Amsterdam City Breaks
An Amsterdam City Break Guide
Capital of the Netherlands and just an hour flight from the UK, Amsterdam has been nicknamed the Venice of the north because of its 60 miles of canals and waterways.
From its trendy cafes and bars to its historic museums and beautiful parks, Amsterdam is an ideal city break destination. In the summer, the city's Vondelpark hosts a range of activities including an outdoor cinema and open air theatre.
Getting to, from and around Amsterdam
With low cost airlines offering return flights to Amsterdam from various points across the UK starting at £39 per person, getting to Amsterdam is easy on a budget.
In a few years, Deutsche Bahn will introduce direct rail services between London and Amsterdam, however, you can also get to Amsterdam on the Eurostar to Brussels and then change.
Getting around Amsterdam is perfect on foot or by bike. Why not take a walking or cycling tour of the city?
Things to do in Amsterdam
There is plenty to see and do in Amsterdam so whatever your interests there will be something to keep you occupied and entertained.
If visiting in the summer months, be sure to visit the city's Vondelpark, the largest park in Amsterdam and home to plenty of wildlife, sculptures and an open air theatre. Take the tram or bus to Leidseplein and walk across the canal to the Flevoroute path near the Bjorg van den Berg store.
The Anne Frank House, located 20 mins walk from the Central Station, is the museum dedicated to the World War Two diarist. The museum showcases the various well known aspects of her life in hiding from the Nazi regime. Anne Frank's sombre and moving, yet inspiring story is certainly one to discover on a trip to Amsterdam.
At the 200 year old Rijksmuseum,, you can learn about the history of Amsterdam, with beautiful pieces of artwork from the likes of Rembrandt, Borch and Michelangelo.
Where to stay in Amsterdam
Whatever your budget, an Amsterdam holiday is fun and affordable.
On the budget end, well rated hostel dorm rooms from £3.50, and hostel private rooms from £12 mean comfortable and affordable accommodation.
If you are after a little more luxury, good three-star hotels cost from £42 per night or even less with one of lastminute.com's Top Secret® hotels and can even be combined with flights to create a low-cost city break holiday.
Try the Bulldog Hotel for budget stays or the Hotel Central Park for something a little nicer but still on a budget.