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Why Amsterdam is a good old time!


The irresistible draw towards Europe encompasses many things – a love of history, the food delights that await, the sidewalk cafe culture, the beauty of the cities. Amsterdam is all of those things and more, and understandably, is very popular with tourists.Happily a discount hotel in Amsterdam is yours for the taking on with plenty of rooms now available. The good hotels go fast, though, so be quick if you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam in the near future.

Once you get there, all the main attractions are within relatively easy walking distance in this small city. The public transport is exceptional or if you’re catching cabs, that’s easy too, if a little pricy. The best entertainment in Amsterdam is all in the city – from late night bars, to the red light district, to the museums and historic attractions. Book a hotel room deal now on Cheap Rooms and enjoy one of the best cities in Europe for cheap!

The most popular attractions in Amsterdam are the museums and galleries. There is world class art on offer at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam with its stunning collection of masterpieces such as Rembrandt’s “Night watch”, several paintings by Vermeer, van Dyck and Jan Steen. The museum is currently being refurbished but the Philips Wing is displaying all the classics in a special event called ‘Rijksmuseum, The Masterpieces’ which is showcasing the best of the museum in a more concentrated space.

One of the greatest painters the world has ever known called Amsterdam home and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in fact covers two building especially built to house the artist’s greatest pieces. Each year, 1.6 million visitors come to the Van Gogh Museum, making it one of the 25 most popular museums in the world. The collection features more than 200 works by Van Gogh, and also houses many by his contemporaries – the impressionists. This is a must see in Amsterdam, even if you’re not a big ‘art’ fan.

At the other end of the art spectrum is the Stedelijk modern art museum in Amsterdam. The modernist building tells you what to expect with its stunning entrance hall and stark white interiors. It houses one of the world’s biggest and most prized collections of contemporary art and strives to be of the most innovative museums in the world. Whatever your take on modern art, a visit to the Stedelijk will make you think! It contains Impressionists, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism and it has a unique collection of 29 paintings by Casimir Malevich.

Maybe not a museum in the traditional sense, but the Anne Frank house is well worth a visit to see where she lived for two years before capture by the Nazi’s. It’ll send tingles down your spine. Tiny space, big courage and a dreadful ending. The house itself is on Prinsengracht 263 alongside a canal on the fringe of the old town.

Who said classical music was for the old…


5 things to do in Amsterdam!


Amsterdam is one of the most vibrant, young and fun cities in Europe. A visit here is a stroll through a rich tapestry of culture, things to do, friendly people and breathtaking scenery, architecture and history. Of course you’ll need a place to stay and, Cheap Rooms, has plenty of cheap hotels in Amsterdam to tempt you – in whatever location suits you best.

Getting flights to Amsterdam is easy – almost every major airline services Schipol (the airport) and trains service the city also from every major European hub. Amsterdam and Cheap Rooms make your life easy so all you have to do is concrentrate on having a great time in this beautiful – and vibrant – city.

You want something different? Cycling is really big here. The locals are way used to it. But if you’re not, don’t worry it’s very easy to rent a bike on a street corner, cycle to your destination and leave it at one of the many drop points in the city or, equally, return to your starting point. The golden rules are… don’t cycle side by side, lock your bike up, put your lights on at night.

Live dangerously! By that we mean take part in the local custom of eating raw herring for lunch, breakfast or as a snack. Yup, raw. Garnish it up with a bit of onion or pickle (if you’re squeamish) and just get it down your neck! There are street stalls everywhere. Best season is summer when the fish is at its freshest. It’s cheap, good for you and so many locals can’t be wrong… surely.

You like art? You love the old masters? Amsterdam is your city! The Rijksmuseum has one of the most incredible collections in the world. The Rijksmuseum has amassed the country’s largest collection of art and artefacts from the 15th century until 1900, including 40 Rembrandts and four Vermeers. You’ll see world-class pieces such as Rembrandts’ Night Watch and Vermeer’s Kitchen Maid and Woman Reading a Letter. Even if you’re not a complete culture buff, this is a truly once-in-a-lifetime shot at seeing the world’s greatest art.

Travel the canals. It’s not the postcard experience of Venice but it’s as fascinating without the highway robbery prices. The canals number some 165 and are criss-crossed by picturesque bridges. You’ll find bohemian quarters, the red light area and plenty of ‘old’ Amsterdam adjoining the canals and it’s an easy all day experience. Just wander, stop for snacks here and there and aim for lunch in the very safe (and touristy) red light district. Most attractive are the Museum Quarter, the Jordaan and the Pijp.

Amsterdam hosts a couple of great flea markets – although this is a crass description! Noordermarkt is a bustling hive of food, ethnic cuisines, trinkets, clothes and more. The famers market dominates with its biodynamic, organic feel and people come from all over Amsterdam to enjoy a Saturday morning in the picturesque location. It’s in the Jordaan district and you can explore the historic area before browsing the market and enjoying a fresh pastry and a coffee in the nearby gardens. It’s also just 10 minutes from the Anne Frank house, so you can combine the two.

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Amsterdam – a city to ponder life in


The great joy of Amsterdam is just how close everything is. You can stay in the city center area and walk to virtually every site. And what sites there are! Amsterdam is home to two of the finest museums in the world; being the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh (showcasing the Netherland’s most famous son of course). Both are a joy to tour. Het Rijks (as the locals say) is the national museum and as such is a grand architectural delight as well as a showcase for some of the finest art in the world.

Walking the canal district is an ideal way to get a feel for the many sides of Amsterdam – the red light area is certainly worth the curiosity factor, but the 17th century buildings that line the canals of the Jordaan area are a must on your visit. The quaint shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars make the whole experience very civilised. There are vintage shops and a great atmosphere.

You’ll have read the book or heard the story at school, but a visit to the Anne Frank House is a must. Such a tiny space hid the family for two years and the horror of being discovered is captured in the exhibition you can now see. Such a simple museum, yet an overwhelming impact.

If you love classic art, visit the Rembrandt House where he painted and lived for some 20 years in the mid 1600s. It’s small but worthwhile and gives a real taste of how life was lived at the time.

After something quirky? Try the Museum of Bags and Purses for a touch of bling. You’ll find out the history of bags, how they’re made and you’ll see the old, the new, the budget and the pricy.