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Amsterdam Guide

Amsterdam is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and the most interesting cities in the whole of Europe. Incredible for nightlife, culture and general exploration, you and the girls will absolutely love discovering everything that this pretty location has to offer. It’s one of our most popular destinations, so we know a thing or two about what’s hot and what’s not in Amsterdam – here’s a guide to getting the most out of your trip.

Getting In


The best way of getting to Holland is in the air. Touch down in Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which happens coincidentally to be one of the busiest airports in the world, so be sure to allow yourselves plenty of time to clear security and customs! It’s easy to get to the city centre too by train, bus or even taxi if you can’t face public transport after your long journey.


Did you know that you can travel to Holland from Newcastle by sea? If you’re travelling from the north, you may find it cheaper and easier to take the ferry over. Most travel overnight, so you can fall asleep on the Tyne and wake up in gorgeous Amsterdam!

Museum Madness

Amsterdam has more museums than any other city on earth and although they range between the sublime and the ridiculous, you’d be mad to miss out on them – although managing to see them all in one weekend would be pretty impressive! Here’s our pick of the best ones.

Anne Frank’s House

Although this one might not be a laugh a minute, a look around Anne’s Frank’s actual, original hideout house is one of the rites of passage in Amsterdam. A real must, especially if you’ve read her famous diary.

Erotic Museum

Aptly located in the red light district, this museum dedicated to all things sexy is pretty much perfect for a good old giggle on your hen weekend. It’s not quite the Victoria and Albert but that’s all part of its charm and we can guarantee that you’ll love its silliness.

Hash, Marijuana and Hemp museum

Amsterdam’s relationship with drugs is famous the world over, so why not take a look into the reasons why many class A, B and C drugs are legal here, unlike in the rest of the world. Open your mind to the psychedelic stuff (but not in that way, ladies!).

Torture Museum

Don’t mind a little bit of gore and horror? If you and the girls love creepy movies and brutal moments in history, you’ll love the wonderfully weird torture museum. Enter at your peril!

Top of the Shops

You and the girls will love shopping in delightfully weird and crazy Amsterdam where anything goes and the shops reflect this perfectly. Finding unique items to try and buy is certainly not difficult but here’s a quick guide to the best stuff around.

Waterlooplein Market

Running 6 days a week, you can pick up books, clothes food, craft supplies and just about anything else you can think of here at the flea market. It’s a little bit kooky, but it’s well loved by the locals.

Singel Flower Market

Although fresh flowers don’t exactly make for the best take home souvenirs, a walk around one of Amsterdam’s flower markets is well worth a look. Check out the colourful tulips and be sure to take a couple of pictures in front of the luscious displays.

The Nine Little Streets

Or ‘De Negen Straatjes’ if you’re keen to use the original Dutch phrasing, is a great place to find fun, unique and original items. Stop for coffees, drinks and then continue your quest around these cute and cosy shops.


No, we can’t pronounce it either but that hardly matters when you can head to the Eastern canal belt and pick up pretty homewares and fashion, as well as eat in delicious delis.

Because the best things in life are free...

Yep, it’s easy to get carried away with your wallet in Amsterdam but luckily, there’s plenty of great stuff to do for free too. Give your credit card a rest and try out some of these beauties.

New Amsterdam Tours

Young residents take out tourists for free tours which can last up to 3 hours. If you’re up to the challenge, wait in Dam Square at 11.15am or 1.15pm and get ready to see the city in a whole new light as fuelled by expert local knowledge.

Gassan Diamond Factory Tour

They do say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so why not pop along as see real diamonds being cut, cleaned, polished and set into earring, rings and necklaces for some seriously lucky ladies? Just try to control the levels of drool going on.


You’ll feel like you’re seeing a totally secret part of the city here. Just off busy Gedempte Begijnensloot, push open the wood door to reveal a ‘secret’ square with historic houses, monuments and beautiful churches.

FCO travel advice

Travel Safety & Information

For information on staying safe and healthy while travelling abroad as well as local laws and latest government advice on destinations visit the FCO Travel Aware website.

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