The Netherlands are just a hop, skip and a jump away, and with many low-cost airlines offering cheap flights to Schiphol Airport, if Amsterdam isn’t already on your list, there’s no better time to remedy this. Although Amsterdam is always going to be unforgettable at any time of the year, we’ve gone ahead and put together a summer guide to help you get the most out of your trip. So, why wait? Sure it’s currently winter but book now and plan the perfect summer weekend to look forward to with our
Big Amsterdam Weekend Guide
FRIDAY IN AMSTERDAM
Your holiday has begun, so ensure you start your city break relaxed by chilling for a spell at Blijburg aan Zee inner city beach
Now that you’ve let go a bit, it’s time to turn night into day, by partying in one of the coolest clubs in the city, the Escape at Rembrandtplein
SATURDAY IN AMSTERDAM
A night out in Amsterdam, whether you’re still awake to greet the sun or not, should definitely be followed by a good breakfast and a walk through Amsterdam’s floating flower market
After some delicious Dutch food, rent a bike and discover one of the friendliest cities for cycling in the world (in Amsterdam there are about 880,000 bikes!). Discover the Rijksmuseum, Royal Palace, Harbour, Skinny Bridge, and the Jordaan neighbourhood, all on your own bike tour
It’s time to re-energise: Amsterdam offers over 40 parks, so get some fresh air and sunshine; our tip is Vondelpark
According to the locals, a quick lunch at Manneken Pis is a must – the best fries in town, they say!
If a romantic evening is what you’re after take a Canal Dinner Cruise, the food is excellent, and the lights of the city reflected on the water are the perfect setting
For a completely different experience, take a tour through the Red Light District of Amsterdam. You can even pre-book a guided tour to get to know more about the history of this infamous district
SUNDAY IN AMSTERDAM
Culinary inspiration as far as the eye can see, unusual dishes, and a stylish ambience – that’s breakfast at Foodhallen – totally worth a visit
It’s time to get moving again and work that breakfast off. Stroll along the canals and enjoy the uniqueness of Amsterdam
The Anne Frank House is one of the most visited museums in Amsterdam – a cultural heritage to which you should pay a visit
And of course, you can’t leave without having one last snack before heading home. The treats available at Café Panache are certain to leave you with a good taste in your mouth and a smile on your face
Extra tips for your Amsterdam weekend
A rainy day alternative: Spend your day at the Public Library (Openbare Bibliotheek) located close to the main station (Centraal). More fun than it sounds, the loungy atmosphere of this library is the perfect place to wile away the day with your nose in a book. Or sip a hot drink at the café and enjoy the breathtaking view looking out over Amsterdam.
Public transport: Get a 48 hour Amsterdam City Card for the fantastic price of 65€. As well as unlimited travel, you’ll receive free entry to numerous museums, a canal ride, and much more.
Amsterdam hotel tips
For your weekend trip to the capital of the Netherlands we recommend the following hotels: