Amsterdam merges modern flair with historic and artistic importance, which gives the city a unique identity and maintains its place as one of Europe’s top holiday destinations.
The beautiful city of Amsterdam boasts many attractions, both vintage and modern. The location is ideal for those in search of culture, as the many museums and galleries are easy to encounter. Whether absorbing the views on foot, by boat or on your bike, the natural beauty is sure to leave you in awe. Amsterdam holidays present the perfect escape for families and the ideal voyage for romancers, so be sure to take advantage of the Amsterdam City Deals we have to offer.
If you fancy a change of scenery, or are curious about what else the Netherlands has to offer, Utrecht is as quaint as it gets. Be sure to visit the Museum Speelklock where you can admire antiques in the form of automatically playing musical instruments. The Dom Tower of Utrecht and the Kasteel de Haar also emanate architectural prowess for your viewing pleasure.
Arts and culture are always within reach during holidays in Amsterdam - notable locations include the Droog, packed with modernist designs, and of course the famous Van Gogh museum, where the post-impressionist’s work is displayed in all its glory. The Jordaan district hosts many of Amsterdam’s galleries in the form of converted houses and shops. The area is buzzing with bohemian residents immersed in the creative scene. The art isn’t always found indoors however, as Amsterdam’s street art ranges from imaginative graffiti to creatively placed stickers.
The preserved culture is rife through the city, that’s the beauty of Amsterdam city breaks. If you want to take a piece of the city away with you the best place to head is the flea markets. Here you can savour the city’s offerings and support the independent retailers that make Amsterdam holidays what they are. Markets are unique to their specific region, such as the Dappermarkt in Oost and the Lindenmarkt in Jordaan. If a day of market shopping has resulted in stomach rumbles, you can sample some of the local street food, such as patat, Dutch chips often served with peanut saté sauce, mayo and onions.
If you’re a music lover visiting in summer, Amsterdam holds a number of dance music festivals, including Loveland Festival and the always impressive Amsterdam Dance Event, showcasing the best in house and techno. Alternative festivals also occur throughout summer time, such as Summer Dance Forever and the Amsterdam Fringe Festival, providing plenty of entertainment and amusement throughout your holidays to Amsterdam.
Although Amsterdam is generally thought of as an expensive city to visit, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a break as a couple on a smaller budget. One of the most beautiful aspects of the city is its canals and archaic buildings, all of which can be explored by simply taking a stroll through winding cobblestone streets, blossoming courtyards and over bridges. Amsterdam is famed for its museums and galleries and if you don’t want to go to the expense of admission fees, visit the outer arcade in the Civic Gardens Gallery, which is lined with 17th century impressive paintings and is completely free. Eating can be cheap too, especially if you head to Damstraat, a street lined with little restaurants that serve some great value bites.
Despite a reputation as a lively clubbing capital, Amsterdam is actually one of the most romantic destinations you could hope to visit as a couple. A beautiful city floating atop a maze of canals, it is the perfect place for enjoying some stolen moments of escapism. Whether you choose to simply wander across the winding streets and get lost in the atmosphere, or cycle across the streets and over waterways, you will find yourself falling in love all over again. Take your time and explore Amsterdam’s art and history together, seeing famous works from Rembrandt and Van Gogh, or take some dreamy nights strolling in the starlight and finding a local restaurant to sample some of the finest traditional cuisine.
Amsterdam is full of possibilities when it comes to things to do. You can spend the day wandering across the city, exploring its twisting old backstreets and walking alongside the waterways, or you can hire a bike and ride across the canal ring discovering further. There are a number of museums and galleries, such as the Maritime Museum, Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum, or you can explore some beautifully built churches and synagogues. Once the sun begins to appear in the spring, Amsterdam becomes a blooming city, with a variety of parks where you can spend time enjoying a picnic and a bottle of wine.
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Amsterdam is a great destination for a short break, providing you make the most of the city during your stay. For a quick tour, hire a bicycle and trace the city’s waterways, which will take you past historical sights, architectural wonders, galleries and museums that you can stop off at on the way. There are charming markets where you can quickly pick up some local produce or you can spend your weekend watching the world go by from the cobblestone terrace of a café. If you’re after a lively weekend, spend some hectic nights making sure Amsterdam lives up to its spirited night time reputation.
With some of the most varied and unique markets in the whole of Europe, you could spend days wandering across the stalls, unearthing rare finds and seeing a wealth of different items. The Albert Cuyp Market is over 100 years old and has almost 300 vendors, selling everything from fresh fruit and veg to spices, shoes, flowers, accessories and fabric. Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam’s floating flower market, must not be missed, with flowers blooming every colour of the rainbow. If you want to pick up some affordable artwork, the Spui Art Market and the Thorbeckeplein Modern Art Market are great places to see some local artists showcasing work that is often much cheaper then the galleries.
If you wish to truly make the most of a weekend break in Amsterdam, it is more convenient to stay in the city centre. For budget travellers, the Artemis Amsterdam and the Eden Hotel are in the middle of the city and both are impressive venues offering great value for money. If you want to splurge and treat yourself to a truly remarkable stay, take a look at the five star Grand Sofitel. Perching between two canals it is a magical, palatial building with an opulent interior, a fine restaurant and even a Turkish Bath.
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