Beautiful and easy to reach, Amsterdam has long been popular for weekend breaks and is a must-see destination for visitors from all over the world. Famous (or infamous) for its Red Light district and laid-back culture, the city on the Amstel is often decried as a city of sin but anyone who has ever visited will tell a completely different story.
It is impossible to discuss Amsterdam without mentioning the famed Red Light district. However, this aspect of the city is not to everyone’s taste and it is only a tiny part of what Amsterdam has to offer. That being said, it is well worth a stroll through the area in the morning or afternoon as it is a very picturesque locale with normal everyday shops, cafes and bars to enjoy.
The main thoroughfare, the Damrak, running from Central Station down to Dam Square, is a modern, busy street lined with numerous bars, restaurants, hotels, churches and department stores but the real Amsterdam lies just around every corner.
The heart of Amsterdam is a series of concentric canals and streets centred on the Damrak and each one is a delight to stroll through. Narrow, gabled houses line each cobble-stoned street where cyclists vie with pedestrians for supremacy and it is advisable to stay out of the cycle paths or risk the ire of an angry Amsterdammer. Peace and tranquillity reign and simply losing yourself in the side-streets and enjoying a quiet coffee or beer is a perfect way to spend a few hours.
More than the Red Light area, Amsterdam is known for its huge assortment of museums and art galleries. The most important of these are to be found on Museumplein (Museum Square) and include the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. Museumplein is only a short walk from the city centre and is also situated beside the Heiniken Experience where you can take a tour through the former brewery and enjoy a taste of Henry Heiniken’s famous beer.
There are numerous 5 star hotels in Amsterdam to choose from and we can provide you with the best at the most reasonable prices. A stone’s throw from the Anne Frank Huis is the Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam which is a rabbit warren of rooms running through 25 connected buildings and includes an archway built using books. Also centrally located is The Dylan which boasts its own salon boat where you can enjoy fine dining whilst cruising on the nearby canals. Situated on the banks of the Amstel is the De L’Europe where a good night’s sleep is assured on double-layered, Coco-Mat mattresses and rooms offer iPads and Nespresso coffee making machines.