The Dutch have a long track record when it comes to paintings—see: van Gogh and van Rijn.
Many of these are in and around the compact city centre, so it’s easy to hop on a bike to explore them.
A rich history as a trading nation means the Dutch are all about good value, and know how to bargain.
From the riot of colourful flowers at Keukenhof in the south west to the quaint splendor of Zaanse Schans.
World-class beach clubs abound, while the North Sea swell ensures ideal conditions for water sports.
Expect sculptures by famous artists and grand windmills looming by green spaces
Traditionally influenced by the countryside and centred around meat, Dutch cuisine has absorbed an influx of foreign ideas and ingredients.
For the local experience, try a jenever, the juniper-based Dutch spirit that evolved into gin.
Since the official local legalisation of coffeeshops back in 1980, the European city has slowly grown into the capital of cannabis culture all around the world.
Including cozy hideaways that embody the untranslatable Dutch concept of gezelligheid (a kind of cosiness).
As development in the city has spread east, so have the restaurants: many of the best brunch spots are to be found in De Pijp and trendy Oost.
The best takeaways, fast food joints and snackeries to send those hunger pangs (read: munchies) packing.
Expect old printing factories converted into boutique hotspots and more.
Although small and compact, the city boasts several distinct neighbourhoods.
Including Vondel, where you’ll rest your head on designer blankets, and a luxuriously reworked prison.
Including the Grand Hotel Amrāth, oozing tales of Dutch maritime history in old shipping headquarters.
Spoiler alert: some of these float.
If you’re staying in the Museum Quarter, Centrum or anywhere else, we’ve got you covered.
From the beautiful design at The Hoxton to the awesomely located Mövenpick Hotel.
The Dutch government introduced the first nachtburgemeester (night mayor) in 2016.
Locally known as de Wallen, it is the oldest part of the city and still features dozens of historic sites reflecting and commemorating its long history.
The ear-to-the-ground clubber can enjoy everything from minimalist grooves to maximum noise, as the annual Amsterdam Dance Event attests.
Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1811, the first gay bar opened in 1927 and one of the first local gay rights organisations was founded in 1946.