Amsterdam Break -A city trip to
the capital of the Netherlands
Amsterdam is one of the most interesting cities in Europe. If you love city trips, you simply must take an Amsterdam break. The capital of the Netherlands is multicultural, of great historical importance, diverse and has something for everyone. The city in the bay of the Markermeer (the lake surrounding Amsterdam) fascinates visitors with its canals, museums and vibrant nightlife. Take a trip to Amsterdam and be fascinated by what the city has to offer.
- Must-see attractions in Amsterdam
- The best offers for your trip to Amsterdam – city tours, hotels and flights
Must-see attractions in Amsterdam
The capital of the Netherlands is located approximately 18 kilometres from Schiphol Airport. The location is ideal if you are arriving by plane. Once you’ve made it from Schiphol to the dazzling city, let the sightseeing begin! There is so much to discover and so many places to visit – the entire city is one unique highlight. It’s best to schedule at least a few day for your trip to Amsterdam. Many of the attractions in Amsterdam are close to one another, so you can reach them all by foot. Alternatively, you can buy a day ticket for the public transport. With this ticket, you can use trams and buses to get from one location to the next very quickly.
First stop: Canal cruise
An absolute must in the capital of the Netherlands is a canal cruise. Amsterdam has an endless number of canals and bridges, a reason the city is also called the Venice of the North. During a trip along the canals, you will pass many beautiful and traditional Dutch houses and get to know the city from the water – you will be enchanted by the houseboats decorated with flowers. The ‘Magere Brug’ is one of Amsterdam’s landmark bridges – this should not be missed!
Another highlight is the Rijksmuseum. The National Museum is home to approximately 8,000 exhibits and is located south-west of the city centre. At Museumplein, the so-called ‘museum square’, you will find other important museums of the city. In the Diamond Museum, you will learn everything about sparkling stones – from mining to trading. The world famous Van Gogh Museum presents the largest collection of the painter’s works.
If you can not get enough of museums, then visit the Stedelijk-Museum – it is also located at Museumplein and is the municipal museum of Amsterdam. The main focus of the collection is on modern works of art. Round off your trip with a visit to the Anne Frank House. It is now a museum, but initially served as a hiding place for the Jewish Frank family, who became famous as a result of Anne Frank’s diaries – this is an unforgettable experience.
If you want to see the Royal Palace and the New Church on your Amsterdam break, you have to go to the city’s main square. You will also find the National Monument on Dam Square, as well as two of the city’s tallest buildings: an old hotel, and the department store ‘De Bijenkorf’. The latter is perfect for a break from sightseeing. See if you can grab a great bargain inside, the perfect souvenir from a trip. Another tourist magnet is the ‘Madame Tussauds’ waxworks – here you’ll be able to rub shoulders with world-famous celebrities!
The capital of the Netherlands is known for its many markets. Both small and large markets are held across the week. Those of you who love flea markets should head to the Waterloopein market. Here there are many different products – from clothing to mechanical parts. This particular market takes place every day of the week, except for Sundays. Another popular market is the floating flower market. Although they may be located on the water of the canals, you are still able to walk around the floating stalls and purchase the flowers. A tulip from Amsterdam is a beautiful souvenir to bring back from your trip. The excursion possibilities in Amsterdam are endless.
Bars, Pubs and Clubs
What is the city famous for? Its colourful and vibrant nightlife! Many people immediately think of the red light district, where women lure people in from their windows. But the best nights take place in the bars, clubs and discos of the city. There are numerous places to cater to everyone’s taste. If you want to enjoy a Heineken or Amstel in friendly company, you should visit a pub. For those of you who don’t like beer, Amsterdam offers a wide variety of cocktail bars. If you want to party all night long, there are many clubs with different styles of music. Aside from culture and history, the city is the perfect destination to party and get to know new people.
If you are still fighting fit the next morning, there is another excursion on the agenda. Like many multicultural cities, Amsterdam also has an Asian district: Chinatown. In addition to Chinese delicacies, you can also try Thai, Korean and Japanese cuisine here – it is truly astonishing. In any case, you must visit the largest Buddhist temple in Europe.
With all of these unmissable sights, the city of the canals attracts tourists from all over the world. The city’s cosmopolitan and multicultural flair are unparalleled. A city break here is a must for everyone! If you’re going for a slightly longer city break to the Netherlands, I recommend an excursion to another city nearby. The Hague is only about an hour’s drive from Amsterdam – a day trip here is definitely worth it.
The best offers for your Amsterdam break – city tours, hotels and flights
A trip to Amsterdam is worth it at any time of the year. That’s why you’ll regularly find the best Amsterdam offers on my blog. In the summer, when the sun is shining, Amsterdam’s sights are gorgeous to look at – a great opportunity to take the perfect photos. For a short break, you can sit by the canal or in a small cafe and just enjoy the view. The weather in Amsterdam is not bitterly cold in winter, and sightseeing is particularly fun when everything is covered in snow. In the winter time, many Christmas markets open in the city. If you like the German Christmas markets, you will love the Dutch ones!
Amsterdam is particularly popular on New Year’s Eve. If you want to experience the turn of the year in style, then be sure to visit the capital of the Netherlands! On New Year’s Eve, there are countless parties and you can watch the amazing fireworks. In spring and autumn, milder temperatures prevail – it is neither too hot nor cold. The best time of the year to visit Amsterdam is during the months of June, July, August, September and October. But ultimately, you should decide yourself when you want to visit the Venice of the North.
There are many hotels in the city, that cater for everyone’s budget. If you want a luxurious experience, book a room in one of the fancy hotels. Whereas if a party holiday is what you’re after, one of the cheaper hotels will do the job! I also suggest staying in a centrally located hotel in the heart of the city, if you want to see as many sights as possible in a short time. But regardless of what you’re looking for, you’ll find a hotel deal on my blog which will suit you. Many offers also include meals – the choice is yours! Find yourself some cheap flights and a nice hotel and your trip will be perfect!
Alternatively, a wellness break in Amsterdam is also worthwhile. There are many deals which allow you to fully relax and recuperate. The wellness hotels have spas, saunas and many other facilities, and they even offer soothing treatments and massages. A city break doesn’t always have to be chaotic!