Cool ideas from Amsterdam: 4 nice mini break concepts

Zuiderkerk Amsterdam canal

The 17th century Zuiderkerk seen from an Amsterdam canal


Set in lovely, well-established gardens dotted with elegant 19th century buildings, this needs to be Europe’s prettiest zoo. 

At The Artis Zoo Museum there are greater than 300 species of timber offering oxygen and a pure habitat for the 750 totally different styles of animals together with giraffes, zebras and gazelles, to call just a few. 

The brand new Micropia museum gives a captivating perception into every part microscopic, finding out microbes very important to life on Earth. From £56 (two sharing) together with coach transfers and zoo entry.

The butterfly pavilion in the Artis Zoo

The butterfly pavilion within the Artis Zoo


Greater than one million guests every year head to the unimaginable bulbfields at Keukenhof’s landscaped gardens. So far as the attention can see there are tulips, seven million of them, that includes greater than 800 varieties. 

These are finest explored by strolling alongside the vast paths which weave by lawns and woods. 

Options embrace a Mondrian artwork mosaic and each day flower arranging demonstrations. From £114 (two sharing) together with coach transfers and entrance to gardens. 

Tulips in the Keukenhof’s landscaped gardens

Tulips within the Keukenhof’s landscaped gardens


Visiting Amsterdam and never making a pilgrimage to the well-known Heineken brewery is like going to Dublin and never exploring the Guinness manufacturing unit. 

Uncover what goes into producing a type of distinctive inexperienced bottles of beer. 

The traditional manufacturing unit nonetheless has its authentic options such because the huge brass beer tanks and fixtures. 

By way of computerised simulation, the Heineken Expertise takes you thru the manufacturing unit as a beer bottle; from the brewing to the bottling course of.

Heineken brewery Amsterdam

The well-known Heineken brewery


Lovers excursions are providing an array of cruising on Amsterdam’s wonderful canals. 

Viewing the town from the water affords a wholly totally different perspective. 

You’ll move houseboats that are residence to a menagerie of pets in addition to floating gardens. 

You’ll cruise previous tremendous slender Dutch Canal homes with their hooks mounted on their facades to winch up furnishings to the higher ranges and sail below low, sweeping bridges whose railings are adorned with traditional black Dutch bikes. 

Excursions from £12pp when booked with any North Sea mini-cruise. 


DFDS ( affords each day in a single day departures to Holland. 

The Newcastle-Amsterdam cruise ferries are geared up with 4 eating places together with the Explorers’ Steakhouse, an all-you-can-eat world-food buffet within the 7 Seas, the Blue Riband à la carte restaurant and “Little Italy”, a pasta and pizza restaurant. 

There are additionally a lot of cafes and bars, in addition to stay music from a home band. Different on board services embrace a store, a on line casino, a cinema and a children membership.

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