Amsterdam holidays transport you to a city of wonderful waterways, where distinctive architecture lines the cobbled streets and a great museum is never far away.
The Dutch capital’s love of art and culture is reflected in its array of attractions. The Van Gogh Museum has the world’s largest collection of the famous post-impressionist's work, while the walls of the Rijksmuseum are filled with Golden Age masterpieces.
Browse one-off shops showcasing emerging Dutch designers in the Nine Streets area and luxury boutiques in Oud Zuid. By evening, dine in restaurants offering local specialities and cuisines from around the world.
This is a place for adventure, too. Join the locals by taking to two wheels as you explore the many green spaces and picnic spots, enjoy a boat tour along the canals or head to the nearby coast.
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Whether you want to visit its galleries and museums, hit the shops or simply unwind on the water, there’s something for everyone in Amsterdam.
From the famous Bloemenmarkt, where flowers are available all year round, to the city’s many parks which fill with tulips each spring, Amsterdam is always a floral wonder.
Visit in April for the annual Tulip Festival and you’ll see petals in every shade sprouting across the city.
Find out more about these flowers, and why the tulip has become a national symbol, at the Amsterdam Tulip Museum.
For an insight into the historic tulip economy, head to Aalsmeer, just south of the city, for the world’s largest flower auction.
One of the best ways to experience a city is through its markets – and Amsterdam has plenty to choose from.
Mingle with locals, pick up original souvenirs or find tasty Dutch treats such as stroopwafel and oliebollen (deep-fried sweets).
For something a little different, head to the eclectic Albert Cuypmarkt in the de Pijp area.
You can shop for almost anything here, from fabulous food to handmade trinkets. To taste the city’s best produce, the Oud-West area has dozens of street food stalls.
There are so many simple ways to explore Amsterdam – by Metro, bike, trams or on foot. But for a unique view of the city, hop aboard a canal boat.
Book a tour to take in the key sights of the city as your guide explains the history and heritage of each location and waterway.
You can also take a candlelit cruise for a charming evening on the water, enjoying a meal on board served up alongside great views of Amsterdam’s most famous landmarks.
Its cycle tours, pedestrianised streets and array of educational attractions provide the perfect ingredients for family holidays in Amsterdam.
Nemo Science Museum brings learning to life with dozens of interactive exhibits. It’s also housed in one of the city’s most striking buildings.
If the little ones are still hungry for knowledge, why not take them on a guided windmill tour?
You can also simply relax and play in one of the city’s many handsome public parks, like the scenic Vondelpark.
Amsterdam is home to some of the quirkiest shops, attractions and museums in the world. The more unusual spots are sure to make your Amsterdam holiday even more memorable.
Visit Nieuwe Spiegelstraat to step back in time to a world of antiques. This street is full of antique stores, each dedicated to a different obscure collection.
This street also hosts KattenKabinet, an art museum paying homage to cats. Once you’re done, roam the streets looking for Amsterdam’s narrowest house (hint: you’ll find it between 54 and 70 Westerstraat).
For a modern stay with a touch of refinement, consider the Kimpton De Witt Hotel.
Close to Amsterdam Centraal Station, this elegant hotel is a great base for exploring the city or venturing further afield.
The boutique feel is ideal for a romantic Amsterdam holiday, with quirky design touches, Frette robes in the rooms and complimentary bike use.
Pools are relatively rare in city-centre hotels, but the indoor pool at the Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam means you can take a break from city life or keep up on your fitness regime.
It’s also a great space for the kids on a family holiday to Amsterdam. Even better, you’re only a short stroll from Dam Square, in the very heart of the city.
For spacious and opulent rooms, book a stay at Amsterdam’s Waldorf Astoria.
The hotel delivers all the trappings you’d expect from a world-class establishment and is the perfect choice for an Amsterdam honeymoon.
Relax in its Guerlain Spa and treat yourself to gastronomic delights at Goldfinch Brasserie, while your 24-hour concierge is on-hand to see to your every need.
The local currency in Amsterdam is the euro. You’ll usually find ATMs outside banks and major credit cards are widely accepted.
Bike is the most common mode of transport in Amsterdam. Canal tours also popular, while you can hop on a tram to travel between neighbourhoods.
The official language in Amsterdam is Dutch. Most residents are bilingual with many speaking English or German.
Amsterdam observes the standard Christmas public holidays, but also celebrates Ascension Day on 21 May and King’s Day on 27 April.
Amsterdam offers an eclectic and mouth-watering choice of dining experiences. Menus showcase some of the world’s best dishes alongside authentic Dutch favourites for a fusion of flavours.
To experience this cuisine at its best, head to Librije’s Zusje, an upscale restaurant that serves up innovative modern food.
On days when you can’t decide, visit Foodhallen for a mix of international cuisines and Dutch cheeses, such as Edam.
After a day at the Rijksmusuem, try Rijks, the on-site Michelin-starred restaurant where artistic dishes rival the exhibits. Head to Yamazato at Hotel Okura for world-class sushi and kaiseki.
The Dutch capital's many museums, galleries and exhibitions are part of what makes a holiday to Amsterdam so special.
As well as great works by the Dutch Masters, its museums also cover contemporary art, photography and plenty more.
The Anne Frank House is a must-see – and worth booking in advance to avoid the queues. The Rijksmuseum is the most popular attraction for classic paintings, especially its Van Gogh gallery.
For a great experience most will miss, seek out Amsterdam’s smallest museum – the Museum Perron Oost.
This tiny attraction charts the fascinating history of Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands.
Amsterdam is a dream-come-true for history buffs. As the name suggests, the city was initially founded on a dam, which was built on the river Amstel in the 13th century.
But it wasn’t until the 17th century that it started to flourish, becoming a global trading hub and headquarters for the Dutch East India Company.
Explore this history at the National Maritime Museum, which has a life-size version of one of the original trading ships.
You can also learn about how the famous Canal Ring was built to accommodate its growing population in the Amsterdam Museum.
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