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If you’re seeking a getaway in a unique city, look no further than Amsterdam in The Netherlands. This city’s eclectic architecture will have you feeling like you’re in a fairytale. A walk along Amsterdam’s historic canals is beautiful at all times of day, from sunrise to sunset to the late evening. Aside from its beauty, Amsterdam is known for its culture and art. It’s a city for museum-goers, pub-hoppers, and on-the-go tourists alike.
No matter what New Zealand city you’re travelling from, you’ll have no trouble finding cheap airfares to Amsterdam. Lots of airlines offer cheap airfares to Amsterdam from New Zealand, including Air New Zealand, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, and Cathay Pacific. If you are travelling from Auckland or Christchurch, you can score flights to Amsterdam with just one stopover. Flying from another city, you will have two stopovers, often including one in Auckland. Each day, there are between 150-170 flights to Amsterdam from Auckland, 120-130 from Wellington, 85-115 from Christchurch, and 40-50 from Queenstown. Flights to Amsterdam last about 24 hours from Auckland, 27 hours from Wellington, 28 hours from Christchurch, and 29 hours from Queenstown.
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Amsterdam is a stunning place to visit at all times of year. From Amsterdam’s tulip season in the spring to the remarkable Christmas markets in December, you’ll enjoy this dreamy city no matter when you decide to go.
The best time to visit Amsterdam is in April, May, or between the months of September and November. Summertime is peak tourist season, so flights to Amsterdam may be pricier and museum wait times can be long. If you’re looking for a great deal on airfares to Amsterdam and hotels, you may want to visit Amsterdam in the winter. Temperatures from December through May typically range from 0-5 degrees Celsius, so you’ll have to dress warmly to accommodate the cold weather.
Arriving in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) is one of the busiest airports in Europe, with a high passenger volume. Amsterdam’s international airport is situated near the city centre, at a distance of only 17 km. Because of this proximity, it is convenient to get to and from Amsterdam’s airport. Depending on which airline you take, you will most likely need to use Hall 2 or 3 for international travel to and from Amsterdam.
Getting to central Amsterdam from Schiphol Airport (AMS)
Traveling by train is the most convenient and cost-effective way to get into the city centre. The Nederlandse Spoorwegen is a Dutch train system that operates 24 hours a day, bringing passengers from the airport into the country’s major cities, including Amsterdam. Single train tickets to Amsterdam Central cost less than €6. This is the fastest route, as it takes 15-20 minutes to get to the centre of Amsterdam.
If you’d prefer to travel by bus to and from Amsterdam’s airport, you’ll need to take Express Bus 397 to Amsterdam Elandsgracht. The bus costs €5 to ride and takes about 30 minutes to get from the airport to the city centre.
If you don’t mind paying a higher price for the easiest route, you may want to take a shuttle bus, which will take you directly from the airport to your hotel. For a one-way ticket, you’ll pay €17.50, and for a return ticket, you can pay €28. It takes between 30-45 minutes to get from the airport to your hotel, depending on traffic.
Things to do in Amsterdam
Van Gogh Museum
This famous museum houses a great deal of magnificent work from the notable painter, Vincent van Gogh. Some of the artist’s paintings that fill the museum include Sunflowers, Almond Blossoms, The Potato Eaters, and his famous Self-Portrait. The museum contains pieces from other artists who painted during Van Gogh’s artistic era, including Auguste Rodin, Paul Gauguin, and Claude Monet. Admission for the museum currently costs €17 for adults and is free for visitors under 18 years old.
The largest art museum in The Netherlands, this site is dedicated to Dutch history and art. Artifacts in the museum date as far back as 1200 AD. The Rijksmuseum attracts millions of visitors every year, hailing from The Netherlands and around the world. Admission to the Rijksmuseum is €17.50 for adults and is free for individuals under the age of 18.
Anne Frank House
This historical landmark was the home of Anne Frank, whose diary of her life as a Jewish girl in World War II became one of the most famous 20th century texts. Anne Frank and her family hid from Nazi persecution in the Secret Annex of the home. Tourists visiting the Anne Frank House can walk through the secret rooms and explore the museum exhibition that explores the lives of the Frank family and the millions of Jewish families facing hardship during World War II. Tickets to enter the museum cost €10 for adults, €5 for visitors between the ages of 10 and 17, and free admission for children under 10 years old.
Many different tour companies offer visitors cruises along the canals of Amsterdam. Along with the beautiful sites, tourists will learn the history of the city and learn about the construction of Amsterdam’s incredible canals. Travellers looking to sit back and enjoy the sights will love the relaxation of a canal cruise.
One of the most popular beers in the world, Heineken, is brewed in Amsterdam. Visitors can explore brewery equipment, sample Heineken beers, and engage in interactive exhibits. You don’t have to be of the legal drinking age to enjoy the Heineken Experience. However, minors can only be admitted with an adult over the age of 18. Admission costs €18 for adults, €14.50 for visitors between the ages of 12 and 17, and free entry for children under 12 years old. Adults receive two drink tickets with their purchase, which gives them two free beers.
If you’re looking to spend some time outdoors, a stroll through Vondelpark makes for a splendid afternoon activity. Named after 17th century playwright Joost van den Vondel, this park attracts approximately 10 million visitors every year. Once you step foot on the premises, you’ll understand why. The lush grass and trees lining the park are beautiful at all times of the year, especially in spring, when plants are blooming, and in autumn, when the leaves turn orange and yellow.
This site might only be suitable for mature travellers. The Red-Light District is a legendary section of the city specialising in the business of prostitution and adult theatre. To learn more about the history of the area, you can take a walking tour through the neighbourhood. Many tour guides used to work in the Red-Light District themself and can give an interesting insight into the area. The Red-Light District is one of the best neighbourhoods in Amsterdam for people-watching.
Ride bikes along the canals
Amsterdam is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. 60% of trips through Amsterdam’s city centre are taken on bicycles. For approximately €10 a day, you can rent a bicycle as a means of transportation through the city. If you’re looking to take in a great deal of the city in a short period of time, cycling might be a more efficient way of getting around than walking. Be mindful of your safety, however. Make sure you stay in designated bike paths (or walk your bike along pedestrian areas) and look both ways before crossing tram tracks. Your rented bike will most likely come with a lock, and it’s not just for show. If your bike is stolen, it’s your responsibility to pay the bike rental shop for this loss.
Royal Palace of Amsterdam
This ornate palace was built in the 17th century, during the Dutch Golden Age. It originally operated as the Town Hall of the city of Amsterdam, but was converted into a palace to house Louis Napoleon, King of Holland in 1806. The Royal Palace has hosted several important Dutch events over the centuries, most notably royal weddings. The palace is open to visitors most of the time, with the exception of royal events. Tourists can take a guided tour for €10. This admission cost includes an audio guide, available in several languages, including English.