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AMSTERDAM CITY BREAKS

 

By Dohduhdah (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

An Amsterdam City Break offers the perfect quick-hop to the continent and a city which makes a mockery of the 'conservative' Dutch. Radiating out from Dam Square, the historic centre of the city is ringed by quaint canals and cobbled streets, and throngs with bicycles, tourists, houseboats, students, artists and street performers. Amsterdam wears two faces: on one, it smiles and beckons hedonistic youth with its notorious Red Light District and liberal views; while on the other it offers discerning travellers some of Europe's finest restaurants, museums and art galleries.

For the tourist, one of the joys of an Amsterdam City Break is its compact-ness. The old part of town is a pleasure to explore on foot, strolling across ancient bridges and down narrow lanes past gabled houses, and dropping in to browse inviting souvenir boutiques crammed with blue and white Delft china and wooden clogs and tulips. Pavement cafes and cosy bars offer rest and refreshment. An alternative is to take a circular canal-boat cruise and see the city from the water, peering in on the lives of the locals who live on houseboats lining the waterways.

Amsterdam City Breaks are so easy from all over the UK, and is a long standing favourite for customers of Millington Travel. There is so much to see and do here, it makes a perfect short city break for the whole family.

 

Millington Travel's Top Ten things to see & do.

  1. Amsterdam's Canals. Added to UNESCO's World Heritage list, a tour is an absolute must.
  2. Anne Frank's House & Diary. A moving tribute to a young Jewish girl and her family hiding from Nazi Persecution.
  3. Hire a bike. The bicycle was made for Amsterdam, so tour the beautiful backstreets and bridges on two wheels.
  4. Van Gogh Museum. The architecture of the building subtly underscores the hundreds of pieces of work on display.
  5. Rembrandt's House. The famous Dutch master who lived here at the pinnacle of his career. 
  6. Heineken Experience.  Learn about the brewing process and history, and enjoy free beer!
  7. Haarlem. 15-minutes from Amsterdam Haarlem is a quaint city with youthful energy and plenty of historic sights.
  8. The Bulbfields. Take a tour from the city in spring for a blaze of colour as the tulips bloom.
  9. Eftling Theme Park. A captivating theme park which transports children into their favourite imaginary world.
  10. National Maritime Museum. Covering four centuries of Dutch naval history and Dutch exploration.
 
When to go?
 

Amsterdam has a mild European climate similar to that of the UK, so summers are pleasantly warm sometimes hot, and winters are mild, sometimes cold. Summer of course is when most people visit so this is a time of larger crowds and higher prices. Our favourite time to visit is spring when the bulbfields are in full bloom, or autumn when the temperatures are perfect for sightseeing. 

 

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mostly cloudy. Mild.

Mostly cloudy. Mild.

20 °C

68 °F

Humidity 71%
Wind 17Kph

Thu

Mostly cloudy. Mild.

20 °C

68 °F

Fri

Rain. Mostly cloudy. Mild.

18 °C

64 °F

Sat

Sunny. Mild.

18 °C

64 °F

Sun

More sun than clouds. Mild.

22 °C

72 °F

Mon

More sun than clouds. Mild.

22 °C

72 °F

Tue

Partly sunny. Mild.

19 °C

66 °F

 
Food & drink
 

Amsterdam boasts a huge variety of restaurants. The options, spread out over more than 1,000 venues, range from French cuisine to Indonesian take away and, naturally, there are plenty of authentic Dutch options (characterised by the use of smaller meats such as sausage and an abundance of vegetables). Try some of the local snacks: pancakes (or pannekoek), pickled herring sold at brightly-coloured fish stalls, frikadel (a snack sausage served with mayonnaise, ketchup and onions), and small windmill-shaped cookies called speculaas that are traditionally dipped in coffee. Don't forget to look for the 'Vlaamse frieten' signs to try chips/fries the Dutch way: with mayonnaise!
 
By Joshua Doubek (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)],
via Wikimedia Commons
 
 
 
 
Amsterdam City Breaks are inexpensive and it is so close to us and easy to get to that it makes a perfect short or long weekend. We think you'll love it as we do, so give Millington Travel a call now for expert advice and great prices.
 

STAFF PICK

NICOLE BLOCKLEY, HALFORD ST

I visited Amsterdam recently for the first time and I was very impressed. From the moment we arrived we were immersed in culture and sophistication. I am already planning another visit - everybody should see this amazing city for themselves at least once!

Speak to Nicole on 0116 2990000

 

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