Famed for its web of canals and plethora of bridges, not to mention the notorious Red Light District and coffee shops, Amsterdam is certainly a city like no other. As narrow buildings jostle for space by the waterbanks, a stream of boats glide past and a tide of bakeries send inviting whiffs of freshly-made delights into the air. The jewel in the crown is perhaps the Van Gogh Museum, showcasing the artist’s world-famous Sunflowers amongst other works.
When to go
There’s no bad time to visit Amsterdam; tulip season kicks off in the spring, the bustling summer brings an array of festivals, and the Christmas markets and festivities are in full swing come December.
Food & Drink
A city partial to indulgence, Amsterdam is chock-a-block with pancake houses and bakeries. From caramel-filled Stroopwafels to crêpes piled high with goodies, the capital is a something of a sweet tooth’s paradise. To top it off, the city’s prized breweries produce some excellent beers - from the renowned Heineken to independent craft specialities.
Not to miss
Hop on a canal boat and soak up the sights from the water.
As the sun sets, buzzing bars and pulsing clubs teem with party-goers and night owls. Leidseplein, the Jordaan and the Red Light District take the nightlife forefront, with plenty of establishments in which to sip on craft beers and dance ‘til dawn.
Where to stay in Amsterdam
The trendy Jordaan neighbourhood plays host to a range of hip boutique hotels and quirky canal houses. Elsewhere, the smart Museum Quarter is filled with high-end shops and intriguing museums, while the Canal Loop encapsulates a bevy of bar-laden squares and bustling cafés.
How to get there
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport serves flights from European and international hubs year-round. Alternatively, Amsterdam Centraal Station has domestic and European links.
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