Amsterdam is only a hop skip and jump away from London, which makes it a top choice destination to visit this summer. There’s so much to see and do in this wonderful city of bicycles, canals and flowers you’ll be spoilt for choice as to how to spend your time. Fear not though, simply read my guide on the 5 reasons you need to visit Amsterdam, plus an amazing hotel recommendation and you’ll be good to go.
- The museums are amazing!
Cater to your inner culture vulture and spend your time wandering around one of the many amazing museums that Amsterdam has to offer. The Van Gogh Museum is a wonderful place to while away an afternoon. It houses the largest collection of Van Gogh’s works. The Anne Frank museum and house is also a must see! Be sure to arrive early, or you can expect huge queues to get in.
2. You can cycle everywhere
Unlike London where riding a ‘Boris bike’ is reserved for wobbly tourists with no helmets *sigh,* Amsterdam knows how to do cycling. This is the preferred mode of transport for locals and tourists alike. Simply hop on and explore the tiny streets, taking you to parts of the city you wouldn’t see otherwise.
3. There are wonderful hotels
When it comes to where you’ll lay your head at night, Amsterdam has a multitude of options. From the highend, to the family friendly, this city caters for everyone. When I travel I always want to be in the centre of the action, so it’s really important to me to get a hotel that’s well located for all the attractions, but also has great food on site and offers a bit of style and luxury. You’re on holiday after all! My top choice in Amsterdam is to stay at the Waldorf Astoria, which is in the heart of Amsterdam and has two Michelin star restaurants! It’s a Dutch Heritage landmark, with an extensive art collection and makes the perfect base for exploring the city. This boutique, luxury hotel is also home to the only Guerlain Spa in Amsterdam, which gets my heart racing just a little bit!
4. There’s great nightlife
Obviously, the infamous red light district is what pops into everyones’ head when you think of Amsterdam and its certainly worth paying a visit – just to see what the fuss is all about if nothing else! Besides this though you can expect to find amazing restaurants, cocktail bars’ and clubs to party the night away in. There are also beer bike tours, ‘cafes’ and the like for those looking for something a little different.
5. It’s a shoppers paradise
Whether you’re looking for delicious cookies, food, cheese, clothes or antiques – you’ll find what you want in Amsterdam. There are many different shopping areas to choose from, but I recommend you jump on your bike and head to the cute and vibrant ‘Nine Streets’ which are nestled between the historic canals of the canal ring. There you can expect to find vintage gems, cosy cafes’ and more vibrant boutiques.
For an extensive guide to Amsterdam be sure to check out this full article right here!
Fancy booking a flight and heading off right now? I’m with you. Luckily you can take advantage of amazing savings at any of the Hilton Hotels in Amsterdam. The Hilton Hotels in Amsterdam offer a variety of convenient locations across the city, with each having a unique reason to book. Whether you’re looking for something a little more family-friendly, or a Hilton Hotel that’s right in the heart of the action, one of the 4 different hotel brands in the city will suit.