Whether you’re a culture vulture looking to delve into history, a shopaholic in pursuit of some retail therapy, or just craving a little R and R, Amsterdam has something for everyone.
On arrival in Amsterdam, a beautiful web of canals, elegant bridges and historic gabled buildings will greet you. Get your holiday off to a fantastic start by taking a canal cruise from which you will be able to enjoy an introduction to the city from the water.
The compact size of Amsterdam makes it a great place to discover by foot, or alternatively you could join the locals by hiring a bike and see the sights from the saddle. Culture vultures will have plenty to keep them entertained with the huge array of museums on offer such as the Van Gogh Museum which showcases a large number of the artist’s paintings and drawings, the Museum of Handbags and Purses, and the Rijks Museum which presents work from artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer.
Other attractions that you may like to experience during your visit include Anne Frank’s house, Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam Dungeon and Artis Zoo.
If you fancy catching some rays you might like to head to one of the city’s urban beaches such as Strand West or Blijburg aan Zee. During the summer months sporty types will be able to enjoy activities on many of these sandy stretches.
A spot of retail therapy should be on your list during your stay in the city. The Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets) is situated in the centre of Amsterdam’s historic canal district and here you will find quirky vintage boutiques, jewellers, and a number of restaurants and bars if you’re in need of some light refreshment after all your shopping. Or maybe you’re looking to splash the cash and visit some high-end designer stores? If this is the case, head to the exclusive P.C Hooftstraat. Alternatively, if you’re after some bargains, the flea market on Waterlooplein will allow you to choose from clothes, gifts and handmade items.
Heading out of the city will enable you to experience the typically Dutch landscape in areas such as picturesque Zaanse Schans. A visit here will allow you to step back in time; the windmills are still working and include a saw mill, a paint mill and an oil mill. There are also various museums you can visit and enjoy watching skills such as clog making.