The essential must-dos in this European hotspot 

Every visitor overflows their diary with things to do in Amsterdam; from exploring the Red Light District to the floating Flower Market. Although, above all, you should save time to do as the Dutch do, and rent a bike. Over 800,000 people cycle in the city and there’s no better way to take in the famous views. Be sure to ride through Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s largest and arguably most-beautiful park, which hosts free concerts at the open-air theatre in the summer.

Amsterdam is filled with hostels, an ideal option for basic accommodation. However, if you want to soak up some Dutch culture while you stay, then the Hotel De Hallen is worth checking-in. Located in Amsterdam West, just a 20 minute walk from the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum, this hotel is actually a former tram depot which still features its industrial heritage in the décor. The original glass ceiling, exposed railings and brickwork emphasise an urban vintage atmosphere and with rooms from 75 euros, it’s affordable as well as luxurious.

Shopping here is always vibrant and bustling. In a picturesque, postcard location, De 9 Straatjes or ‘The 9 Streets’ is perfect for some cosy souvenir hunting. This scenic neighbourhood is home to an array of vintage boutiques, designer stores and independent cafes. Found crossing two of the grand canals in the city centre, it’s a definite must-do for any shopaholic.

Amsterdam offers a huge variety of bars and restaurants to suit every taste. One restaurant which is definitely worth a visit is the REM Eiland. In its former life it was a broadcasting station, but now serves contemporary Dutch cuisine and offers an amazing view of the port while you eat. With pieces of the original equipment still surrounding you, including a helicopter platform serving as the floor of the restaurant, this historical site really is an unrivalled culinary experience.