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City breaks in Amsterdam

Your holiday in Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam! This fascinating city has so much to offer visitors, from world-famous museums and picturesque canals, to a vibrant, buzzing nightlife. Pick Amsterdam for your next city break with Travelcircus, stay at one of our 4- and 5- star hotels and soak up the atmosphere in this vivacious metropolis.

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Top things to do in Amsterdam

Just wandering around this gorgeous city is a highlight in and of itself. Explore the streets which fan out across Amsterdam’s characteristic network of canals and bridges. Whether you choose to discover the Dutch capital on a bike or on a boat, you can’t help but be stunned by the beautiful cityscape. Amsterdam, of course, has so much more to offer visitors:

  • The Magere Brug - the most famous bridge in Amsterdam
  • The Royal Palace - a gem of Dutch Neoclassism
  • Vondelpark in the heart of Amsterdam
  • Oude Kerk - a church from the 13th century located in the middle of the red-light district
  • The Albert Cuyp Market - Amsterdam’s most popular street market

Our top tip: Amsterdam transforms into a sea of tulips in the Spring. If you’re travelling during this season, don’t miss out on a trip to Keukenhof botanical garden in Lisse.

Art and culture on your holiday in Amsterdam

Museum-lovers are exceptionally well catered to in Amsterdam. Walk in the footsteps of Rembrandt and van Gogh, at the Rembrandt Museum and Rijksmuseum and immerse yourself in Dutch cultural history. A visit to the Anne Frank House is an absolute must for anyone on a city break in Amsterdam. This museum tells the moving story of the young, Jewish girl who once hid in the house with her family to escape persecution.

Our top tip: Book your tickets for the Anne Frank House in advance online - it’s the easiest way to save time in the queues!

Sightseeing in Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
Amsterdam's Canals

Tips and tricks for sightseeing in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is easiest to explore on foot. It offers you all the flexibility to stroll along the streets and soak up the Amsterdam city spirit. The public transport network of trams, underground, buses and ferries is also a great way to hop around the city. You’ll need to buy a ticket to use the network, these are available as single day tickets or multi-day tickets and give you unlimited journeys within the chosen time frame.

If you’re starting your city break in Amsterdam with a flight into Schiphol airport, you might be better off getting the Amsterdam Travel Ticket. This includes the journey to and from the airport in 2nd class as well as use of the city public transport network.

Shopping in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a mini-paradise for luxury shopping. P.C. Hoofstraat, the most elegant shopping street in the city, is a haven of luxury boutiques including Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. The Spiegelkvartier district is perfect if you’re looking for art, antiques or other knick-knacks. Head to the Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets) neighbourhood for a relaxed afternoon surrounded by welcoming cafés, art galleries and small boutiques.

What to eat in Amsterdam
Food and drink

If you love fast food and all things fried, Amsterdam is the place for you. There are burger joints, sandwich shops and falafel stalls on every corner. But don’t be fooled, Dutch cuisine can be very varied and covers everything from rustic dishes to luxurious dining. You’re bound to find something to sate your appetite at one of Amsterdam 1,000+ restaurants which span a wide range of cultures and cuisines.

Our top tip: Don’t skip a trip to one of Amsterdam’s cheese shops to try some of their incredible variety of products. From traditional options to eccentric creations, there’s plenty for the aspiring cheese-lover and the established connoisseur!

How to get to Amsterdam
Travelling to Amsterdam

There are several options for getting to Amsterdam from the UK. Direct flights to Amsterdam run from various major airports in the UK including Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh, as well as flights from London Stansted, London Luton, London Gatwick, London Heathrow and London City airports. Most direct flights from the UK take under 2 hours. You can also take the Eurostar from London St. Pancras which will get you to Amsterdam Centraal station in just over 4 hours. As Amsterdam is relatively compact as a city, it’s generally easy to get around the city for sightseeing, reaching transport hubs and heading to your comfortable hotel room.

So when are you heading to Amsterdam?

FAQs about your city break in Amsterdam.

Why should I go to Amsterdam for a city break?

The multitude of activities and attractions in Amsterdam make it a great choice no matter the type of holiday you’re looking for. You can relax and unwind away from the stresses of the everyday, explore the city on foot or throw yourself into the smorgasbord of art and culture.

How many days should I spend in Amsterdam for my holiday?

To make the most of your time in Amsterdam, you should allow three to five days for your city break.

What should I eat while I’m in Amsterdam?

The entire city is brimming with delicious titbits to try such as stroopwafels (two thin waffles sandwiched together with caramel), the famous Dutch fries, herrings, various types of croquettes or bitterballen (crispy, fried meatballs).

Where can I book my city break in Amsterdam?

You can book your city break in Amsterdam right here with Travelcircus.

What should I see on my holiday in Amsterdam?

Don’t miss out on the following top 5 sights in Amsterdam:
  • Keukenhof botanical garden
  • The Van Gogh Museum
  • Vondelpark
  • Amsterdam Arena
  • Magere Brug
  • Albert Cuyp Market

How much does a premium hotel in Amsterdam cost?

You can book premium hotels with Travelcircus from £31 per person.

When is the best time of year to visit Amsterdam?

The best time of year to visit Amsterdam for your holiday is between April and October. The best weather is in the Summer months with temperatures of up to 35°C which are perfect for relaxing and spending the day outside exploring the city in the sun. Spring is a magical season in Amsterdam thanks to the abundance of beautiful flowers which fill the city. Winter in Amsterdam can be charming and a chance to see the city in a new light. This is also the perfect time of year to travel if you want to avoid the crowds.