• Amsterdam City Breaks
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  • Overview

    Convivial, cosy and compact; it’s easy to forget that Amsterdam is a capital city. It’s affable and easy-going, attractive to look at and a delightful place in which to wander. The Dutch metropolis has justifiably charmed its way to become one of Europe’s most popular short-break destinations.

    A beguiling blend of the provincial and the international, Amsterdam displays a very amiable attitude towards visitors, helped by the fact that nearly everyone you meet is able to speak several languages fluently, and prides itself on being young at heart. On Amsterdam city breaks you can wander or cycle at your leisure amongst its lanes and quarters to discover the many delights of this golden age city. Beautifully painted gabled buildings frame its waterways, pretty bridges and trams dissect the city’s cobbles, shopkeepers create exquisite pavement-side displays of their produce and cafes, bars and restaurants exude considerable kerb-side appeal. For culture, city breaks to Amsterdam offer two of the finest art galleries in the world, and is at the forefront of classical music and contemporary European film, drama and dance.

    Travelling around the city

    Thanks to its compact size and extensive network of cycle paths, Amsterdam is the perfect city to explore on two wheels. With bicycle rental shops all over the city, it’s quite simple to pedal away. Amsterdam also boasts an impressive public transport network including metros, buses, trams, ferries and trains to help you get around the capital. In addition you can easily explore the city on foot and, of course, there’s nothing quite like seeing Amsterdam from a boat on its many canals.

    Food and drink

    Amsterdam has no shortage of restaurants, and serves visitors a culinary melting pot reflective of the diversity of the city itself; from tapas to tajine and from Modern Dutch to the Mediterranean via Indonesia. For those on luxury Amsterdam city-breaks there is a whole range of gastronomic experiences to choose from. Whether you're looking for a cosy local diner or one of its ten restaurants boasting coveted Michelin stars, you'll find plenty of palate pleasing dishes. Amsterdam is also the perfect place to enjoy a tipple whether you seek a local cosy joint, a traditional Dutch brown café or a luxurious grand café, don’t miss out on one of the city’s many terraces and thriving bar scene.

    When to go

    Tulips might make spring the definitive season in which to visit the Dutch capital, but any season in Amsterdam for luxury city breaks has its appeal. As it’s a northern capital, rain and grey skies are not uncommon, but chairs and tables of the pavement cafés go out occasionally over-optimistically at the slightest hint of fine weather. Summer means enjoying the outdoor terraces, waterways, events and festivities to the full, whilst the falling leaves of autumn make a canal-side walk an irresistible must. In winter hunker down in a convivial, wood panelled café and enjoy the cosy atmosphere of this laid-back capital.

    Art & Amsterdam

    Per square kilometre Amsterdam might well house more art masterpieces than any other capital city. The Van Gogh Museum is home to the world's largest collection of works by its troubled son Vincent, as well as Gaugin and Monet. The Rijksmuseum and The Museum het Rembrandthuis feature a prolific number of Rembrandt’s golden age treasures. The Hermitage Amsterdam, a Dutch outpost of Russia's State Hermitage Museum, regularly selects objects from its three-million-piece treasure trove home to stage superb exhibitions.

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Convivial, cosy and compact; it’s easy to forget that Amsterdam is a capital city. It’s affable and easy-going, attractive to look at and a delightful place in which to wander. The Dutch metropolis has justifiably charmed its way to become one of Europe’s most popular short-break destinations.

A beguiling blend of the provincial and the international, Amsterdam displays a very amiable attitude towards visitors, helped by the fact that nearly everyone you meet is able to speak several languages fluently, and prides itself on being young at heart. On Amsterdam city breaks you can wander or cycle at your leisure amongst its lanes and quarters to discover the many delights of this golden age city. Beautifully painted gabled buildings frame its waterways, pretty bridges and trams dissect the city’s cobbles, shopkeepers create exquisite pavement-side displays of their produce and cafes, bars and restaurants exude considerable kerb-side appeal. For culture, city breaks to Amsterdam offer two of the finest art galleries in the world, and is at the forefront of classical music and contemporary European film, drama and dance.

Travelling around the city

Thanks to its compact size and extensive network of cycle paths, Amsterdam is the perfect city to explore on two wheels. With bicycle rental shops all over the city, it’s quite simple to pedal away. Amsterdam also boasts an impressive public transport network including metros, buses, trams, ferries and trains to help you get around the capital. In addition you can easily explore the city on foot and, of course, there’s nothing quite like seeing Amsterdam from a boat on its many canals.

Food and drink

Amsterdam has no shortage of restaurants, and serves visitors a culinary melting pot reflective of the diversity of the city itself; from tapas to tajine and from Modern Dutch to the Mediterranean via Indonesia. For those on luxury Amsterdam city-breaks there is a whole range of gastronomic experiences to choose from. Whether you're looking for a cosy local diner or one of its ten restaurants boasting coveted Michelin stars, you'll find plenty of palate pleasing dishes. Amsterdam is also the perfect place to enjoy a tipple whether you seek a local cosy joint, a traditional Dutch brown café or a luxurious grand café, don’t miss out on one of the city’s many terraces and thriving bar scene.

When to go

Tulips might make spring the definitive season in which to visit the Dutch capital, but any season in Amsterdam for luxury city breaks has its appeal. As it’s a northern capital, rain and grey skies are not uncommon, but chairs and tables of the pavement cafés go out occasionally over-optimistically at the slightest hint of fine weather. Summer means enjoying the outdoor terraces, waterways, events and festivities to the full, whilst the falling leaves of autumn make a canal-side walk an irresistible must. In winter hunker down in a convivial, wood panelled café and enjoy the cosy atmosphere of this laid-back capital.

Art & Amsterdam

Per square kilometre Amsterdam might well house more art masterpieces than any other capital city. The Van Gogh Museum is home to the world's largest collection of works by its troubled son Vincent, as well as Gaugin and Monet. The Rijksmuseum and The Museum het Rembrandthuis feature a prolific number of Rembrandt’s golden age treasures. The Hermitage Amsterdam, a Dutch outpost of Russia's State Hermitage Museum, regularly selects objects from its three-million-piece treasure trove home to stage superb exhibitions.

Local Information

Language:
Dutch
Currency:
Euro
Local time:
GMT +2 hours
Local airport:
Amsterdam
Flight time:
1 hour

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Featured hotels

Hotel Estherea

Housed in a row of 17th century buildings along the Singel canal, Hotel Estheréa is within walking distance of museums, restaurant, bars, shopping and nightlife with Anne Frank House, Leidseplein and Nine Streets a mere ten minute walk.

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Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

5 Star Deluxe

Formerly a convent, royal lodgings and Admiralty headquarters, The Grand Amsterdam has played host to many distinguished personages and now, as the first Sofitel Legend hotel in Europe, it continues to attract prominent visitors.

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Hotel Pulitzer

5 Star Deluxe

Reflecting the rich heritage of Amsterdam?s waterways, an ensemble of twenty-five adjoining, and beautifully restored, 17th and 18th century merchant?s canal-side houses combine to create this unique, luxurious five star property.

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Conservatorium Hotel

5 Star

Set in a magnificently iconic building on the site of Amsterdam?s former Sweelinck Conservatory of Music in the heart of the museum district close to Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum.

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Featured hotels

Hotel Estherea

Housed in a row of 17th century buildings along the Singel canal, Hotel Estheréa is within walking distance of museums, restaurant, bars, shopping and nightlife with Anne Frank House, Leidseplein and Nine Streets a mere ten minute walk.

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

5 Star Deluxe

Formerly a convent, royal lodgings and Admiralty headquarters, The Grand Amsterdam has played host to many distinguished personages and now, as the first Sofitel Legend hotel in Europe, it continues to attract prominent visitors.

Hotel Pulitzer

5 Star Deluxe

Reflecting the rich heritage of Amsterdam?s waterways, an ensemble of twenty-five adjoining, and beautifully restored, 17th and 18th century merchant?s canal-side houses combine to create this unique, luxurious five star property.

Conservatorium Hotel

5 Star

Set in a magnificently iconic building on the site of Amsterdam?s former Sweelinck Conservatory of Music in the heart of the museum district close to Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum.

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