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Amsterdam city breaks

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When you think of Amsterdam, what comes to mind - canals, cyclists, great museums, cool coffeeshops and the red light district? Amsterdam is much more than a destination for stag weekends and hen parties, there is so much to do and see that Amsterdam is perfect for either a city break or a longer holiday.

If you want to immerse yourself in culture there are 44 museum to choose from, many of which are world class, or you can explore the canal ring – a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you fancy a shopping break, there are over 6,000 shops and 32 markets to browse.

Night owls will find plenty to amuse them in the city’s 1,500+ bars, cafés and clubs. While for families, there are 40 parks, a fabulous zoo in the heart of the city and, when the weather is good, a great selection of urban beaches accessible by public transport.

With Eurostar’s new direct service, you can be in the heart of Amsterdam in under 4 hours.

 

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Shopping in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s best bars and nightlife

The ultimate guide to Amsterdam’s best bars

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3 days in Amsterdam

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Where to escape the cold in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s best (actual) coffeeshops

5 unmissable addresses for serious coffee connoisseurs.

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The Van Gogh Museum

A must-visit museum in Amsterdam for any art and architecture lover.

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Refuel in De Pijp

The lively student district of De Pijp is the ‘Latin Quarter’ of Amsterdam.

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Five feel good addresses in Amsterdam

Get gezellig in the Dutch capital on a wellness break.

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Where to eat in Amsterdam

Tuck into the best of the Dutch capital’s diverse dining scene.

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The Heineken Experience

Talking about beer, drinking beer - what's not to love?

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Amsterdam’s best museums and galleries

The museums and galleries for an Amsterdam culture fix

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Five ethical addresses in Amsterdam

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What's on in Amsterdam

All the main events and exhibitions happening in Amsterdam over the next few months.

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Feb 2019
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Jun 2019

All the Rembrandts

The Rijksmuseum kicks off Amsterdam’s Year of Rembrandt with a show-stopping display of its entire collection of Rembrandts. Discover 400 compelling works, from self-portraits to The Night Watch.

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Mar 2019
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May 2019

Hockney – Van Gogh

This big-ticket show’s a must-see, exploring Van Gogh’s influence on art-world rebel David Hockney. A love of nature, intense colours and anarchic perspectives are among the striking parallels.

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Mar 2019
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May 2019

Keukhenhof Gardens

Half an hour’s drive from Amsterdam, these dazzling gardens are renowned for their springtime flowers. Think hyacinths, irises, daffodils and swathes of tulips (seven million bulbs, but who’s counting?).

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Ask a local

Dutch blogger, Anne de Buck (yourlittleblackbook.me/), shares some of her favourite addresses in Amsterdam.

Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.

    • Amsterdam’s food scene

      Amsterdam is awash with food trends, including vegan restaurants, Scandinavian cafés and ramen hangouts. For veggie lovers, try Betty’s – a little out of town but worth the trek (even if you’re a meat eater). Those looking for Nordic cuisine should head to Selma’s for their excellent coffee and unpronounceable lunch dishes. Umaimon is not to be missed for authentic ramen – don’t let its Leidseplein location put you off. Failing all that, stick with a Dutch classic: apple pie!

      amsterdamfoodie.nl / @AmsterdamFoodie

    • Amsterdam’s bars and nightlife

      Amsterdam's nightlife comes in every shape and sound you can imagine, and some you've probably never even heard of. Stay classy with a trip to Bubbles and Wines Champagne Bar, or go all hipster underground at the Door 74 speakeasy nearby. If you'd rather take your life and liquor cheap and cheerful, try Cafe Cuba, or Cafe Soundgarden, where cheap cocktails and beers flow respectively. After hours live music lovers flock to Melkweg, while techno heads have a smorgasbord of late night / early morning clubs to choose from – try Warehouse Elementenstraat for starters.

      vickyflipfloptravels.com / @VickyFlipFlop

    • Spending Christmas in Amsterdam

      Amsterdam is full of holiday cheer in the wintertime, with Christmas markets set up in the main squares, the Amsterdam Light Festival sculptures glowing along the canals, and plenty of other cosy activities.Head to the skating rink at Museumplein and strap on your skates for a festive spin on the ice. Then warm up from the inside with traditional Dutch treats like oliebollen and poffertjes and spiced glühwein or hot chocolate.

      AwesomeAmsterdam.com / @AwesomeAMS

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