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.
A kiss on the hand can be quite continental, and Amsterdam has long been a friend to the diamond trade. A trip around the historic Gassan factory in the Jewish quarter will cost you nothing - the same can rarely be said of the gift shop at its conclusion. (175 Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat, gassan.com).
This month sees the opening of a blockbuster show presenting paintings from the final years of Rembrandt van Rijn. Emerging from the shadow of personal loss and fiscal disaster, the Old Master created some of his finest and most moving work during this period. (1 Museumstraat, rijksmuseum.nl).
Take a bracing walk along the River Amstel, or, better still, charter a boat for the evening to take in the spectacular illuminated art installations of the third Amsterdam Light Festival (until 18 January, amsterdamlightfestival.com).
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 - £25.99, Apr >
- Bristol to Amsterdam - £25.99, Apr >
- Edinburgh to Amsterdam - £31.99, Apr >
- Glasgow to Amsterdam - £30.99, Apr >
- Liverpool to Amsterdam - £21.99, Apr >
- London Gatwick to Amsterdam - £30.99, Mar >
- London Luton to Amsterdam - £28.99, Mar >
- London Southend to Amsterdam - £20.99, Apr >
- London Stansted to Amsterdam - £26.99, Apr >
- Manchester to Amsterdam - £28.99, Apr >
- Newcastle to Amsterdam - £22.99, Apr >