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Amsterdam

Introduction

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is a beautiful location to visit for a city break. Central Amsterdam is located around a network of canals. Amsterdam is very scenic and lively and has something to suit all tastes. The Dutch speak English very well and you are unlikely to have any language issues during your visit. Just be aware that a coffee shop is not the same as Starbucks!



Getting there

Air: Schipol airport is one of the largest in Europe and is served by numerous airlines serving Europe and beyond. Easyjet also fly into Schipol making it a great destination for a cheap city break. For flights to Schipol click Expedia.co.uk for great flight deals.

Rail: Amsterdam Centraal Station is adjacent to the old city centre and has a regular service to the airport. There is also a service direct to Brussels with onward connections with Eurostar to the UK.

Ferry: You can travel to the Netherlands on the ferry. Services from Hull enter at Rotterdam and you can travel from Newcastle upon Tyne to Ijmuiden and from Harwich to the Hook of Holland.

Accommodation

Amsterdam has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Check out Expedia City Break Hotel Deals. Alternatively look at Hotels.com City Break Hotel Deals.

What to See and Do

Amsterdam's numerous attractions include the following:

Anne Frank House: The house where Anne Frank hid out from the Nazis and wrote her diary is now a museum adjacent to one of the canals. There can be long queues as this is a very popular museum. Don't let that stop you. This is a must see destination.

Red Light District: Amsterdam is famous for the "girls in the windows". Prostitution is legal in Amsterdam and the girls operate from a high profile area in the central canal area which throngs with window shoppers, tourists and the curious. Be aware of pickpockets in this area although you generally have nothing to worry about.

Rijksmuseum: This is the most prestigous art gallery in the country and houses one of Europe's great collections including works by Rembrandt. Nearby is the Van Gogh Museum holding works by another famous Dutch painter.

Heineken Experience: On the site of the old Heineken Brewery you can celebrate all things Heineken and taste the stuff. You will get a small Heineken glass as a souvenir.

Getting Around

Walk: Amsterdam is very tourist friendly and its easy to get around the main sights by walking around. You see more too!

Bicycle: Do as the locals do! You will see thousands of bikes in Amsterdam in varying states of disrepair. Hire locations are available just be aware that theft is a common problem so make sure you lock it up! Don't get your front wheel caught in the trams tracks!

Tram: There are 15 tram lines that serve the centre area very well. Buy a strippenkaart and validate when you travel. They can also be used on the buses and metro.