Amsterdam, the beautiful capital of the Netherlands, has the wonderful atmosphere of a 17th-century city combined with the contemporary character of a modern metropolis. It is a treasure chest of superb architecture and is famous for its canals and extraordinary museums. Highlights include the towers and steeples, considered to be some of the city’s loveliest features. Amsterdam can be visited on one of our many Europe cruises
The One Thing You Don’t Want to Miss
Life in Amsterdam is centred on its many canals. So the best way to see the city is aboard a glass-topped canal boat, gliding through the town centre. Discover the elegant merchant mansions and rows of waterside warehouses that once housed the riches brought from the Far East. Look for the 17th-century ‘Skinny Bridge’ and Amsterdam’s narrowest house as you make your way past beautiful old churches to the Anne Frank House. Journey through the Jordaan, the old French Quarter that is now a popular artists’ haunt with a wide assortment of cafés, antique shops, boutiques and galleries.
Other Fun Things to Do
Visit the world’s largest flower auction in the city of Aalsmeer. Visit a Delft Blue Pottery factory to observe the fascinating process of transforming a shapeless piece of clay into a beautiful work of art. Then tour the Hague, seat of government for the whole of the Netherlands.
Head out to the countryside to see the quaint windmills in the authentic old village of Zaanse Schans. Stop by the Rembrandt House, home to Rembrandt from 1639 to 1660. Inside there is a collection of his engravings and drawings, as well as some of his personal belongings.
Get a Taste of Local Flavour
Erwtensoep is a rich, thick pea soup with sausage and pork. Herring is particularly popular, especially between May and September, when fresh herring is served in brine with onions. Stamppot, a potato and vegetable hash, is a traditional accompaniment. For dessert, Dutch apple pie (a variation with sultanas and cinnamon) is the most well-known.