Amsterdam City Breaks
Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Boasting almost as many canals as there are streets, this captivating capital city is a joy to explore by boat, on foot or even by bicycle.
There is so much to like about Amsterdam, a city where the majority of people don't drive cars and where the myriad of canals are wider than the streets. Travelling around the city is easiest by boat or tram, however, bicycle is the mode preferred by a large proportion of the city's residents. The narrow, winding streets make it easy to get lost - but there could hardly be a nicer city to lose yourself in, with beautiful houses, charming markets and pretty squares. Amsterdam is a delight to explore.
Each of our Amsterdam city breaks commences with a journey on the Eurostar from St Pancras International in London to Brussels Midi. There is a short connection in Brussels, where you board the Intercity service directly to Amsterdam Central. For your Rail & Stay short break to Amsterdam, you will be departing on a morning Eurostar service.
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Popular attractions on Amsterdam city breaks
The best way to see the city's fantastic architecture is by boat - canal tours are available and begin at the Central Station or from outside the Rijksmuseum. Alternatively, you can board the Canal Bus which stops close to as many as 20 of the city's main attractions and shopping areas. A day ticket allows you to hop on and hop off as often as you like.
Holland's largest museum boasts a million objects, the most famous of which is Rembrandt's Night Watch.
Anne Frank's House
The place where Anne Frank and her family spent two years hiding during World War II is now a poignant museum.
Van Gogh Museum
The museum dedicated to the life of the Dutch painter contains more of his work
than any other collection.
Amsterdam's secret garden offers a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Dutch have a long history of involvement in the diamond industry, and at Gassan Diamonds you can see rough diamonds being cut and polished, transforming them into dazzling jewels.
Open to the public only when it is not being used by the Dutch Royal Family, the Royal Palace on Dam Square is certainly worth visiting during short breaks to Amsterdam.
The fascinating open-air museum depicts Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. You can wander among the traditional wooden houses, shops and stalls and see the 'inhabitants' in
traditional Dutch dress.
Flora Holland is the world auction for flowers, where you can become completely surrounded by the bright colours and wonderful smells of the flower trade. Over 20 million flowers and plants are sold at the auction each day.