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Amsterdam Eindhoven Rotterdam
21 June 2022 | 3 nights | 2 people

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About Amsterdam

Unmistakable and unique, Amsterdam's canals and gabled houses give the city an historic elegance recalling its seafaring past. Add a wealth of galleries and museums, fine dining and a buzzing nightlife, and you have the ideal city break destination.

The highlights of Dutch cuisine include herrings served every which way (raw, cooked and pickled), smoked eel and chops with mayonnaise. Gouda and Edam are the best known cheeses, but there are plenty of others to sample. For pudding, select applegebak, traditional Dutch apple pie, or find a pancake house or poffertjes stall, selling light, fluffy mini pancakes with choice of toppings.

A legacy of the Netherlands' colonial past is the rijsttafel, a feast of up to 25 Indonesian dishes served together with rice. Wash it down with a lass of pils or wheat beer, and don't forget to try a Jenever or Dutch gin.

When to visit

If you're planning a holiday in Amsterdam, our top picks for the best time to travel would be February and August


A romantic city which remains attractive throughout the year, the climate in Amsterdam is never really extreme. In Feb the tourist season hasn't started so there'll be less crowds and cheaper options


Although it's peak season the city is at its balmy best - perfect for a canal-side stroll or bike ride, a boat tour, or soaking up the café terrace ambience

Things to do in Amsterdam

Books inspired by Amsterdam

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood for your Amsterdam holiday

Why the Dutch are Different

Ben Coates

Stranded at Schiphol Airport, author Ben Coates called up a Dutch girl he'd met some months earlier, went for dinner, and stayed for good. He explores the hidden heart of the small but fascinating country. National and social history and travelogue all combine to make a well-written and readable book, perfect for anyone who loves The Netherlands or is thinking of going.

Amsterdam Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers


8th December 2021 by Two Monkey's Travel

11 best things to do in Amsterdam, Netherlands

With its rich heritage, narrow houses, beautiful facades, and amazing canal system, Amsterdam is truly one of the best places to visit in the Netherlands. With all the places to discover here, you’ll never run out of things to do. Exciting, thrilling, relaxing, name it, you can experience all that in Amsterdam....


9th August 2021 by The Scrapbook of Life

3 days in Amsterdam – The perfect itinerary + how much it costs

Wondering how to spend 3 days in Amsterdam? Then this is the perfect itinerary for you. One of the most magical Christmas city breaks in Europe but perfect at any time of the year, there are many amazing things to do in Amsterdam to fill any trip. But this super detailed itinerary for 3 days in Amsterdam will share with you the must-dos (both unique and popular) when it comes to sights, experiences, canals, food, bars and so much more! Plus, it will give you the full details of how to get from...


9th November 2020 by The Scrapbook of Life

Magical Christmas City Breaks in Europe

As we head deeper into the Autumn, you may be starting to think about planning a Christmas break to get yourself into the festive spirit. To help you decide where to go, here are 5 of the best destinations for a Christmas city break in Europe. Magical vibes, traditional markets, streets illuminated with lights, and scrumptious Christmas delights – what’s not to love?...


14th January 2021 by PommieTravels

Day trip to Amsterdam: top sights

Amsterdam, one of the most multifaceted cities in the world, is a perfect destination for a day or weekend trip. Its picturesque canals and architecture, unique culture, open-minded citizens, and absolute freedom can’t be found anywhere else around the globe. Take your umbrella or raincoat, get on the bicycle, and let’s explore this one-of-a-kind city!...


24th September 2020 by Emma

Announcing the winner of our Eurostar holiday competition

On Thursday 24rd September we drew the winner of our summer Eurostar holiday competition. From the thousands of valid entries received, twenty were chosen at random and placed in a "hat" (our trusty Cabeau travel pillow bag). Watch the video of Stuart drawing the winner in the Facebook video above.A big congratulations to Sophie-Mai Wilde! Her prize is valid for 12 months, so I'm sure she'll make good use of it once the current travel restrictions are lifted. And thank you to all who entered;...


4th February 2019 by Emma

Announcing the result of our Eurostar Amsterdam competition

Our latest Eurostar Amsterdam competition closed on the 31st December - a huge thank-you to all who entered! From all the valid entries received, we chose one lucky winner at random. I can now reveal that the lucky recipient of a £250 Eurostar voucher is... Kelvin Thornton. A huge congratulations from the team here at Travelscoop! Let us know how you get on. Keep checking our email newsletters and following our facebook page at for more chances to win, as there's...


26th January 2021 by Charlie, Distracted

How to spend 36 hours in Amsterdam

With Eurostar now going directly to Amsterdam from St Pancras, The Netherlands have never been so accessible. When planning what to do in Amsterdam, prep an empty stomach, pick a canal and get walking. Earlier this year, I had the realisation that even though travel = new, it doesn’t always have to be in new places. There’s a good handful of places, especially in Europe, that I have visited when I was younger that I’ve wanted to head back to and get a better appreciation for....

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