Amsterdam

As the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is rich in artistic heritage and famous for its elaborate canal system.

Having grown from a fishing village back in the 13th century to the current city hub it is today, Amsterdam has a strong sense of identity, making it unlike any other city in the world.

Many visitors to the city will remember it for its picturesque narrow houses and the number of cyclists filling the streets, a key element to the character of Amsterdam.

A vibrant city for a mini break, there is plenty to see and do in Amsterdam, from a wonderful selection of museums and attractions, a huge array of restaurants and bars, along with the opportunity to explore the many different districts of Amsterdam where you can experience the lifestyle of this cultural city.

Located next door to Amsterdam’s Shciphol airport and at a price you can’t beat, the CitizenM hotel offers around the clock dining and comfortable, stylish accommodation.

If, however, you would prefer to be in the centre of Amsterdam within walking distance to the central station and easy access to most of the city’s main attractions, XO Hotels City Centre is a brilliant option.

When it comes to luxury, the Breitner House comes up top. This lavish hotel combining antique furnishings with state of the art facilities make it one of the most elegant venues in Amsterdam.

For a combination of both hotel and self-catering living, Zoku Amsterdam offers a range of lofts that include an open plan style dining seating area with a fully equipped kitchen, allowing you to go at your own pace during your stay in the city.

The food scene in Amsterdam offers something for everyone, from traditional Dutch cuisine, Michelin starred restaurants and a host of quirky bars and cafes.

Sampling the traditional delicacies of Amsterdam should definitely be on your bucket list during your visit to the city and you can do just that at Restaurant Greetje. Serving tasting menus that include classic Dutch cuisine you will enjoy trying favourites such as horse meat stews and a range of fish dishes.

If coffee is an important part of your day, you will love the wonderful range of cafes in Amsterdam serving some of the best coffee in the Netherlands. Lot Sixty-One is the perfect place to grab a great coffee where you can pull up a pew outside and watch the world go by.

Why not combine dinner and entertainment at the fabulous Pasta e Basta where you can enjoy shared platters of antipasti and pasta, along with passionate waiting staff who will sing for you the whole night long.

For lovers of culture, you won’t be short of places to visit throughout Amsterdam. Some of the most popular museums in the city include the Van Gough Musuem and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art.

For those passionate about history book in advance to visit The Anne Frank House or enjoy a leisurely cruise along Amsterdam’s canals soaking up the sights and history.

Not to be missed is The Amsterdam Flower Market. Founded in 1862 it is the only floating flower market in the world and renowned for its variety of flowers. For all of you who are particularly passionate about plants and may have already spotted the vast fields of tulips during your flight to Amsterdam, a visit to the Tulip Museum will delight your senses. Learn about the history of Tulip growing in the Netherlands and even pick up a bulb or two yourself to take home.

One of the best things about Amsterdam is that it’s a vibrant city you can enjoy all year round.

The tourist period begins during the spring at the start of the Tulip season when the weather is normally good. The city will then begin to get busier from Queen’s Day Weekend in April and continue throughout the summer months.

Autumn is a beautiful time to visit the city, with the bright autumn colours and one of the best times to experience the free museums and great restaurants, without the crowds.

The winter months are the best time bag a bargain in Amsterdam and with a high chance of snow, you might have the opportunity to see the city covered in white blanket and witness the canals freeze over whilst the locals glide along them on ice skates.