A laid-back and tolerant city
It’s not difficult to see why people keep coming back to Amsterdam year after year. One of Europe’s most laid-back and tolerant of cities, it’s a place where anything and everything goes. And the stuff that doesn’t go by bike goes by canal. Take a deep breath and launch yourself in.
|Time zone:||GMT +1 hour (GMT +2 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||1 hour 25|
|Holiday type:||City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 9.9°C (24 hour average)
Rainfall: 831.6mm a year
There’s only one place to see the world’s largest collection of the master’s original works. Amsterdam’s post-modern Van Gogh Museum chronicles his life, work and sheer brilliance. Meanwhile, the Anne Frank House on Prinsengracht chronicles another life – go for a moving insight into the story of her struggle in wartime Amsterdam.
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Just round the corner from Rembrandt’s house, you’ll find the helpfully named Rembrandt Corner, which, as well as wireless access, has mussels by the bowlful that always go down a treat.
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30 April is Queen’s Day. And, with any old excuse for a knees-up, Amsterdam’s largest open-air party celebrates the birthday of the Dutch Queen Mother.
Hire one of the 600,000 bikes in Amsterdam for just a few euros – there are hire and repair points dotted around the city – and pedal like a local.
If you’re out late and can’t find a cab, you can book and reserve a Thai-style tuk-tuk. They’re particularly handy after public transport shuts down around 12.30am.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit The Netherlands.
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