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Magical Amsterdam

Flights to Amsterdam transport you to a city full of surprises.

Its canal network weaves through the heart of the city, winding past colour-filled art museums and historic landmarks en route. From tiny cobbled alleyways to cutting edge architecture, every street and building is different.

canal boats and colourful buildings on the river amstel in amsterdam

Residents whizz past on vintage bicycles, aromas from every corner of the world waft from street food trucks, and masterpieces from the greatest painters hang on display throughout the city.

When you’ve seen some of Rembrandt’s greatest works there’s always the option of visiting a cat museum or an exhibit dedicated just to cheese.

You can indulge in culture to your heart’s content here, but Amsterdammers don’t take life too seriously.

Prepare to be inspired by the city’s sense of gezelligheid – an indefinable cosiness and light-hearted approach to life when you book flight tickets to Amsterdam with Etihad Airways.

What’s the weather like in Amsterdam?

What’s the weather like in Amsterdam?

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Amsterdam is warmest in July and August and its famous tulips bloom in spring. For easier access to attractions, visit between October and March when the crowds are thinner and the climate cooler.

It rains most months in Amsterdam, including the summer period, so it’s a good idea to pack a rainproof jacket or umbrella.

Reasons to visit Amsterdam

panorama of night skyline over the historical center of amsterdam

Discover a museum for every passion

Whatever your passion, there seems to be a museum tailored to it in Amsterdam – there are more than 140 in the city. Whether you love cats, cheese, handbags or the work of the Dutch Masters, Amsterdam’s museums have something for everyone.

For classic artwork and sculpture, stop by the Rijksmuseum. Home to Rembrandt’s The Night Watch painting, you can also see works by Vermeer along with Dutch paintings dating back to the 15th century.

One of Amsterdam’s most famous museums is the Anne Frank House. Hiding with her family in a secret annex here for more than two years, the teenager’s diary has become one of the most important ever written. Trace her footsteps in this poignant museum.

bikes on a bridge during a spring sunrise overlooking the river amstel

Embrace nature

There are more bicycles than people in Amsterdam, which makes it easy to explore. Book Amsterdam flights for a city break and you’ll find more than just another urban jungle.

With 30 parks, a floating flower market and botanical gardens, you’ll be enchanted by how this city embraces nature and how everything is easily accessed on two wheels.

Be charmed by the 4,000 species of plants in Hortus Botanicus’ garden or discover Amsterdam’s forest – Amsterdamse Bos – on the outskirts. It’s the place to picnic, kayak or hike, while lucky visitors will see woodpeckers, salamanders and even birds of prey.

outdoor dining in amsterdam table set overlooking the canal

Dine around the world

Amsterdam is one of the world’s most diverse cities for dining. From local cheeses and stroopwafels to globally recognised cuisine, you’ll be spoilt for choice at every meal.

For a gastronomic treat, the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants are not to be missed. Head to the Zuidas district, where chefs at Bolenius are working their magic creating modern dishes fuelled by traditional Dutch flavours.

Visit Vuurtoreneiland for a five-course menu cooked on a simple open flame and served on a small, rugged island. For a niche dining experience try The Avocado Show, where, as the name suggests, every dish is avocado-inspired.

Things to know before you fly to Amsterdam

plane Transfers from the airport

Amsterdam International Airport Schiphol (AMS) is less than 10 miles from the city centre. Pre-book your transfer with Etihad and your driver will be waiting to whisk you to your next destination once you land.

Alternatively, the NS Sprinter train will take you to Amsterdam’s central station in less than 20 minutes. Buses operate for most of the day and run regularly.

clock The best time to visit Amsterdam

Spring is tulip season, while the weather is at its warmest between June and August. Winter can the best time to visit Amsterdam’s main attractions as queues are shorter and cosy cafes are great places to warm up.

bus Getting around

From bikes to trains, trams, buses, ferries and boats, there are many simple travel options in the city. The ‘I Amsterdam card’ gives you up to 72 hours’ unlimited use of Amsterdam’s public transport system to make it even easier.

accommodation Where to stay in Amsterdam

Head to the museum district if you want plenty of culture on your doorstep. If you’re on a budget, you can still stay central and enjoy canal views by opting for a hotel in the heart of the canal district.

Flying to Amsterdam: FAQs

How many days should I spend in Amsterdam?

Most visitors to Amsterdam spend three to four days in the city, although there are enough museums, restaurants and attractions in Amsterdam to keep you entertained for weeks. If you plan your itinerary well, you can see all the top attractions over a long weekend.

What should I see in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam’s museums are world famous but there’s so much more to do. In summer, head to the Vondelpark for its Open Air Theatre.

Home to live music, plays and other events from May to September, there’s always something different to see. For unique shopping experiences, the Kalverstraat and Vlooienmarkt are the places to go.

What food is Amsterdam known for?

If you have a sweet tooth, you’re in for a treat when you fly to Amsterdam. Be sure to try the stroopwafel, which are cookies with a layer of sweet syrup, or the poffertjes – mini, fluffy pancakes and syrup. For something savoury, bitterballen – fried meatballs – are a great street food snack.

Why we love Amsterdam

“Amsterdam is beautiful and has so much to see and do. In summer, take a cruise along the canals and explore the sprawling Vondelpark. In autumn and winter, seek out a quirky bookshop, head to a cosy cafe or spend the day in a museum – there are so many great ones to choose from.”

The best of Amsterdam

One of the joys of Amsterdam is that you can approach it however you want. You can choose to muse in the museums, standing rapt in front of Van Gogh masterpieces, or you can simply wander by the canals, clutching a cone of chips and mayonnaise.

The old gabled buildings hint at the past, but many of them are filled with forward-looking locals. Jewellery designers, distillers and brewers, artists and artisan coffee shops all have their niche here. There’s a surprise around every corner in Amsterdam – start planning your trip by visiting Atlas.

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Departure Wed 11 Mar 2020,
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Weather in Amsterdam

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