Some of the world’s best museums, off-beat festivals, music, theatre and fine dining are to be found in Amsterdam, a jewel in northern Europe. Throw a relaxed cafe culture, a canal tour and a portion of Vlaamse- Frites into the mix and you have the makings of a memorable break in this vibrant city.
Museums and galleries
Whether or not art is your thing, you simply cannot visit Amsterdam without a visit to some of the world’s most famous galleries.
With so many flights to Amsterdam, the world is your oyster when it comes to taking in the cultural heritage. The Rijksmuseum is home to classic work by the nation’s most famous and influential painters while at the other end of the cultural spectrum, the Stedelijk Museum houses contemporary art and design fare.
Perhaps Holland’s most renowned painter, Vincent Van Gogh, has a museum dedicated to displays of his work so if there is a painting which you’d like to see in the flesh, head there.
On a more sober note, but one which provides a fascinating insight to Holland’s involvement in World War Two, the Anne Frank House is well worth a visit. This residence on Prinsengracht is where the young girl lived with her family in hiding for more than two years and where she wrote her riveting diary about her experiences of day-to-day life.
Eating and drinkin =g
Amsterdam has more than its fair share of cafes for light snacks with a local flavour and Michelin Star restaurants for that special occasion. In addition to the selection on the eatery front, it’s worth getting a taste of local favourites like Dutch cheeses, sweets, ice-cream and street food. Vlaamse-Frites with mayonnaise are a delicious way to fill a hole if you’re on the run.
Enjoy a drink at one of the city’s numerous terraces, the thriving bar scene or at a traditional cafe. Amsterdam never sleeps so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Canals and cycling
The canal network is an intimate part of the city’s backdrop and history. Created in order to simulate trade, the 165 canals were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. Visitors can depart on a canal tour from numerous spots with tours taking in different parts of the city.
If you fancy exploring on bike, join the locals and get pedalling. Go it alone with a rented bike or join a guided tour.