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Adventures in Amsterdam

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.

The Beauty of the Netherlands

You’ll find that hotels are conveniently situated during your holidays to Amsterdam, suiting your needs whether you’re after a 5-star hotel in the city centre or accommodation overlooking the canal. Amsterdam holidays are often coupled with a visit to The Hague, where the natural greenery is ever present, manifesting in the forest and park Haagse Bos, the Japanese garden Clingendael Park and botanical area Westbroekpark.

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.

Native Nooks and Creative Cranny’s

A summer in Amsterdam is unforgettable, particularly as the outdoors can be appreciated on bike or on foot. A walk along the Herengracht Canal will display historic housing, cobbled pathways and blossoming trees. Stop off at one of the local cafes to refuel with some koffie verkeerd and satiate your sweet tooth with some poffertjes.

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.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Dutch (English widely spoken)
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +1 hour
Local airport: Amsterdam Schiphol
Flight time: 1 hour

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Hotel Amstel Botel

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Holiday Inn Amsterdam

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Ibis Amsterdam City West Hotel

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Best Western Blue Square Hotel

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Best Western Blue Tower Hotel.

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Explore

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.

Romance

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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