Discover the Dutch capital’s wonderful 17th century historical atmosphere, sitting perfectly alongside the mentality of a modern metropolis. The traditional small-scale houses and intimate streets with the beautiful canals and squares make it a unique city and one of Europe’s most interesting destinations.
With DFDS you can book a trip to Amsterdam for a great price, with 2 for 1 deals on our mini cruise offer, and for those who’d like to stay longer, special offers on our hotel break and our cruise & stay break, where you book your own accommodation.
What to do in Amsterdam
The UNESCO World Heritage listed canal ring is a must-see for anyone visiting Amsterdam. Take a boat trip and marvel at the city from the water for a completely new view on the Dutch capital. Sail along the Singel River, famous for its flower market, hop off and explore the nearby squares and plazas, each of them having their own unique character and features.
Hit the red carpet and get snapped with your favourite celebrities at Madame Tussauds, visit Royal Coster Diamonds and Gassan Diamonds to discover the secrets of diamond cutting and take a tour through the dynamic world of Heineken at the Heineken Experience. And don’t forget to explore the stunning Vondelpark and Hortus Botanicus. There’s no shortage of things to do and see in this magnificent city, so it’s no surprise that our customers keep coming back!
Amsterdam is packed with world famous traditional Dutch icons. Discover Zaanse Schans, a 250-year-old windmill park where you will learn more about the Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Of course clogs are one of the most well-known and authentic products from Holland. You can find the oldest wooden shoe, from around the year 1230, in Nieuwendijk Amsterdam and you can still see wooden shoes being hand-crafted at Zaanse Schans or De Simonehoeve, both just outside the city.
Holland is also known for its variety of cheeses. Try the country’s ‘yellow gold’ while visiting one of the 3 cheese farms close to Amsterdam: Alida Hoeve, Catharina Hoeve and Jacobs Hoeve. And while you are exploring the Dutch icons, do not forget to add Keukenhof to the list; the largest flower garden in the world.
Get to know the Dutch Masters
Dutch Masters, such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals, changed the art of painting forever and developed a worldwide reputation in the 16th and 17th centuries. Marvel at the works of these artists at the many museums throughout the country and engage with the art and life of the Dutch people through the centuries.
Many of Holland’s museums feature works by the Dutch Masters. Visit the Rijksmuseum to see Rembrandt’s famous painting ‘The Nightwatch’ as well as a selection of paintings by Vermeer. Or be amazed by the newly re-opened Mauritshuis in The Hague where you can find the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’. Let us not forget about the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, and the Johannes Vermeer Centre in Delft, where you will be given a fascinating insight into the Dutch Masters. Travel to the east of Holland to see the second-largest collection of works by Van Gogh in the Kroller Muller museum in Otterlo. The largest collection of Van Gogh works can be found at the Van Gogh Museum, as well as workshops and information about the life of one of history’s most famous artists.
Amsterdam is the number one city for cycling in Holland. The best way to get to know the city and explore the most beautiful spots is by bike.
You can easily cycle through Vondelpark, along the canals and on to the Van Gogh Museum in one morning. Jump on the bike and become a real Amsterdammer!
And did you know how easy it is to see more of Holland by bike? Because of the flat landscape, mild climate, short distances and well-organised infrastructure, it is a perfect destination for cycling.
It is safe, easy and great fun! Discover more of Holland with more than 32,000 kilometres of cycle paths.
Where to eat in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is wonderful city for those who love food! It boasts three restaurants with 2 Michelin stars; Ciel Bleu, &samhoud places and Bord’eu and plenty of other restaurants from the Michelin Guide.
To enjoy a lovely diner at a classic restaurant by the water, a lovely brasserie or on a terrace with a view of the monumental buildings head to Restaurant Greetje, a Dutch specialty restaurant that uses produce grown on Dutch soil.
Alternatively, try Le Restaurant, which is almost ‘hidden’ in an ordinary street in the Pijp district. Let culinary Amsterdam surprise you!
Enjoy daytrips from Amsterdam to other cities
Did you know that it is very easy to explore other cities in Holland from Amsterdam? Holland boasts an extensive railway network, and the trains are modern and very comfortable.
Since Holland is a relatively small country, you can travel from Amsterdam to Utrecht in just 30 minutes, to Rotterdam in just 35 minutes and to The Hague in just 50 minutes. And even traveling all the way up to Groningen or down south to Maastricht takes just 2 hours from Amsterdam Central. Discover many other beautiful places in Holland in just one day!
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