15 September, 2019
21 February, 2019
The fun starts the moment you set foot in the Amsterdam Canal Ring. There, cobbled alleys wiggle this way and that, arched bridges lurch over babbling waterways, and smoky coffeeshops spill onto the street corners in a haze frothy beer and pancakes. You can climb 16th-century belfries, see the monuments of Dam Square, get lost in the risky Red Light District – and that's just a taster. Beyond that sprawl the green lawns of cool Vondelpark. There's Amsterdam Noord with its creaking windmills. There's boho De Pijp, where Middle Eastern kitchens converge on Scandi brunch spots. Tempted? Cheap flights to Amsterdam from Australia take you to the huge airport in Schiphol, with airlines like Etihad, Emirates, and China Southern running routes with just a single layover.
A UNESCO site in the middle of the city, the Canal Ring has got Amsterdam's iconic 16th- and 17th-century architecture.
Chill with the locals in Vondelpark, a green haven for summertime picnics that's laden with ponds and cafes.
The revered works of the Dutch Old Masters await in the Rijksmuseum. Get ready to encounter canvasses by the likes of Rembrandt and Vermeer.