With beautiful 17th century architecture, a unique system of canals and a vibrant, diverse culture, Amsterdam is an outstanding option for a city break. Throughout the city you will find a wealth of museums, galleries, traditional bars, ethnic restaurants and beautiful parks. The Red Light District adds an edge to the city centre and the city's 160 canals and 1,500 bridges create a stunning backdrop to the city's attractions. Take one of the many boat trips to gain a different perspective on the city or simply walk the city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see one of the world's most memorable cities.
Amsterdam began life as a tiny fishing village as far back as the 12th century. By the 17th century it had grown to become one of the world's great trading cities due to the success of Dutch Golden Age, international colonies and the riches of global trade in spices and other goods. This led to a huge programme of construction, with new areas such as the Jordaan popping up, and the digging of the city's vast canal system. International trade has also shaped the culture and atmosphere of the city we see today, with its distinctively cosmopolitan feel.
Below, we have answered your Frequently Asked Questions about Amsterdam.
Amsterdam combines serious culture with ethnic diversity and an appetite for fun, resulting in a huge range of experiences to enjoy. Whether you are looking for great food, exciting nightlife or stunning art, there is always something to do in this wonderful city.
Most visitors focus their visit on the Old Centre, a semicircle of canals gleaming southwest from the water of the IJmeer. The majority of the city's attractions are in or around this area. The city has an abundance of museums and some of the finest art collections in the world. After all that culture, relax with the locals in the leafy Vondelpark, where open air eating and drinking is the order of the day. In June, the park hosts a free festival of open air theatre, with cabaret, drama and dance. Snap up some flight deals and enjoy this truly unique city.
Experience Amsterdam like a local. Whether you want to eat, fly and shop or fly and discover the city. It's time to indulge! Discover new destinations through their cuisine, shop 'till you drop or explore their outdoor activities.
Whenever you arrive in Amsterdam, you will find a packed calendar of events to choose from. Food, fashion, art and riotous partying are all to be found in the city at some point in the year. Here are some highlights from a busy diary:
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From the United Kingdom you have the options to fly from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Newcastle to Amsterdam.
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