Amsterdam is a place you just seem to love right from the start: walk around its quiet streets alongside miles of canal and the place just gets to you. There’s a friendly, relaxed atmosphere during the day and a very lively scene at night, so it’s perfect for most group holidays.
We all know that it has its seedy side (like most big cities), but what about other things to do for group holidays in Amsterdam? Obvious choices include boat rides along the canals, and these are of course ideal for stag weekends, hen weekends and any other short break where you want to do things together. As well as a boat ride (or even instead of one) we’d recommend a guided walking tour as it’s a great way to get a much more personal view of the city from a local expert. Afterwards, Vondel Park or Westerpark are lovely when the weather is fine, as is the Albert Cuyp Market or Dappermart. You can try the Heineken Experience at the company’s old brewery – but they don’t brew beer there anymore so instead we’d suggest a tour at one of the city’s microbreweries. There are also some impressive museums of course, including the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk museum of modern art and the Van Gogh Museum.
For a spicy start to a night out, join in the Dutch tradition of enjoying Indonesian food at one of the many Surinamese-Indonesian-Chinese snack bars and restaurants. Or for some traditional Dutch food, Moeders (‘Mothers’), Greetje and De Silveren Spiegel won’t disappoint. The bar scene then beckons, and places like Brouwerij 't IJ (it means ‘windmill brewery’) and 't Arendsnest (‘eagle’s nest’) are both paradise for beer lovers, while Vesper Bar is a good choice if you would prefer a cocktail. Nightlife hot spots in Amsterdam aren’t hard to find. Many of them are in buildings that have had interesting past lives, such as Trouw (formerly a printing press), OT301 (an old film school) and Sugar Factory (converted from a theatre).
Regardless of the type of group holiday in Amsterdam you are planning, we can source for you a suitable hotel. There is of course an excellent range to choose from. Hotel Orlando has a lot of charm and character, the Seven Bridges Hotel is in an especially lovely location and Hotel V Frederiksplein is liked for its funky vibe.
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