Amsterdam serves not only as an ocean-going departure port but also as the main starting point for many river cruises down the Rhine, taking in such wonderful stops as Cologne, Rudesheim, Strasbourg and Basel. Meanwhile, ocean cruises from Amsterdam head to the Norwegian Fjords, Germany and around the Atlantic coast of Europe into the Mediterranean.
Imagine towering homely buildings sitting beside glistening canals with colourful boats rocking in water as blooming flower markets line cobbled streets- there is nowhere quite like Amsterdam. This legendary city is bursting with urban wonders in every corner of the city. From its tranquil canal walks to its lively nightlife and captivating culture, there’s a bit of everything for everyone.
With masterpieces hiding in every corner and an art scene dating back to the 13th century, Amsterdam is certainly a paradise for the art lovers, the most famous spot being the grand Rijksmuseumm, showcasing Amsterdam’s Golden Age all the way to the innovative modern artworks, and the iconic Van Gogh Museum. There’s also no shortage of trendy cafes that have incorporated a variety of stunning art pieces into their décor, so you can sip a brew whilst soaking up some amazing art.
The city’s music scene is simply buzzing, with intimate cosy venues to grand star-studded stages. The most beloved genre by the locals is jazz, you’ll find many bars oozing the intoxicating sound of saxophones and pianos playing together.
Famed for its idyllic scenery, grabbing a bike and heading for the city’s cycle paths is highly recommended and a trip through the iconic windmills of Kinderdijk is a must. If you fancy going at a slower pace, a river cruise is the perfect way to admire the 17th century canals and take in the ever changing scenery.
What makes this spectacular city even better is that you’re never far away from a trendy bar or cosy pub. Each of Amsterdam’s buzzing watering holes has something truly unique and from the panoramic rooftops to the eclectic décor and pitcher-only sized beers, there’s plenty of nightlife to uncover. Most cruises to Amsterdam have an overnight on board, especially a river cruise, meaning it’s never been more tempting to visit.