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Book your Amsterdam city break with Travelbag and drop down the gears. Once you’ve seen Van Gogh's art and Anne Frank’s House, simply do as locals do. Chill out in cafes and bars overlooking the canals, explore pretty lanes via bridges and barges, or rent a bike and watch the city flit by at a quicker pace.

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Holidays in Amsterdam

Amsterdam holidays are a take-it-easy affair, best spent taking canal-side walks, cliché bike rides past gabled houses, and half pints in cobbled squares. Base yourself in the 17th-century Jordaan district in the west of the city to be close to the best of Amsterdam shopping. You can nip in and out of the numerous boutiques, lose track of time in art galleries and pause for coffee in trendy cafes. Stay in the De L'europe Hotel, on Nieuwe Doelenstraat – it fronts the canal system connected to the city’s iconic windmills and is a quick five minute walk from the tulips of Bloemenmarkt, or Flower Market. On your Amsterdam break, you can hop through time in art museums, from the bright smears of Van Gogh’s paintings, to the portraits and landscapes of Rembrandt. In Noordermarkt Square on Saturday mornings there’s a farmer’s market, featuring organic fruit, vegetables, candles and oils. There's also a flea market out front on Mondays.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Café Culture

Amsterdam is best experienced at bicycle pace. There’s no shortage of rental shops, or you can take a sightseeing tour to get your bearings. Cycle along cobblestone streets and criss-crossing canal bridges, taking in the blend of Renaissance and contemporary architecture. All that cycling is thirsty work – so lengthy pit stops in Amsterdam’s famous cafés are in order. Catch your breath in a traditional ‘brown cafe’, so called for their nicotine-stained walls, dark wood furnishings and cosy vibes. Many brew their own beer on site, but there are plenty of options for non-beer drinkers, too. You’ll find Bob Marley-plastered coffee shops, pricey cocktail bars and Art Deco-themed nooks, where locals play chess behind plumes of smoke.

 

Amsterdam's Museums

At 263-267 Prinsengracht is the secret annex that Anne Frank wrote her diary in during the Nazi occupation during the Second World War. It's a living museum behind the bookcase where Anne and her family were hidden for over two years. The attached museum contains photographs, notebooks and the original diary itself; a sobering insight into the biggest event of modern history. Amsterdam city breaks aren’t complete without swinging by the Vincent Van Gogh Museum which has the largest collection of Van Gogh’s in the world, including The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers and Almond Blossom. There are plenty more art museums and galleries to explore in the city, especially in between the canals in Amsterdam-Centrum. The two most popular are the grand Rijksmuseum that houses iconic art and artefacts from around the world, and the Stedelijk Museum that’s home to modern and contemporary art design.

 

Windmills

The two main functions of Amsterdam’s windmills are now defunct. Their original purposes were to stop the city from flooding by pumping excess water away, and grinding seeds to make mustard. But they’ve found a new purpose, as points of historical interest. Of the remaining eight windmills, the Molen Van Sloten, built in 1631, is the only functioning mill open to visitors. This tranquil spot is best enjoyed in the early morning from a canal boat – an hour or two here would nicely break up your time in Amsterdam. If you want an authentic addition to your Amsterdam break, plan your trip in line with National Windmill Day. Held on the second Saturday of May, this day features art exhibitions and concerts in the old miller’s workspaces.

 

Best time to visit Amsterdam

Amsterdam is close to the North Sea and has an oceanic climate. The warmest month is August and the coldest is January. Both summer and winter here are relatively mild although they can both feel extreme. Cheap holidays to Amsterdam can be found outside of the tourist period which gets going in mid-March to early May with the arrival of the tulip season. July and August are the busier times when downtown is congested and when Amsterdam flights and hotel prices are higher. The best time for Amsterdam city breaks is the shoulder seasons – late spring and early autumn when temperatures are still warm, prices are reasonable and crowds aren’t yet too big.

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Why Travelbag?

We’ve got some great Amsterdam deals that are perfect for a weekend escape. We specialise in holidays that incorporate luxury and finery into the package and our range of European hotels are often within old buildings, renovated with modern touches like spas and fine dining restaurants so you get the best of both worlds.

We provide support to our customers throughout all stages of the booking process, during the holiday itself and in the aftermath to be sure that you are satisfied with your experience. 

Call our customer services team on 0203 139 7074 or visit us at one of our branches to book one of our cheap holidays to Amsterdam today. Our phone lines are open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 6pm on Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sundays.

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