Legally, there’s a lot you can do in Amsterdam. The key is to building the ideal Amsterdam holiday is doing things you’ll remember—or at least having the presence of mind not to photo document every moment. You’ll want to take a few snaps as you float the waterways in the Canal Belt, which weaves while boats bob through the city centre (aka Centrum). In Centrum, step back in time at the Anne Frank House, a museum on the site of her former family hideout. If you want to feel regal, roam the halls of the Royal Palace—with a tour. West of Centrum get your art geek on at the world-famous Rijksmuseum and the Van Gough Museum, both within walking distance to peaceful Vondelpark. Bring this getaway up to date at the Museum of Bags and Purses or the Museum of Sex—it’s up to you. Find your fetish, traveller. To see the sights with speed and ease, book one of our Amsterdam car hire options or stick to the city centre with the water-dodging metro system.
When you want to take home some uniquely Dutch swag, head to the quirky, boutique-lined neighbourhood of The 9 Streets, which includes nine—surprise!—charming streets between Leidsegracht and Raadhuisstraat. No matter when you visit, you’re likely to find another man’s junk (aka your treasure) at the Waterlooplein Flea Market in the Jewish Quarter.
In Amsterdam, street food is king. Grab a wrap of thick, saucy fries or slurp back traditional raw herring—one sounds really good and one is even better for you. Looking to tuck in to comfort food after a day of sightseeing? Try a plate of Stamppot, a savoury hash of sausage, potatoes and seasonal veggies.
Splurging on the endless nightlife is one reason to scoop up as many Amsterdam deals as you can. Another reason is because deals make us happy, like getting down in the Rembrandtplein neighbourhood and along the Amstel in Centrum. If you like your drinks on the seedy side, check out the infamous Red Light District, on the east side of the De Wallen District. You can get away with a lot of shenanigans there—really—but try to play it cool, OK?
You seriously need to book an Amsterdam holiday package—like right now. Book Netherland holidays in The Hague, Rotterdam and scenic Lisse and make this trip a whirlwind tour. Don’t forget to snap some tulip pics for your mum along the way.
25 Jan. - 26 Jan.
We loved: - proximity to the airport = walking distance from arrivals - young, international, friendly, helpful, dynamic staff - convenient & quick train transfer to the city - low price - hotel contacting us about a small bag we left behind We frowned a bit at the size of the room (small) - but ...
25 Jan. - 26 Jan.
About a 15-20 min walk to Central Station which seems to be the hub of most transport - train, tram, tourist buses and boats. I had a top floor room with an exceptional view. Some of the most helpful and pleasant hotel staff I have ever encountered.
26 Jan. - 27 Jan.
19 Jan. - 20 Jan.
Staff were disinterested and looked like they were just going through the motions. One morning (at 830am) the cleaner gave a short knock on the door and before we knew it she was in the room. Although the room was nice and we felt safe I wouldn't go back because of the staff.
2 Feb. - 3 Feb.
29 Jan. - 30 Jan.