The city of Amsterdam has often been described as the ‘Venice of the North’ and this has a lot to do with the concentric belt system which is also known as the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring Area). These canals date from as far back as the 17th century and are often overlooked by impressive buildings which boast architectural splendour. If you choose to spend your holidays in the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring Area) part of Amsterdam, you will definitely be within the most beautiful area of the city. The self catering accommodation in the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring Area) will often afford great views over the canals below and will always be equipped with all of the mod-cons you could ever need for your time in the city.
There are a number of informative pleasure boat cruises available up and down the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring Area) and this is the perfect opportunity to take in some of Amsterdam’s top sights from a different perspective. Other popular activities to consider in the city include swimming, tennis, full gym facilities and many other sports venues. During your holidays in Grachtengordel (Canal Ring Area), you will notice how common bicycles are in Amsterdam and how cycling-friendly everything is: there is nothing to stop you from hiring bicycles yourself and exploring on two wheels.
There are more than enough attractions to keep you busy during your holidays in Grachtengordel (Canal Ring Area). As you will be right in the heart of Amsterdam, you will always be close to the major sights and top amongst these are The Anne Frank Museum (this is a very poignant attraction!), The Heineken Museum, The Van Gogh Museum, Bijbels Museum, The Resistance Museum, Vondelpark and visit Jordaan which is Amsterdam’s version of Greenwich Village. If you visit at certain times of the year, there are also opportunities to take trips to see the awesome tulip fields for which The Netherlands is so world-famous.
The weather for your holidays in Grachtengordel (Canal Ring Area) is likely to be very similar to that of the east of England. Invariably, this means that summers will be relatively warm and hopefully drier; whereas winters are much cooler and there is always the possibility of snow between December and March. Average temperatures will hit the low- to mid-twenties degrees Celsius in July and will fall back to around 6 degrees in January.
Schiphol International Airport (AMS) will be an ideal choice for your holidays in the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring Area). This is Amsterdam’s main airport and one of Europe’s busiest hubs. Airlines such as British Airways, KLM, Easyjet and BMI all fly here from airports such as East Midlands (EMA), London Luton (LTN), London Heathrow (LHR), Manchester (MAN) and Edinburgh (EDI).