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Amsterdam is a popular city located in western Netherlands and is the country’s capital too. It’s renowned for its network of beautiful canals, connected by over a thousand picturesque bridges. The city is one of contrasts, with narrow gothic buildings, incredible museums, coffee shops and the much talked about Red Light District!
Possibly Amsterdam’s biggest attraction is the Anne Frank House. Its popularity is evident in the long queues waiting for tickets – but all for good reason. It offers an incredibly moving experience, with audio clips, photographs and documents offering an insight into the harrowing life of Anne. With brilliant architecture, gorgeous parks, and idyllic canals, this city is a place of great beauty. In true Amsterdam-fashion, you can hire a bike to admire the scenery or simply take a leisurely stroll.
Amsterdam truly is a city of romance. It makes for a dreamy getaway with its scenic canals, narrow streets, and intimate restaurants. Families will enjoy a city break here too, with fantastic museums, parks, and a zoo to visit.
With so many fascinating attractions, there’s something for everyone in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam has a buzzing nightlife when the sun goes down, with streets and squares brimming with people. The city has an array of pulsing underground clubs, as well as bars, and more relaxed coffeeshops to visit.
Amsterdam has a variety of dining opportunities to cater to all tastes and budgets. Don’t miss out on visiting a traditional cafe, renowned for their delicious pancakes or chips covered in mayonnaise. They’re around almost every corner so you won’t have trouble finding one!
There are an array of museums to visit in Amsterdam, all of which are bound to entertain children. The NEMO Science Museum is a fantastic choice as it offers a hands-on experience which caters to all ages.
In Dam Square you’ll find typical Amsterdam products from clothing to authentic gifts. Don’t miss out on the unique floating Flower Market where you can buy bouquets, single flowers, or bulbs to export home!
Every year midway through September, thousands of monuments open their doors (free of charge) across the Netherlands. This is called Open Monument Day and is a fantastic way to encourage locals and tourists alike to explore the history that surrounds them.
Summer is the most popular time to visit the city as it sees warmer temperatures in the 20s. For a less crowded visit, spring and autumn are also great times to go, but the weather is slightly cooler so don’t forget a jacket! Winter tends to be rather cold, with temperatures averaging at around 5 degrees, but it’s still worth it thanks to Amsterdam’s brilliant Christmas markets!
Euro is used here so there’s no need to worry about conversion rates.
Amsterdam is one hour ahead of Ireland.
There are regular flights to Amsterdam from Cork and Dublin with a short flight time of under 2 hours! From the airport, the city centre is just a 25 minute drive away so the overall travel experience is easy and comfortable. If you’re feeling confident, hire a bike and cycle around the city like a local, or you can get an I Amsterdam City Card which enables unlimited access to the city’s public transport system for up to 72 hours.