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Why go to Amsterdam

With miles of peaceful canals, magnificent museums and art galleries, and notorious nightlife, Amsterdam's unique blend of culture and entertainment make it an irresistible city for a short break.

Art, architecture and history are everywhere in Amsterdam. Paintings by old masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer clamour for your attention in the Rijksmuseum; the Van Gogh Museum celebrates the genius of Vincent van Gogh; and the Stedelijk Museum shows off cutting-edge 20th-century works by Dutch painters including Willem de Kooning and Karel Appel. At the Moco museum, you’ll find modern contemporary work by talents such as street art superstar Banksy and pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Step outside of the museums and you’ll be equally impressed on your Amsterdam city break. Great churches such as Noorderkerk and Westerkerk are landmarks within Singelgracht, the canal that encircles Amsterdam's historic centre, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can even admire the architecture up-close: plan weekend breaks carefully and you'll find deals in quirky apartments in re-purposed former industrial and commercial buildings, arty boutique townhouses and grand hotels.

Travel Information

Language

Dutch

Currency

Euro (€)

Average flight time(from London)

1.5 hrs

Tips and advice

Is it safe to go to Amsterdam?

Violent crime involving visitors is quite rare, but beware of pickpockets and bag-snatchers in crowded places, on public transport and on trains between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal Station. For the most up-to-date travel advice for the Netherlands, check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

Do I need a visa to go to Amsterdam?

No, travellers with a full British passport do not need a visa to visit Amsterdam.

What vaccinations do I need to go to Amsterdam?

No vaccinations are normally required to go to Amsterdam.

How many days do I need in Amsterdam?

You’ll need at least two days to take in Amsterdam’s top sights. A five-day stay gives you time for more experiences, from bike tours and canal cruises to quirky street art tours. With five days, you could even include one or more day trips from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and historic towns such as Haarlem, Delft, Gouda and Utrecht – all within an hour of the city centre.

Are all drugs legal in Amsterdam?

You may buy a small amount (5 grams) of weed or hash in a 'coffee shop' but all other drugs are illegal.

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