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Here’s a challenge – name a European city that’s more fun, diverse or simply eclectic than the Dutch capital. Difficult, right? However long you’re here for, a packed, personalised cultural schedule can be cobbled together in no time. Museums? Clubs? Outdoor sports? There’s no place better. And even if it’s increasingly pandering to soaring numbers of tourists, Amsterdam’s ever-changing landscape means residents, too, always have something new and exciting to explore.
As ever, the notorious nightlife scene still draws stag and hen-dos by the coachload, but away from the sex ‘n’ drugs hotbed that is the Red Light District, there’s plenty else to see, eat, drink and do in this elegant, compact city. Neighbourhood wise, there’s regal, fashionable Jordaan, shabby-chic De Pijp and up-and-coming Oost, where old-school Turkish greengrocers sit side-by-side with stylish restaurants, brunch spots and independent boutiques. All are worth a visit – so dig into our pick of the absolute best things to do in Amsterdam and get planning that itinerary.
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