Selection of Holiday rentals in Amsterdam
Amsterdam holiday rentals
Renting a holiday apartment in Amsterdam guarantees a wonderful weekend away in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Unusual, eclectic and incredibly attractive for young people, the capital of the Netherlands is built on a network of canals running miles through the city, and is paradise for cyclists looking to take in the incredible Dutch architecture. Also known as the "Venice of the North", it is a perfect tourist destination to visit with friends, have new and interesting experiences with your partner or discover the most charming corners of this tulip-clad city. Replete with beauty, Amsterdam boasts the wonderful Vondelpark, which is the city’s main green space which you can cycle around at your leisure and wile away your days in true ‘Hollandaise’ style with a delicious ‘Stroopwafel’ (syrup waffle) in hand. During your trip to Amsterdam, you can celebrate King’s Day and join the masses in their national holiday wearing orange, or visit one of the wonderful art galleries for which Amsterdam is famous such as the Van Gogh Museum or the Amsterdam Museum. The Jewish history of Amsterdam is also a must – you can visit the Jewish Museum and Anne Frank House for a sobering look at the history of Amsterdam in World War II. Choosing an apartment to rent in Amsterdam might be a daunting task, but we are here to make it easier for you, searching hundreds of apartments in Amsterdam in a district like Joordan or Amsterdam Centrum.
The capital of the Netherlands is full of the best holiday rentals in Amsterdam to cater for all – it is modern, cosmopolitan and at the same time endowed with much historical significance, making it one of the largest tourist attractions in Europe with thousands of visitors every month. Never been to Amsterdam? Whether it’s your first time or one of many, we suggest you rent one of the many holiday apartments available in this fascinating city – whether that be in the heart of the city centre, in the suburbs, or in one of its characteristic neighbourhoods. It’s certainly the best choice to experience your trip to Amsterdam as a local would. Live in true Dutch style in your Amsterdam holiday accommodation in one of its many neighbourhoods. We recommend a short stay apartment in Amsterdam, and from the UK it is the perfect commutable distance to spend the weekend. If you’re looking for something a little different, there is always the option of staying on a houseboat and staying in the Amsterdam Canal Ring.We highly recommend booking a holiday apartment or rental in this fantastically cosmopolitan city. If you’re looking for a holiday apartment in Amsterdam Centrum, we have it all. We have apartments less than 800m from the lively Leidseplein square, and from here you can see everything by foot and feel the best atmosphere of the city. Don’t wait any longer - find your ideal apartment from our partners Airbnb Amsterdam, Booking Amsterdam, HomeAway Amsterdam among many others and enjoy your holiday in the capital of the Netherlands. If you’re looking for a self-catering apartment in Amsterdam for couples, the heart of the Dutch capital is certainly full of viable options. We will find you a holiday home rental with magnificent views, or close to the cruise terminal where you can take a boat to other areas of the city. The beauty of this city is that it is intimate, whilst remaining international and diverse. If you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam with the family, it is a great idea to rent an apartment in the Joordan district so that you are close to everything, or in Plantage, which is leafy, residential and houses the magnificent Vondelpark. Visit this dynamic and modern European city, with plenty of art, culture and history to be reaped for all walks of life. Why not book a holiday rental for New Years’ in Amsterdam? The city is an excellent contender to ring in the New Year - there are plenty of parties and activities for all ages and tastes.
Pet friendly apartments in Amsterdam
Holiday lettings in Amsterdam
Holiday rentals in Amsterdam
What to do in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a historical city with plenty of tourist attractions, successfully marrying Dutch tradition and modernity which attracts millions of tourists every year. It is particularly famous for its hundreds of canals that surround the city centre on which you can take an Amsterdam canal cruise. If there’s any city that is known for its canal network, it is undoubtedly Venice. However, believe it or not, the canals in Amsterdam are in fact far more extensive than those of the Italian city, with more than 1000 bridges and 75 km in length of total canal. The Dutch capital may be small, but this only makes it even more enjoyable to explore by bike or foot, and most holiday rentals are in ideal distance. You can’t visit without seeing the beautiful Amsterdam flower markets that house some of its most spectacular tulips, and it is replete with wonderful churches and synagogues that perfectly symbolise the interesting history of this city, such as The Esnoga and Oude Kirk. The Netherlands are famous for their windmills - there is one windmill in old Amsterdam for you to visit and go beer-tasting. Head over to the Amsterdam tourist office for more information on how best to navigate the city. The best way to see this city is on wheels – head on over to the nearest bike hire in Amsterdam and cruise around the city as a true Amsterdammer would. If you’re looking to try the local beer, why not combine the two and try a beer bike? Amsterdam has it all! Alternatively, grab an Amsterdam tram map and hop on.The city is very small and pedestrian-friendly, and there are plenty of things to do in Amsterdam, so you can fit a lot into a long weekend. Amsterdam at Christmas is something that draws people from all over the world, and the Amsterdam Christmas markets are an excellent reason to book a trendy holiday apartment in Amsterdam city centre.
- Dam Square: As one of the most recognisable and important attractions in Amsterdam, this square lies in the historical centre of the city and contains buildings such as the Royal Palace and the Nieuwe Kerk. It is a busy tourist zone and a must see during your trip to Amsterdam. This is the centre point of demonstrations and events, and a popular meeting place known to nearly every person in the Netherlands. It is most recognisable by its national monument in the form of an obelisk in the centre. Here you will also find the wax museum of Madame Tussaud Amsterdam, known for its famous figures.
- Anne Frank House: A trip to Amsterdam would not be complete without a sobering visit to the Anne Frank Museum at Prinsengracht 263 in the Joordan district.
- Van Gogh Museum: Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous painters of the last 200 years, and in the heart of Amsterdam is a museum dedicated to his life, works and contemporaries. It can be found in Museum Square close to many other museums such as Rijksmuseum and more. It receives some of the most visitors in the world and should not be missed.
- Heineken Experience: The Heineken tour is a brewery for the famous Dutch pilsner that is Heineken beer. You can try the beer and be shown the history of the brewery in the city.
- Vondelpark: Perhaps the most beautiful treasure of Amsterdam is the public park in the centre of the city. It has over 10 million visitors a year – it is perfect by foot or by bike to experience life in true Dutch style. Magical in the summertime, this 120-acre park has a playground, open air theatre and several lakes.
- The Jordaan: No trip to Amsterdam is complete without a trip to this quaint part of the city. It is known for its typically Dutch townhouses, restaurants and shops. Popular streets in this area include the Prinsengracht, where you will find the Anne Frank Museum, and De 9 Straatjes. It is well known for its many types of markets, including the flower market and clothes.
- Dutch National Opera & Ballet: The centre of dance and performance in Amsterdam which holds host to a wonderful selection of different shows. Check their programme for details before travelling to your holiday let in Amsterdam.
- Stedelijk Museum: Amsterdam is renowned for being a valuable player in the global contemporary scene of art and design, and if this is what you’re after, you must pay a visit to the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam for modern and contemporary art. It contains art from the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Willem de Kooning.
- Rijksmuseum: The national museum for arts and history in Amsterdam is in Museum Square and has a collection of over 8,000 objects, making it the largest art museum in the country. It includes a large dollhouse collection and has over 200 rooms that will easily require a day’s worth of dedication.
- Amsterdam Museum: This museum has many objects on show relating to the history of Amsterdam.
- Oude Kerk: From Dutch, this translates as ‘old church’ and is the oldest building in Amsterdam and is found in De Wallen, the Red Light District. Amsterdam is full of beauty Dutch buildings that you must see.
- Rembrandt House Museum: A museum dedicated to the life of painter Rembrandt who lived in the house in the 17th century, where you can see a beautiful collection of his work. Amsterdam is brimming with artistic history and promise and is just waiting for you to explore from the comfort of your short stay Amsterdam apartment.
- Tropenmuseum: This museum literally translates to ‘Museum of the Tropics’ and is an archive of the history of Dutch explorers that travelled to Indonesia and the West Indies and shows many parts of their lives.
- The Jewish Museum: Alongside The Anne Frank House, the Amsterdam has a rich Jewish culture and history that you absolutely must dive into. This is the most complete collection and is important that you visit during your trip to Amsterdam.
Travelling to Amsterdam
The Dutch capital is served well by great transport links. Internationally, flights to Amsterdam arrive Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) and London to Amsterdam flights are not at all difficult to find. Its central location in Europe means that there are also cheap flights to Amsterdam regularly. If you’re coming from the UK, there is also the option of taking the ferry to Amsterdam. Since the Netherlands is a small and centrally located country, it is easy to travel from Brussels to Amsterdam by bus or by train, travelling Amsterdam to Rotterdam, or catching a Paris to Amsterdam train. If you are deciding on an Europe interrail trip, then Amsterdam is a great place to stop in a short-stay holiday apartment. Amsterdam experiences every season quite differently, and is the ideal location no matter the time of year. The Amsterdam weather is generally pleasant for visiting, and the winters are cool but a good time to visit. The best time of the year to visit Amsterdam is spring or summer, where it is normally sunny and warm, or alternatively in the month of October when the weather is still good enough to enjoy the city, besides the possibility of rain. The crowds of the summer have usually died down and you will find a good deal for your Amsterdam holiday rental for the weekend. Spring is traditionally seen as a great time to visit Amsterdam as its famous tulips are often in bloom and adorn the city in floral beauty. If you do decide to go to Amsterdam in winter, there are an array of fantastic events such as the Amsterdam Light Festival where the city is annually illuminated for all to see.
Where to stay in Amsterdam
If you walk through the bohemian neighbourhood of Joordan, or around the Leiseplein Square and you see that no house has curtains in the windows, don’t be alarmed. For the Dutch, it is completely normally. In fact, in Amsterdam the Calvinist tradition of not putting up curtains is preserved to this day. Why, you ask? It's their way of showing that they have nothing to hide. Take a look at the various districts in Amsterdam that we have shortlisted for you to decide where to book your holiday let in Amsterdam.
- Plantage: This area does what it says on the tin, and is certainly the more botanical and green part of Amsterdam and is a wonderfully picturesque place to book your Amsterdam holiday rental for the weekend. We highly recommend that you don’t leave this wonderful place without seeing one of the traditional Dutch windmills in this eastern part of the city. It is home to the Jewish quarter and many museums, and everything is in walking distance.
- The Joordan: For a truly local ‘Dutch’ experience, look no further than the Joordan. There are plenty of trendy places to eat and drink and you couldn’t be better located to be next to the most gorgeous canals of Amsterdam. Here is where you will find Amsterdam’s most picturesque townhouses which are a perfect choice for your holiday home in Amsterdam.
- Canal Ring / Nine Streets: Known in Dutch as ‘De 9 Straatjes’, this quirky district is one of the best looking you could choose for your stay in Amsterdam. It is an excellent choice for trendy boutiques and is surrounded by the most picturesque sights. They are three streets crossing canals and you can easily wander around this area meandering from cafe to pub from your holiday apartment.
- Amsterdam Centrum: Booking an Amsterdam holiday apartment in the centre will mean the perfect walking distance from the main sights and shopping attractions. You will be able to go out for a drink in the best squares and safely walk home.
- De Pijp: This neighbour is home to many diverse residents and is known for its large city markets which are certainly worth a visit. It is a former working-class neighbourhood that is located close to Amsterdam centre. If you want your Amsterdam holiday rental to be located close to a wealth of great bars and restaurants, this is an excellent choice.
- Eastern Docklands: These is certainly an area to watch. Here you can find some modern and interesting holiday apartment options, and are located just a short distance away by ferry or tram in the most residential areas of Amsterdam.
- De Wallen: This is the Amsterdam Red Light District, famous for its nightlife, escorts and Amsterdam coffee shops. Here you will also find the Oude Kerk church which is the oldest in Amsterdam.
- Oud-Zuid (Amsterdam Museum Quarter): This is an upmarket area brimming with Amsterdam museums, the beautiful and sprawling Vondelpark and is home to Dutch art culture. Here you will find plenty of boutiques lined along leafy boulevards.
- Grachtengordel: This is a great choice for being close to the nightlife districts of Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein. You can find a lovely holiday apartment to rent along one of the canals.
- Oost: This is a great choice for a residential area if you are looking for a holiday rental in Amsterdam for families. There is a lot of green space for your kids to play, and you can easily reach the city centre via tram.