Amsterdam destination guide - the vibrant dutch capital city
Amsterdam is one of the most famous cities in the world, with a unique way of life and a style all its own. Once an artistic and cultural hub to rival those among history’s greatest, Amsterdam now enjoys a reputation as a fascinating metropolis with an edgier side to it.
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Travel to Amsterdam by taking a ferry from Newcastle to Holland and you’ll arrive at our port in IJmuiden, just a short drive away from the city. We also offer a
mini cruise to Amsterdam, complete with coach transfers to the city.
You can also drive up to Amsterdam via Belgium in a few hours from our ports in Dunkirk and Calais.
Why Visit Amsterdam
A must-see for any traveller, Amsterdam is one of the most famous cities in the world, with a culture where the classic and the modern don’t just lie side-by-side, but work together in harmony. Amsterdam attractions include beautiful baroque architecture from the 17th century which once played host to concert halls, merchants and more now house modern, cutting-edge restaurants, bars and clubs in one of the world’s most progressive and liberal cities.
What to see in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has several excellent areas for shopping, and you'll find everything from trendy boutiques to big-name department stores all over the city. Wander the cobbled streets and you’re sure to find something to take your fancy, whether you’re looking for fashion, fragrance, flowers or even diamonds.
Shopping in Amsterdam
Amsterdam also has a number of world-famous attractions which bring in tourists from all over the globe. Perhaps the most famous of these is Anne Frank Huis, the house in which Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during the Second World War. History fans will also enjoy the Resistance Museum, which tells the story of the militia who fought against the Nazi occupation of
The Negen Straatjes (9 streets) is an interesting area for shoppers, as it includes some of Amsterdam’s best independent, vintage and boutique stores, as well as fantastic cafes and bars for when you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped. Wander the criss-crossing streets and discover one-off delights where you can pick up presents for yourself or your loved ones.
There's plenty for-art lovers too including the Van Gogh museum, dedicated to Holland’s most famous artisit, and the Rijksmuseum, with its large collection of Rembrandt works including the stunning "Night Watch". The Stedelijk Museum is another must-see for art fans, with its excellent collection of modern art works which are often snapped up by the museum long before they catch the attention of the rest of the world. For a more classic art museum experience, the Hermitage Museum has treasures on loan from St Petersburg.
In fact you'll never be short of what to do in Amsterdam with other famous attractions including the Royal Palace, Dam Square and Madame Tussauds, all within a short distance, by foot or tram, of each other. Artis Zoo, one of Europe’s oldest zoos, with a huge collection of animals and Nemo, a ruly interactive science museum for children which has a stunning harbour side location.
Where to stay
There's a huge choice of places to stay in Amsterdam with hotels, hostels, B&Bs and even houseboats. For a great choice just visit booking.com for more details.
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