Rent an apartment for an authentic city break in Holland's capital
13 April 2009 What better time to visit the wonderful city of Amsterdam than when it finally sheds its winter layers and comes to life, with tulips in full bloom and locals soaking up the sunshine on café terraces? Spring is also when the Dutch celebrate some of their biggest and most important holidays, including Queen's Day at the end of April, and Remembrance and Liberation Days in early May.
Whether you're a culture vulture or a party animal, Amsterdam has something for everyone. So why not make like Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Vermeer and have a go at life as a local in your very own apartment? Designer penthouse, canal-side home or even a houseboat - you'll be spoilt for choice on Holiday-Rentals, which lists 53 properties in Holland's vibrant capital city.
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All properties below had good availability in May and June at time of going to press.
Luxury designer penthouse
www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p416741 - Stunning 2-bedroom penthouse apartment split over multiple levels. Enjoy stunning views of Amsterdam from the flat's many windows. The famous Haarlemmerplein and Jordaan area are right at your doorstep.
Price: From £1,362 to £2,270 per property per week (or £216 to £324 per property per night)
Pretty canal-side homes
www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p54555 - A selection of lovely 1- and 2-bedroom apartments in a typical 19th century canal house in the historic Jordaan district. Admire the striking canal views from your living or dining room. Rental rates include complimentary access to a 25m indoor swimming pool located a short block away.
Price: From £757 to £883 per property per week (or £135 to £158 per property per night) for a 1-bedroom apartment
www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p84595 - A selection of elegantly decorated 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments on the picturesque Keizersgracht canal. The flats at the front of the property overlook one of Amsterdam's most beautiful canals, while flats at the rear enjoy the view of the property's peaceful, private gardens. Each apartment is individually themed on a famous Dutch artist, ranging from Golden Age masters Rembrandt and Vermeer, to the contemporary Appel and Brood.
Price: From £1,577 per property per week (or £225 per property per night) for a 1-bedroom apartment
www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p229928 - Charming 1-bedroom houseboat a stone throw's away from the Museum Quarters, Rembrandtplein, Leidseplein and Vondelpark. Sit on the covered patio and enjoy watching the birds and the boats go by.
Price: £714 per person per week (or £109 per person per night)
www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p224432 - Bright and spacious 1-bedroom steel ship very close to the center of Amsterdam, yet in a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood. Free parking right outside the boat.
Price: £420 to £679 per property per week (or £73 to £107 per property per night)
Stunning historical apartment with harbour views
www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p225701 - Beautifully decorated 2-bedroom apartment in a 17th century house in the oldest part of historical Amsterdam, along the IJ-harbour where the proud vessels were once anchored while preparing for their next voyage to the Indies. Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, whose cunning seamanship combined with excellent military leadership made him the most successful defender of Dutch merchants sailing the world seas, used to be the owner if this lovingly restored house.
Price: £1,429 per property per week (or £221 per property per night)