Just two metres above sea level, the Dutch capital is a picturesque labyrinth of Gothic buildings and canals just waiting to be explored. Whether you peruse the attractions on bike or foot, you will be taken aback by the diverse range of attractions that leave most visitors eager to return.
Art enthusiasts are spoilt for choice; the Van Gogh Museum and Rembrandt’s celebrated masterpiece ‘De Nachtwacht’, which hangs in the Rijksmuseum, are just two of many highlights. Modern art is all the rage here too – check out the Stedelijk Museum for an impressive collection of 19th and 20th century paintings and sculptures.
Amsterdam faces up to one of the darkest moments in its history at the Anne Frank House This museum is located in the very place where Anne Frank wrote her diary during the Nazi occupation. The Resistance Museum is similarly affecting. It tells the story of the Dutch resistance over the Second World War, with fascinating posters and newspapers from the time.
The Nine Streets have built up something of a reputation for offering Amsterdam’s most original shops in a friendly, welcoming neighbourhood. Independent fashion boutiques, interior designers and artisan cosmetic shops all sit side-by-side along with exclusive gourmet restaurants and organic food halls.
When the sun goes down, there is still plenty to see and do. Relaxed Dutch law has meant the city’s many coffee shops and its infamous Red Light District are always awash with curious tourists. There is also a multitude of live music venues, from the small and intimate, to the huge Ziggo Dome, which hosts concerts by some of the world’s biggest acts.
We’re giving you 22kg hold baggage on all city breaks to Amsterdam. All this extra space means you don’t have to worry about decanting toiletries and squeezing everything into your hand luggage. Instead you’ll get loads of room for extra outfits and sightseeing essentials, not to mention all those souvenirs you can bring home too!
If you’re feeling brave, sample some herring served raw, pickled or boiled. Wash them down with Dutch gin or herb-infused wheat beer! For a sweeter alternative, visit one of the city's many pancake houses.
Amsterdam is famed for being very flat, making bike hire a joyful way to see the sights. There’s also an excellent tram and metro system, and you can take advantage of special chipkaarts (chip cards) for timed travel.
Date: 16/04/2016 - 22/04/2016
For one weekend every year, museums around the Netherlands organise unique events and offer reduce entry prices. Amsterdam’s the place to be with almost 20 of its museums taking part including the Science Center NEMO.
Date: 18/06/2016 - 20/06/2016
Summer Nights series is an integral part of Amsterdam's summer cultural calendar pushing the boundaries with classical concerts, swinging jazz and lively pop offerings.
Date: 24/03/2016 - 16/05/2016
Visit one of the world’s biggest flower gardens. Wander around a sea of tulips, with more than 7 million bulbs spread across its grounds. There will be lots of fun for all ages too, with a playground, petting zoo and art exhibitions.
Date: 26/11/2016 - 15/01/2017
This spectacular showing of light and sculpture transforms Amsterdam into a dazzling carnival of colour every evening. Take the illuminade walking route by light installations created by famed artists or ride the Water Colours route on the River Amstel.
Click here to check out our European events calendar for a comprehensive round-up of the goings-on in 2016.
Please note, dates are subject to change.
Many visitors have heard of Amsterdam’s big 3 museums - Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House Museum but the city actually boasts more than 50. Learn about life in WW2 Amsterdam at the Resistance Museum, about Gin at the House of Bols and Genever Experience and there is even a Houseboat museum dedicated to life on the water – there really is something for everyone.
The Red Light District of Amsterdam attracts countless tourists but explore this area and you will discover museums, restaurants, boutique shops as well as Amsterdam’s oldest parish church.
The best known square and the hub of the city. It is home to the Royal Palace, a fifteenth century church and Madame Tussauds as well as cafes, bars and restaurants.
Having been through ten years of restoration this impressive museum houses countless well known paintings and sculptures. It is a highlight of any trip to the city.
The grassy grounds of Museumplein are home to the wonderful Van Gogh Museum. This place holds the world’s largest line-up of art by the famous Dutch impressionist, with works by Monet and Gaugin also on show.
This fascinating house has been turned into a museum and not only can you see where Anne used to hide and write her diary but you also learn the story of her life.
The largest city park is is a great place to take time out and re-charge the batteries. Wander round the music dome and pavilion and in summer you may even get to enjoy a free concert.
Visit Dam Square to pick up authentic souvenirs, such as a colourfully decorated pair of wooden clogs. The Nine Streets in the canal district is excellent for vintage stores, while Kalverstraat is the main thoroughfare.