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.
Waterside spaces all around town are drafted into action for the annual Grachtenfestival, on 15-24 August, which celebrates two of Amsterdam's great loves: classical music and water. grachtenfestival.nl
Amsterdam's kids were invited to play Picasso for ArtZuid Junior, an open-air exhibition to celebrate 150 years of the glorious Vondelpark. Their sculpture designs, dotted around the park, bode well for the contemporary art scene of tomorrow. artzuid.nl
The Westerpark, which borders Amsterdam's arterial railway track, becomes a street-food paradise throughout the last four days of this month, with the arrival of hundreds of food trucks for the Rollende Keukens ("Kitchens on Wheels") foodie festival. rollendekeukens.nl
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.