Travel to Amsterdam, one of Europe’s most loved cities
Amsterdam is known for its liberal attitudes but also for its wealth of history, culture and architecture. Cruise the canal system, explore the streets by bicycle, stand and admire its architecture, wander through the Red Light District or ponder over the multitude of art on display in its many museums… you’ll find all this and more when you visit Amsterdam.
Steeped in history, Amsterdam dates back to the 12th century when it was just a mere fishing village. Within 500 years it had grown to become one of the world’s most important ports and, during the Dutch Golden Age the city began to add much of its now famous architecture and developed its extensive canal system. Today, the capital of the Netherlands is also the country’s largest city and although well known for its history, the city also has a very modern side as a commercial and financial center for Europe.
Culture lovers will be in their element here. When you visit Amsterdam there’s no shortage of museum choices – visit the spectacular Rijksmuseum or focus on the works of Van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum. Step back in time and re-live the horrors of the Second World War for a young Jewish girl and her family at the poignant house museum, Anne Frank House, or get a complete picture of the city’s history at the Amsterdam Museum. When you’re done in the museums relax in one of Amsterdam’s lovely parks then enjoy an evening of nightlife in one of its many vibrant bars, called cafés, dine in a great restaurant, or dance the night away in a discotheque.