A City Break In Old Amsterdam

A City Break In Old Amsterdam

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Early evening on one of Amsterdams canals.

Are you looking for the perfect city break in Amsterdam? City hotel stays are a great option, offering the convenience of a central location with an exceptional standard of service and facilities. When choosing somewhere to spend your time in Amsterdam, city hotel options are plentiful. In true Dutch style customer service is always excellent, with hotels being extremely comfortable and complemented by all the added extra luxuries expected of high-class establishment. Most are designed in a contemporary style and offer spacious rooms and suites with en suite facilities. The larger hotels provide lavish spas and restaurants and some offer gym facilities. Restaurants are of an exemplary standard and menus are an eclectic fusion of Dutch and international delicacies.

This is a city that embraces a deep and interesting history while moving headlong into the future with a progressive, modern and liberal attitude. Inspiring and captivating in equal measures, Amsterdam will have you wanting to return for more. From the winding canals that criss cross the city to the quaint windmills that still turn in the wind, and from the hundreds of bicycles that traverse the streets to the stunning display of spring flowers that have made it famous, this is one of Europe’s most colourful and charming of cities.

Uncovering the best of Amsterdam

City hotel staff are an excellent source of local knowledge and can help recommend the best places to go and sites to see. Maps are available from your hotel or from the tourist information centre and are a must if you’re going to explore the city independently. The city squares and museums

Wandering the streets and absorbing the relaxed vibe is the best way of really getting a feel for the local culture. There are several famous squares in the city centre but one of the most famous is the Museumplein, which is home some excellent museums. The Van Gogh Museum is the most visited and is a must see on any art lover’s itinerary. Telling the story of the artist’s life and work the museum also houses some of his best artworks.

The Jewish Museum and Resistance Museum are also housed in the square and are both fascinating places to visit. Despite depicting the harsh reality of some the most horrific oppression in recent history, the museums raise poignant questions and highlights how far the city has come since those more sinister times. As an extension to this everyone should pay a visit The House Of Anne Frank. This old canal house, in which Anne and her family and friends hid for two years, brings the tough reality of the Nazi occupation to life and tells a very personal story of an important part of history.

Botanic gardens

If you feel like getting away from the city’s bustling streets and are looking for some tranquillity and peace, head to the Botanical Gardens. Home to a 2000 year old cactus and thousands of other plants, these gardens are believed to be the oldest in the world. Wander around at your own pace, soak up the peaceful atmosphere then perhaps enjoy a coffee in the charming café situated in the orangeries of the gardens.

A city break is a great way to see Amsterdam. City hotel accommodation is plentiful and always of an excellent standard. Some of the countries finest hotels are located in here so you know you won’t be disappointed.


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