Exploring The Delights Of Amsterdam.
The capital of Holland (or the Netherlands if you prefer) is the perfect holiday destination with its world class museums, galleries, beautiful open public squares with stunning architecture. Amsterdam is always lively throughout the year, so no matter what season you travel during, you will always find something different and entertaining to experience and enjoy. With annual festivals including food events like Freedom Feast and music festivals like Sensation, there is always something going on.
Exploring the café culture of the city is perfect if you are looking to enjoy a relaxing break, there are also a number of various restaurants and coffee shops to visit as you roam through the streets and savour the views from the canals that complete Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is a leading European city on culture and they have a number of perfect museums and galleries for a connoisseur to digest in their own time. Some of the most popular include the Rijksmuseum, for art and history, and the Stedelijk Museum for art, both of which are situated in classic 19th century buildings that adds to the complete experience.
As you travel through Rembrandt square you definitely need to look out for the statue of the man himself, which is also a perfect spot for a photo. The city has a number of beautiful historic buildings such as the Westerkerk church, built in the 17th century, and the baroque inspired Royal Palace on Dam square. Finally if you want to treat yourself to an afternoon of fashion shopping you need to go to P.C. Hooftstraat which offers the top designer stores.
Heineken Music Hall is alive with live music of a night-time and other popular venues include the Paradiso and Melkweg. Of if you’re after a more cultured night out you can check out the Dutch National Opera and Ballet or a musical at the Royal Theatre Carré. If you’re planning to go for a quiet drink definitely visit the Arendsnest Dutch Beer Bar to sample a variety of local breweries.
Dutch cuisine is a wonderful blend that takes inspiration from neighbouring European countries such as the Restaurant Johannes that specialises in French food, Ivy & Bros for organic cuisine and Biercafé Gollem for traditional Dutch dishes.
Ahead of your trip to Amsterdam always ensure you have a plan to stay safe in case of emergencies. Apply for, or renew your existing, EHIC Card and benefit from free or discounted medical care abroad, in the event of the worst case scenario. You never know what could happen so it is best to pack your EHIC.