A guide to Amsterdam holidays

  • Kate Frost

Amsterdam, just over an hour away from the UK by plane, is a vibrant destination for a city break. Amsterdam holidays can be enjoyed all year round - just make sure you pack an umbrella and warm clothes in winter. If you have only a limited amount of time in the city then ensure you take a walk along the Singel canal and visit the famous flower market, the red light district and Anne Frank's house. If time allows you could hire a bike and cycle along the canals and through the city to see the major sights. There's also Rembrandt's house to visit, the Van Gogh museum and a multitude of shops, cafes, coffee shops and restaurants to discover.

Where to find holidays to Amsterdam

There are some great value flight and hotel offers to be found at www.myamsterdam.co.uk. A 2-night break flying from Gatwick and staying at the 3-star Tulip Inn City West on the 3rd October is only £128.31 per person.

Expedia also have holidays to Amsterdam. At www.expedia.co.uk you can book the Park Hotel, a canalside property close to the Van Gogh museum for £90 per night. A weekend break taken from the 7th-9th October at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky is £430 including flights.

Where to stay in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a small city, so wherever you stay you will be in travelling distance, whether on foot, by bike or public transport, of all the famous attractions. Hotels and guesthouses in the compact city centre will cost more than those located just outside the centre. The same goes for hotels with canal or river views. Staying outside the centre will not only cost you less, but it will often be in a quieter location, perfect for relaxing after a busy day spent sightseeing. For example, small family run guesthouses like The Flying Pancake and Vondel View B&B (www.vondelview.com) are situated in residential areas, but are walking or cycling distance from the centre of Amsterdam. Alternatively, Amsterdam holidays booked at the 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel allow you to be right at the heart of the action as the hotel is located close to Dam Square, in the historic centre.

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