Trendy capital packed with history
Looking for a weekend holiday full of history and culture? Book a flight to Amsterdam and visit the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum or stroll through the Vondelpark. Across the IJ, the hip and modern Amsterdam-Noord offers a striking contrast to the historic canal district. Amsterdam has many different sides!
Did you know that the canal district is a UNESCO World Heritage site? Peruse the 'negen straatjes', 9 picturesque lanes that run perpendicular to the canals, or admire the capital from the water with a boat tour. Venture beyond Amsterdam to explore the open-air museum Zaanse Schans and see the quintessential Dutch tulips at the Keukenhof. The ultimate Dutch experience! Amsterdam is not only the ideal destination for weekend holidays, but also a great starting point for a longer vacation in Europe. Treat yourself: book a flight to Amsterdam now!
A city with character
Each Amsterdam neighbourhood has its own unique character. De Jordaan and De Pijp are famous for their relaxed vibe and classic Dutch cafés, while Amsterdam-Noord offers striking street art at the edgy former NDSM shipyard. Or visit the ultra-modern Eye Film museum, a short ferry ride from Central Station.
Flights to Amsterdam for unique weekend holidays
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ACTIVE & OUTDOOR
Old towns, stunning constructions and wonderful nature: admire all of this and more in THIS IS HOLLAND, a brand-new 5D movie attraction by the producers of De Nieuwe Wildernis (The New Wilderness). It is the perfect introduction to Holland for first-time visitors, but also an interesting surprise for Dutchies who think they know their country inside out. This is a magical 5D experience with smells, colours, images, sounds, rain and shine.
Amsterdam has just gained another top attraction: the A’DAM Tower in trendy Amsterdam-Noord finally provides the city with a decent viewing platform. The 360-degree view, the ‘Over the Edge’ swing, a cocktail bar and a fabulous restaurant make the crossing from Amsterdam’s Central Station more than worthwhile.
Spending the weekend in Amsterdam? Get local and go by bike! It’s the best way to get from A to B without missing a single thing. Oh yes, this city has more to offer than the Van Gogh Museum, the flower market and coffee shops. With just a few tips, we would like to introduce you to the city that caters for all tastes with its endless list of activities and possibilities.
ARTS & CULTURE
Innovative, visionary and imaginative: the work of the late 15th-century Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch was truly groundbreaking. On display in museums around the world, his paintings still inspire countless visitors. 2016 marks the 500th anniversary of his death. There will be a series of events throughout the whole year to celebrate the life of this ingenious painter. All events will take place in ’s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch), his home town and one of the most beautiful medieval cities in the Netherlands.
With over 350 events, 2,200 DJs and more than 80 clubs and venues, the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is the largest electronic dance festival in the world. The most high-profile party during this 5-day long event in October is the Amsterdam Music Festival (AMF). The first edition of the AMF took place in 2013 and in less than 2 years this new festival has become a household name in the world of dance music.
ARTS & CULTURE
Hundreds of historical ships on the water and countless activities on the quayside: SAIL Amsterdam 2015 will be one big extravaganza. This nautical event arrives in capital of the Netherlands every 5 years, and this 9th edition promises to be even more impressive and inspiring than ever before!
Without any false modesty, the organisers call it ‘the World’s Leading Dance Event’. Take a closer look at the facts and figures and you will see why. Sensation is the largest and most successful dance party in the world, drawing 40,000 visitors each year in Amsterdam and hosting international editions in 32 countries. To organise such a mega-event takes a monumental effort.
The 15th Sensation edition will not be going on an international tour and can only be experienced in Amsterdam. According to organiser Duncan Stutterheim: “This is a landmark event that deserves an exclusive show.” This event expects to welcome more foreign visitors than ever from 75 countries. Many visitors don’t fly home the next day but stay to explore the famous Amsterdam nightlife scene.
ARTS & CULTURE
The stately Royal Palace on Dam Square is one of the main historic monuments in Amsterdam. In the 17th century, the imposing building in the city centre was dubbed the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. Nowadays it is mainly used for official receptions and royal events, although the antique interior and beautiful art collection are open to the general public throughout the year.
A tall, green building above the water of the IJ waterway. This is NEMO, the largest science museum in the Netherlands where you can dive into experiments and explore science and technology. Anyone curious about the world in which we live will adore this interactive museum – the perfect place to smell, hear, taste, feel and see how our planet works.
ARTS & CULTURE
The interactive exhibitions in Amsterdam’s Resistance Museum provide an impressive insight into the Netherlands in WWII. During this period, from 1940-1945, several Dutch people did their best to undermine the German occupation at great risk to their own lives. The fascinating collection is based on personal stories that showcase all the different actions undertaken by the Dutch in wartime.
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