With rows of narrow, crooked houses lining cobblestone avenues and winding canals, an Amsterdam holiday is sure to steal your heart with its unique character and laidback charm.
Yet the enchanting scenery is only one of many reasons to visit Amsterdam. The colourful Dutch capital manages to parade both traditional village charm and modern metropolis living at the same time.
Travelling to Amsterdam means marvelling at medieval architecture, the works of Rembrandt and Van Gogh, and centuries-old monuments, as well as contemporary art, cutting-edge fashion and design, bustling markets, and beautiful botanical gardens. Not to mention this is a city full of flavours. No trip to Europe is complete without a visit to the quirky capital of the Netherlands.
Whether you’d like to satisfy your appetite with a traditional Dutch meal or sample local treats like bitterballen or stroopwafel, you’ll be spoilt for choice for where – and what – to eat in Amsterdam. Stop for a quick refuel at the street stalls, food markets, or even a hot croquette from a vending machine. If your feet need a rest, several cosy local or even Michelin-starred restaurants provide the perfect respite.
Shopping in Amsterdam is, on its own, a fantastic cultural experience – stroll through 17th century buildings dressed with cosy shopfronts selling art and crafts just as they did 400 years ago. Browse designer and vintage boutiques; small, independent fashion shops; high-end antique and art stores; and vibrant outdoor markets selling everything from fashion to flowers and organic food. more»
Amsterdam’s parks and squares are among the most beautiful in Europe. The Hortus Botanicus botanical garden, founded in 1632, is one of the oldest in the world and is home to around 6,000 plants from 4,000 species. Alternatively, grab a beer and join the congregation of locals and tourists relaxing in the lush greenery of the 47 hectare Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s largest and most popular park. more»
In an enchanting city overflowing with things to see, choosing which of Amsterdam’s attractions you’d like to squeeze into your holiday can be difficult. It’s hard to miss the beautiful blend of medieval, renaissance and modern architecture as you stroll through any street, but also ensure not to miss the Anne Frank House, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and, yes, even the Red Light District. more»
Amsterdam’s arts and culture scene is incredibly diverse. Dive deep into the city’s rich history and art at the Rijksmuseum, see Sunflowers up close at the Van Gogh Museum, or visit the Oude Kerk, a grand church housing impressive works of contemporary artists. Amsterdam’s a regular platform for must-see exhibitions from around the globe, so it’s a good idea to check what’s on specifically during your trip. more»