How to have the best of all worlds in Amsterdam
Get the most from a short trip to Amsterdam
Holland is famed for its beauty, culture, miles upon miles of captivating flower fields, and a world-class capital which captures it all and more. Popular with everyone from backpackers to business people, Amsterdam city can be both cosmopolitan and quaint, and you can spend your time enjoying her however you like. But with so much on offer, a maze of streets, canals and bridges to navigate, you might feel overwhelmed.
So, if you’re short on time, but want to have something interesting to do and tell your friends about, here’s how to delight your senses, not burn yourself out, and make the most of your
Amsterdam city: Taste: eat well
It sounds obvious, but when we’re against the clock we often grab unhealthy, convenience food. Amsterdam city has an international mixture of excellent restaurants including plenty of affordable ones. Choose from Turkish, Spanish, traditional Dutch, Italian and more. Check out our article about the best budget restaurants, and choose somewhere to satisfy your taste buds.
See: visit a cool attraction
With museums, shopping centres and other famous sites to see, there’s something for you, even if it’s sipping a coffee and watching the flurry around the vibrant flower market. Visiting the Van Gogh Museum always sounds impressive, and it is. Here’s a list of the best places to go.
Be Dutch for a day: cycle
If you want to absorb yourself in all things Dutch, then hire a bike and take your own whistle stop of our city. Cycling is as much of our culture as the flowers photographed by the millions of tourists every year. Try it for an hour, if nothing else, you’ll feel awesome.
Rest: sleep well
Amsterdam caters for all budgets. Bijou hotels with fancy things, famous brands with everything, and some excellent B&Bs with more than you need to enjoy your trip. If you want to be close to the centre and stay somewhere nice that won’t cost a fortune, try Amsterdam Hostel Annemarie, it’s located in the beautiful Downtown area.