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Waterfront bike rides by day and wild parties by night, Amsterdam embraces those who grab life by the handlebars.
Amsterdam In a Nutshell
- Canals, cycling and cannabis cafes
- Home of cultural icons, from Van Gogh to Nina Simone
- Craft breweries, legendary nightlife and the infamous Red Light District
Stags make a beeline for theTemple of Venus (aka Amsterdam’s Sex Museum):the world’s first and oldest collection of erotica, where you’ll learn how people got it on across the ages. Catch a glimpse of mind-bending fluorescent art and fungus at theElectric Ladyland Museum, before hitting up the neon lights of the notoriousRed Light District. TheAnne Frank Houseis a must-do, providing a sobering look at the atrocities of WWII. And when all is said and done, you can’t go wrong with cycling or cruising alongAmsterdam’s canals.
Best of Amsterdam
Head to theRembrandtpleinfor Amsterdam’s trendiest restaurants, while theJordaanandDe Pjipare a must-visit for popping street stalls. Indonesian food has a huge presence in The Netherlands, with loaded takeaway boxes ofrendang curry, rice and satayall yours for around €5. If you can stomach it,herringis a popular hangover cure: served raw with onions in little booths along the harbour. For something a little closer to home,fried salt codmakes a great lunch, served on that day’s newspaper.Oorlog french fries(aka ‘war chips’) are eaten from a cone, topped with mayonnaise, peanut sauce and raw onion - it’s unusual at first, but it gets addictive!
TheLeidsepleinis where the action is in Amsterdam, boasting everything from sports bars to strip clubs all within staggering distance. Partygoers must also head for theJordaan’sspeakeasies andWestpoort’swarehouse raves. You’ll be familiar with Dutch beer brands likeHeineken,AmstelandDuvel, but it’s worth drinking as the locals do with acraft beerin a tall fluitje glass. For something much stronger,geneveris The Netherland’s most famous spirit: a powerful gin that will knock your socks off. To drink it, sip a tiny amount from the top before going at it at a steady pace (it’s not meant to be taken as a shot). Sometimes its served with beer to get your big night started.
The Best Time to Visit Amsterdam
The Dutch capital is great place to visit for a weekend all year round, but the weather is at it's finest from April to May and September to November.
Amsterdam is it at its busiest in the spring, so make sure you book your travel in advance. The weather is often more unpredictable from in the autumn months from September through November so make sure you take some layers and waterproofs just in case. The weather is cold and beautiful in Winter but your flights and stay will be cheaper as you enter the quietest part of the travel season.
How to get there
Getting to Amsterdam from the UK is a breeze with the Dutch capitalless than an hour's flight away from London.
In the low season tickets plummet down to£36 one-way, climbing up to an average of£127 in more popular months. Direct flights can be caught from six airports around London and from most major UK cities.
Average Flight Times
Flights from London to Amsterdam:53 minutesFlights from Birmingham to Amsterdam:1 hour 9 minutesFlights from Glasgow to Amsterdam:1 hour 50 minutesFlights from Manchester to Amsterdam:1 hour 16 minutes
If you prefer to take the scenic route,£35 will get you a comfortable seat aboard the Eurostar from St. Pancras International, cruising past the lush fields of France and Belgium before landing in the land of canals and coffee shops.
Once you've arrived atAmsterdam's Schipol Airport, it's a 22km drive to the city centre. A fixed-rate of €39 will get you a taxi from the main entrance, taking you approximately20 minutesto reach the heart of the Dutch capital. Alternatively, a cheap,30-minute bus ride operates every 10-15 minutes from 5.15am to 1am, or you can take a direct15-minute train journey to Amsterdam Central Station for €4.50.
Amsterdam is a modern city that retains a village-like atmosphere, in no small part thanks to its characterful neighbourhoods.
Amsterdam-Centrum a tourist hotspot, marked by its iconic canal belt surrounded by historic Golden Age houses that pop with colour. Come here for most of the city’s biggest attractions like the 17th-century Royal Palace, or get lost in the craziness of Dam Square.
De Wallen (Red Light District)
De Wallen is much more than sex shops and peep shows. This neighbourhood dates back over 700 years, home to beautiful churches like the Oude Kerk alongside modern restaurants, video game arcades and creative studios. The government is keen to redevelop the area and refresh its debaucherous image - so expect big changes to come.
This former working-class enclave is now one of the trendiest parts of Amsterdam, home to the famous Albert Cyup Market and an increasing number of young people setting up hip brunch cafes. Come here for a taste of Amsterdam at its coolest.
Escape into the green, green arms of one of the biggest parks in Amsterdam and roam through an urban beach, Amsterdamse School architecture and the Molen de Otter - one of the city’s last remaining windmills.
Read more in ourAmsterdam Stag Guide.
Flights: From €35 one-way in the low season, climbing up to €127 in the summer.
Taxi from airport to centre:Taxis from Schipol Airport come at a fixed-price of €39. Alternatively, you can take a direct train to Amsterdam Central Station for €4.50.
Amsterdam unlimited travel card:€17, €22.50, €28 (1, 2, 3 days).
Local meal:Anywhere between €3 to €25 and up, depending on how fancy you feel. If you’re on a budget, a bagel with mountains of hummus or an Indonesian boxed lunch (the cuisine is big in The Netherlands) will set you back around €5.
Pint:€3.50. Proost! (Cheers!).
Pot Brownie:Around €9 per gram in local coffeeshops, climbing to €15 and up in more touristy spots like the Rembrandtplein.
Anne Frank House entry:€10
Cannabis: Cannabis in all its forms is tolerated in Amsterdam - not legal. You can consume til your heart’s content inside coffeeshops, but you’re limited to possession of 5 grams per person outside. Smoking weed in public is tolerated, but it’s best to do so in private or certain bar terraces to be on the safe side (and to be polite). For more information on all things green, the Coffeeshop Info Centre is a great resource.
Legal:Prostitution has been legal in Amsterdam since 2000, with sex workers paying taxes and enjoying the same labour rights as every other profession. Do not, under any circumstances, take photos of the Red Light District window displays - businesses will likely confiscate your camera and give you an earful.
Magic truffles (a close cousin to shrooms), peyote and ayahuasca can be bought legally from ‘smart shops’.
Illegal:Smoking tobacco inside bars (with the exception of cannabis in coffee shops). Hard drugs like cocaine, ecstasy, LSD and heroin are forbidden in The Netherlands.
Top Stag Do Amsterdam Ideas
Celebrate like a proper Amsterdammer with these tailored stag do ideas.
- Explore the birthplace of Heineken or embark on a beer tasting quest
Amsterdam knows a thing or two about crafting beer. Discover the origins of one of the UK’s favourite brews at theHeineken brewery, or enjoy a beer tasting session at theBrouwerij de PraelandDelirium Café.
- Take a boat ride on Amsterdam’s historic canals
- Navigate Amsterdam by bicycle and uncover its hidden gems
Amsterdam is a city built for cycling enthusiasts, with stag do activities perfectly designed to get your wheels spinning. Take aguided bike tourand get under the city’s surface, or hit abeer biketo combine the sights with pints.
- Feed your adrenaline
If you've got a need for speed, Amsterdam offersquad biking, Grand Prixindoor kartingand the unique experience ofblow karting(get your mind out the gutter) on 20 miles of beach at Ijmuiden at Sea. If you find the ground overrated, some stand-uppaddleboardingmay be just the ticket.
- Get spooked at the Amsterdam Dungeons and hunt for pub treasure
Prove your stag group is the ultimate team on these activities designed to test your nerves and mettle. Enter theAmsterdam Dungeonsat your own peril, as you take a creepy tour of the city’s 500 year past. Work as a team to conquer apub crawl treasure hunt, or put your brains together for an exhilaratingEscape Roomin the heart of the city.
- Party like you’re VIP
Round your night off in style with a VIP experience in Amsterdam’s top nightspots, includingEscape, Club NovaorLa Vie en Proost. Warm-up with aguided bar crawlthrough the city or roll the dice atHolland Casino.