If you're looking for a city break that is equal parts charming and cool look no further than Amsterdam. The city is nicknamed the Venice of the North due to its many canals. Its city centre is calmer than most as people choose to get around by boat, foot or bicycle rather than by car. Day or night Amsterdam is an exciting city with plenty to offer.
One of the best ways to enjoy the city is also completely free, just wander around the old town and savour the traditional Dutch architecture, you'll also find plenty of monuments to admire. If you want to experience a slice of nature in the heart of the city than visit Vondelpark, which is also a great place to people-watch as locals picnic and socialise. Art-lovers should make a point of visiting Rijksmuseum and/or the Van Gogh museum to see first-hand the work of Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and of course Van Gogh. Beer aficionados will love the opportunity to visit the Heineken Experience. It's an interactive way to learn more about the famous beer and its history. The tour finishes with a drink on its rooftop bar where you'll be treated to views of the city. To learn more about a tragic chapter in Amsterdam's history, a trip to Anne Frank's house is a must. Anyone who has read her story will appreciate her story being brought to life by this museum. It's hard to put oneself in her shoes, imagining what it would be like to hide from Nazis for so long, but this museum does the best job possible. It is one of Amsterdam's most popular sights, so be sure to book ahead.