty of the city's picturesque waters as you spot various sights and attractions that line the banks. Alternatively, do as the locals do and rent a bicycle, soaking up views of the buzzing city centre, pretty sidewalks, incredible flower market and wooden fairytale bridges under the canopies of shady elm trees.

Wander De Wallen

There is much more to the Red Light District than its reputation suggests and a walk around the area will give you a glimpse of its true character. Meander through the medieval alleyways that make up this inner-city and among the unmissable museums, shops and shows you'll find plenty of historic architecture, pubs and buzzing restaurants.

Dutch Daytrips

Amsterdam is nearby other popular areas worth visiting when staying in the Netherlands and exploring the region is easy thanks to its reliable transport system. Head out to the country to see windmills and fields of tulips in Lisse (just 40 minutes from the city), soak up the cosmopolitan vibes in Utrecht, taste cheese in Gouda or hit Rotterdam just over an hour away.

Ibiza boasts charming villages nestled amidst idyllic landscapes. Get away from the beach for a few hours, rent a car and explore the scenic beauty of San Miguel, Sant Agusti des Vedra, and Sant Mateu d'Albarca.

Nightlife

Amsterdam's eclectic nightlife scene is one of the best in Europe and there's something for everyone whatever your age, budget or orientation. The Red Light district is known for its racy atmosphere and is normally home to stag parties, but Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein are equally happening. Dance the night away at AIR – Amsterdam's sizeable multi-floor club – enjoy an evening of entertainment at Melkweg's live music halls, also home to a cinema, theatre and café or wind down at Wynand Fockink , a 350-year-old wine tasting house.

Get Your Culture Fix

Amsterdam is brimming with world-famous museums housing a variety of cutting-edge art, historical treasures, photography, handbags and even a sex museum! The Anne Frank House is one of Amsterdam's most visited museums where you'll hear tales of her life in hiding during WWII. The Rijksmuseum is also considered to be one of the best in the city or visit the EYE museum for its modern tinge. For the art connoisseurs out there, a trip to the Van Gogh museum, Museum het Rembrandthuis and Stedelijk Museum is a must.

Food & Drink

There's something captivating about sipping coffee at one of the city's canal-side cafés and observing the street life that sweeps through Amsterdam's bustling squares. The Dutch are particularly proud of their coffee and have a handful of cosy cafés on every street corner, add to this a tempting variety of traditional foods and you're set for breakfast, lunch and dinner! If you're after a light bite, Biterballen (deep fried meatballs served with mustard) is perfect pub grub. Sweet-tooth's can snack on a gooey street market Stroopwafel. If you’re travelling in winter try Amsterdam's answer to bubble and squeak, Stampott. The city's food scene also serves up a strong Indonesian influence, so order the lamb satay or fresh prawn-based dishes at Blue Pepper for a taste of this surprisingly authentic cuisine.

The Bloemenmarkt

No longer floating (it is now perched on piles), the Amsterdam flower market offers tulips of every colour – either in bouquets or as bulbs to plant at home. But the market has far more than just tulips, with plenty of pretty plant species to choose from. Besides cut flowers, there are plenty of house plants, seeds and gardening essentials to be found here. If you plan to buy bulbs to take out of the country, be sure they have a customs cleared stamp on the packet so you won’t have trouble at the border. If you've had enough flower power for one day, check out a number of the nearby shops which sell fun and affordable souvenirs, such as local cheese.

Shopping in Amsterdam

You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping in a city crammed with such creative flair. With luxury boutiques housing unique Dutch designs, multi-storey department stores and a monopoly of markets, you're sure to find a souvenir or two on your trip. There’s the famous Bloemenmarkt for flowers, Noordermrkt for second sales and bargains and the city's largest street market, The Albert Cuypmarkt. If you're shopping for food, try De Kaaskamer for an exotic variety of cheese, fruits, food items and wine. Explore the colourful stalls, pick up a bargain or simply enjoy a spot of window shopping.

Places to go and things to do in Amsterdam

Sightsee Via Boat

Sightsee Via Boat


The historic waterways of Amsterdam are recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and provide a stunning backdrop to the city's historical centre. While you can wander down their winding walkways, there's nothing quite like gliding through the canals by boat. Bask in the beauty of the city's picturesque waters as you spot various sights and attractions that line the banks. Alternatively, do as the locals do and rent a bicycle, soaking up views of the buzzing city centre, pretty sidewalks, incredible flower market and wooden fairytale bridges under the canopies of shady elm trees.

Read More
Wander De Wallen

Wander De Wallen


There is much more to the Red Light District than its reputation suggests and a walk around the area will give you a glimpse of its true character. Meander through the medieval alleyways that make up this inner-city and among the unmissable museums, shops and shows you'll find plenty of historic architecture, pubs and buzzing restaurants.

Read More
Dutch Daytrips

Dutch Daytrips


Amsterdam is nearby other popular areas worth visiting when staying in the Netherlands and exploring the region is easy thanks to its reliable transport system. Head out to the country to see windmills and fields of tulips in Lisse (just 40 minutes from the city), soak up the cosmopolitan vibes in Utrecht, taste cheese in Gouda or hit Rotterdam just over an hour away.

Ibiza boasts charming villages nestled amidst idyllic landscapes. Get away from the beach for a few hours, rent a car and explore the scenic beauty of San Miguel, Sant Agusti des Vedra, and Sant Mateu d'Albarca.

Read More
Nightlife

Nightlife


Amsterdam's eclectic nightlife scene is one of the best in Europe and there's something for everyone whatever your age, budget or orientation. The Red Light district is known for its racy atmosphere and is normally home to stag parties, but Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein are equally happening. Dance the night away at AIR – Amsterdam's sizeable multi-floor club – enjoy an evening of entertainment at Melkweg's live music halls, also home to a cinema, theatre and café or wind down at Wynand Fockink , a 350-year-old wine tasting house.

Read More
Get Your Culture Fix

Get Your Culture Fix


Amsterdam is brimming with world-famous museums housing a variety of cutting-edge art, historical treasures, photography, handbags and even a sex museum! The Anne Frank House is one of Amsterdam's most visited museums where you'll hear tales of her life in hiding during WWII. The Rijksmuseum is also considered to be one of the best in the city or visit the EYE museum for its modern tinge. For the art connoisseurs out there, a trip to the Van Gogh museum, Museum het Rembrandthuis and Stedelijk Museum is a must.

Read More
Food & Drink

Food & Drink


There's something captivating about sipping coffee at one of the city's canal-side cafés and observing the street life that sweeps through Amsterdam's bustling squares. The Dutch are particularly proud of their coffee and have a handful of cosy cafés on every street corner, add to this a tempting variety of traditional foods and you're set for breakfast, lunch and dinner! If you're after a light bite, Biterballen (deep fried meatballs served with mustard) is perfect pub grub. Sweet-tooth's can snack on a gooey street market Stroopwafel. If you’re travelling in winter try Amsterdam's answer to bubble and squeak, Stampott. The city's food scene also serves up a strong Indonesian influence, so order the lamb satay or fresh prawn-based dishes at Blue Pepper for a taste of this surprisingly authentic cuisine.

Read More
The Bloemenmarkt

The Bloemenmarkt


No longer floating (it is now perched on piles), the Amsterdam flower market offers tulips of every colour – either in bouquets or as bulbs to plant at home. But the market has far more than just tulips, with plenty of pretty plant species to choose from. Besides cut flowers, there are plenty of house plants, seeds and gardening essentials to be found here. If you plan to buy bulbs to take out of the country, be sure they have a customs cleared stamp on the packet so you won’t have trouble at the border. If you've had enough flower power for one day, check out a number of the nearby shops which sell fun and affordable souvenirs, such as local cheese.

Read More
Shopping in Amsterdam

Shopping in Amsterdam


You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping in a city crammed with such creative flair. With luxury boutiques housing unique Dutch designs, multi-storey department stores and a monopoly of markets, you're sure to find a souvenir or two on your trip. There’s the famous Bloemenmarkt for flowers, Noordermrkt for second sales and bargains and the city's largest street market, The Albert Cuypmarkt. If you're shopping for food, try De Kaaskamer for an exotic variety of cheese, fruits, food items and wine. Explore the colourful stalls, pick up a bargain or simply enjoy a spot of window shopping.

Read More
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