Amsterdam travel guide

Amsterdam travel guide

TravelSavvy travel guide to city breaks in Amsterdam

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Travel guide to Amsterdam

Amsterdam city breaks offer variety if nothing else. Amsterdam is a top travel destination that makes a virtue out of canals and cannabis and comes out smiling from bleak, north European winters. So what do Amsterdam city breaks have to entice the UK traveller?

Well. Amsterdam has a street cafe society that openly defies the city's 230 annual rainy days. And. while upmarket art galleries can tout the best in European art, the Amsterdam Red Light District has eye-popping girls pouting and posing behind its neon-lit windows.

As if that weren't enough for the Amsterdam travel fiend, there's an annual contest for the Amsterdam Cannabis Cup with a prize for the coffee shop that grows the best drugs; a beer factory travel tour that's world famous; and, of course, bikes, bikes and more bikes - 700,000 at the last count, nearly one for every person in Amsterdam.

There is plenty of hotel and apartment accommodation too, both in the city centre and on the outskirts with good transport links right across the city. If you are visiting Amsterdam, try staying in a comfortable and affordable apartment in Amsterdam.

Not all UK tourists on Amsterdam travel break are there to sample the sex and drugs. Steer clear of the Red Light District and you'll discover a city break travel destination with an unrivalled holiday reputation for art, shopping and entertainment. The restaurants alone make Amsterdam the place for great city breaks from the UK.

First rate Amsterdam hostels are also available for those on budget Amsterdam holidays. The city has a wide range of accommodation to suit every budget and it's a good idea to compare hotels in Amsterdam.

If you love Amsterdam enough to come back again and again. Why not call this laid-back city your home from home? Step out of with your Amsterdam travel guide, hop onto your bicycle and off you go.

If you are on a tight budget, there are some great cheap hotel deals in and around the city centre. The big draw is the social scene, a place to meet other other city break travellers and share experiences.

The delightful network of Amsterdam canals creates a cosy atmosphere, while the city's compact centre makes it ideal for exploring on foot. As any Amsterdam travel guide will show, everything is within easy reach and an inviting restaurant, cafe or bar is always nearby for a pleasant lunch break or welcome drink. .

Paying to eat out three times a day can be expensive but hostels give you the opportunity to cook a few of your own meals using the self catering facilities. If you prefer to be independent, hostels usually offer a number of private rooms with en-suites.'

The galleries and museums are among the best in the world and the cobbled, canal-lined streets, with their gabled houses and quiet gardens, are irresistible. There are things for the travel visitor to do at every turn. You can marvel at the 17th century architecture or poke around scores of curios shops and designer boutiques. Getting around Amsterdam is fairly straightforward due to a competent public transport system.

Amsterdam may have a great reputation for city break holidays but the city is not without its problems. Bike thefts top a rising table of petty crime, racially driven street riots are not unknown and the Protestant city fathers have been clamouring for a clean-up of the Amsterdam Red Light District.

Amsterdam Vondelpark Open Air theatre

Open air theatre throughout the summer is just one of the many delights in an Amsterdam city break. Staged near the fountain in Vondelpark there is entertainment for everyone, from drama to cabaret, from dance to classical concerts.

Night Watch by Rembrandt

It has been a long ten years while one of the glories of Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum was closed for a massive refurbishment. It was only meant to be for three years but, as always, the time and cost soared seemingly out of control.

Amsterdam Diamond Centre

Amsterdam hardly ever makes the grade in anyone's hit list of Europe's top romantic cities. Paris, Rome, Venice - even London - are likely to leave the Dutch capital in the shade. This is a shame because we at TravelSavvy think it has a heart of gold.

Cafe Daalder

One of the first things to strike the visitor on a city break to Amsterdam is the wealth of restaurants on offer. Take a walk down any major street in the centre of Amsterdam and there are eateries as far as the eye can see. Check out our pick.

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City break travel guide to Amsterdam