From its world-class museums and galleries, to its beautiful open, public squares bordered with stunning architecture, the capitol of Holland is a perfect destination for those looking for fun-filled holidays in Amsterdam.
It’s a lively city through the year, so you’ll always be able to find something different and entertaining to experience during your trip. And if you plan in advance, you can even make sure your holiday in Amsterdam coincides with some of the annual festivals. This lively place always has something going on, from foodie events like Freedom Feast, to music festivals like Sensation.
If you’re looking for a more relaxing break, take time to explore the café culture of the city, popping into the lovely restaurants and coffee shops during your wanderings through the streets, and soaking up the views from the picturesque canals interlacing Amsterdam.
Art and Culture in Amsterdam
One of the best ways to spend a relaxing afternoon in Amsterdam is to take in some art and culture at one of the many museums and galleries dotted throughout the city.
Our top picks would have to be Rijksmuseum for arts and history and Stedelijk Museum for its art, with both being set in grand 19th-century buildings, adding to the experience. But there really are so many more to discover if you take the time to do a bit of research.
During your travels, keep your eye out for the statue in honour of Dutch artist Rembrandt in Rembrandt Square; it’s a great spot for a photo too. And check out some of the city’s breathtaking historic buildings like the 17th-century Westerkerk church, and the baroque inspired Royal Palace on Dam Square.
For fashionistas, your ideal place to go is the very trendy P.C. Hooftstraat, where you can browse the designer stores and really treat yourself.
Nightlife and dining
During the evenings, why not go to see a live band at Heineken Music Hall or have a night out at vibrant local venues like Paradiso and the Melkweg?
A more cultured night can be had at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet or seeing a musical at the Royal Theatre Carré, or you can relax and sample some local tipples at the Arendsnest Dutch Beer Bar.
Exploring the restaurants in Amsterdam is a must during your stay. There are so many great places to dine in. For some inspiration, try the French food at Restaurant Johannes, organic cuisine at Ivy & Bros, or Dutch dishes at Biercafé Gollem.