Christmas Markets in Amsterdam
While there currently hasn’t been decided if the main Christmas Market (named Winterland) in Amsterdam will take place in 2013, we felt we should inform you already on all the other winter events taking place in Amsterdam. Even when there is no Christmas Markets, Amsterdam is certainly worth a visit during the Christmas period.
Amsterdam Light Festival
During coming December and early january, the Amsterdam Light Festival will light up the centre Amsterdam. Main events include the Boulevard of Light on the Amstel river, light-art objects from several international artists will go on display and on the 15th of December a Christmas Canal Parade will be held in the center of Amsterdam. Held between 6th of December 2013 and 19th of January 2014.
Canal Dinner Cruise
For those of you that really want to experience Amsterdam during the festive period, try one of the dinner cruises on the canals of Amsterdam. Several different companies offer the wonderful experience but we can highly recommend “Rederij Lovers”, this well known company offers a 4 course meal inclusive of a welcome cocktail, wine, beer, coffee and water for €75 per person. This cruise departs from the Prins Hendrikskade in the centre of Amsterdam and you can book in advance on the companies website.
Funky Xmas Market
The monthly market and the trendy Westergasfabriek turns into a funky Christmas Market on the 15th of December 2013. Altough not a traditional market, all stalls will do their best to get you in the Christmas mood. 15th of December, open from 12:00 to 18:00, Culture Park Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
Travel to the Christmas Markets in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is relatively easy to get to by rail from the United Kingdom. Its a very easy and comfortable journey, it just takes a bit of time. Train services are available from London St Pancras International, from where the high speed Eurostar train will bring you to Brussels in 1 hour and 50 minutes. In Brussels you need to change to a different train for the second leg of your journey. For this part you basicly have two options, the slow and cheap option or the fast and a bit more expensive option.
The high speed Thalys service will bring you to Amsterdam in just under two hours, the Brussels – Amsterdam intercity services takes about 3 hours.
An example of a rail itinerary:
From London St Pancras International – departure: 08:04
To Brussels Gare Du Midi (Eurostar Terminal) – arrival: 11:05 (local time)
Transfer time 47 minutes
From Brussels Gare Du Midi – departure 11:52
To Amsterdam Centraal Station– arrival 13:41
Tickets are available from £99, but often become much more expensive close to the date of travel. The tickets go on sale 120 days prior to travel, so if you plan far ahead it is worth putting this date in your calendar. You can use the booking engine below to book tickets with Rail Europe. For more information on what it is like to travel on the Eurostar, check our Eurostar page
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Flight to Amsterdam are quick and widely available from London and regional airports. From most London airport the flight time is about 45 to 50 minutes to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The Airport in Amsterdam is located close to the city centre and it takes about 15 minutes by train to Amsterdam Centraal Station.
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Accommodation in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has some amazing hotels and it is worth finding the right hotel to make the most out of your trip to Amsterdam. Below a selection of our favourites:
The College Hotel
A romantic 4 star hotel located near Amsterdam’s Museum Square in an old school building. Rooms are contemporary and the superb restaurants serves Dutch Cuisine with a modern twist. Click here for more information..
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam Centraal Station
A relatively new hotel for Amsterdam located directly next to Amsterdam’s central station. A perfect location to explore the city and most of the main attraction within walking distance. More information…