Fly to Amsterdam

Canals, bicycles, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and more

How many bicycles are there in Amsterdam? More than enough for all the people who live there, apparently, and you will see lots of them, nonchalantly pedalled through this flat, entrancing city of canals, parks, slim Golden Age houses with tilting facades, stunning museums and easy-going citizens.

Biking is the best way to explore ...

... the capital of the Netherlands, and walking is cool too, perfect in neighbourhoods like Jordaan. Step back in time in the narrow streets of this charming quarter, sprinkled with independent galleries, antique shops, courtyard gardens, bars and restaurants. The little labyrinth known as The 9 Streets is great for cosy cafes and designer and vintage boutiques.

Take a canal boat trip at night when the bridges sparkle with fairy lights; visit Leidseplein’s vibrant square, known for nightlife, dining and shops. Savour spicy Indonesian cuisine or a fishy local speciality from a haringhandel (herring cart), and a cold beer at the Heineken Brewery.

The Eye Filmmuseum is a must for movie fans. For art buffs, the Van Gogh Museum has the world’s largest collection of the tortured genius’s paintings. Rembrandt House Museum was the Dutch master’s 17th century home, now restored: the fantastic Rijksmuseum has his major works, plus a vast collection of other European masterpieces. The Stedelijk is the place for contemporary art. Venture into darker times at Anne Frankhuis, where doomed teenager Anne hid from the Nazis in WW2.

Easily reached from the city centre are glorious beaches, windmills, castles and historic towns, such as picturesque Haarlem. Whatever your style, cosmopolitan Amsterdam will delight you.

3 ‘dam good reasons to fly to Amsterdam

  • Top art - see Van Goghs, Rembrandts, Vermeers

  • Canal cruises

  • Relaxed vibe


Rembrandt Museum

Around 250,000 visitors a year visit the house that Rembrandt bought in 1639 and lived in until he went bankrupt in 1656, when all his belongings went on auction. The auction list has allowed the reconstruction of all his belongings which are also on display in the house.

The Jordaan Festival

The city’s best-known festival takes place in the fashionable Jordaan district just a short walk away from Amsterdam’s main transport hub Centraal Station and is bursting with traditional Dutch music full of character and charm. For three fabulous days in mid-September each year, the much-loved street party attracts thousands of visitors from far and wide.

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