Amsterdam is a gorgeous place for a city break. There are those picture-perfect canals to mention and higgledy-piggledy water-side houses, with a fashionable world of boutiques, bars, galleries, museums and some of the most beautiful hotels we’ve ever seen – all set against a backdrop of liberalism and creativity.

Hortus Botanicus

If you love visiting the beautiful gardens we have in the UK, then you’ll love Hortus Botanicus, a greenhouse and garden that’s been a place of research, contemplation and beauty since it was established in 1638. There’s loads to see, from a tropical butterfly house to the three-climate zone drieklimatenka.

Visit the Moco Museum
Amsterdam has a lot of good museums. From the renovated Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank’s former hiding place to a gallery dedicated to Van Gogh’s work, to say this city is known for its cultural gems would be an understatement. But if you want to take a detour from the well-trodden tourist path, try getting your culture kicks somewhere else. Choosing to focus on modern artists such as Banksy, Basquiat and Andy Warhol, Moco houses bright, engaging and satirical exhibitions in its charming townhouse structure that will stay with you for moths, or years, to come. 

Hire a bike and cycle through Vondelpark
Vondelpark is one of Amsterdam’s most famous spots, stretching out over 47 hectares and decorated with water fountains, bridges and small lakes. In the summer, it is absolutely the place to be, with groups of friends lying out on the grass, listening to music and enjoying a few cold ones as the warm days while away. Get yourself a picnic together and enjoy a cycle through the park, exploring it as you go, before stopping to enjoy your feast. It’ll make you feel like a local.