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Why fly to Amsterdam?
The capital of the Netherlands is a city of winding canals, pretty gardens and quaint structures, set in the most picturesque of landscapes and in early spring crowned by tulips. Amsterdam is a history and culture enthusiasts' dream, housing numerous museums including the Stedelijk Museum and the Van Gogh Museum which houses the largest collection of Van Gogh's works in the world.
The legendary canals make for a wonderful afternoon trip. Your boat will meander along the water and give you a chance to see the city from a brand new angle. Head to the Jordaan area of the city to check out some trendy boutiques and restaurants. The red-light district is in the center of the city if you want to see what all the fuss is about.
Amsterdam is also home to many festivals throughout the year. One of the premier festivals that brings in thousands of tourist is the Koninnedag which is held at the end of April. The festival is marked by music concerts and open markets selling various liberal goods and more. This is also when visitors flood into the city to see the tulips in bloom.
The city is also home to a story that has reached all four corners of the globe. Young Anne Frank hid in an Amsterdam attic for two years from the Nazis during World War II. Now the house in which she hid has been turned into a museum that houses the original diary she wrote and which has been copied, translated, published and distributed around the world.
Amsterdam weather is mild and wet. The summer temperatures hover in the mid to high 20s with July and August being the hottest months. The winter brings in the cool air and the numbers fall into the low 10s. January and February are the coldest months and temperatures, especially in the evenings, are below 0. Sporadic rain showers occur throughout the year.
When to fly to Amsterdam
Summer is a very busy time to visit Amsterdam so flight ticket prices are fairly high. In addition the tulip season also brings a lot of visitors to the city making April and May very popular as well.
The cold months create a slow down in Amsterdam tourism which means you can find the best-priced tickets from January through to March. October is also a good time to snag some deals.
Getting into Amsterdam
Your flight will land at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol which is located just 15 minutes outside of the city center. Once you get into the terminal you will have a few options for travelling into the city. The train is by far the quickest way to get into Amsterdam. Alternatively there is frequent bus service as well as airport shuttles that move between the terminals and hotels. You can also take a taxi from outside of the terminal.
Getting around Amsterdam
There are plenty of transportation option in Amsterdam. The city has an extensive bus and tram service to get around most of the city. The city is also great for biking with dedicated lanes and respectful drivers. If you plant to travel to the neighboring cities and back with your family then renting a car is a good option.
- A great way to get in all of the museums is to hop on the Museum Boat. This boat will take you around to the various museums and will also provide you discounted-entry to the venues.
- Visit the Rijksmuseum to experience 17th century Dutch art. See live and in living color, Rembrandt's famous 'Night Watch' as well as works by Jan Steen and Vermeer. The museum itself is more than a century old and houses artifacts illustrating the history of the city and country.
- Take a tour of the Heineken Brewery to see how the Dutch brew beer. The tour is followed up by a sampling session.
- Spend an evening at the Paradiso which is a giant rock venue housed in an old church. The area surrounding the Paradiso, known as Leidsplein, is known for a vibrant nightlife so if you've had enough of rocking out you can pop into a neighboring bar or club.
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