20 Best City Breaks in the World


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

It might have a reputation for excess, but there’s more to Amsterdam than the red light district, coffee shops, and stag and hen parties. Yes, these things are abundant in the Netherlands’ liberal and fun-loving capital.

But step off the beaten track a little and this is the perfect place to take a relaxing break, with culture and art aplenty, and parks galore in which to while away a sunny afternoon. Head to the Museum District, where the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum tend to top the bill, before taking a stroll through the Vondelpark, a vast green oasis, where the city’s streets and all the hustle and bustle can be left behind.

For those so inclined, Amsterdam is set up for cyclists, with countless bike lanes and trails that demand to be explored on two wheels. Like to take things a little easier? Cruise the city’s famous canals, seeing the sights as you bob along.