Amsterdam | An Alternative Christmas Vacation

The Dutch capital of Amsterdam is home to more than twenty state-of-the-art museums, beautiful recreational parks, great family resorts and superb Dutch cuisine that continues to attract visitors from all over the world, especially at Christmas. The city’s historic streets, that are decorated with glorious bicycle paths and coffee shops, are enough to make you fall in love with this European tourist hub, even if it’s your first time here.

From the Diamant Museum, which is a few blocks away from the authentic Van Gogh Museum of Fine Arts, to the Amsterdam Flower Market or the Skate Park, there are so many places to see in the city that it’s hard to know where to begin. The surrounding restaurants and sweetshops will provide much-needed refreshment during your tour of Amsterdam, and there’s always some form of entertainment around every corner. If you’re thinking of visiting Amsterdam this Christmas, here are some of the top alternative attractions you simply can’t miss out on.

Amsterdam Snowy Christmas

Amsterdam Snowy Christmas

Visit the Ice Skating Rinks at Leidseple

If you’re not a fan of the cold, and prefer to spend the festive season inside, then you will definitely miss a lot of amazing outdoor activities that Amsterdam has to offer. One of the best places to visit in the city is the ice skating rinks at Leidseple; not only is it a great activity, but the scenery and architecture of the surrounding buildings will really make this a special activity for you and your family. Afterwards, why not pop into one of the Dutch cafés for a cup of hot coffee!

Lodge at the Apollo Hotels and Resorts

There are over 10 beautiful Apollo hotels and resorts in Amsterdam, and these family resorts are some of the best places to stay in the city during Christmas. From Christmas day dinner at the sea to a rich variety of entertainment, not to mention the great food, you won’t be disappointed with your stay at the Apollo Amsterdam. Furthermore, these hotels are also known to provide their guests with exclusive ‘paint the town red parties’ during the eve of Christmas and New Year, so make sure you get the best deals on flights to the capital by comparing prices at!

Amsterdam Christmas

Amsterdam Christmas

Visit the Illustrious Van Gogh Museum

Considered as one of the best Fine Art museums in Europe, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is a must see tourist attraction for anyone travelling to the Dutch capital during the festive season. Not only will you get a rare chance to see some of the best art pieces in Europe, created by fine art legends like Van Gogh himself, but many of the exhibitions are interactive too, so your kids will be able to get involved! Additionally, the grounds of the Van Gogh Museum are simply spectacular, and they’re the perfect place to grab some intimate family photographs to take home wit you. From the city centre there are plenty of ways to get to the Van Gogh Museum, but walking allows you to take in the wonderful scenery along the way.

Amsterdam photos: Revevangjin, Rick Van Hemert.

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