Travel to Amsterdam to explore Holland's most famous city and one of Europe's centres of history and culture, by taking Stena Line's ferry via the Hook of Holland to Amsterdam.
2013 is a year of celabration in Amsterdam, with many exciting events well worth a visit on your Dutch city break.
Amsterdam's cyclist-friendly streets make it easy for visitors to ride along with the locals! Why not hire a bicycle for a fun and exciting way to explore Amsterdam's stunning architecture. Take time out to wind your way around Amsterdam's 165 canals andcelebrate the 400th anniversary of the canal ring. Explore the serenity of the vivid public gardens and bustling flower markets, or take a trip Holland’s oldest zoo, Artis Royal Zoo, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year.You could enjoy all this and more when you travel to Amsterdam with Stena Line.
Explore Amsterdam's museums and shops
When you explore Amsterdam, you'll find a diversity of interesting museums and shops: Amsterdam boasts an eclectic variety of museums, many of which are heralded as the best in Europe. Make sure you visit Amsterdam's famous Van Gogh Museum and the Rembrandt House Museum to see the work of two Dutch art masters. Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum and Cobra Museum also host outstanding collections of traditional and modern art respectively.
If you want to explore the best shops in Amsterdam, visit the Kalverstraat for high street fashion, the PC Hooftstraat for Amsterdam’s most exclusive brands and for boutique shopping, visit the Nine Streets. Be sure to make a stop at Zeedjik, which was once part of the red light district but has since been regenerated and is now popular with people looking for shops and eateries in Amsterdam.
Bars and cafes in Amsterdam
Amsterdam's visual beauty provides the optimum location for canal-side bars and cafés. Enjoy a slice of apple pie and a coffee at Café Winkel, or savour a sweet or savoury pancake at The Pancake Bakery. If you want to explore the best places to wine, dine and go out in Amsterdam, visit one of Amsterdam's brown bars (bruin café) to experience a unique Dutch atmosphere and mingle with the locals.
And if you're looking for great restaurants in Amsterdam, a variety of Dutch and international cuisine awaits. From Surinamese, Indonesian and Chinese cuisine to Dutch Bitterballen (mashed meat in breadcrumbs) and stroopwafels (caramel waffels) - the choice is yours! If you are looking for a more contemporary experience in Amsterdam, visit Envy, The Harbour Club or Nevy.
If you’re heading to Amsterdam for a Summer break then you may be surprised to know that you can head to the beach for some sun, sand and relaxing all without having the leave the city itself.
To enjoy the delights of Amsterdam, simply take the ferry to Holland with Stena Line and explore one of Europe's most dynamic cultural cities.
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