The Red Light District may be the first thing that pops into your head when a Amsterdam holiday is mentioned but the city offers so much more. Take a step back in time during a visit to Anne Frank's house – it's been left untouched since World War Two. Take advantage of the beautiful waterways by hopping on The Canal Bus – you can get on and off as many times as you wish – or rent your own boat for a private tour. Alternatively take a trip to the Heineken Brewery where the entry fee allows you to sample the beer.
With low cost airline easyJet offering direct flights to Amsterdam it really is the ideal budget city break. But easyJet isn't the only airline that offers direct flights as KLM, Flybe, Air France, British Airways and many others also fly into the city from a good range of airports in the Untied Kingdom. Therefore it's best to shop around before you book in order to make sure you get the cheapest deal. All flights from the UK land at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol which is located around 15 kilometres away from the city centre.
There are a number of ways of getting to your Amsterdam hotel from the airport. The cheapest option is to take the local bus, #197, which departs the airport every 15 minutes. Only slightly more expensive is the train which goes directly to Amsterdam Central Station. While you can also get a taxi, they can be very expensive so are best avoided.
There's an abundance of hotels in Amsterdam regardless of how big or how small your budget is. If you want to book a cheap hotels in Amsterdam then make sure you book well advance as this is how you'll find the best deals. Amsterdam's peak time is during the tulip season from April to mid-May and during the summer months of July and August. Try to book outside these months if you have to stick to a tight budget.
Amsterdam is a very bike-friendly city and cycling is one of the best, and cheapest, ways to get around offering you beautiful views of city life. You'll find plenty of bike lanes and bike racks during your holiday in Amsterdam. When you go to rent a bike check that the light is working as you can be fined if you don't have a light on when darkness falls and always make sure you indicate which way you're cycling – you don't want to spend your holiday in hospital if you get knocked off your bike!
If you plan on soaking up the history of city and visiting the many museums during your holiday in Amsterdam it may be worth purchasing the Museum Card that offers entry to over 400 museums in The Netherlands – there are 34 museums in Amsterdam alone. It is valid for one year and costs around €39.95 for adults and €19.95 for children under the age of 18.
Updated 15th May 2013
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