Spring, Summer, Autumn
March – May
September – November
LCY → AMS
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 28 £GBP (30 min)
Bus: 3 £GBP (15 min)
Shuttle: 32 £GBP (25 min)
Whether you are looking for a weekend of shopping, bar-hopping and clubbing or you want a cultural break filled with sightseeing and museum and gallery visits, Amsterdam breaks are exactly what you need.
With its series of canals lined with 17th-century houses, Amsterdam is a beautiful historic city on one hand, while on the other it is a vibrant modern metropolis. Hop on one of the city’s most-famous symbols – the bicycle – or take a canal boat or tram to explore the city. See world-class art galleries and museums, indulge in retail therapy on a shopping spree or experience Amsterdam’s legendary nightlife.
When looking for Amsterdam holidays, take into account that Amsterdam has an oceanic climate which is very much influenced by the North Sea to the west of the city, meaning the prevailing wind is westerly. Winter and summer are both considered mild, while Amsterdam is surrounded on three sides by water it experiences a heat-island effect, meaning night temperatures rarely fall below 5 degrees Celsius (23 Fahrenheit). Summers are warm but almost never hot. The August average daily high is 22.1 degrees Celsius (71.8 Fahrenheit) and temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) or above is only measured on average on two-and-a-half days.
Head for Amsterdam’s lively centre to find shops, cafés, restaurants and bars in abundance and take a wander around the historic hub, Dam Square. The neoclassical splendour of the Royal Palace is a wonder to behold. Pop in to some the big-brand stores on the shopping streets of Niewendijik and Kalverstraat. Explore colourful Chinatown and the infamous, neon-lit Red Light District. During your holidays to Amsterdam don’t miss the Rembrandt House Museum on Waterlooplein Square or the renowned Flea Market.
Take the opportunity to experience authentic old Amsterdam from the horseshoe-shaped network of canals that encircle the central city and see the beautiful 17th century houses that line this network of water ways. Bloemenmarkt is an Amsterdam icon and is where flower vendors tout their blooms from floating stalls on the Singel canal. On your Amsterdam breaks take a walk around the hip hub known as the 9 Streets, which is home vintage fashion boutiques and galleries.
Amsterdam and art go hand-in-hand and within the aptly-named Museum Quarter you can see some of the world’s greatest works of art. For example the Van Gogh Museum holds more than 200 works by the artist as well as works by Monet and Toulouse-Lautrec. Another must-visit during Amsterdam holidays is the Rijksmuseum, offering a varied collection of masterpieces.
The cosmopolitan Jordaan district is home to premier art galleries including the Stedelijk Museum, eclectic eateries and a wide range of shopping opportunities. The former is also the home of the National Museum of Modern Art, where you can see world-famous works by Monet, Rodin, Picasso, and more. At the district’s northern edge is the Anne Frank House. Here, you can visit the claustrophobic World War II hideaway of her family and family friends but also view Anne’s famous diary.
So you have already found cheap holidays to Amsterdam. What things can and should be done here? The six storey flagship Bijenkorf department store, on Dam Square is a shopaholic’s heaven. Having browsed the range there, walk along Kalverstraat, a retail paradise lined with big-brand stores. If luxury brands are what you are looking for visit the exclusive P.C. Hooftstraat, or browse the unique boutiques in the trendy 9 Streets.
At the Van Gogh Museum, admire more than 200 works by the celebrated Dutch artist and some of his contemporaries. Take in more masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum or visit t Anne Frank House to see her famous diary. The Heineken Experience is a beer lover’s paradise.
A stroll through Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District may surprise you. It occupies a beautiful canal-side setting with excellent bars and eateries that you might not expect. Head to the ultra-trendy Jimmy Woo for cocktails, or, for dancing, make a beeline for Leidseplein’s cool clubs that offer every kind of sound.