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City breaks in Amsterdam

Whether you want a cultural holiday filled with sightseeing and museum browsing, or a lively weekend of shopping, clubbing and bar-hopping - city breaks in Amsterdam will meet with all your requirements.

With its meandering waterways and 17th-century canal houses, Amsterdam maintains a timeless beauty while also being a vibrant modern metropolis. Hop on a bike, tram or canal boat to explore the city. Take in world-class art galleries, shop until you drop or experience the legendary nightlife. Or hire a car to see more of the Netherlands. Save money with our package deals on flights and hotels.

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Amsterdam areas

Explore the buzzing city centre, canals and neighbourhoods of Amsterdam

City centre

City centre

Make your way to Amsterdam’s thriving centre to discover shops, restaurants and bars in abundance. Munch on wickedly delicious syrup waffles from a street vendor as you wander around the historic hub, Dam Square. Take in the neoclassical magnificence of the Royal Palace or browse the big-brand stores lining the far-reaching shopping streets of Kalverstraat and Niewendijik. Explore vibrant Chinatown and the notorious, neon-lit Red Light District. On Waterlooplein Square, don’t miss Rembrandt House Museum and the renowned Flea Market.

Canal Loop

Canal Loop

Experience quintessential old Amsterdam around the horseshoe of canals that encircle the city centre. Take in the beautiful 17th century houses lining this picturesque network of water ways. Don’t miss the iconic Bloemenmarkt, where flower vendors tout their colourful blooms from floating stalls on the historic Singel canal. Wander around the hip hub that is the 9 Streets, with its host of vintage fashion boutiques and art galleries. Or observe the bustle on attractive Rembrandtplein square from a cosy café.

Museum Quarter

Museum Quarter

Amsterdam is synonymous with art and within its aptly-named Museum Quarter are some of the finest houses of artistic treasures in the world. The Van Gogh Museum boasts over 200 works by the tortured artist Vincent and his contemporaries, including Monet and Toulouse-Lautrec. Another must-visit for art lovers is Holland’s largest gallery, the Rijksmuseum, offering a collection of masterpieces. Browse the Museum Quarter’s exclusive boutiques. Or head east to the cosmopolitan De Pijp neighbourhood for cool cafés and eclectic restaurants.

Vondelpark

Vondelpark

Escape the bustle for the lush verdant expanse of Vondelpark. Take a relaxing stroll or bike ride through this tranquil green space. Picnic under a leafy canopy of trees and take in a concert or play at the open-air theatre. Cinema buffs can catch a showing at the EYE Film Institute and little ones will be in their element at the Klein Melkhuis children’s park. Afterwards, enjoy refreshments at one of the many lively cafés lining the nearby Leidseplein square.

Jordaan

Jordaan

Head to the cosmopolitan Jordaan district for eclectic eateries, diverse shopping and premier art galleries including the Stedelijk Museum. At this home of the National Museum of Modern Art, gaze upon world-revered works by Monet, Picasso, Rodin and more. At the northern edge of the district and not to be missed, is the Anne Frank House. Here, you can visit the claustrophobic Second World War hideaway of the Frank family, as well as view Anne’s famous diary.

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