The capital of the Netherlands and a cultural draw for millions of visitors every year, the unique city of Amsterdam offers travellers a warm, relaxed and friendly welcome coupled with some of the finest art, music and high culture anywhere in Europe.
Fly to Amsterdam with Qatar Airways and discover a city where the bicycle is king, leisurely cruises float serenely up and down the canals and the pace of city life is remarkably laid back. Flights to Amsterdam are plentiful, making this an all-year-round destination that’s full of surprises.
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From iconic windmills, stunning merchant’s houses and the serenely elegant canals that criss-cross the city to world-class museums and the vivid hues of the tulip fields, Amsterdam is a colourful, exciting and vibrant city that’s full of life. A single trip to Amsterdam is never enough, as there is so much to see and do. Art lovers are spoilt for choice, with such internationally acclaimed attractions such as the Van Gogh Collection, while the Museum het Rembrandthuis is home to almost every etching the Rembrandt produced, as well as some much more personal memorabilia (including his extensive collection of shells!).
Never underestimate the importance of tulips in the history of the Netherlands (they were once more highly prized than gold). The Amsterdam Tulip Museum is a small but fascinating glimpse into the real heart and culture of the city through the ages, and how this humble garden flower shaped the economy of 17th and 18th century Amsterdam.
The Rijksmuseum is without doubt the finest art museum in the country, and is home to more than 200 of the world’s greatest artistic masters. Another key industry in Amsterdam is the gem trade, and the Diamond museum is a sparkling representation of one of the world’s most exclusive businesses.
Amsterdam is a small city in comparison to many of its European counterparts, and there are plenty of opportunities to get away from the city centre and relax for a while. Most natives head for Vondelpark, a tranquil, green space that offers a serene respite from the busy crowds. If you want to see the city from a different perspective during your trip to Amsterdam then hop on board one of the many canal cruises that glide along at a decidedly gentle pace.
A tour of the Keukenhof Gardens is a must, especially if you’re paying a visit to Amsterdam in the spring. And because the Netherlands is a relatively compact country, why not spread your wings a little further and take a day trip to explore other key cities in the region such as Delft (famous for its pottery) and The Hague?
Like any major European city, Amsterdam is filled with fine dining opportunities and cuisine from around the world. You’ll find some very good quality Asian food, particularly in the city’s Chinese quarter (located around Zeedijk, in the Nieuwmarkt part of the city), while the Dutch colonial influence of the 18th century East Indies is still apparent by the number of Indonesian restaurants.
If you’re looking for Middle Eastern food then head for the busy street of Damstraat, or if you have a sweet tooth and fancy some of the best ice cream you’ll ever taste then head to Nieuwezijds kolk, which runs from Dam Square to the central station.
The main shopping areas in Amsterdam are relatively close together and very central, so head for Central Station and then you’ll find that the Leidseplein (Nieuwendijk, Kalverstraat, Heiligeweg and Leidsestraat) all radiate outwards from this central point. Here you’ll find top-quality international brands as well as some more exclusively Dutch souvenirs, including clogs!
For art and antiques head to Spiegelstraat, and for those quirky and unique ‘boutique’ style shops hop on one of the trams and spend an afternoon wandering around the districts of Jordaan or De Pijp.
Flights to Amsterdam arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, one of the busiest airports in the world and approximately 15km from the city centre.
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Currency: Euro (EUR)
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International dialing code: +31
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