Regarded as a kaleidoscopic mixture of all forms of art and entertainment, Amsterdam offers its guests a unique chance to take as little or as much of each element to create a memorable experience of the grand city. With its relatively small city center offering all the major sights within easy reach, Amsterdam is a diverse and vibrant city, ideal for city breaks. It is renowned for its fascinating nightlife, fantastic museums, beautiful canals, great shopping and relaxed atmosphere. Whatever your preferences may be concerning culture, history or partying, Amsterdam has something for each traveler's taste. City breaks in Amsterdam give you a great opportunity to penetrate into the unique culture and take in the relaxing charm of the old European city.
Possibly the greatest and most relaxing way to view city architecture, a canal tour is a must-do on your list of attractions while planning city breaks in Amsterdam. A great alternative to the tour is the museum boat, since it makes stops at all major museums of the city, so that you can get off as often as you wish.
Even if you don't smoke pot, a visit to Barney's with its cool music and funky design of coffee shop is an exciting experience for everyone. To help you make most of your vacation, the city offers to its guests the free monthly magazine Uitkrant, featuring all classical, pop and jazz concerts, museums and exhibitions, worth visiting while on city breaks in Amsterdam. You can pick up the magazine at many spots of the city.
The most prominent and visited of all city attractions, the Van Gogh Museum gives you a nice opportunity to move closer to the world of high art and its exclusive atmosphere. Visitors are offered the world's largest collection of the paintings and drawings from the Dutch painter Van Gogh and a number of masterpieces from his contemporaries. While the main exhibition features the phases of the great painter's life, highlights include one of three Sunflowers paintings, Bedroom in Arles and the Potato Eaters.
While enjoying one of your city breaks in Amsterdam, don't miss the opportunity to visit Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the most respected and best known symphonic orchestra in the Netherlands and one of the finest in the world. It opened in April 1888 and gave its first concert in November the same year under the principle conductor Willem Kes. Unique among other orchestras of this age and caliber, the Concertgebouw Orchestra has had throughout its history only six musical directors, who have succeeded in creating its distinct character.
One of the major tourist attractions, De Wallen is the best known, as well as the largest red-light district in the city, comprised of several hundred small apartments rented by female prostitutes who offer services from behind a window. Also available are a variety of sex shops, peep shows and a sex museum.
Perhaps the most affordable way to enjoy the great city, city breaks in Amsterdam enjoys wide popularity with all types of travelers. For cheap city breaks Amsterdam offers a number of lodging and dining options to suit every taste and budget.