A cultural extravaganza in Amsterdam’s many museums

Travel Question - I want to take my girlfriend on a weekend away and would like to visit Amsterdam because we have never been. We love all things cultural and especially want to soak up the stunning architecture that Amsterdam has to offer. We’d love if you could make some suggestions on what to see and do while we are there.

Travel Question - I want to take my girlfriend on a weekend away and would like to visit Amsterdam because we have never been. We love all things cultural and especially want to soak up the stunning architecture that Amsterdam has to offer. We’d love if you could make some suggestions on what to see and do while we are there.

You will absolutely love Amsterdam as it offers impressive surroundings with spectacular architectural sights. The city has a perfect mix of 17th century historical beauty combined with a twist of modern metropolis that creates an atmosphere that visitors find unique only to Amsterdam. The small scale of the buildings, the intimacy of the cobblestone streets, the intertwining canals and squares mixed with a fantastic nightlife makes this a truly vibrant city.

For those interested in art, history and culture, this city is the perfect getaway.

Amsterdam is home to over 50 museums – the highest museum density in the world – so you really will be spoiled for choice. The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and the Stedelijk Museum are the most popular choices, but there are many interesting small museums to explore also.

Other well-known places of interest you might like to visit include the Palace on the Dam, the Artis Zoo, Jewish Historical Museum and the Rembrandt House.

The best way to get around and see the sights of Amsterdam is most certainly on a bike and you won’t become any more local than by cycling around this glorious city. To see the city from a different perspective, take a ‘hop-on hop-off’ canal tour and discover the historical canal district which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2011.

Shopping is a big part of a visit to Amsterdam. On the main traffic-free shopping streets you will find Kalverstraat and Heiligeweg which are two of the major department stores. In this area, you will also find the famous department stores De Bijenkorf and Magna Plaza which are both historical monuments in themselves and are also home to over 40 of the major stores, which make these a must-see for both historical and retail therapy reasons.

Amsterdam is famed for its nightlife so be sure to soak up the atmosphere at the Xtracold Ice Bar or the Heineken Brewery. You will never go hungry as Amsterdam boasts a wide spectrum of cafés, delicatessens, tapas bars and great restaurants that offer everything from traditional European cuisine to many amazing Argentinean Steak Houses.

Where to Stay

Albus Hotel Amsterdam City Centre (****)

Prices start from €84 per room per night

*Prices are subject to availability

This four-star hotel is centrally located and is close to many great attractions including the nearby Floating Flower Market and the Kalverstraat shopping street. Senses Restaurant serves lunch, dinner and drinks with dining available on the attached patio.

The Toren - Hampshire Classic (****)

Prices start from €110 per room per night

*Prices are subject to availability

This four-star boutique hotel is perfect for a short stay in Amsterdam. The hotel is located near many attractions, including Anne Frank House, Royal Palace and Dam Square which makes this a great hotel for sight-seeing. Guests can order room service from the adjoining Restaurant Christophe and can avail from coffee in the lobby and relax and unwind with a drink in the hotel bar.

Dikker and Thijs Fenice Hotel (****)

Prices start from €84 per room per night

*Prices are subject to availability

This four-star historic hotel is in prime location for visiting the museum district, while it is also located near many bars, shops and restaurants, including a highly recommended Steak House just a few minutes away. The building itself is said to have great character with winding corridors and old-style staircases and the availability of in-room massage services will surely seem appealing after a long day sight-seeing.

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