How to spend a long weekend in Amsterdam
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With two bank holidays in May, now is the perfect time to start planning a long weekend getaway - and with easy flight and ferry routes, Amsterdam is an ideal choice for a city break this spring. There’s more to this city than hash bars and the red light district, so here’s our guide to the best activities to enjoy on a long bank holiday weekend in Amsterdam. Culture Away from the cafes and nightclubs, Amsterdam is a hot spot for culture and information, in the form of art, history,music and more. Van Gogh Museum – Home to some of the artist’s most famous creations, including Sunflowers, Almond Blossom and The Bedroom, art lovers from all over the world head to the Van Gogh Museum to learn more about the tortured painter and soak up his colourful creations. Entry - €17 Address – Paulus Potterstraat 7, 1071 CX Amsterdam Anne Frank’s House – Located directly on a canal-side in the centre of the city, the hiding annexe of the young Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank, in which she and her family hid from Nazi invaders for two years, has become an informative museum teaching about her life. Entry - €9 Address – Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam De Burrtboerderij –This volunteer-operated farm is situated right in the heart of the city, just a 10 minute cycle from Central Station. The farm is an ideal place to chill out, practise yoga, take part in events, have a drink or simply soak up the relaxing countryside without having to stray too far from the city. Entry - free Address - Spaarndammerdijk 319, 1014 AA Amsterdam Exploring There’s no shortage of fun activities to enjoy in the city, but we’ve gathered a selection of our favourites to get you started. Canal tour – One of the best ways to experience the city is from one of the many wonderful canals that wind throughout the city. Whether you take a tour or a water bus, you’ll be able to see the sites of the city from the water. Waterway to have a good time! Vondelpark – Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam and is home to a series of lagoons, pathways and even a colony of parakeets that inhabit its trees. With imposing sculptures, an open air theatre and a maze of pathways through the grass and trees, this is an ideal picnic spot and great chance to enjoy nature within the city centre. Cycling – Amsterdam is world famous for its cycle-centric culture, so get on your bike and either take a cycling tour to explore the city or simply rent your own and make your way through the city streets independently. Nightlife Once the sun goes down, the Amsterdam nightlife kicks off. Here are a few of our favourite picks:
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