When your mum asks why you want to visit the capital of the Netherlands, you’ll probably say, “Because the tulips are gorg, Mum”, which is true, but we know what’s up. You’re ready to explore the old haunts of artistic greats like Vincent Van Gough, gough on al fresco shopping sprees—see what we did there?—and eat your weight in syrupy stroopwafel cookies and a few other consumable sweets. ;) Oh, and Amsterdam holidays wouldn’t be complete without a float down the Amstel—the river, not the beer, but there’s plenty of that too. Take a looksee at Amsterdam holiday packages here on lastminute.com.au and start packing.
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.
Once you've snapped up a hotel in Amsterdam, your holiday will finally start taking shape. At lastminute.com.au, we've got more than 639 accommodations to look through. So before you get the cat sitter on the phone, you ought to get searching!
Who said that good service has to break the bank? You'll have a relaxing night's sleep at an even better price at the Amsterdam Wiechmann Hotel and the Hotel des Arts. But if you'd rather live a life of luxury while you're here, the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam or the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam may be more up your alley. Just sit back, relax and let the expert staff do what they do best.
Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2018
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on lastminute.com.au from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.