Go on, add a bit more pink to your life. There is no better time to experience the intrigue of Amsterdam. Explore the city easily via bicycle, take part in the city's unrivalled café culture, and enjoy the beautiful tree-lined canals. This picturesque, hip city has something for everyone, from beautiful canals and architecture to fascinating museums and galleries. Enjoy coffee and culture with a city break in Amsterdam.
NEW - Eurostar direct return train service to Amsterdam. Depart from London St Pancras and be in the center of Amsterdam in 3 hours 52 minutes. Departures from 30 April 2020 will benefit from the direct service in both directions.
Whether you’re with friends, family or your other half, an Amsterdam city break is sure to seduce!
Very well served by the tram, you can easily get to the city’s different neighbourhoods framing the historic centre, around the central station and the famous red-light district. Take a stroll along the canals that make up the city and stop by at the famous Bloemenmarkt Flower Market or Vondel Park for a free concert. We have negotiated some top-secret offers for you in this quarter, as well as in the rest of the city, so that you can take advantage of the best offers available!
Amsterdam has an abundance of museums. At the same time, we often pass by the Amstelkring, a beautiful building that conceals a church in its… attic. For an unforgettable moment during your weekend in Amsterdam.
With more than 1,400 bars and cafes, Amsterdam is without a doubt one of Europe’s party hotspots. Trends change quickly, but some places have retained their notoriety over the generations. Amsterdam has a vibrant and eclectic nightlife, from traditional bars serving beer and snacks, to popular nightclubs such as the Escape, Club Home, and Panama. Trance music is really big here and attracts world-class DJs such as Armin van Buuren and Tiesto.
The Leidseplein is one of the epicentres of Amsterdam’s nightlife, with two unmissable nightclubs, and the birthplace of its counter-culture: Paradiso for its concerts, and Melkweg (a former dairy) for its eclecticism. It is definitely worth a night out here during your weekend in Amsterdam.
Jazz fans will love the live performances at clubs such as Bimhuis and Café Alto, while The Ziggo Dome caters to pop tastes, hosting big names such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Tom Jones.
Albert Cuypmarkt is Amsterdam’s oldest market and popular with the locals for its tasty snacks, such as doughnuts, egg rolls, and stroopwafels.
For souvenirs, Bloemenmarkt, by the Singel covers all your tulips needs, and Delftware, the famous blue and white Dutch pottery, can be bought at Jorrit Heinen Royal Gifts and Collectables in the Munt Tower.
Amsterdam is famous for its beautiful 17th century canals that run through the heart of the city. Awarded World Heritage status, these meandering waterways, scattered with sleepy houseboats, are a highlight of an Amsterdam city break.
Of course, there are buses, tramways and metros… But during your short stay in Amsterdam, do as the locals do and take a bicycle! You can also stroll around on foot. Amsterdam’s ever-lively streets alone are worth the trip.
During your short stay in Amsterdam, you will have the chance to eat fish. You will find salted herring on every street corner – it’s a local institution! Try the erwtentsoep (split pea soup), stamppot (a sort of hotpot), or rijsttafel (a colonial dish with rice and various side dishes). And then, of course, there are the old favourites, such as the Dutch beers and cheeses (gouda, edam). Bon appétit!
For coffee: a good weekend in Amsterdam is incomplete without popping into De Jaren cafe. The ultimate student meeting point. Housed in a former bank, people flock here for its contemporary design and its superb terrace, as well as to meet others.
Dutch pancakes are delicious, and an essential part of an Amsterdam holiday - try Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs for favourites such as bacon and syrup. Just as tasty are Stroopwafels (two thin waffels with syrup in the middle) that can be eaten fresh or bought packaged as souvenirs. Head to the vendor at Albert Cuypmarkt for fresh Stroopwafels made throughout the day.
If you’re planning Amsterdam city break in spring, you can admire the city in full bloom, and why not check out the National Holiday (Koningsdag) on 27 April? In summer, Amsterdam goes into relaxation mode, and its residents make the most of its terraces… But you’ll have fun whatever time of the year you choose!