Amsterdam city breaks by rail
Amsterdam is the largest city in the Netherlands. Initially settled as a fishing village, the town became an important trade center. Today, Amsterdam is the center of Dutch culture and finance. Many large Dutch institutions are headquartered in Amsterdam. The city is also home to some of the world’s most famous museums including the Rijksmuseum and the Hermitage Amsterdam. Amsterdam fans out to the south from the Amsterdam Centraal railway station. Visitors to Amsterdam will find a wide variety of attractions, both during the day and at night.
No trip to Amsterdam is complete without taking a cruise on the canals. The number of canals in Amsterdam has earned the city the nickname “The Venice of the North.” These cruises are relaxing at any time. During the night, when many homes and bridges are lit, the cruises are particularly romantic.
Amsterdam has many museums, housing works by some of the world’s most famous artists. The Rijksmuseum, located on the Museumplein, is home to a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age and a substantial collection of Oriental Art. Amsterdam is also home to the Hermitage Amsterdam, a part of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. The museum was established in 2004 and housed many small exhibits before the full museum opened in June 2009.
A more sombre place to visit is the Anne Frank House. Located about 20 minutes from the Central Station by foot, the house was the hiding place for Anne Frank, her family and four others during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
Amsterdam is home to one of the busiest outdoor markets in Europe. The Albert Cuyp market boasts over 300 stalls, offering goods ranging from fresh produce to clothing. Prices in this market are some of the lowest in Amsterdam. There are also many smaller outdoor markets.
Visitors to Amsterdam who want to see on of the famous Dutch windmills will be delighted to know that there are eight in the centre of the city. Of these, the Molen van Sloten, located on the outskirts of the city, is the most accessible to visitors. It is opened from 10 am to 4 pm daily, except holidays. The mill has a built in lift, making it easy for elderly and disabled visitors.
Night life in Amsterdam offers something for every visitor. There are many fine restaurants, bars and cafes, a variety of cinemas and other activities. The Red Light District is famous for its party atmosphere and is generally considered safe for visitors.
Amsterdam is a city that offers visitors a variety of experiences. Plan a visit today.