Though Amsterdam may have a reputation that attracts more stag dos than family getaways, at least one travel writer found a great retreat for the whole family in the Dutch capital.
Writing for the Mirror, Karen Rockett described her experience bringing her 8 and 14-year-old children to the city, one she described as compact and great for walking around in.
“It’s perfect to explore its colourful markets, quirky shops and winding back streets by foot, bike, boat or tram – and there’s a wealth of hands-on museums and art galleries. Not to mention the cheese and tulips,” Rockett said.
The writer described the Anne Frank Museum as possibly the top attraction within the city. For parents worried about the impact of such an exhibit on young children, Rockett said the museum has taken away some of the more shocking images, preferring instead to focus on the Frank family and their friends.
Another popular destination in the city of Amsterdam is its Van Gogh Museum, which actually admits children under 17 free of charge. Here, children and adults are welcome to explore the works of the Dutch master, but also to use computers to make their own masterpieces.
For a touch of glamour, guests can also visit the Diamond Museum – where you can watch diamonds being cut and also try on some of the expensive jewellery on display.
Additionally, Rockett described the city as great for shopping, considering all the small shops and markets, including the world’s only floating flower market.