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Amsterdam holidays

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Destination Are you looking for a relaxing break in a breath taking city? Head to Amsterdam this year! Located in the province of North Holland, the city is a popular tourist destination and you’ll soon see why. The city boasts fantastic art, a lively nightlife and charming canals – there’s also barely any traffic, as bicycles and trams are the most popular way to get around. Don’t miss the main tourist attractions like the Anne Frank house, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum - all definitely worth a visit. We also suggest you hire a bicycle and explore the city further. Browse shops, grab a coffee in a friendly street café and enjoy some gourmet cuisine at a restaurant. There’s no excuse not to get exploring this magnificent city as most places are within walking distance.
For Singles

When: Visit in August or September and make the most of the last days of summer. You should also find smaller crowds during these times.

Where: Book an Amsterdam hotel on the edge of the centre so you’re ready to dive straight out into the wonderful city centre.

Why: With so much to see and do, the city is perfect for those travelling alone. No matter how long you stay in Amsterdam, you’ll always find something new to see.

For Groups

When: Visit in July when the weather is at its hottest and the drinks are at their coolest.

Where: Stay in an Amsterdam hotel on the outskirts of the city for cheaper accommodation with great transport links.

Why: Dance the night away and visit the Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein neighbourhoods for the city’s best clubs. In addition, there are plenty of exciting day activities to suit all tastes.

For Couples

When: You could head out in May or June and fly out before the bulk of tourists so you won’t be dodging crowds and missing out on certain sites.

Where: Why not treat yourself and book a luxury, central hotel in Amsterdam like the WestCord Fashion Hotel?

Why: Spend your days strolling along Signel Canal, enjoy a fine meal in one of the cosy restaurants and even hire a horse and carriage for a different way of exploring the city.

For Families

When: Whisk the kids away during their summer holidays – unlike many popular holiday destinations, the weather will not be unbearably hot so you’ll be able to explore the city comfortably.

Where: There’s plenty of luxurious accommodation in the city centre at a very affordable price, so book early and grab a bargain!

Why: Head to Amsterdam if you’re seeking a family break with plenty of landmarks to see and lots of exciting things to do.

Weather The climate in Amsterdam is not dissimilar to that of London – head out in the summer months for the hottest weather. The temperate reaches around 20°C: although that doesn’t sound too hot, when you’re busy bustling around exploring this fantastic city it’s plenty warm enough. Be aware that you might have a couple of rainy days during your holiday, so be sure to prepare and pack a raincoat and umbrella. If you’re visiting during winter, we suggest you take some cosy pyjamas as the evenings can get quite chilly.
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What to expectA city of clichés: clogs, tulips and windmills, Amsterdam is everything you expect and more. Stroll along vast waterways and snap pictures of some of the city’s best sites. The scenery is especially fantastic at night, when the canals are lit by bridge and building lights and the bars are crammed with friendly locals. As for restaurants, there are so many places to eat, whether you fancy traditional Dutch cuisine or something a bit more familiar. Shoppers will be in their element as there’s everything from exclusive boutiques to huge department stores, and the chances are you’ll have some spare money to spend on bargains as city breaks in Amsterdam are amongst the cheapest in the world. Those yearning for a day on the beach could head to Zandvoort Beach, a large beach resort about 30km west of Amsterdam and easily reached by train.AttractionsUse your time wisely in Amsterdam as there’s plenty to do and so many things to see. Start by visiting the most famous attractions like the Anne Frank House and if you’re into art, don’t miss the Van Gogh museum. The Amsterdam Dungeon is a great day out if you want to learn some chilling historical facts, witness some spine-tingling acts and take an exhilarating ride on the rollercoaster. There are lots of museums where you can delve into the history of this fascinating city - the Rijksmuseum, the Torture Museum and the Maritime Museum are among some of the best. There’s also the Heineken Experience if you want to explore the beer’s rich history and heritage in depth. We definitely recommend you take a canal lit cruise down the river and see the city in a different light. And you can even enjoy a delicious meal on board – the perfect way to start or end your city break in Amsterdam!
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