Discovering the New Faces of Amsterdam

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Discounted flights from Jet2.com give holidaymakers a chance to discover the new faces of Amsterdam after ‘Coffee Shops’ are ‘banned’ for visitors

Discounted flights from Jet2.com give holidaymakers a chance to discover the new faces of Amsterdam after ‘Coffee Shops’ are ‘banned’ for visitors

A decision by the Council of State, the Netherlands' highest judicial body, in June seems to have thrown weight to the potential ban on allowing tourists into the city’s famous coffee shops.

This decision has been met with competition from the coffee shop owners. Nevertheless, with coffee shops off the agenda, it frees up visitors to discover the many other charms that the city is renowned for.

Plus, right now, Jet2.com are offering flights to Amsterdam from as little as £9.99 one way and including taxes.

A New Reason to Visit the City

Amsterdam’s coffee shops, along with the Red Light District, have been a symbol of the city’s liberal status, a status that has long had an alluring appeal with holidaymakers.

For many it was a chance to buy and smoke cannabis freely in a public environment, without fear of prosecution. Whilst it wasn’t legal, authorities would often look the other way.

Now though, as pressure continues to come from higher authorities, many tourists could be turned away from these coffee shops. As a result, holidaymakers can get a feel for the many other faces of Amsterdam; one of which is the abundance of excellent pubs and bars to be found in the city.

Visiting the different pubs is a must if only to appreciate the different characters found in each. Unlike many city break destinations, Amsterdam’s pubs are fairly unique – even if they are part of a franchise.

Amsterdam’s Cultural Offering

The cultural offering in Amsterdam is, depending on whom you speak to, amongst the best in the world or largely underrated. A plethora of museums headline the cultural agenda with the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum established as the most popular.

However, there is a museum to suit all tastes from the Rembrandt House Museum to the Anne Frank House. Also, despite not being a museum, the tours of the Heineken Factory prove popular with visitors; particularly because of the interactive nature.

Visitors will find art around many corners in the city as an atmosphere that promotes freedom of expression has inspired many people to get creative. So, whilst wandering around, make sure to take note of the many pretty buildings too.

Beautiful Gardens

Another great feature of holidays in Amsterdam is the gardens. The Dutch are famed for their tulips but every spring and summer numerous gardens are opened up to the public. However, one of the best hidden gems is Zon’s Hofje.

This public garden square was originally created for widowed women but today it offers some of the best floral arrangement found in the city.

Right now, Jet2.com are offering a major discount on their city break destination flights. For this reason, flights to Amsterdam are available from £9.99 one way, including taxes. Jet2.com fly to Amsterdam from Leeds Bradford Airport.

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