Cheap flights to Amsterdam
Culture, canals and coffee shops, Amsterdam is not only Europe’s capital of fun, but is a great place to unwind and take things easy. Tolerant, welcoming and a lot of fun, Amsterdam is a city that likes to take things at a leisurely pace during the day but gets into party mode at night. So, whether you’re looking to recharge those batteries or wear them down a little more, you’ll find Amsterdam has options for both. And what a setting! Beating Venice in the canal stakes, cities really don’t get much more picturesque than this. The old town and the centre, which is where you’ll want to base yourself, is a delight of arched bridges, 17th century narrow gabled houses, houseboats decked with flowers and canal-side cafes and eateries.
Packed with museums and galleries, Amsterdam is a jewel in Europe’s cultural crown. The Rijksmuseum is one of the best art galleries in the world, including paintings from the Dutch Golden Age and art lovers will also enjoy the Van Gogh Museum. Visit Anne Frank’s House to see where the famous diarist and her family hid from the Nazis during the Second World War.
In the last two weeks of November, venues all around Amsterdam host screenings and discussions relating to the world's biggest and most exciting documentary film festival, IDFA. Be sure to grab a ticket! idfa.nl
Amsterdam-based artist Marlee Dumas hates to be referred to as the world's most expensive female painter, but that's what she is. A brilliant retrospective of her troubling-yet-charming work is arguably the Stedelijk Museum's best exhibition yet. Until 4 January 2015. stedelijk.nl
Those willing and able should head to Henri Willig for a taste of Dutch dairy heritage. Cheese bought here is made at two cheese factories in Katwoude and Heerenveen from around 50 cattle, goat and sheep farms across the Netherlands. henriwillig.com/en
Perhaps unfairly, Den Haag (The Hague) has a reputation as being somewhat staid in comparison to Amsterdam, but its experimental dining scene is really taking off. At the buzzy HanTing Cuisine (hantingcuisine.nl), for example, eye-poppingly perfect Chinese dishes are arranged according to the feng shui of their ingredients. The direct fast train leaves about every half an hour from Centraal Station and the journey takes exactly 51 minutes.
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- Belfast BFS to Amsterdam - £23.99, Dec >
- Bristol to Amsterdam - £25.99, Jan >
- Edinburgh to Amsterdam - £28.99, Jan >
- Glasgow to Amsterdam - £28.99, May >
- Liverpool to Amsterdam - £23.99, Mar >
- London Gatwick to Amsterdam - £30.99, Jan >
- London Luton to Amsterdam - £28.99, Dec >
- London Southend to Amsterdam - £22.99, Jan >
- London Stansted to Amsterdam - £26.99, Jan >
- Manchester to Amsterdam - £28.99, Jan >
- Newcastle to Amsterdam - £25.99, Mar >