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.
Things to do
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.