Amsterdam’s idyllic landscape is characterised by the canals that wind their way through the centre and boat trips along the waterways are an ideal way to discover the true beauty of the city.
Throughout June, open garden days take place along Amsterdam’s canals, when visitors can view the gardens of private houses that are usually closed to the public. This is a perfect opportunity to look behind the scenes and see the city’s hidden gems.
Around 25 gardens between Brouwersgracht and the Amstel River are open for the weekend during these annual open days. If you’re visiting Amsterdam this summer, this promises to be an interesting way to see the city and explore both classically designed and contemporary gardens. If you have ever wondered what rare plants and magnificent trees lie behind the 17th and 18th Century merchant’s houses that line the city’s main canals then now is your chance to find out.
Global Music Celebrated
Amsterdam Roots Festival is a free music festival celebrating the diversity of the global music community. This event takes over Amsterdam’s Oosterpark as musicians from around the world perform in a large-scale outdoor show in which around 25 bands play across 5 stages. As a free festival it would be the ideal activity for holidaymakers on a budget, allowing visitors to relax in the park and enjoy diverse music without forking out. Cheap flights to Amsterdam are not hard to find and with events such as the Roots Festival taking place, a city break promises to be cheap and cheerful.