Notorious for smokey coffee-shops, neon lights of the red light district and it’s vast maze of canals, Amsterdam is the perfect city break destination if you’re looking for something lively and eye-opening. Although the capital of Holland may have a reputation for seedy alleys and unsavoury activities, the city has a very liberating atmosphere and meandering along the canals makes you notice how clean and picturesque Amsterdam actually is. Host to modern bars, shops and cafes Amsterdam is the perfect destination any time of the year for an uber cool break from the UK.
There’s no doubt that Amsterdam is still a popular destination for stag and hen do’s and it’s laid back attitude towards sex and drugs is strongly evident throughout the city, but that isn’t to say it’s a dangerous or overly sordid. If you have an open mind to exploring these attitudes, then I am sure to say you will enjoy Amsterdam. If this isn’t your cup of tea then Amsterdam is home to multiple-world renowned museums and galleries, some of which house the largest collections in the Netherlands and it may be best to avoid certain districts after dark. That being said there is so much more to see and do in Amsterdam than just giggling at naked ladies in shop front windows, Amsterdam is rich in museums and galleries, home to Anne Frank's house and the humble Heineken pint.
Currency: Euro €
Some common words to know before you travel:
Hello = Hallo, Thank you = Dank u wel , Please = alstublieft , The Bill Please = de rekening graag
Time Difference: +1 Hour
Best Time to Visit: Amsterdam is perfect to visit all year round as the weather is not extreme in the winter (although you'll definitely need to wrap up), the coffee shop lined canals will be picturesque come snow or sun. Winter hosts Christmas markets, hot chocolate and outdoor ice-skating in the Dutch capital whilst summer sees the arrival of music and food festivals every weekend, rooftop terraces and BBQs in the local park.
Flight Time: 1 hour 20 mins from the UK
Food and drink in the centre of Amsterdam can be pricey, especially in tourist traps (don't expect a waffle or crepe for any less than €7). Wandering to the outer streets and hunting for somewhere more reasonable can save you a few euro, as not everywhere makes the most of the tourist's wallets.
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