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Amsterdam


City breaks are always a great excuse to get away for the weekend and unwind. However, it can be overwhelming when it comes to choosing the right place to go. So, we’ve narrowed down a guide to one of Europe’s most popular cities to visit for a quick break, any time of the year.

Amsterdam, the free spirit capital of the Netherlands – City of canals outlined by unique, gabled houses for 60 miles and almost 1500 bridges. This distinct city offers a range of world-class culture from a multitude of historic museums, charming parks and international markets to the infamous Red Light District and nightlife, there really is something for everyone on any kind of budget.

MUST Do’s
One things for sure, whether you are going for a weekend or a fortnight, you will not be short of things to do and see but we will highlight a few of the musts!

Museums – no trip to the city is quite complete without a visit to at least one of the 75 museums Amsterdam has to offer. The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and the Stedelijk Museum are the most popular choices however, if you aren’t a fan of big crowds then there are plenty of hidden gem museums which offer a quieter ambience with fewer tourists such as the Foam – Photography Museum and the Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder. Visit the famous flower market and take your pick from an array of fresh, vibrant coloured bouquets and tulips – Amsterdam’s famous flower.

Amsterdam is well known for their beautiful parks and formal gardens surrounded by flourishing flowers in their natural habitat. So, if the city noise is too much you have over 30 parks to choose from which means you won’t be short of options. Some of the most popular are Frankendael Park, Vondelpark , Beatrixpark and Amsterdamse Bos.

‘Get on yer bike’ – quite literally! There are around 800,000 bikes in Amsterdam which is more than the population of the whole city. It’s a great way to see the sights and there are plenty of hire bike shops around with reasonable prices at around €35 for three days.

When it comes to nightlife in Amsterdam the city comes alive. The Red Light District is internationally famous and what most people often go to the capital for with masses of bars, homely pubs and restaurants to take your fancy. But, if that’s not for you then don’t hesitate to put your glad racks on and be wowed by some of the best restaurants and chefs in the city. Whether it’s a party, quiet drink or a cocktail there is something for everyone. Where to stay

No matter what you are looking for budget, modern, luxury, quiet or classic you will certainly find the perfect place to rest your head after a long day of exploring the impressive capital. We’ve put together a couple of suggestions to help you narrow down the search.

Citizen M, a great hotel situated only 15 minutes away from the centre of the city, it’s great for being affordable whilst being known for its futuristic gadgets and modern feel.

If it’s eccentric charm you would prefer then we recommend Hotel Estheréa, which lies on one of Amsterdam’s oldest canals and ranks one of the best breakfast in the town.

And while the city itself is beautiful, we know some of you like a luxury hotel to enjoy too, if this is you then you’ll enjoy a stay at Hotel Pulitzer. Only a 5 minute walk from the Anne Frank House and made up of 25 different buildings with almost every room having a wonderful view of the famous canals it outlines. Finally, if you’d prefer to be on the doorstep of the thriving city then The Hoxton is a great choice for being minutes away from the main attractions with a charming and modern interior.

Whichever way the wind happens to be blowing on your visit, one thing’s for certain: Amsterdam will continue to grow in the delightful way it has since the 12th Century and you certainly will not run out of things to do!

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