City Breaks in Amsterdam: The Best Travel Deals to Amsterdam
Just a quick trip from many cities in the U.K., Amsterdam is ideal for a cheap weekend away. Walk along the romantic canals, peek into museums, and watch as the soft neons come alive each night in the well-known Red Light District. Whether you’re there to delve into Amsterdam’s history, explore the city on foot, or if you’re just stopping in on a longer trip, we’ve got the best deals for your next Amsterdam holiday.
The Top 5 Things To Do In Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of the best cities in Europe. There is so much to see and do that you won't have a spare second to feel bored if you choose to visit. Amsterdam has all the typical attractions you'll find in a major city, like family-friendly sights, museums, shops and hundreds of cafes, bars and restaurants. However, there are also more unusual spots that you can't find anywhere else, such as the infamous Red Light District.
Here are our top 5 picks for things to do in Amsterdam:
The Anne Frank House is a must-visit while in Amsterdam. This is the very house where Anne Frank hid with her family to escape the persecution of the Jewish people during Second World War, and it is where she wrote her famous diary. The house is filled with history, and the exhibitions show visitors what it was like to live under Nazi rule.
The house is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht and has been converted from a private home into a museum. Tickets usually go on sale 2 months in advance of the visit date, so be quick to book the time slot you want as tickets sell out fast. You can also choose to book an introductory programme before your entry to learn more about what you are about to see.
2. The Canals
We've all seen pictures of the gorgeous canals in Amsterdam. While there are only 3 main canals, there are over 150 in total. The city has an impressive 100km of canals with about 90 islands and around 1,500 bridges to help you get around the city and explore.
The 3 main canals are Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. The canals are mostly used for boating and it's worth enjoying a boat ride during your stay. Don’t try taking a dip though! The water isn't suitable for swimming.
3. The Red Light District
The Red Light District is for sure out of the ordinary! For some, it’s a must-see, while for others it's a ‘not in a million years’.
In the Red Light District, you will find many things that you will never see in the UK (or that would be criminal if you did see them!). There are brothels, sex shops, museums and even a Red Light District pub crawl. Prostitution is legal in Amsterdam (although not on the street) and the Red Light District gets its name from the neon lights in the windows of the 'storefronts' where the women are working. In general, the Red Light District is friendly and safe—although perhaps not the best for the faint-hearted!
4. Heineken Experience
Of course, drinking beer can be a fun experience in itself! You might not think that learning the history of beer or how it's made would be as interesting as drinking it—but the Heineken Experience will prove that wrong. The Heineken Experience takes you on the journey of Heineken, which started out as a small brewery and ended up as a world-famous beer.
The tour lasts about 90 minutes. You can take it at your own pace—even if that means rushing through to the end to enjoy a chilled beer or two. To receive a discount, book the Heineken Experience online.
5. The Avocado Show
The Avocado Show is a cafe dedicated to serving you sit-in and takeaway meals containing (you guessed it) the most famous of superfoods—the avocado. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is all vegetarian or vegan food! There are plenty of dishes that include your favourite proteins such as chicken, bacon and salmon. The Avocado Show also offers a range of drinks including tea, coffee, beer, wine, spirits and cocktails.
The Avocado Show is not just a dining experience. You can also buy some merchandise during your visit, including a cookbook, clothing, accessories and even a giant avocado inflatable pool float.
1. The 9 Streets
This quaint and quirky small neighbourhood is home to funky shops, cosy cafés, artisanal food shops and loads more.
This is Old Amsterdam at its best with plenty of beautiful places to get that perfect holiday snap or Instagram picture -- grab a pastry and your camera and go for a little wander.