Known for its eclectic and often hedonistic atmosphere, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular city break destinations. Having undergone some ambitious renovation projects in an attempt to move away from its reputation for sleaze, the city now sports more to see and do than ever before. Best of all, with its many idyllic cobbled streets and countless canals, it’s easy to explore on foot or by bicycle. Here’s a list of eleven things to do on a city break in Amsterdam, whether you have a weekend, a few days or a week or two at your disposal.
1. Explore the Canals
With more than 165 canals and hundreds of bridges, Amsterdam boasts a charming and unique layout. You can easily spend a whole day strolling around the city’s waterways while stopping at various galleries, shops and cafés along the way. Among the prettiest of the canals is Prinsengracht with its many trees and houseboats. You’ll also find the Anne Frank Museum and the Westerkerk here.
2. Rent a Bicycle
Amsterdam is the perfect city for biking, and there’s no shortage of cycling routes, tours and rental companies. In fact, Amsterdam is the most cycle-friendly capital city in the world, according to the New York Times, and there are even more bicycles than people. Many of the streets in the center are open only to cyclers and pedestrians, making pedal power a safe and practical way to see the city.