Amsterdam was founded as a small fishing village in the 12th century, (named after its dam on the AmstelRiver), and grew into a key port during the Dutch Golden Age of the 19th and 20th centuries. Now a vibrant modern city of over one million people, Amsterdam enjoys a rich cultural heritage and is a centre of finance and the arts. It offers excellent hotels and facilities for tourists on city breaks, and bustles with trendy cafes, bars and restaurants.
When you visit this fascinating city, be sure you don’t miss the elegant Dam Square at the convergence of the main streets in Amsterdam. Also, a trip to the futuristic ING House will give you an insight into some impressive modern Dutch architecture. The city is also known for its three canals, and the widest of these is the Emperor’s Canal, which is lined by pretty cobbled streets that are tastefully lit when evening falls.
If you want to spend a day relaxing with the kids, a visit to Vondelpark won’t disappoint. With over 120 acres of stunning natural parkland, the site also houses a film museum, open-air theatre and a children’s playground.
Things to do in Amsterdam
A cultural city famous for its artists, there are many amazing museums to peruse in the city. We recommend Rembrandt Huis for a selection of his work and a history of his life, plus the Van Gogh Museum for an insight into perhaps the city’s most renowned painter. Another great option is Amsterdam’s Historisch Museum, which charts the city’s rise.
With a range of budget flights regularly linking the city with most European countries, plus excellent deals on hotels, apartments and all-inclusive meals - Amsterdam makes the ideal city break option for all tastes and budgets.