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When was the last time you visited Holland? (Or the Netherlands, depending on what pretentious geographer you ask.) If it’s been some time, we really must insist you get your booty to Amsterdam, a place where the fun just keeps on going. From nightclubs to De Wallen and the coffee shops (coffee comes as a side to other stuff), there’s no shortage of trouble to get into. Amsterdam holidays are something to write home about, because let’s face it, you’ll need a written record of your time there.
You won’t believe the kind of stuff you’ll be able to get into once you arrive at one of our Amsterdam hotels. First off, go to the Heineken Experience and spend some time at the first Heineken brewery. You’ll be able to see how the famous Dutch pilsner is made, bottled and consumed. What’s the best part of the whole thing? We’re going to go out on a limb and say the free beer. When you’re done getting…experienced, stumble on over to the Van Gogh Museum, where the world’s largest collection of Vincent’s paintings are housed. As a precautionary measure, earmuffs are distributed at the door.
We’re sure your hometown has some very nice coffee shops, but you’ve never been to a coffee shop until you’ve gone to one in Amsterdam. The Bulldog, Siberie and Mellow Yellow are just some of the famous café houses you must visit first thing in the morning—right after you leave your Amsterdam accommodation. We know what you’re thinking, but really, they actually do have coffee at these places. Just be careful of the round things that look like Toad’s hat.
Your far-out journey in Amsterdam begins when you arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schipol (AMS), 9 km from downtown. You can get to your accommodation in Amsterdam by the travel taxis sitting curbside or get yourself a private ride into town. Another good way for getting directly to the city centre is by way of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (the National Dutch train service that has a main railway station directly under the passenger terminal. And just like any major city, buses are widely available. Most bus companies either start or stop their routes at the airport. Once you’re in the city, the most popular and easiest way around is by bicycle, but no matter how much fun you have, please don’t heave yours into one of the canals.
Calling the Dutch countryside pretty is like saying the sky is blue—it’s just obvious. To see as much of the countryside as you want, snatch up one of lastminute.com.au’s awesome car hire deals and head off from a Netherlands hotel into the unknown in search of a pair of those funny wooden shoes.
Have you ever heard of a bad time to go here? We didn’t think so. Visit during the summer months in order to experience the height of Amsterdam’s tourist season at its best. The temperatures in the summer are on average a lovely 20 degrees, so your days spent at the parks will be pleasant and relaxing. Get there a little earlier during spring and you’ll be able to experience Queen’s Day, a national holiday spurring country-wide parties.
Follow the smoke signal from the front steps of your humble abode to Mokum, Damsko. That’s the nickname for Amsterdam, and what it translates to we don’t know and don’t care. The only thing we care about is helping you get there so browse lastminute.com.au for the best deals on hotels in Amsterdam. Bundle those with flights to Amsterdam to save extra money better spent enlightening yourself at the coffee shops.