Say hello to... Amsterdam
History museums, theme parks and designer outlets – Venice’s beachside sibling is a haven for all things fun-filled. This super seafront is close to the dreamy floating city, but it has bags of top local sights. Enjoy wine tasting or Aperol spritz sipping, and get ready to explore one gelato scoop at a time.
No.14-TripAdvisor's Top 25 Destinations
All eyes on Amsterdam! The Dutch capital is popular with cyclists, museum-goers and foodies, so it’s scooped number 14 in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destinations in Europe.
Food & Drink
Did someone say pancakes? Whether you enjoy them stacked and drizzled or rolled and filled, Amsterdam’s got these sweet treats covered. Prefer something savoury? Pizza fiends can grab a slice of the action at one of the stands! While in town, make sure you check out the cheese shops.
Visit Dam Square to pick up authentic souvenirs, like colourfully decorated wooden clogs. The Nine Streets in the canal district is excellent for vintage stores and home to boutique designers putting their own spin on Dutch fashion. Kalverstraat is the main thoroughfare, where you’ll find high-street faves such as Urban Outfitters and Zara.
- Nightlife lovers – Whether you’re after electro beats, a live rock band, an intimate jazz show or something more obscure, Amsterdam is ready to party every night of the week.
- Sightseeing lovers – there's magnificent museums, amazing architecture and historical gems and much more!
- Nature lovers – Synonymous with Amsterdam itself, tulips are world-renowned for their link to Holland. Naturally this means you’ll find this bold bloom sprouting up all over the city. From the bold beds in the central throngs to the pretty parks that suit on the outskirts, you won’t go far on an Amsterdam holiday without finding these flowers!
Amsterdam has plenty of visitor hotspots these are just a few of the 'Must do's'
- Anne Frank House – A moving but must-see experience is a visit to Anne Frank House. It’s hard to imagine what life was like hiding from the Nazis in the family’s Secret Annex but the collection of audio clips, photographs and salvaged documents help bring Anne’s story to life. Ticket queues can be very long, so it’s worth booking ahead.
- Red Light District – Experience the darker side of Amsterdam with an eye-opening trip to De Wallen – the largest and most famous Red Light District in Europe. This contentious part of town is a love-it-or-hate it kinda place, but it’s certainly intriguing. Join a guided tour to discover the history of the area, or just navigate the maze of neon-lit alleys, adult-only boutiques and late-night coffeeshops for yourself.
- Dam Square – Visit historic Dam Square to marvel at the impressive architecture of the Neoclassical Royal Palace and the Gothic, 15th-century Nieuwe Kerk church. Street performers congregate here ready to entertain, and the busy square is also home to Madame Tussauds' and countless thriving bars and restaurants.
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Mysterland 2020- 28th-31st August 2020
With fairytale surroundings, open fields and intimate spaces, Mysteryland has built a reputation as one of the most unique dance festival locations in the world.
Heritage Days- 12th-15th September 2020
For a few days in September, the doors are open to some of the city's most important buildings, monuments & private homes- best of all, it's free of charge.
Christmas Markets- December 2020
Take your pick out of the 26 markets dotted across the city. Find food stalls & the ice rink in Leidseplein open til early January.