Flights to Amsterdam
Amsterdam – heaven for design lovers
With its special atmosphere, Amsterdam is a favourite destination for design connoisseurs, adventure-seeking youth and families who put a premium on a relaxed holiday. The city lives and breathes design and it is sometimes known as the Design Capital. Canals, cafes, parks, universities, concerts and museums are just a small part of the easygoing atmosphere characteristic of Amsterdam.
Kids & families
Science Center NEMO
Science Center NEMO is an activity centre for the entire family. With five floors wafting to be discovered, it provides several hours’ worth of science and technological marvels from around the world. We recommend visiting all of the exhibits, taking part in lots of workshops, and enjoying the theatre performances and film programmes.
A visit to Museumplein offers a potent dose of Amsterdam culture. All the city’s big museums are located here, including the Rijksmuseum, which is the home of the biggest art collection in the Netherlands.
Buy the ticket in advance and plan a visit for the morning or later in the afternoon – that way you’ll avoid the longest queues, as the most visitors arrive at the museum between the hours of 11-14.
Discover Amsterdam on the water’s surface. In the summer, a cruise perhaps…and in winter, skating is a possibility. The canals offer postcard-perfect views by day and night – when the bridges are raised and the fairy lights create a sense of a magical world. Guided cruises on the canals are a good way of peeking behind Amsterdam’s mask and learning many fascinating facts.
Discover Amsterdam from the water’s surface and book a cruise on the canals with a guide – avoid the queues and buy the ticket online and the trip on the boat of your choice can begin.
In the city’s most atmospheric district, the Jordaan, you’ll travel back in time. Lose yourself in the labyrinths of time and delight in shopping. Originally a working-class neighbourhood, it is now one of the most sought-after quarters of the city thanks to its narrow streets, old-fashioned houses, art galleries, antique stores, charming inner courtyards and bars and restaurants with a special atmosphere.
Bicycle and parks
Amsterdam is the world’s most bike-friendly city. It is one of the defining elements of the local lifestyle and indisputably the most convenient and enjoyable way of exploring the city. In the meantime, take a break or have a picnic in one of the city’s 30 parks, the best known one being Vondelpark.
Coffeeshops have been a part of Amsterdam life since the 1970s. The city has about 200 establishments that sell hashish and marijuana. Licensed coffeeshops have a green and white decal on display on their windows. One of the most popular places among locals and tourists is Barney’s coffeeshop on Haarlemmerstraat and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well.
Food, drink and nightlife
Nearly every street corner has traditional cafes, bars and pubs famous for their friendly atmosphere – gezelligheid.
Those with more time should head for a shopping mecca with a local flavour instead of a mall. The best known one is The Nine Streets – little cobblestoned lanes connecting the canals between Leidsegracht and Raadhuissstraat. There you’ll find over 200 shops, from boutiques to vintage stores, all selling everything from designer clothing to artisanal cosmetics.
Amsterdam is easy to get around with public transport, bicycle, riverboats and Uber. Choose the conveyance you like and enjoy the ride. Those using public transport should plump for an I AM AMSTERDAM City Card, which allows unlimited use of public transport and discounted or free admission to many museums, galleries and other sights.
Did you know...
- Each year, 20,000 bikes are thrown into the river
- Amsterdam has over 2,500 boats that are used as an everyday home
- Nordica’s direct flight from Tallinn to Amsterdam takes 2 hours and 25 minutes
Tallinn (TLL) - Amsterdam (AMS)