Formerly known as a party town for stag-dos/bachelor parties and for their interesting take on a certain chocolate treat, Amsterdam is shaking off its stereotype, and coming into its own - emerging as a thriving cultural capital with a flair for all things individual. This cycling city fuses age-old history with contemporary urban chic flawlessly, with Amsterdam’s token dash of quirkiness breathing new life into the charming 17th century architecture of old. From the glorious Van Gogh Museum
to the striking Vermeers and Rembrandt works hanging in the Rijksmuseum
, treasure troves of Holland’s Golden Age find their home in the city, alongside more modern dedications too. Boasting rambling streets and slender townhouses, windy canals and curly bridges, and with local food markets and leafy green spaces aplenty; whatever your travel vice, you’ll find your fix in Amsterdam.