· Amsterdam

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It’s no surprise that Amsterdam is one of the most visited cities in Europe. In the heart of the Netherlands you will find over 50km of canals, more bikes than people and endless cobbled streets. Full of culture, wild nights out and beautiful scenery, Amsterdam has something for everyone!

You can book a wide variety of accommodation in Amsterdam whether it be a hostel, hotel or apartment. Htel Serviced Appartments is the perfect mix of hotel and apartment. It is slightly outside of the centre but within walking distance to Amsterdam Forest, which is absolutely stunning in spring and summer and full of wildlife. You can hire bikes from reception for €12.50 a day (tip: I would always suggest wearing a helmet for your safety, however you will be the odd one out as no one in Amsterdam wears helmets!) or take advantage of the reliable and spotless metro system to get into town. The metro takes you directly into Dam Square, which has some of the most beautiful architecture in the city. Tickets for the metro, tram and buses are €3.20 an hour or €8 for the day, the system is fantastic and getting anywhere is never difficult.

Amsterdam is known for its variety of culture and has museums for all interests including the Anne Frank House (€10.50), Moco Museum (€14) or the Van Gough Museum (€19). It also has beautiful experiences for people who love nature, such as the Botanic Gardens which includes plants that are extinct in the wild and Vondelpark, which is perfect with a creamy ice cream from Juicebrothers.

Just a short walk from Amsterdam Central, you can find NEMO Science Museum which is full of fascinating sights! For video game enthusiast's, TonTon bar has a wide variety of arcade machines (some free!) and board games. Once you're all gamed out (and still speaking if you had a game of monopoly) you can take the free waterbus to Eye Film Museum, for a bite to eat while you watch the sunset. If you're looking for something more casual, Vegan Junkfood and Vapino offer hearty portions and quick service!

Wether you're spending a week or a weekend in Amsterdam, you will never run out of things to do. With flights, trains and ferries now going to Amsterdam, its the perfect destination for a break.

P.s - if your looking to go to one of 'those' coffee shops, Grey Area has exceptionally friendly staff!

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