Amsterdam City Breaks 2015

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Take a Weekend Break to Amsterdam

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 contrasts, 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 always somewhere comfortable for you to stay during 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. And if you fancy an ever greater dose of artistic prowess, take a daytrip to the port city of Rotterdam to indulge in historic landmarks, modernised architecture and a windmill or two.

Out and About in Amsterdam

No Amsterdam city breaks are complete without a trip along 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 your city breaks to Amsterdam, 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. The city of Utrecht is also home to a bustling nightlife, attributed to its student population – pay a visit to the vibrant city, if not for the boogie, then for the imposing De Dom Church, the snaking canals and charming pedestrianized streets.

Useful information

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

Amsterdam City prices and offers

Amsterdam City, Amsterdam
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Flight + hotel from £120.00pp
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Flight + hotel from £124.50pp
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Flight + hotel from £132.00pp
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Flight + hotel from £199.00pp
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from £71.03pp
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Things to do in Amsterdam City

With its world-class museums, bustling canals and lively nightlife, city breaks in Amsterdam have something for everyone. To find out more about this fantastic destination, check out our list of top things to do in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam activities:

  • Take to the water; hire a pedalo and explore the canals at your own pace, or join a boat tour of the city's sights.
  • See world-famous works of art by Rembrandt, Van Gogh and many others at the Rijksmuseum.
  • Follow in the footsteps of the city's famous residents; see the biggest collection of Van Gogh's work at the Van Gogh museum, visit the moving exhibition at Anne Frank House and explore the Museum Het Rembrandt Huis where the artist lived for 20 years.
  • Experience the future of museums at the NEMO Museum and enjoy its rooftop 'beach' on sunny days.

Amsterdam nightlife:

  • Enjoy a night on the town in a city that's as famous for stag and hen nights as it is for its history and culture. From lively bars to all-night clubs, Amsterdam has it all.
  • Listen to live bands playing everything from indie to jazz in the venues around Rembrandtsplein.
  • Take in a classical concert at the grand Concert Hall, cabaret at the Royal Theatre Carre or opera and ballet at the Muziektheater.
  • Spend an evening sampling some delicious cuisine. From traditional Dutch dishes to the finest international fare, Amsterdam's restaurants and cafes cater for every budget and taste.

Amsterdam shopping:

  • Pick up the latest designer labels in the boutiques and shops around Leidsestraat.
  • Visit the picturesque 'Nine Streets' area for independent labels, vintage clothing and antique shops.
  • Join the locals at one of Amsterdam's bustling markets. Try Albert Cuyp Market for fresh local produce, the famous floating Bloemenmarkt for flowers or the Waterlooplein flea market for souvenirs and bric-a-brac.

Other popular attractions in Amsterdam:

  • Escape the city and head to the Vondelpark, 120 acres of gardens and lakes in the heart of the city.
  • Hire a bicycle and explore the city like a local or join a cycle tour of the popular sights.
  • Amsterdam city breaks are great for exploring the surrounding area. Take a day trip to the coastal town of Castricum or visit the quaint fishing villages of Marken and Volendam.

Useful information

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

Top hotels in Amsterdam City

Looking for the perfect hotel in Amsterdam? If you’re looking to get away on a fantastic break, why not check out our selection of hotels in Amsterdam?

Find a hotel in Amsterdam to suit your needs and budget and get away for less on a break to Amsterdam. Simply select one of the hotels from the list below to plan your perfect trip.

Budget breaks

Amsterdam is an ideal choice for those looking for a cheap city break. There is a large selection of delicious street food to choose from and luxurious affordable accommodation within the city centre. Learn more about this fascinating city as you wander in and out of the museums or explore the enchanting markets and pick up a few bargains for a memorable budget holiday.

Things to Do

There is almost no better place in Europe for a weekend break than Amsterdam. With a wealth of museums, bars, clubs, brown cafés, markets, coffee houses and attractions there is something for everyone and you will not be left short of things to do during your trip. One thing is for sure though; you will have a hard time leaving once the weekend is over!

Romance

If you are looking to indulge in a city break to Amsterdam with your loved one then the beautiful surroundings are sure to get sparks flying. Enjoy a quiet Dutch evening strolling along the Signel Canal as the stars are just beginning to peek out . Or, hire a private canal boat for a truly special experience. You can also choose to explore the city by a hired horse and carriage if you fancy something a little bit different.

Anne Frank House

    One must-visit during trips to Amsterdam is the Anne Frank House
  • this truly fascinating museum gives visitors a real insight into the life of Anne Frank and though it can be quite tear jerking, it is a mind opening experience which is well worth embarking on during your city break to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Canals

When you think of canals, it’s easy to think only of Venice, but we can assure you that Amsterdam can hold its own. There are around 7,000 historic buildings in Amsterdam and the city centre dates back to medieval times, so what better way to admire this great architecture than from a scenic boat trip down the canals.

History

    Amsterdam is full of history
  • visit the house where Rembrandt lived and died during your city break. View the Canal Ring, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most historic site in Amsterdam is the Old Centre which cannot be missed.

Museums

The most frequented museums in Amsterdam are the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum which are all well worth visiting during your city break to Amsterdam. To make it even more enticing, if you sign up for a museum card, it covers the cost of over 400 museums across the Netherlands.

City Tours

There are tours of every variety in Amsterdam so no matter how active you are feeling during your city break you are sure to find somethiing that suits you. Take a cruise along the canals to experience the city in a memorable way or you could rent a bike as is very popular in Amsterdam and see the city how the locals do.

Red Light District

    The Red Light District is a big part of Amsterdam's nightlife and attracts alot of visitors
  • especially stag parties! It's worth a visit if you are curious and open-minded about seeing a part of Amsterdam which has been enstilled in its culture since the 14th century. Home to an array of museums, sex shops and the famous window displays, it's a quirky attraction of the city.

Brown cafes

Brown cafés are much like what pubs are in England: relaxed, easy going places that serve traditional beer. The name brown comes from the colour of the wood that lines most of these cafés. So, take it easy and step in one today.

Dutch cuisine

Dutch cuisine is heavily inspired by their empirical past. Spices from their colonies and dishes from the most distant lands are easy to find, as they are part of the tradition here. The best thing about cuisine in Amsterdam is that much of it is not overpriced so you can sample some of the local dishes without spending a fortune .

Clubbing in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the self-proclaimed home of Trance music. If you are looking to spend the night listening to world-renowned DJs and dancing the night away, then Amsterdam will not let you down. Visit the Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein neighborhoods for the best clubs.

WestCord Fashion

Offering 260 modern rooms, this hotel provides guests with a range of excellent facilities including a restaurant, bar and wellness centre with a sauna, swimming pool and fitness centre. Boasting a great location opposite the World Fashion Centre this hotel is the perfect choice for those wishing to experience Amsterdam city in luxury.

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Best Western Blue Tower Hotel

Sitting on the edge of Amsterdam's central area, this hotel is ideal for those looking to explore this fascinating city. With public transport options all close by as well as many facilities nearby this hotel is a comfortable and convenient option for couples looking to see the sights of Amsterdam on a city break.

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Holiday Inn Amsterdam

The Holiday Inn Amsterdam is located on the outskirts of Amsterdam city with great transport links into the city and surrounding area close by. The hotel has a total of 264 guest rooms and offers a variety of great facilities including a fitness centre, mini-gym and good in-room amenities. This hotel is an ideal choice for families, couples and small groups looking for a city break to Amsterdam on a budget.

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Sofitel Amsterdam The Grand

    Located between two canals, you get a real taste of the city as soon as you arrive. Inside, the hotel is elegantly decorated and the restaurant is well-known for serving fantastic French cuisine. Don't miss enjoying some time in the spa and Turkish bath
  • sure to make your friends jealous!

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