Welkom to Amsterdam, the colourful, tolerant, canal-filled city that’s super accessible by foot, boat, tram – or pedal power. Breeze through the terminal at Southampton Airport and you’ll be there before you know it, sipping an Amstel on the Singel or enjoying the sights and sounds of Dam Square, shopping in the Negen Straatjes or museum-hopping in the Museum Quarter.
From the House of Orange to the House of Heineken Amsterdam welcomes every type of visitor with open arms. See spring tulips at Keukenhof, join in summer celebrations for King’s Day, kick leaves in the Vondelpark, or wander twinkling Christmas flower markets - there’s never a bad time to visit.
Grab a tram pass, hire a bike, or step onto a canal cruise and immerse yourself in the delights of this romantic, bite-sized city.
Being so close to the UK, flying from Southampton Airport really is a breeze – it takes a little over an hour. Fly direct to Schiphol with Flybe and KLM.
Car hire is not advised if you’re planning to head into Amsterdam. With hefty parking fees on street, in car parks and the abundance of cyclists who always have the right of way, driving is not for the faint hearted.
Find more information on the Schiphol website.
Top things to see and do
The Royal Palace on vibrant Dam Square is open to the public whenever the royal family isn’t using it. Have a nose and then pop to De Bijenkorf for tasty Dutch patisserie.
The best all-weather way to see the city and its watery history is by boat. Canal cruises range from the normal to out of the ordinary.
Open every day, it’s worth the queues to see where Anne Frank wrote her daily diary during the Second World War.
Off the beaten track
Landlubbers might like the quirky College Hotel or designer heaven at Droog but if water’s more your thing, hire a houseboat and enjoy the sway.
When the mercury’s up, the cool set head east to Blijburg beach for water you can swim in. It’s easily accessible by tram.
Wed & Walk organise ‘weddings’ in Amsterdam that last 24 hours only.