Chilled-out Amsterdam is great for a city break. One of the smallest cities in Europe, it’s super easy to get out and about so hire a bike and join in with the locals, or head for the canal and hop on a water taxi.
Get to know the best bits of the human body at the Body World exhibit or maybe art is more of your thing? If so, you have to check out the Van Gogh Museum, there are hundreds of Van Gogh originals in there! You can’t visit Amsterdam without going to Anne Frank’s House, it’s the best way to learn about the war and you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time.
Dam Square is the place to go when you want a break from the sights. Be part of the hustle and bustle and go take a look at the market stalls and boutique shops. The cafés are the best spots for people watching so grab a cuppa and get comfy.
You’ll have definitely heard about Amsterdam’s famous reputation when it comes to nightlife so if you’re feeling adventurous, head for the Red Light District. Try the local beer in the bars or, if you’re looking for clubs, head towards Rembrandtplein.
You don’t have to be a party animal to enjoy yourself here, there are so many concert halls, live music venues and jazz cafés. If you want to see and hear more of the traditional Amsterdam, you’ve got to see the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Leidseplein gets so busy at night, especially on the weekend, as its theatres, cinemas and cafés are some of the best in Amsterdam. The old quarter of Jordaan is a bit quieter but the restaurants and cafés there are really good and serve the tastiest food!
Want to hear the sounds of jazz, blues and classical music on the canal? You need to visit in August for the Grachtenfestival. It’s the best ten days in the city for music as there are loads of concerts going on, either on the water, at concert halls or on-the-spot sing-alongs in beer gardens. Take your spot at the side of the canal or hire a boat and enjoy the music straight from the water (we think this is the best way).
Amsterdam always looks beautiful but you need to see it during the annual Van Gogh in Bloom festival. The city plants millions of colourful tulips and other pretty flowers in the 32-hectare Keukenhof flower garden, which is inspired by Van Gogh’s art.