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Canals, Colour and Culture; Discover the Essence of Amsterdam

Holidays in Amsterdam

Known for its picturesque canals, historic architecture, world-class museums, and blooming tulips, Amsterdam offers something special around every corner. Whether you're a history buff, an art lover, or simply seeking to explore a new destination, a bargain break to the charming city of Amsterdam should be on everyone’s holiday checklist.

When is the best time to visit Amsterdam? Amsterdam is a destination that can be explored all year round. So, the best time to visit depends on the vibe you want. For warm sunnier days packed with outdoor events and festivities, June to September is perfect. To see Amsterdam in full bloom and alive with colourful tulips, March to May is best. For budget travellers and bargain hunters, Autumn, and Winter offer cheaper accommodation and storybook scenery. 

Where is the best place to stay in Amsterdam? There are plenty of places to stay in Amsterdam, whatever your budget; from small and friendly hotels to self-catering apartments in the heart of the city. For first-time visitors who want to make the most of sightseeing, staying in the Centrum is ideal. Some popular areas include: The Old Centre, Dam Square and The Nine Streets. But if you are looking for a romantic break, the Canal Belt just outside the city centre is packed with charming hotels and cafes, perfect for a peaceful city adventure.

Travel guide

A city where centuries-old charm meets modern vibrancy, Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a favourite when it comes to springtime city breaks. 

  • Best time to visit: June-September
  • Average temp: 10°C/50°F
  • Average flight time: 1 Hour
  • Most suited for: Couples, Groups
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Difference: +1 Hour
Amsterdam - City breaks

Amsterdam holidays

Curving Canals and Famous Flowers

Curving Canals and Famous Flowers

Windmills, clogs, riverboats, bike rides through blooming gardens; Amsterdam conjures a few iconic images. So why not experience them for yourself? Take a leisurely canal cruise to admire the 17th-century architecture, charming houseboats, and scenic bridges. For a more intimate experience, rent a bike or join a guided tour to explore the narrow streets and hidden corners along the waterways. Head to the Bloemenmarkt, the world's only floating flower market to find a dazzling array of tulips, daffodils, and other blooms or take a day trip to Keukenhof Gardens and experience a kaleidoscope of colour and fragrance.

Delve into History & Culture

Delve into History & Culture

Amsterdam is home to some of the world's most renowned museums. Marvel at works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and other Dutch masters at The Rijksmuseum. Just a short walk away, the Museum houses the largest collection of Vincent van Gogh's works, providing a fascinating insight into the artist's life and creative genius. For a powerful and moving experience, visit the Anne Frank House and take a poignant look back at the Holocaust through the eyes of a young girl. Explore the opulent Royal Palace on Dam Square, see the iconic windmills on a day trip beyond the canals, experience the city's unique extracurriculars, and take home a pair of traditional clogs to remember your time in The Dam.

food and drink

Food & Drink

Amsterdam holidays are all about taking it easy. With a thriving café culture, Amsterdam is the perfect place to relax with a cup of coffee or a locally brewed beer in a cosy brown café or enjoy a leisurely brunch along the scenic canals soaking up the flavours of the city. For those who enjoy the neon nightlife, the city also offers an eclectic mix of bars, from speakeasies and rooftop lounges to craft beer bars and wine-tasting rooms. But to experience the true nature of the Netherlands head to one of Amsterdam’s most famous street markets - the Albert Cuyp Market. With fresh produce, flowers, clothing, and souvenirs around every corner, get lost among a sea of stalls. Here, traditional Dutch dishes like bitterballen (savoury meatballs), stroopwafels (syrup-filled waffle cookies), and herring are must-tries. 

Weather

Average monthly temperature in Amsterdam (°C)

  • Jan 2°C
  • Feb 3°C
  • Mar 5°C
  • Apr 8°C
  • May 20°C
  • Jun 14°C
  • Jul 16°C
  • Aug 16°C
  • Sep 14°C
  • Oct 11°C
  • Nov 6°C
  • Dec 4°C
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