AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE
Amsterdam is a city full of life, energy and endless charm. Visitors worldwide come to the capital of the Netherlands and fall in love with the elegant maze of canals, narrow streets and unmissable museums.
Bursting with history, artwork and a nightlife that rivals any city on the globe, there really is something for everyone here. Come in the winter when the locals keep warm in cosy cafés, or cycle by picture-perfect canals in the summer; whatever the weather, Amsterdam is always a great choice.
Located just an hour away from Rotterdam, catch a ferry to Holland with P&O and explore the magic of this energetic capital city.
History and culture
Amsterdam is home to some of the best art museums in the world, boasting mind-blowing collections of modern and historical masterpieces. Many of the most popular galleries are located in the Museum Quarter including visitor favourites the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Both contain incredible collections of artwork from all corners of the globe, with the latter holding the largest collection of work by Vincent Van Gogh in the world.
Another of the most popular attractions in in Amsterdam is the Anne Frank House, with the tragic story of a young Jewish girl and her secret diary having touched millions since World War II. Learn all about the hidden annexe where Anne and her family hid during the conflict, and see the place she scribbled in her bestselling diary with your own eyes.
The Netherlands capital is a true cycle city – incredibly there are more bikes than people there. As with the majority of the country, the ground is mostly flat, meaning exploring on two wheels is a simple and easy way to get around. Cycle hire and tours are available throughout the city, and the hour-long cycle to the traditional windmills atZaanse Schans are a favourite among visitors. For a shorter journey, the lush 120 acre Vondelpark is the perfect place for a scenic cycle ride and picnic in the sun.
The city isn't known as the 'Venice of the North' for no reason. Amsterdam's famous canal network offers an enjoyable way to seeing its sights from a different perspective. Enjoy a guided canal ride to see the most spectacular sights of the city from the water, or hire a private boat and roam at your own pace.
Pubs and Cafés in Amsterdam
With cheese, waffles and frites all local delicacies, the food in Holland is fantastically indulgent and there's nowhere better to taste all these Dutch delicacies than Amsterdam. Join a walking food tour to be guided around all the best local spots for poffertjes (tiny pancakes), croquettes or (if you're feeling brave) raw herring.
The Albert Cuyp street market has been the city's favourite market for the last 100 years, and no trip to Amsterdam would be complete without a visit. Wander among flower vendors and handmade clothes before settling on some caramel filled stroopwafels. For more food options, the pretty Jordaan district is teeming with charming brown cafés, incredible restaurants and pancake houses.
See this incredible city for yourself by booking a ferry to the Netherlands with P&O today on our Hull to Rotterdamroute.