City break holidays to Amsterdam are rich in museums and landmarks, cafés and restaurants, all built on a network of picturesque canals.

Where is Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands in northwest Europe. It’s a port city connected to the North Sea.

The city on the water

Thanks to its network of over 150 canals, its beautiful architecture and its wealth of history, Amsterdam is often called the Venice of the North. The city is easy to get around, whether on foot, by bicycle, or on public transport. Wherever you are, you’ll find a bus, tram, metro or ferry to get you where you want to go.

In the historic centre, you’ll find many amenities clustered along the famous canals. There are loads of boutiques, cafés and souvenir shops. Many of the hotels in our Amsterdam collection are near the canals, too. No matter which one you pick for your holiday to Amsterdam, you won’t be more than a 15-minute walk away from the centre.

Historic and modern

Today’s Amsterdam is a modern, forward-looking capital famous for its inclusive values. But it’s got lots of historical attractions, too. The city’s most famous sights include the 17th-century Royal Palace, the residence of the King of the Netherlands, and the Anne Frank House where Anne and her family hid for two years during the Second World War. Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Vermeer all lived and worked here, and you’ll see lots of their work in Amsterdam’s museums.

At a Glance

  • Kick back with a cup of coffee in a canal-side café
  • Have a gander around the 300-year-old Royal Palace
  • Ogle world-famous paintings at the Van Gogh Museum