Amsterdam is an ideal city for a short weekend break. Not only are there plenty of cheap bargain flights from the UK but you get a good selection of discount hotels. Amsterdam is also steeped in history and culture, has some excellent restaurants and first class travel links. In short, it’s a great choice for a short city break.
Cheap flights apart, good rail and ferry services also make the city easily accessible for a short weekend break in summer or winter. Flights land at Schiphol Airport – rated one of the best in Europe – and there are direct rail and road links into the city centre with its historic sights, restaurants, coffee shops and entertainment.
There is also plenty of holiday short break accommodation, though hotel rates can rise steeply in summer. Cheap accommodation is more plentiful in winter, so it can pay to check out seasonal discount prices before you go.
There are so many things to do in Amsterdam. Travel guides give details of museums, galleries and concert halls that give the city an unrivalled reputation for culture and entertainment. The restaurants, cafes and coffee shops are renowned, and the traffic-free centre makes it perfect for walking tours.
The Netherlands has a liberal attitude to sex and drugs and the Amsterdam Red Light District is notorious for its brothels, and sex shops. Smoking cannabis is also acceptable in many coffeeshops and coffee houses. Amsterdam travel guides will also tell you this is a great city for a holiday shopping break with shopping streets packed with designer boutiques, art shops and quirky stores.
Above all the city is compact and easy to explore, with first-rate transport and travel links. The network of city canals offer canal boat tours while bike tours and travel guide tours are also very popular. There are also excellent tram and bus services. Everything is within easy reach of the main hotels with restaurants and cafes always nearby for a lunch break or a welcome drink.