A small city with a big heart – Amsterdam’s picturesque canals and lively nightlife make it the ideal destination for a memorable city break in Europe.
Amsterdam city breaks are renowned for canals and coffee shops. If you are heading to the Netherlands there is so much more to see and do in Amsterdam. Bask in the sunshine of the iconic Vondelpark, perhaps with a book or battered guitar. Discover the powerful experience of a visit to Anne Frank’s annexe and the history behind her story. Alternatively, rent a bicycle and journey Amsterdam’s historic streets before indulging in a warm stroopwafel from the Albert Cuyp Market.
Whether you’re looking for cutting-edge art galleries, romantic cobbled lanes or historic museums, you’ll love the diversity that this vibrant city brings.
See the Sights
A city of contrast, there is a wealth of accommodation on offer, whatever your style. From 5-star luxury to 3-star comfort and everything in between, there is somewhere for you to stay on your Amsterdam weekend breaks. Stay in the charming historical centre for an irresistible city buzz, striking architecture and mouth-watering food. From French, Japanese and Italian fare to traditional Dutch cuisine, there are a great many delicious things to eat and drink.
For museums, galleries and cultural treats, stay close to Leidse Square. As well as the historic Stadsschouwburg, this area of the city often becomes a makeshift stage for a myriad of performers – from jugglers and instrumentalists to singers and fire-eaters.
Out and About in Amsterdam
No Amsterdam city breaks are complete without a trip on the famous canals. Explore the waterways in a hired boat to really get a feel of the city’s beauty, or take a magical dinner cruise by night for the ultimate in romantic ambience. As you meander through the city’s water labyrinths, don’t forget to catch a glimpse of Bloemenmarkt – the only floating flower market in the world.
If you’re not journeying by boat, explore this city by foot or bike. With many areas only a short ride away on one of the city’s famous bicycles, there’s no excuse not to try out some of the delicious locally brewed beers at a local Bruine Kroeg, or head to the Niewwezjids Voorburgwa district for some fashionable bars.
To complete Amsterdam city breaks, sample some of its eclectic nightlife. From avant-garde haunts to old newspaper offices masquerading as hip nightclubs, there is a plethora of places to go and things to experience – whether you’re a techno fan or an old-school music lover.
For more inspiration on things to do check out our guide!
Please note: City taxes payable locally.