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.
Being on the game in the red-light district has taken on a whole new meaning since the opening of TonTonClub, the hip retro-arcade-games hall on Sint Annendwarsstraat. tontonclub.nl
Art fans should not miss the new blockbuster exhibition at Hermitage Amsterdam. Gauguin, Bonnard and Denis emphasised colour, feeling and symbolism and found a champion in wealthy young Muscovite Ivan Morozov, whose collection is showcased here with suitably illusionistic flourishes (51 Amstel, +20 530 7488, hermitage.nl).
The relatively unknown southerly Schinkelbuurt neighbourhood becomes a giant canvas for cutting-edge contemporary art from around the world during the Kunst Aan De Schinkel project, which runs until mid-November. kads.nl
The marshlands to the north of Amsterdam offer a lush sanctuary away from one of the most densely populated urban centres in the world. Now you can explore them in a canoe, with trips by Sees City Survival (facebook.com/seescitysurvival).