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Amsterdam City Breaks

Amsterdam is a city that’s full to bursting with culture, history and quaint coffee shops where tourists can relax and take in city life.

But just what is available on short breaks to Amsterdam besides the coffee shops and red light district that it is so famous for? There is a wealth of educational, cultural and creative things to see and do in the city. Read on to find out why Amsterdam is one of the best city break destinations in the world.

Make the Most of a Short Break in Amsterdam

Hire a Bicycle

There is a lot to fit in on mini breaks in Amsterdam. Thankfully, the first suggestion is to hire a bicycle, which will help you get from place to place, saving you time. Bicycles rule the roads in Amsterdam, so much so that it is preferable to driving for many residents and tourists.

Visit the Anne Frank Museum

One of the most popular tourist destinations on city breaks in Amsterdam is the Anne Frank House, also known as the Anne Frank Museum. This is the actual house that contains the attic that the famous diary was written in during the second world war. Fans of the historic icon often line up around the street to see the house, so we recommend buying your tickets in advance.

Take a Trip to the Museum Square

If you enjoy taking in the local culture and history on your mini breaks we recommend a trip to Museumplein, Dutch for ‘Museum Square.’ The square features three museums, including the Rijksmuseum, which is a national museum dedicated to the arts and history of Amsterdam.

There is also the Van Gogh Museum, dedicated to the famous Dutch artist and his contemporaries in the Amsterdam art scene of the 1800s. Finally there is the Stedelijk Museum, which is dedicated to modern art.

Float Down the Canals

An absolute must for people on short trips or weekends away to Amsterdam is to tour the city by canal. The canal network was built in the 17th century and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is no better way to take in the sites of the city, especially during the night, when the city is lit up.

Check Out the Heineken Brewery

Beer lovers will never go thirsty in Amsterdam.. The city is the home of the Heineken Brewery, which makes one of the most famous lagers in the world.

A tour around one of the world’s largest functioning breweries is a delight for any beer lover or even those interested in the engineering to such a large scale.

Amsterdam - Essential Information

Here are some useful facts that may come in handy on short breaks to Amsterdam:

  • Amsterdam is part of the Netherlands and uses the Euro for currency.
  • Amsterdam has its own airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and its code is AMS.
  • It takes just over an hour to fly between Amsterdam and the UK.
  • Amsterdam is one hour ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time.
  • The official language of Amsterdam is Dutch, however many locals speak English.

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And if you’re still in need of some city break inspiration, take a look at our other top city break destinations.


Amsterdam City Breaks and Short Stays in Amsterdam

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