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Getting to, from and around Amsterdam

There are lots of regional flights from across the UK to Amsterdam with KLM, the national Dutch carrier, and low cost airlines, making a trip to Amsterdam affordable and convenient. Ferry companies like DFDS also offer mini cruises to Amsterdam, with overnight stays on board the ship before spending up to 5 hours in Amsterdam and then returning home. You can also extend, booking hotel accomodation in Amsterdam to enjoy a 3 or 4 night mini cruise break.

Amsterdam is perfect to explore by foot but there are lots of other options too. If you're staying in a hotel a little further out, the tram and underground system is ideal for getting into the city centre, while two wheels is also popular. After all, Amsterdam is known for it's thousands of bicycles. And then there are the canals. Hundreds of miles of waterways, waiting to be explored by boat and definitely worth the trip.

Things to do in Amsterdam

There is a huge amount to do in Amsterdam, but it's also a great city to simply relax, chill out and watch the world go by. Whether you're active, a museum nut, or in need of some TLC, Amsterdam can help you enjoy your break and time off.

Van Gogh Museum

Celebrating the life and work of legendary Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh, the Van Gogh Museum, located in the Museum Quarter, is home to the largest collection of Van Gogh's artwork.

Anne Frank House

Rich in history, Anne Frank's House dives into the world in which the diarist lived during World War II. Sombre yet captivating, this museum will have you discovering a time in which the world faced unnecessary suffering.

Canal Cruise

With hundreds of miles of waterways and canals, Amsterdam should definitely be seen by boat. Water taxis and canal tours are available to book in advance and on the day. A perfect way to see the city whilst relaxing.

Heineken Experience

The top, Dutch brewer offers a window into the world of Heineken, understanding how the brand has developed over the years, how the legendary Heineken is made. Try one for yourself and pick up some memorabilia before heading home.

Vondelpark

Amsterdam's Vondelpark is the perfect place to explore during summer. The 120 acre park sits close to the Museum Quarter and enjoys various lakes and walking paths to take yourself away from the noise of the city and into more tranquil surroundings.

Where to stay in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is split into Quarters with Amsterdam city centre and Dam Square being the core area in the heart of the city. From here, the city spreads out in half ring circles, separated by the endless miles of canals before reaching the Museum Quarter and Vondelpark which then leads to Amsterdam Oud-Zuid.

Around the main IJ River which extends to the North Sea, the areas are quite industrialised with docks, yet there are some very cool and quirky hotels in the area, like the Moxy Houthavens or the Sir Adam Hotel on the north bank which can be accessed by ferry.

If you're in the city to explore, most areas of Amsterdam have good transport links so it doesn't matter too much where your hotel is, however, if you want to be central, you should expect to pay a bit more of a premium for the privilege. Hotels near Museumkwartier and Oude Pijp can be very affordable and in more of a suburb type setting.